Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Bead Peeps Reveal 2020

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go down the rabbit hole

To enter into a situation or begin a process or journey that is particularly strange, problematic, difficult, complex, or chaotic, especially one that becomes increasingly so as it develops or unfolds. (An allusion to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.)

Beads Sent to BayMoonDesign by partner

Bay Moon Design is participating in Bead Peeps 7th Annual Swap'n Hop 2020. I love the opportunity to swap beads and get inspiration from a new assortment of beads. This is a blog/social media hop event where the organizers partner up with other beaders around the world to swap beads and then post the creations made with them. Be sure to check out the Facebook group for more info on this fun event!
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In a previous blog I introduced my partner Jackie Marchant from Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Jackie sent me so many beads to work with that I had to narrow down the selection to beads that I would attempt to use.  Part of the challenge is to create something with a focal that was sent.  With Easter right around the corner, I decided that I would use the rabbit focal and include the key and lock clasp.  The pastel quartz beads reminded me of jelly beans so I thought they would be perfect to include in a necklace.

Beads set aside for bunny necklace

Bunny Necklace by BayMoonDesign
This is the Easter bunny necklace that I made with the pastel quartz beads added to a long natural brass chain. There is 26 inches of chain and beads added to the rabbit pendant which is 3 inches long.  The clasp has the bronze skeleton key and lock.

Bunny Necklace by BayMoonDesign
I am very happy with the look of the necklace. I think that an Alice in Wonderland fan or nature lover would adore it. 

Beads Selected for Pantone Classic Blue 
Another part of the challenge is to use Pantone Classic blue beads in jewelry.  When I sorted through all of the beads that I sent, I set aside some blue beads that I hoped to incorporate into a design.  I had a blue bracelet bar on my craft table for months that I thought I would use this spring.  This seemed like the perfect time.

boho blue bracelet by BayMoonDesign

This boho blue bracelet has a blue and gold handcrafted bird focal piece with lots of Pantone classic blue beads combined with turquoise and green beads. I think the variety of blues and greens with the pop of gold make this a perfect spring and summer bracelet. This piece of art jewelry features a bird on a branch by Brook Boch. I think this would make a fun gift for casual dress.  Both pieces are available for purchase in my online shop.  

Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash
Happy Easter and spring!  Enjoy the sights and sounds of Spring.


  1. The bunny key pendant is so cute and the piece has a nice flow to it.

  2. Love the springy bunny necklace - those beads really do look like jelly beans! That wire clasp on the Classic Blue bracelet spiffy - did you make that from iron wire??

  3. Love the texture of your blue bracelet!

  4. Thank you. I did make the clasp. It is made from blackened steel.

  5. Kathy - your pieces are so charming! I'm in love with the bracelet! It's so beautiful and classy! Great work!