I am participating in the Swap N Hop 2018 where two members of the Bead peeps group are paired up to exchange Beady Goodness and create beautiful jewelry. In my case I am once again paired up with Lori Schneider of Bead Addicted. Lori and I were paired during the first Bead Peeps Swap N Hop when she sent me some great beads and components that I have used over the years.
Swap N Hop 18 Partner Lori Schneider
Lori is a hospice nurse with a flair for making ceramic components and doing metal work. She is one of the few people in Bead peeps whom I have met in real life. We had a hoot when Lori, Robin Showstack and I met during Beadfest 16 and stayed together for over three days. I generally cannot stay with people I do not know but it was so easy and uncomplicated with Lori and Robin as they were super friendly.
Lori has literally a store of beads at her home and runs a destash group on Facebook called the bead hoarders destash along with Robin. I have used Lori’s artisan components in Rose and Thorns challenge which I won, Insect jewelry post and in the Scent of pine necklace that was published in Winter Stringing 2017.
Though needs of her family have kept Lori away from beading, she makes spectacular pieces when she crafts. Like this one that she made for last year’s swap and hop.
Swap N Hop 18 Beady Goodness
Lori’s style is rustic and she prefers copper over gold. When I asked her what she wanted this time, She asked for some Indian components that she would not get in the US. This meant brighter colour palettes, hints of gold and ofcourse eclectic finds. I put together packets of Beady Goodness with two colour zones based on this brief.
Warm and Orangey
I knew that Lori loves copper reds and oranges. So I sent her a pack of Indian glass beads from Uttar Pradesh in orange, gold and brown. I supplemented it with red seeds and studded Pachhi beads. The pack also includes two fused fabric beads made of organza fabric. Lori never uses pink. To challenge her, I sent her a copper leaf component of mine (mixed media – resin) with a smidge of pink on it. My primary artisan components are from Claycult in Siem Reap in the form of a mandala tile and coordinating barrel beads. There is also a kemp crescent moon focal for a touch of traditional Tamil Nadu Flavour.
I also sent her a few Chennapatna beads (from Karnataka) given to me by Charu of Coolture Designs. The company works towards making Culture cool and I am doing a special project with them for which I got these Lac covered wooden beads. The reason I sent them to Lori was that I wanted to see how she would interpret them and the eventual response from the American market for these handcrafted beads.
My love of green is no secret on this blog; so I had to send green beads. I sent some striped rounds and some textured rounds along with green Pachhi beads. There is also a resin pendant made by me with Purple and green Pebeo colours on it. I also altered a metal pendant with inks to create a wow factor in the Beady Goodness that I sent.
I hope she likes them and I look forward to seeing what Lori does with them. Lori has sent me some copper findings with turquoise coloured beads. To keep up the suspense I shall reserve the pictures of what she sent me and what I created with them for the reveal day.
I hope you find it interesting