Audubon's Kingfisher

Audubon's Kingfisher

Friday, April 7, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017 - Reveal

Welcome to the reveal for the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017!

My partner this year is also our Hostess, Linda Anderson of Cherry on Top Designs, click here to visit Linda's Blog. This year there was also an optional twist where you made yourself the same kit of beads you sent out to your partner. It was a fun adventure digging through my stash. In chatting with Linda, I realized my 2 favorite colors, teal and purple, were colors I rarely worked with. We ended up sending each other similar beads and colors too!

These are the beads that I sent to Linda

I was surprised that I had enough beads to make 2 sets!

And these are the beads and goodies that Linda sent to me

Orange, my nemesis! But the fox pendant from SummerWind Art just sang to me. But what on earth goes with orange?? I had the perfect white, teal, and orange polymer clay beads from Humblebeads!

Earrings to match

And on to the Lampwork beads! Digging through my stash, I found some Kim Snider lampwork butterfly wings that had similar colors. Heather of Humblebeads had a fantastic idea on how to use the wings on one of her Bead Table Wednesday videos, I had to try it.

Matching earrings

I also have been wanting to try a bracelet design I found in Jewelry Affaire Magazine, the designer's name was Melinda Barnett. I am so in love with how jingly this is...I need to make more!

I made super cute pair of earrings with the lampwork Birdies, I learned how to make the little wire nests from Heather Powers (her video tutorials are the bee's knees.)

Here is a simple summer necklace using the pretty lilac first ever attempt at an adjustable knot clasp.

For this necklace, I broke out one of my precious Anne Choi beads, a lampwork birdie from Nikki Thornburg and a pewter feather pendant from Green Girl Studios...and did something I never do because it just hurts my hands too much - I made a wire-wrapped bead link chain.  The saying on the Anne Choi bead is "Paint the flying spirit of the bird."

Pendant close up

Another bracelet

One unfinished necklace :(

And the whole group of finished pieces

Be sure to stop by the other Bead Peep's blogs to see what wonders were created with swap beads!

Linda Anderson - Hostess - 
Non-Seed Beaders 
Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman

Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker

Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips

Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury

Shai Williams
Betony Maiden

Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson

Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider

Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price 

Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis

Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell

Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez

Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson

Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden

Karin King

Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Seed Beaders 
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi

Penny Houghton
Krafty Max

Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop

Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano

Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass

Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris

Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone


  1. GIIIIIIIRL! Your pieces are just AMAZEBALLS!! I can't hardly pick a favorite because they're all SO INCREDIBLE! Well done! So proud of you! Thanks for being a great partner!

  2. WOW! So many gorgeous pieces and you really did great with the orange! I am just in awe of all the designs you completed for the swap...Amazing and gorgeous!

  3. I love how you have used art beads to make the pieces completely in "your style" even when the colors of the swap daunted you. Great job

  4. wow you made so many beautiful pieces. great work
    love them all

  5. Gasp! What a wonderful array of creativitiy! Totally in love with the Melinda Barlett bracelet though, and oh!!! The butterfly wing necklace! Drool!

  6. Oh my goodness! You got so very many pieces made!! I just love that little fox pendant, and your addition of the teal really makes it sing. As well, the colors and assemblage of the butterfly wig necklace is definitely me. LOVE IT! And, then the little bird nest. I just shared that link to Heather's tutorial the other day. Looks like I need to try it out as I'm smitten with how yours came together! You definitely made some stunners!!

  7. Lovely pieces. I've been hoarding an Anne Choi bead too. I love what you did with it.

  8. WOW! Christina you made an impressive amount of pieces and they are all lovely. Even though orange is not my color your orange earrings speak to me. Your bracelet is beautiful. It is my favorite of your pieces and it would look great with the Anne Choi necklace.

  9. Wow!!! You did an Amazing job!!! I Love all of the designs but I have a couple of favs. The Jingly bracelet is Fabulous and all of your earrings are Awesome. You have great texture and color in all of your designs!!! Be Blessed!

  10. I love the fox necklace the best. The design and colors are wonderful.

  11. Lovely designs. My fave is the bracelet!

  12. I can't stop going back through all your creations - I love the colors and design of all of them. These swaps taught me that we can handle even colors that intimidate us when we don't have a choice and it feels good!

  13. You have an entire jewelry collection here. I'm Awe-struck. Bravo! As the post went on my thoughts were: "I love that one!", "No that's my favorite.", "Wait that's my favorite!". I'd wear every piece, but the colors, textures & shapes you combined to accent the fox struck me for sure.

  14. I love the fox necklace. The orange and blue are perfect.

  15. Wow! So many pieces! You really outdid yourself here.

  16. I can't believe how many pieces you made! Everything is beautiful, but I must say you really hit a home run with that fox necklace!

  17. Everything looks fantastic Christina! Love that jingle jangle bracelet and birdie earrings, and that fox necklace is simply adorable.

  18. My goodness i am astounded at how many gorgeous pieces of jewellery you made! and how is one is fantastic. The fox pendant looks wonderful with the colour combo you used. each piece is really just fabulous.

  19. I love the way you wrapped the top of the fox pendant! All of your pieces are beautiful!

  20. You made so many beautiful pieces! I love the fox and all the little birds are my jam!

  21. Love the fox pendant and the earrings.

  22. I love ALL your creations! Especially that fox necklace and bird nest earrings!

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