I have signed up for the Bead peeps 3rd Annual Swap and Hop hosted by Linda Anderson, hoping to bring some new readers to this blog. Read about my previous experiences here. My Swap & Hop 3 partner Karin King of Maverick beads – The Sparkly things blog. Karin lives in Calgary Canada and works in Insurance. Read her introduction of me and the blog hop here.
Karin has been making jewelry since her school days. When she someone at the local historical park with a bead loom, she immediately bought one with her allowance money and tried it. She continued to learn through every book I could get her hands on. She even worked at a bead store during high school, found someone who found lampwork beads on an overseas trip, took a lampworking class at a local art college, and kept on learning and making jewelry. Any component with a hole through it, or which could have a hole through it is fair game for her.
She loves working with glass and beaded beads as you can see form the pictures below her and her Favorite colours are blue, green, purple.
The swap that I sent her a bead swap that I think represents me. It is bright, kitschy, colorful, complicated and needs intelligence to tackle it. The beads themselves are a mix of bright colors and a variety of materials ranging from glass to wood to silk thread crochet. There are some milefori, foil beads, and crystals too I made a copper pendant with silver solder on it and added a midi tassel to it. I also made a wire clasp and a bracelet component for her. Though I made bead mixes for her, I would like to see how she mix-matches them with what she already has.
I also sent her a metal book mark incorporating all the above colors into it as a little gift. I actually made two similar bookmarks and sent them off to both my BSBP partner and SwapNHop partner. After traveling for more than a month, the swap finally reached her last week 🙂
So are you curious to find out what she sent me?
I guess that the universe in all its infinite wisdom made her send me an achromatic mix. When I opened the packet I couldn’t help laughing. A full Black, white and gray set for my multicolored beads – LOL! She has sent me loads of lampwork beads – both her own and ones by Tera Belinsky Yoder of Beady girl. She has also sent me lampwork headpins and beaded beads made by her. The rest are plastic beads in a variety of shapes. Nope she did not send the red button. That is a part of a ring that I made with the spotted black and white beads that she sent before I took a picture of the mix.
The reveal is set for April 8th when I will show you what I made with these beads. If you would like to follow the adventures of bead crazy designers like me, be sure to head over to Facebook and join the Bead Peeps group. If this is your first time swapping and blog hopping here are some blog hop tips to show you the way around.
I hope you find it interesting