Friday, April 14, 2023

Bead Peeps Swap'N Hop '23 Reveal

BayMoonDesign is part of the Bead Peeps Swap'n Hop '23. I love the swapping beads and getting inspiration from a new assortment. In my previous blog, I credited Linda Anderson of Cherry on the Top Design for organizing this event.  I also introduced my partner who sent me a focal, clasp, and some bead soup is Terry Jean Lynch Carter. She goes by the name TappingflamingoBingo. She is from Louisiana by way of Florida. Terry has a boho style and is drawn to the beach boho look. She surprised me with a southwestern selection of ingredients. 

The rules of this bead exchange require the participants to use a focal, clasp and some of the beads in the design of the necklace that were sent. This is the focal that I received and it determined the style of my design. It had to be southwestern.

Terry sent me 2 clasps.  I selected the hook clasp that she made.  How could I not use a handmade artisan component!

I then pulled all of the earthy beige and brown round agate beads, and selected copper crystals.  From my stash of beads I added some rectangular blue crazy agate and silver spacers.  Now it is time to reveal what I made!

This is the 24 inch southwest style necklace that I designed.  I love the blues in the crazy blue lace agate and the earthy desert colors of the beige and brown agate with it. The blues remind me of the popular gemstone turquoise found in the southwest.

Terry also gave me some of the ingredients for some western earrings which I designed to go with this necklace.  I just had to add the silver jump rings and ear wires.  

I appreciate your looking at my designs.  Please leave a comment with your thoughts.  Also, stop by to see Terry's jewelry which can be found on her YouTube channel under the name tapping flamingo. She also is on Instagram and TikTok. TappingflamingoBingo is the name of her Etsy Shop. 

If you are interested in purchasing this necklace and earrings it can be purchased in my Baymoondesign Etsy shop.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Bead Peeps Swap and Hop '23

BayMoonDesign is participating in Bead Peeps Swap'n Hop '23.  It is hard to believe that the last time was in the 2020.  I love the opportunity to swap beads and get inspiration from a new assortment of them.  This is an event where the organizer Linda Anderson of Cherry on the Top Design pairs participants with other beaders around the world to swap beads and then post the creations made with them.  The reveal of our new handmade jewelry is on April 17, 2023.  

This is a great way to meet other designers and see what they create. My partner is Terry Jean Lynch Carter.  She is from Louisiana by way of Florida.  Terry has a boho style and is drawn to the beach boho look in particular.  Copper, antique bronze and silver are favorite metals which she likes to mix in her jewelry.  She loves working with sea shells that she finds on the beaches well as recycling finds like guitar strings, paper, and fabric. Terry embraces color in her designs.

Her jewelry can be found on her YouTube channel under the name tapping flamingo. She also is on Instagram and TikTok. TappingflamingoBingo is the name of her Etsy Shop. When I looked at her shop two pieces of her jewelry caught my eyes immediately. I love blue starburst pattern glass cylinder beads that she used in both the featured necklace and earrings.

                                                Celestial Bar Necklace by TappingflamingoBling

Terry made this wonderful bar necklace using beautiful starburst pattern glass cylinder beads, antique brass chain and wire, and and mixture of silver tone and antique brass bead caps for a mixed metal piece you can wear with other pieces of your jewelry.

The matching earrings are made using the steel blue glass English cut crystals, blue star burst pattern glass cylinder beads, silver and brass bead caps and antique colored wire to create these celestial style earrings.

I can see why Linda Anderson paired me with Terry. We both have a boho style and used mixed metals. We also both have a fondness for the beach and that love shows in our jewelry. We even use burlap and coral reef in our photos of our jewelry!

BayMoonDesign has lots of beach inspired pieces of jewelry also. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I have been up to. All of my handmade greeting cards and jewelry can be purchased in my online BayMoonDesign shop.