Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges

The Red and the Blue—the Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop

Today is the reveal date for Lisa Lodge ‘s Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop. Lisa’s challenges always start with a kit, carefully put together by her to reflect the theme of the hop. And for this one, Lisa sent me some beautiful lampwork beads made by Marcia Seever of ShaZazz Creations of Glass, in shades of red and orange with a subtle swirl of dark teal through the largest bead. A challenge indeed—I rarely work with these colours, perhaps because I rarely wear them myself! I have to admit that I did need to purchase a few glass beads in coordinating shades of red, to augment my stash for this challenge.


The second challenging part of this hop lay in the shape of the beads—one of Marcia’s beautiful focal beads is an unusual “vase” shape. The obvious thing would be to use it as a dangling pendant, stacked with the other beads, but I didn’t necessarily want to do the obvious thing. I played around with various layouts until I came up with one I thought would work, using some translucent teal Czech glass beads to pull out the teal in the focal, as well as Czech beads in various shades of red and orange with a golden lustre and brass beads and findings. The only bead from the set that I couldn’t work into the design was the spiky one, but I’m sure it will be used in another design down the road.

the red and the blue necklace

Thank you for setting up such a fun challenge Lisa! I enjoyed working with Marcia’s beads immensely.

Please take some time to visit the other participants in this blog hop:

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist
Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes <– YOU ARE HERE!!
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl’s Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha’s Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl’s Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It’s a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat’s
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper’s Gems

Alice Craddick, Alice’s Beads and Baubles

15 thoughts on “The Red and the Blue—the Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop”

  1. Dear Lissy, I loved what you did with the beads. Before scrolling down, I thought what on earth would one do???? You are brilliant! XXX Sue

  2. Well, looks to me like you had no problem whatsoever. What a gorgeous, striking design! I do love how you positioned the focal bead, and your purchased ones set off the lampwork perfectly.

  3. Oh, clever you for NOT using that vase-shaped bead as a dangle, as I know I would have done. I so love what you did with it and those colors are magnificent together! I don’t use that reddish-orange color much either, but what a feast for the eyes it is with teal and brass! It’s all so very “rich” looking! Goodness, I love this!

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