Saturday, May 2, 2015

Swap 'n Hop Reveal 2015 - Partner: Rachel M

Swap 'n Hop Reveal!!! ^_^

 But first, a raffle! A winner will be chosen RANDOMLY using rafflecopter. Winner will be contacted via email. If you are an international participant you'll be responsible for the shipping costs. Please be aware of that before entering! If I don't hear back from the winner within a week of the raffle end date, a NEW winner will be chosen. Awesome prize: Choose Your Color(s) Waterfall Pendant.

Raffle runs from May 2nd, 2015 midnight to May 16th, 2015 midnight.
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My lovely, talented partner- Rachel Mallis- sent me some AWESOME beads to play with... these are the sum of my labors...

 Now I think I mentioned in my blog post that the pendant was on the small side for me??? IT IS PERFECT on this three strand necklace!!! It has just the right amount of "oomph" without being overpowering. ^_^ Thank you for the challenge Rachel!!! It was a lot of fun to work outside of my comfort zone.

So, this necklace uses quite a few of the beads that Rachel sent me- most of them are on the green strand of the necklace. I used some Czech crystal in two shades of green and green aventurine from the horde of beads that Rachel sent. I also used green kyanite on the purple strand of the necklace.

Green strand (shortest): Czech glass, green aventurine in two shapes, green freshwater pearls, copper rondelles.
White Strand (medium length): White freshwater rice pearls and copper rondelles.
Purple and Green Strand (longest): Purple AB (aurora borealis) Swarovski crystal bicones, purple AB Swarovski cubes, faceted amethyst rondelles, purple freshwater rice pearls, green kyanite, and the awesome pendant that Rachel made.

^^^ for the curious as to what went into the necklace

 See how lovely and dainty it is? ^_^ Rachel wrapped it in copper, which is one of her new favorite metals to work with now. It's also one of my favorites, too!

Unfortunately for me, I didn't have any of those cool freshwater pearl discs/heishe... so I made do with some other styles of freshwater pearls. Rachel sent me lovely purple focals and green beads! So this three strand necklace is a combination of those colors.
 I really love these earrings! They bring out the best elements of the necklace, I think.

I also managed to use the awesome copper clasp that Rachel sent me. It has a wonderful "moon and stars" motif.


I couldn't leave that rockin' focal by kumceramics by the wayside!

Matching that precise shade of purple proved to be tricky, but I think I did OK! I used some vintage faceted Japanese crystal I got from a friend's destash, MORE freshwater pearls, this time in a button shape, AND some gorgeous purple-y leaves/hearts which I got from The Beehive.

Here are the earrings... they used some more of those vintage Japanese crystals, some tiny little crystals I had about, and more of those hearts/leaves.

 Just for a change of pace, I used silver tone, nickle-free findings. ^_^


Here are those incredible enameled sticks from Numinosity Beads... I used them in earrings! With three shades of complimentary rainbow fluorite, (which was picked up in a different friend's destash!)

Those little copper dangles were also picked up from The Beehive group on facebook.


This one is one of my favorites that I've made so far! It's very unique!!! Rachel sent me some leathers- so I used both kinds in making of the big star and the little stars (which are adhered to the big one).

Here's an up-close view of the star... as you can see, I even punched out little holes for rivets! I also added a swanky dragon.

Here's a view of "the beast!" ;)

 Here's the complete view of the set. I used a TON of the beads Rachel sent me for this one, plus some of the leather. I was torn about adding some of the silk ribbon to this one. We'll see what I ultimately decide.

Rachel sent the antiqued silver links, the kyanite, the Czech crystals, the leathers, the ceramic beads, and the mosaic turquoise. I provided findings, rivets, the dragon, and the glue. ^_^


Another fun pair of earrings:
 These use green aventurine drops wrapped in gold wire plus green and white faceted jade beads. The antiqued chandelier findings were given to me by my Swap 'n Hop partner, Rachel, as were the jade beads. (These won't be going up for sale, they went to a friend as a present!)


This bracelet uses some of the Sari silk Rachel gave me, as well as the HUGE brass butterfly. :) The lampwork glass is by Valerie O'Neal, the little copper butterflies are from Bead Box Bargains, and the silver tone chain is something I had in my stash!

 This piece uses the wonderful Trade Beads that Rachel sent me, plus red faux coral, freshwater pearls and red faceted crystals. I matched to the red in the Trade Beads. I thought it turned out OK- not my favorite out of the bunch- but neat, nonetheless. The wonderful tassel was a gift from a friend of mine. :)


Here is the chronicle of events:

All of these cool pieces will be in my Etsy shop for sale when this post goes live, (at least, that's the plan!). If you want something specifically, please shoot me an email at . ^_^


Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 

Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue  Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson


  1. I love your work! I especially love the leaves necklace... but the turquoise colored leather star is really great!!! Thanks for offering the raffle! You are super!!

  2. WONDERFUL job! SOOOO Many great pieces! I LOVE how you used the leather to make a focal - very inventive! I'd have NEVER thought of that! Way to go!


  3. by the time I hit the dragon, you wowed me, and I do love the earrings below it and the butterfly necklace too

  4. I just typed out a huge comment, and the comment box deleted it.... But I will attempt to recreate!

    I love that you were able to work with the focal I made you! I didn't even think to include some of the little pearls. Sorry about that! But I love what you were able to do with it, and the earrings are great!
    I'm so glad you loved K's ceramic drop pendant! She's also a student at my school, she's gonna love that when I show her!
    I am particularly thrilled about what you did with the leather. I totally threw that in as a curveball for you. I wasn't sure if you would use it, but I'm glad you did! I love that you added the dragon with the scaley fish leather! It's perfection! I never would have thought to use the leather like that!
    I also love that you made that gorgeous pair of earrings for your friend. Making jewelry for presents is one of my favorite things.
    Thanks so much for being an awesome partner!

  5. The tiny heart leaf earrings are too cute. I also enjoyed the copper dangle earrings.

  6. Loving the necklace with the dragon and the little leaf heart earrings. You sure had some fun with this challenge!

  7. That's a collection and a half! Fit for a princess :-)
    The three strand necklace oozes class. Just add the "Little Black Dress" and party late into the night!
    Love it!

  8. Oh my goodness what a lot of beautiful pieces you made! The Aventurine earrings are gorgeous. The triple strand necklace with the copper wrapped pearl is an absolute stunner.
    You made so many great items well done.

  9. Wow Andrea you made some wonderful pieces .

  10. Wow Andrea you made some great pieces .

  11. Very nicely done. I love that you made coordinating earrings for some of the necklaces. And I think the second set, with the purple, is my favorite.

  12. Wow I can't believe how many pretty pieces you made from what was sent to you. That leather focal is so interesting.Stellar job.

  13. What wonderful pieces. The last couple are especially fun. Well done!

  14. The first thing I noticed were the color combinations in each piece - gorgeous! The leather focal is stunning both artistically and color-wise! What an inspirational collection!

  15. I love you designs Andrea!!! they are all really well done and beautiful, my favorites are the necklace with the dragon and the enamel earrings. Great Job!!!

  16. All very lovely pieces - I really like the enamel stick earrings, but that leather piece! ......droool.........yea........THat is so gorgeous!

  17. Well done.. love all those earrings and the first necklace was stunning


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