Participating in Bead Peeps 5th Annual Swap'n Hop and my pairing with Jennifer Strehler has been fun. She and I have a lot in common. We both have shops on Etsy. My shop is BayMoonDesign and her shop is called Purple Oyster. She loves purple just as much as I do. She associates the color with strength. I just love purple for its color; it just calls to me. Jennifer and I both create jewelry. When I look at her jewelry, it is clear to me that she selects high quality gems and metals and is very meticulous in her metal working.
|Purple Oyster gifted BayMoonDesign|
|agate focal, lamp work, beads|
I received these beautiful beads back from Jennifer in March. Jennifer was very generous in sending me so many beautiful beads. Immediately, I fell in love with the large art glass flower beads. I don't know how she parted with them! They were made by glass artist Russian Любовь Агапкина.
I put the purple beads aside for a special necklace for my daughter who also loves purple. I have had a focal for awhile that will work beautifully with the beads that Jennifer gifted me.
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I then set out with the intention of using the gorgeous large glass flowers and the gifted leather in a design. The leather fit through the glass flowers so I saw that as a sign to use it in the necklace. I also used a few of her ceramic beads, the large agate focal. I love copper so I used that metal to add some color and brightness. The necklace went together pretty quickly, but I spent a lot of time on the design. I ended up starting the design at the back of the necklace. I cut the leather in half and ran the leather with the ceramic beads, copper spacers, and glass flowers through and attached it inside to a copper wire loop that I created. The knotted leather is trimmed and tucked back inside the flower. I also knotted the leather where I wanted to hold the beads and spacers in place. The knots also add color to the necklace. The hardest part of the design was determining how to connect the leather to the metal.
|Floral Necklace by BayMoonDesign|
I sent Jennifer this box packed with goodies for her to use. I can't wait to see what she created.
A special thanks to our hostess:Linda Anderson at http://www.instagram.com/cherryontopdesign
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Grab a beverage and enjoy seeing what others did with their gifted beads.
Non Seed Beaders
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