Sunday, May 15, 2016

Bead Peeps Swap & Hop: The Reveal

My lovely partner is Dita Basu. You can visit *her* blog by clicking here. She sent me an amazing batch of goodies which you can see right below, which I also blogged about here... :::

I have this incredible idea for a set using some of the freshwater pearls and the geode slice by mixing them with some beads from my stash- here's my idea:

The geode slice reminds me of one I got in Brazil! :) I had one a little rounder with a crystal in the center JUST LIKE this one. I wore it out I wore it so much. Now I have a new one thanks to Dita!

I will post what I made from that stash of beads in a minute- first I want to show what I made FIRST.

Here's a picture of it overall:

Dita sent me the amazing ceramic pendant and the round accent beads from an artist UNKNOWN. If that's YOU, please let me know so I can give you credit! Thanks! The other beads are a mixture of blue goldstone, ivory freshwater pearls, Czech glass, and vintage cathedral beads, (I think they're vintage anyway!), with simple square spacers with silvertone clasp and findings.

The pendant is a Kokopelli and this is what wikipedia has to say about it: "Kokopelli, also known as "the Hatchet Man" or "Hatchetman", is a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute player (often with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head), who has been venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. Like most fertility deities, Kokopelli presides over both childbirth and agriculture. He is also a trickster god and represents the spirit of music."

Here's the necklace and earring set I made using the purple bits above:

And here's a picture of it overall:

As you can see, I switched out the purple freshwater pearls to different purple freshwater pearls. :) I also completely forgot to add in the white diamond pearls. Woops! But I think it turned out pretty awesome the way it did, don't you think??? It uses purple crystals, (a lot of those!), and a lighter purple freshwater pearl, crystal encrusted rondelles, little round amethysts, and some larger faceted amethyst ovals, along with that gorgeous geode slice with that amethyst point electroformed in. Woo! (I'm already wearing it, I love it so much).

Next up is a pretty cool off-center necklace I made using the magnesite beads Dita sent me. I brainstormed with my pal, Kerri, on the beads to use for this necklace. Here are the basic beads I was planning on using:

Two different types of freshwater pearls, some electroplated hematite flowers (tiny!), the magnesite, and a magnesite butterfly...

This is what ending up happening:

It is an off-center butterfly necklace! Here is what it looks like, overall:

I love it! I am a *very* symmetrical person, so this really challenged my comfort zone! Here's another piece that challenged my comfort:

I received that stunning pendant in the Art Charm Exchange in 2014. You can read more about that here. :) The artist is Cate van Alphen- her blog is right here. The turquoise chips are from my partner, Dita. I paired them with vintage Czech cubes, freshwater pearls, gold beads and gold findings. Here's an overall view of the necklace and earring set:

This necklace strayed from my comfort zone because I would never have thought to pair orange with turquoise- but it really worked! :) Very, very happy with how this one turned out.

HOSTESS: Linda Anderson
Natalie Davidson
Marcy Lamberson
Kathy Lindemer
YOU ARE HERE: Andrea Glick
Kristina Peck
Shai Williams
Catherine La Vite
Christina Hickman
gloria allen
Teresa Schurter
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Susan Kelly
Jenny Kyrlach
Michelle McCarthy
Terry Jeanette Carter
Lee Koopman
Laurie Vyselaar
Marianne Baxter
Divya N
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Johana Nunez
Kari Asbury
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Robin Lynne Showstack
Rosantia Petkova
Claire Fabian
Inge von Roos
Rachel Mallis
Sam Waghron
Lori Schneider
Fay Wolfenden
Suse Stelljes
Ginger Bishop
Nelly May
Rebecca White
sheila Prosterman
Catherine King
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)
Krafty Max
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Katy Heider
Deborah Apodaca
Heather Richter
Tami Norris
Brandy Scozzari
Catherine King
Kathleen Breeding
Veralynne Malone
Bobbie Rafferty
Lori Blanchard


  1. Awesome work - I love all your pieces but my fav is the turquoise and orange necklace. So pretty

  2. You did a wonderful job with the beads that you were sent. I would have been stumped, but you nailed it! The geode pendant is amazing and how you put it together was lovely. Very good use of kokopelli pendant, you dressed up the more rustic like pendant and made it shine!

  3. I have to say that my favorite piece is the last. I love the turquoise and orange together and the pendant is wonderful. The necklace has a real southwest look to it. I also enjoyed looking at the blog about the art exchange. I finally built up the nerve to participate this year. Now to make the charms!

  4. amazing sets! Love your pairings!

  5. Pretty, pretty, pretty work! The amethyst piece really speaks to me, but I'm a sucker for almost anything purple. Your pieces are all quite lovely and delicate. Nice job!

  6. Andrea, I love your work. The Kokopelli necklace came out so precious and the geode one too. The color combinations are just awesome, in all these pieces. So delicate and organic. The last two also I loved very much. The off-center butterfly is with that shade of blue and the other ecru beads came out gorgeous. Then the last one - orange and blue are great complimentary colors and you did a great job in that too. I really love your style and very proud the way you used the beads. Dita.

  7. Totally awesome designs! I really like how you made some really eye catching pieces and yet they all look so comfortable to wear.

  8. Andrea, these are all really Beautiful!!! I love all the colors and the geode slice is fabulous! My favorite though...I bet you know... is the turquoise one with the Beautiful feather pendant. I just LOVE that one!!!

  9. Hi Andrea, All of your designs are beautiful. The geode necklace is my favorite. The turquoise and orange do look good together. Kudos for working outside your comfort zone.

  10. I love what you did with these fabulous beads. I especially love the first one you made.

  11. Love all of your creative pieces but the turquoise necklace with the feather pendant is a show stopper!

  12. You made so many great pieces. Looks like you had fun

  13. Congratulations! You did SUCH a BEAUTIFUL job! I LOVE the butterfly piece and am SO PROUD of you for doing something waaaaay outta your comfort zone! It's not easy - but you tackled it like a CHAMP!


  14. I love the kokopelli necklace! Your design is like tribal elegance!


  15. The kokopelli is so unique and you have made such an elegant necklace with it. On the other end you have the bright turq-orange piece that's really fabulous too. Great job

  16. Love it all, but for me...I'm a purple girl!! You did a great job with the whole SWAP! ~KM

  17. Great pieces! I especially love the Southwestern looking Kokopelli Necklace!

  18. Love the pieces, but the butterfly necklace is my favorite! So springy looking to me. And your orange and turquoise necklace is really beautiful! Excellent work!

  19. All beautiful pieces! Love the last two especially that you traveled out of your comfort zones. I love asymmetrical designing and you did a fantastic job with it! The orange and turquoise is really striking and perfect with that pendant! Great job!

  20. Love your collection, specially the kokopelli necklace and the blue turquoise and orange necklace ! Simply gorgeous!

  21. I love how you paired everything up. I can't decide on a favorite. If the butterfly is on the top, it's because I'm nutty about butterflies. But the geode piece is wonderful too. Great job.

  22. As I scrolled down the first time, I'd say to myself, "ooooo, pretty, that's probably my favorite." Then I'd come to the next piece...."oooo, pretty, that's my favorite." And it went on and on that way. Everything is so pretty and unusual. I love unusual.

  23. I like the combination of pearls with clay and natural stone, it makes the design suitable for less formal outfits, too. While symmetry always looks beautiful, asymmetrical arrangements are not easy and I like yours. Awesome work!

  24. Wow. You had some fun stringing! I love the southwestern vibe of the beads you received. I also like all of the necklaces. They would be fun to wear.

  25. I would gift one of them to my gf...


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