Reveal Time! Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017
My partner for the swap is Hope Smitherman of CraftyHope. On the left is what I received, including all the fun packaging...on the right are the goodies I sent to Hope. Now let's get started with the real fun!
When I opened the package these gorgeous metal ovals just screamed earrings. Originally I thought about adding some beads from my stash to make them more colorful but ultimately settled on the more monochromatic look and playing off the antique brass accents in the ovals. I really love the way they turned out...makes me wish I wore earrings more these are really my style! All the beads are from the package Hope sent me...the only things added from my stash are the ball headpins and wire.
Meet Vivian, my newest photo helper. If you follow me on social media you've seen me post a few test shots as we figure out our working relationship...lol! I love that I will be able to show earrings and even some necklaces worn now...but there has been a slight learning curve from my normal photo set up...we are making progress!
I'm playing with some cropping for close ups too!
I loved the buttons Hope sent. I don't work with buttons very much but I was sure at least 2 of them needed to be earrings. I loved these mismatched ones together...the brown has just enough green on it to be complimentary. I used beads from my package to accent and pulled it all together with three matching waxed linen colors. I went ahead and tied everything up because when I started these I was still debating how I wanted to do the earring attachment...I couldn't decide bead, large ring or nothing.
As you can see from this photo...they are not finished yet. Once I decided how I wanted to finish them, large ring was my plan, I realized I didn't leave enough room on the back to slide anything under the waxed linen to secure it! Needless to say I will be re-tying these with the ring in place...lesson learned for next time!
Now let's just pause here for a minute and talk about this GORGEOUS crown focal! The colors are absolutely stunning...but it is HUGE! If Hope wanted to challenge me sending this was a great plan...because I love it so wanted to create something wonderful but this is a really large focal compared to most of what I work with...but the delicious colors...
Normally I might have gone with a simpler style but I really felt like this piece called for something more. Fortunately many of the coordinated beads Hope sent were smaller sizes so I settled on a multi-strand design to really show it off but not be to bulky and heavy.
A section of glass pearls knotted with waxed linen and 2 wire wrapped strands of Czech faceted glass and alternating glass pearls finished with a length of large rolo chain and a toggle clasp. Focal, beads, and clasp are all from my package. I added the waxed linen, jumprings, wire and chain from my stash.
I really like how it all came together. I think everything is really complimentary with the right amount of presence but still a bit understated. Thanks Hope for including this piece to challenge me! I do have some beads left and a few earring ideas brewing but haven't settle on anything yet so those will wait for another day.
Thank you Hope for so many wonderful goodies and such a gorgeous color palette to work with! Thank you Linda for bringing us all together and putting up with all of our crazy to pull this hop off every year! You are a wonderful lady and I am so happy to be part of this awesome Peep community! Now I hope you will take some time to hop around and see all the other fabulous designs by the amazing artists on the list below. ~Kari
Linda Anderson - Hostess - http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com Non-Seed Beaders Linda Anderson http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com Christina Hickman http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com Catherine LaVite http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/ Barbara Price http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/ Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/ Linda Raggo http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_ Marianne Baxter http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com Rachelle Walker http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog Gloria Allen http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com Ally Asato https://instagram.com/purplemosspal Robin Lynne Showstack http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/ Naomi Knafla https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/ Maria Rosa Sharrow http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com Dana Phillips http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com Michelle McCarthy http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com Beth Blanc https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/ Hope Smitherman http://CraftyHope.com Kari Asbury https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/ Shai Williams http://www.shaihasramblings.com/ Betony Maiden http://beadwenches.blogspot.com Inge van Roos http://ingetraud.wordpress.com Kelly Hosford Patterson https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/ Kristina Peck http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/ Lori Schneider http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com Rosantia Petkova http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/ Erika Price http://erikaprice.co.uk Claire Fabian http://saraccino.blogspot.de/ Rachel Mallis http://www.sharpthingsblog.com Deb Fortin http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca Nicole Rennell http://nicolerennell.com Joanne Bell https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/ Johana Nunez http://www.artincendi.com Sam Waghorn http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk Natalie Davidson http://www.northshoredays.com/ Robin Reed http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com Faye Wolfenden http://torchfairy.blogspot.com Karin King http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca Divya http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in Seed Beaders Rebecca White http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com Palak Udeshi http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in Penny Houghton http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au Krafty Max http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/ Heather Canepa http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com Ginger Bishop http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com Katy Heider http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/ Renetha Stanziano http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/ Becky Pancake http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/ Tina Pawass https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com Mowse Doyle http://www.midnight-leopard.com/ Tami Norris https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/ Minnette Miller https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/ Veralynne Malone http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com