Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bead Peeps Reveal May 15



I am participating in Bead Peeps 2nd Annual Swap'n Hop and paired with Marcy Lamberson.  She a glass artist who loves making people smile through her whimsical beads and sculptures. Marcy is also a glass teacher too who offers private lessons in her studio in Atlanta and group lessons at studios around the United States.


Marcy Lamberson
Marcy at work in her studio

Marcy's art work is gorgeous.  Some of her work includes animal fetish beads and sculptures.  I was lucky enough to get some of her lampwork beads.  I suggest that you visit Marcy's Etsy shop  to look at more of her work.  She also sells on facebook from time to time. You can get to know her better on her blog.

Lamberson lampwork
Lamberson lampwork sent to BayMoon Design
I received these beautiful beads back in March.  I set out with the intention of using her gorgeous ocean focal beads to make some necklaces for an upcoming Delaware by Hand Memorial Day Show that I am participating in on May 29, 2016 at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, Delaware.  I like to feature nautical pieces there at this historic beach town.  If you are in town, stop by and see these in person.

whale tale necklace
Whale of a Tale Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I call this my whale of a tale necklace.  The whale tale needed very little to showcase it,   I paired a darker turquoise leather with a gray leather and braided them together.  I added a few silver beads and silver end caps.  I think it makes a great summer necklace.

fish necklace by Bay Moon Design
Fish necklace by BayMoonDesign
Next, I just had to use the cute fishes and sea glass like beads that I was gifted.  I added them to sterling silver links and chain to create a charm necklace of sorts.



Blue Ring Necklace by BayMoonDesign
Blue Lampwork Ring Necklace by BayMoonDesign

I just love this large royal blue glass bead by Marcy.  It is so beautiful by itself that I that I wanted to showcase it in a simple design.  I used gunmetal chain and links along with the light blue glass links by Marcy.  This is a necklace can be worn with anything from jeans to a little black dress.

seashell necklace by Bay Moon Design
Seashell necklace by BayMoonDesign
Next,  I plucked up the gorgeous large, lampwork seashell and made it into a focal with some sterling silver wire.  I paired some of Marcy's cream lamp work beads with some gray cultured sea glass beads and silver beads that I had.  I grouped the beads by 3's and used silver chain to connect them.


daffodil bracelet
Daffodil bracelet  by BayMoonDesign


I wanted to make a few spring bracelets for my Etsy shop and some of Marcy's beads were perfect with 2 bracelet bars that I had,  This is a a floral bracelet that features a handmade yellow daffodil with green leaves on a pale blue background. The daffodil bracelet is held together with a handmade copper clasp by me. The floral art bead in the center is by Humblebeads. From the beads that Marcy sent I used her 3 handmade cream colored beads and the blue sea glass bead-- all perfect colors for this.  It is available for purchase HERE.
                                                     


leaf bracelet by Bay Moon Design

                   Bohemian Leaf Bracelet by BayMoonDesign

This handmade bohemian leaf bracelet is made with a orange and forest green ceramic by artisan Mary Harding. I used one of Marcy's larger cream colored beads to frame and call attention to Harding's leaf bead.  I selected terracotta color Irish waxed linen thread.   The rust thread adds contrast against the neutral ceramics and faceted picture jasper beads.  Brass chain and clasp worked with the natural colors.  Both bracelets are for sale in my BayMoonDesign shop.

I feel like I made some of my best jewelry pieces ever because I had such inspiring and beautiful beads by Marcy.  I am thankful for her generosity.   

Grab a beverage and enjoy seeing what others did with their gifted beads.  A special thanks to our hostess:
Linda Anderson
#beadpeepsswap
Participants and their blogs:
SEEDERS
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/ Krafty Max http://kraftymax.net

43 comments:

  1. Wow your pieces are gorgeous Kathy. I love anything beach inspired and its hard to pick a favourite.

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  2. Natalie-Thanks! I had gorgeous beads to work with.

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  3. Wow what beautiful pieces. They are all so pretty, fantastic use of those beautiful beads!

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  4. "Whale of a tale" is such an interesting name and its looks whimsical too

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  5. Your designs are drop dead gorgeous. You've let the focals speak for themselves in beautifully made pieces. And that gorgeous blue glass bead makes that nexklace the star of the show!

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  6. DROOL.....love your differing use of her lampwork!

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    1. Oh man I love beach beads of any kind but these are wonderful. I love what you did with the whale tail! Just beautiful

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  7. What a joy it must have been to be paired with a lampwork artist, especially when she makes such beautiful, inspirational pieces! And what you did with them really shows that you were having a blast designing around her work - each piece brings a special smile. Lovely work!

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    1. Thank you! I just loved the beads I got. I was really inspired by them.

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  8. Love the ocean theme & perfect use of the beachy seaside beads! So pretty :)

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    1. Thank you! I do mostly beachy jewelry so these beads were perfect for me.

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  9. Just gorgeous! I love your simple and oh so eye catching style. That first necklace is one that I would love to wear over and over again.

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  10. How much fun to swap with Marcy! Your pieces are wonderful - love the color combos and creativity!

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  11. Hi Kathy, you were really lucky to have Marcy as a partner and receive so many of her wonderful beads. You really designed to let those beads shine. "Whale of a Tale" is my favorite. "You did so many lovely designs. Great job.

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  12. They all look beautiful but my favorite actually is the last bracelet (bohemian leaf bracelet): Love the texture, the colours, the knotting! :)

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  13. I love how you used different textures and colors to work with the fabulous beads you were given!!! Your designs are both whimsical and Earthy at the same time!!!

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  14. Love the Whale Tale necklace and the Daffodil Bracelet.

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  15. Lovely work.. I am always amazed at the great talent everyone has. My fav is the seashell necklace.

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    1. I agree that this swap and hop had some amazing pieces created by talented folks!

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  16. Kathy - I can't even pick favorite....they are INCREDIBLE! Each piece has so much personality and joy. (Where did you find that big piece that the fish are connected to?) SUPERB!

    Linda
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for putting together this. You did a fabulous job. I really enjoyed it.

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  17. I love the whale tale necklace! It has such beautiful simplicity.

    Rachel
    www.mintmonarch.com

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    1. Rachel- Thank you! I tend to do more simple than elaborate designs--my personal taste coming through.

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  18. What a great SWAP! I just love the 'wale of a tale' necklace!! But they are all wonderful!! ~KM http://www.kraftymax.net/bead-peeps-swap-n-hop-2016/

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    1. I agree it was a great swap. Linda did a wonderful job!

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  19. Stunning pieces! My favorite is the sea shell necklace!

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    1. You know my favorite bead that I was sent is that seashell. The photo doesn't do it justice. It looks real!

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  20. I love the daffodil bracelet. The colors are so pretty.

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  21. I love the nautical feel throughout!! The Whale of a Tail necklace is absolutely fantastic, and the rust-colored boho bracelet is delicious. Beautiful job!

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  22. They are all gorgeous. But I like the Whale of Tale Necklace the best...excellent work!

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  23. Great sea and nature design choices! I love the styles you chose to compliment each of the art beads in your designs...lovely work!

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  24. Lovely collection! All the pieces are beautiful but what fascinated me is the 'Whale of tale ' necklace. It's so unique.

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  25. What a wonderful gift to fit her choices with what you truly needed to be working on. You did such a wonderful job, designing pieces that really highlight your ability and vision with her offerings of marvelous beads. What a perfect swap.

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  26. What truly beautiful pieces you made with some wonderful components. I adore the fishes necklace.

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  27. It is no wonder that you have been inspired by those gorgeous lampwork beads but your designs sure did them justice. I like the fish charm necklace and the bohemian leaf bracelet most :)

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  28. Wow! You really got some fun things to play with. I love the beach/boho look and that is primarily what I do, so I am a fan of all of your creations. I really like the simple whale tale piece best.

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  29. Awesome designs. Love all your pieces. But my most favorite is the daffodil one.

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