|Selection of Potential Focal Beads|
I was so excited when the mail arrived with all of these goodies. They were sent to me by Hope Smitherman as part of the Bead Peeps 5th Annual Swap N Hop. I sorted the beads into two groups--possible focal beads and beads. My choice of possible focal beads includes a pair of polymer clay beads by Tree Wing Studio. I predict those are going to be earrings. Other bead choices include a bead by large bright bead by Gaea. Hope sent me a floral tin bead that she created from a vintage tin that she found on one of her adventures. She also sent me a vintage key embellished by Hope with polymer clay flowers. Hope also included a gorgeous round bead by Kim Rodgers of Numinosity. I have narrowed down my choice of focal beads to two. I am going to use the Gaea focal and Hope's floral focal. I also received a lovely floral clasp and an antique brass leaf clasp which I adore. On March 26, 2018, I will be revealing what I have created from these beads I have been gifted.
|Selection of Beads|
I love all of the colors of beads that Hope sent me. The colors all co-ordinate with the focal beads that she sent. What a treat to not have to dig through all of my beads to find co-ordinating beads. I am determine to use as many of the beads that Hope sent me as I can. She included some blue and ceramic rounds, amber colored shell beads, blue dyed jasper, green beads, white glass beads, yellow Chinese crystals and some pink salvaged beads. Since I know I am going to be short on time prior to the reveal, I am trying to get some pieces made now and get them photographed when the sun is shinning bright.
|Handmade tags |
I love a lot of the crafts that Hope dabbles in so I appreciate the time and effort that goes into making them. She attached her tags that were originally pages from a newspaper . She punched the tags out and coated them with something like gesso.
|Handmade card by Hope|
I also make cards so I love seeing other handmade cards. I am sure that Hope used a Gelli printing plate when she made the print on these cards. I love the colors. This card might just be a color palette that I use.
Stop my March 26 and she what everyone has done with their beads! I am looking forward to seeing what Hope makes along with everyone else.