Friday, May 1, 2015

Bead Peeps Swap and Hop! Reveal!

Just a reminder of what my New Friend Karen Mitchell sent me!  I was so excited about the beads and all that I started using them...forgetting that I was supposed to make pretties for the swap and hop!!! LOL So all of the mookite beads and the larger rose quartz are gone too!  I do however have the focals together and I made 3 pieces.
With the lovely bracelet bar, [Karen gave me the names of the artists and I lost the paper...blah!!!] but I made a bracelet with with the bracelet [imagine that...LOL].  I used a leather bracelet and added a Cherish saying tag, and a cool bronzy key and some of the artisan beads as well as charms. i chose gold colored metal to make the colors pop and then I used Bronzy metal as well.

I used the clay focal, It reminds of the amazing soustache designs I have seen.  They are so intricate and beautiful.  this focals is intricate and really beautiful!  I made it into a choker so it would lay right in the hollow of your throat. I tried a bunch of different beads to go with the focal and simply did not like any of them  then I tried some assorted czech glass and regular glass beads...success!!!  this is not my usual design but when the focal is so amazing adding a lot to the necklace can detract from the focal.  So simple was the name of this game.
And my last design for this swap and hop is using the Kari Asbury focal.  I know who made this one because I have been fortunate enough to be able to work with her designs before.
I did not go quite as simple with this one but still not my usual design.  I love the colors in the focal so I tried to pick those up in the necklace.  I added a few little charms and some color and called it .good.