Beads, Blog Hops and Challenges, Swaps and exchanges

Bead Peeps Swap’n’Hop

The day has arrived for the Bead Peeps Swap’n’Hop reveal. This blog hop is hosted by Linda Anderson and the Facebook group Bead Peeps, and like other bead soup-style blog hops, participants were paired up and asked to exchange a selection of beads including at least one artisan-made bead, a nice clasp and some coordinating beads.

My partner this time around is Niky Sayers, a UK-based designer and metalsmith who makes the most fabulous jewellery. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she has made using the bead soup I sent her. She treated me to a lovely selection of artisan goodies including some of her own delicious goodies—a clasp, a connector and a bead made from coins, and more.

Swapnhop soup

The first piece I made featured the gorgeous chocolate clay and turquoise heart focal made by Gaea and the 6mm serpentine rondelles. I added some Czech glass coins and flowers and some supersoft chocolate brown deerhide lace, which simply ties into a bow at the back of the neck.

Turquoise heart necklace

Next up is a pair of earrings featuring two Kylie Parry birds—not quite the same, but similar—perched on top of Niky’s sweet little copper mushroom headpins. The earwires are antiqued copper from The Curious Bead Shop.

Shroombirds earrings

And then finally is a rather special necklace I’m calling the Bowerbird, after the Australian bird that collects all sorts of bits and bobs to decorate its bower to entice a mate. I’ve created a necklace featuring a collection of bits and bobs from my art bead hoard, all linked together.

I’ve used several things from the soup, including two of Niky’s coin components (the copper farthing-based clasp and connector), as well as the enamel script bead by Blue Antiquities, the aqua Karen Totten beads and the Bo Hulley fly connector. Niky’s connector features a lampwork headpin by Jennifer Cameron in deep pinky purples and yellow, which goes well with the pink and yellow lampwork beads from Michelle Mahre. A Gaea love nest bead plus the coordinating beads from the bundle, and a Gaea rainbow wave bead are also in there, and I’ve also included a Humblebeads polymer clay house bead and a tiny charm from Jade Scott. Rounding out the art beads are 2 copper beads with a violet patina, two copper rings with a violet patina and two antiqued copper rings, all from Miss Fickle Media. Finally, I’ve added in tumbled fluorite nuggets and a selection of Czech glass beads in a variety of shapes and colours.

Bowerbird collage

The resulting necklace is an eclectic collection, that I think would happily grace a bowerbird’s nest, or my neck! It was super-hard to photograph in its entirety though!

Bowerbird necklace

Thank you Niky for sending me such a delicious soup! I still have a few pieces yet to use, and I’m looking forward to finding the right pieces to feature them in. And thank you to Linda and Bead Peeps for hosting the hop! There are loads of participants listed below, so pick a few to go and visit!

Finally, if you’re looking for a new blog hop challenge, consider my Epic Inspirations Blog Hop, which has a reveal date in early June.

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015  Partner List

Our Hostess: Linda Anderson       http//

Linda Anderson                     
Marica Zammit                       

Linda Anderson                      
Jessica Hocutt                        

Kristina Hahn Eleniak            
Debbie Jeffries                                   http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/

Rosantia Petkova                    
Shalini Austin                          

Catherine La Vite                   
Annica Larsson                       

Lori Schneider                        
Divya N                                    

Mowse Doyle                          
Fay Wolfenden                       

Kathy Lindemer                     
Claire Fabian                           

Janice Warden Bergeron     
Natalie Davidson                   

Deb Fortin                               
Inge von Roos                        

Karen Mitchell                        
Robin Reed                              

Marie Covert                           
Alicia Marinache                    

Nan Smith                               
Johana Nunez                         

Kelly Hosford Patterson       
Lori Blanchard                        

Sue  Kennedy                          
Shai Williams                          

Niky Sayers                             
Melissa Trudinger                    <– ME!

Candida Castleberry              
Erin Guest                                

Nicole Rennell                        
Ien Temaluru                          

Robin Showstack                   
Sam Waghorn                        

Marianne Baxter                    
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca                

Shai Williams                          
Lee Koopman                         

Jayne Capps                            
Marti Conrad                          

Tina Bosh                                
Eleanor Thomas                     

Jeanne Steck                           
Gloria Allen                             

Rachel Mallis                          !blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick                           

Stephanie Stamper                
Chris Haussler                        

Betony Maiden                        
Kari Asbury                              

Jenny Kyrlach                         
Colleen Foley                           

Marybeth Rich                        
Marcy Lamberson                 

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell      
Ginny Lones                            

Maria Rosa Sharrow             
Loretta Carstensen                

Dolores Raml                          
Michelle McCarthy                

Louise McCormick-Glazier 
Heather Richter                     

Tammy Adams                       
Shirley Moore                         

Seed Beaders

Susanne Stelljes                     
Sheila Prosterman                 

Pallavi Asher                           
Jami Shipp                               

Peggy Kosier                           
Andra Weber                          

Catherine King                        
Krafty Max                              

Sierra Barrett                          
Lois Sherwood                       

Katy Heider                             
Rebecca Robertson   (White)

Heather Richter                     
Brandy Collier                         

Stephanie Haussler                
Lori Blanchard                        

Kathleen Breeding                 
Becky Pancake                       

Renetha Stanziano                
Tami Norris                             

Ginger Bishop                         
Peggy Johnson                       

32 thoughts on “Bead Peeps Swap’n’Hop”

  1. What fun you had making that bowerbird necklace and what fun it is to study it and see everything you included. Such a superb collection of disparate bead and connectors but you managed to create a very cohesive whole with your creation. Very nicely done! I also love your birdie earrings and your hearts and flowers necklace. You really exceeded the challenge of this hop, Melissa! Congratulations.

  2. Wow Liss! I LOVE every thing you made, that first necklace, the colours work so beautifully together and the brown leather really is a lovely finishing touch , Oh, those earrings are STUNNING, I adore them, so very cute! But the show stopper is that necklace, such an amazing collection of art beads that all go so beautifully together. Thank you for being such a lovely swap partner and for all the amazing things you sent to me!

  3. Wowie!!! I’m in love with all the pieces you’ve made.

    Hard to pick a favorite but I’m gonna go for the heart necklace. Just lovely.

  4. As always, I enjoy your jewelry. So colorful and bright, well-designed and cheerful. Love them all, but that last necklace is a treasure of gorgeous beads and fun connectors. I imagine wearing that would entail looking at and touching the beads constantly!

  5. The necklace with the heart pendant is beautiful and the earrings are so cute! But my favorite is the necklace with all the single beads, it looks so pretty and is so well done. I am not good putting together pieces like that, but you made it look great!

  6. Beautiful pieces, I love them all, my favorite is the necklace with the turquoise and chocolate pendant. The Czech glass coins you added really accent the piece very well.

  7. Gosh, Melissa your necklace is making me hungry. For some reason the way the colors come together I’m thinking of pistachio ice cream with almond nuts & fruit berries. How designer accessories remind me of food and vice versa. You must be wearing this necklace with almost every outfit you own!

  8. What beautiful designs! I really like your Bowerbird necklace but am partial to the first necklace. Probably because anything to asymetrical drives my husband nuts and he won’t give me any peace.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous! I love Niky’s work, and love what you did with the pieces! The last (bowerbird) necklace is absolutely amazing! What a wonderful collection of gorgeous beads! That would be a hard piece to ever let go of! 🙂

  10. The colors in the first necklace are so lovely. I’d wear it even though I have a heart-aversion. The earrings are adorable. And the bowerbird necklace is a work of art. Great designs.

  11. Adore your Bower bird necklace it looks really fun. The tiny bird and mushroom earrings are gorgeous.

  12. ❤ ❤ ❤ the birds sitting on the mushrooms are adorable! Both necklaces are fun & springlike – but my favorite is Bowerbird…..There's so many elements that you could spend all day looking at it! (and they all blend spendidly!)

  13. Love all the ‘Heart’ necklaces… I seem to be in love with anything that has a heart.. Great job on all your pieces.. such lovely colours !!

  14. I love your birdy earrings but the necklace is really cool! I love how you used the farthing that has the stone set into it… (I like it even though I am one of those that opposes using really old coins). I am curious to see what you do with the sixpence.

  15. The Bowerbird necklace is a fascinating collection. Such a delightful way to showcase them all.
    The Chocolate Heart necklace is very romatic and will go with many outfits.

  16. The last necklace steels the show, indeed! But I also like the hint at asymmetry in the earrings with the different colored birds and the colors and beads in the first necklace are so beautifully assembled!

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