Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap Reveal

I have been paired up with Beth Blanc this year of Beth Blanc Designs.  Beth sent me a wonderful variety of pendants, charms, crystals and Czech glass.  The main colorway is black, cream and silver. Since I make ceramic beads and pendants, I found my matte beige glaze picked the beige tones up perfectly in the Czech glass, so that's where my inspiration came from while putting together my design plan.  But first - the beads!  This is what I sent to Beth:
Be sure to stop by Beth's blog to see what she created with this fun assortment of beads she received. Here is what I received:
And these are the ceramic pieces I made to go along with the beads I received.  I ended up not using the owl bracelet topper for the challenge, but he's there, "just in case!"
Now for my necklace design.  I felt antique bronze was a better metal match to the beige and black, so I used an open link chain, a toggle bar, 20g wire.  I added seed bead accents and the chunky, multi tone Czech barrel beads in this fun, springy design.  It measures 18" long and has the crystal Swarovski heart accent that Beth included by the clasp.
I used Vintaj ear wires in the left pair and a fun pre made antique copper earring findings and charm in the right pair along with ceramic beads and Czech glass.
 So I have lots of beads left over for future designs.  Thank you Beth for spoiling me with a wonderful goodie package!  I'd also like to thank our swap hostess, Linda Anderson for putting together another fun event.  Be sure to hop around to all the participants blogs to see what wonderful jewelry designs were created!

Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price
Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo
Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato
Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc
Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone


  1. I love your handmade beige pieces with the black beads! Lovely. :)

  2. Hi Michelle, I have admired your ceramic designs for quite a while now. Your bird is fantastic. He goes really well with the beads that you used from your swap. I would patina the owl to make him stand out better. The earrings that you made are fun.

  3. I love that you made components to go with what you received. Your bird necklace is really lovely!

  4. You did get some great beads. I am an earring person so I have to say I love your 2 pairs. Great designs!

  5. Love your bird pendant and the necklace you made to go with it!

  6. Beautiful designs!!! The bird necklace is to die for!!! Great Job!

  7. It's fun to see how different what you sent is from what you received. I'm captivated by those earrings on the left.

  8. What lovely makes! You've showcased that beautiful birdy to perfection.

  9. I love that you paired the light brown with the black in each piece rather than doing one light piece and one or two dark ones. It really makes them stand out.

  10. I didn't realise that light brown and black could go so wonderfully well together until I saw your pieces. great job

  11. Michelle...what BEAUTIFUL pieces! I'm in love with the flower dainty and cute! Job WELL done!

  12. Love your ceramic pieces. The necklace is beautiful! Lovely pieces.

  13. The jewelry you've made looks earthy and natural - I like the choice of color for your clay pieces, it is the perfect match for the organic texture of the beads from your partner!

  14. Love how you combined the black and brown, very organic, the bird is my fav. well done

  15. Love how you used that bird focal! It's beautiful!

  16. That bird focal!! I am in love, what great pieces!