Hello hoppers, welcome to my little blog.
I have had the pleasure of being partnered with Rachel Mallis
Here are some pictures of the mixture of beads i sent to Rachel.
From Bo Hulley beads The Mix
By Lynnie Beads
Blue box studio
Can't wait to see what Rachel does with the pink and blue heart/leaf beads as she professed they would be a challenge.
Talking of which here is a picture of my bead tray taken a while ago with the fab mix that Rachel sent me.
Lots of gorgeous goodies to play with!
And here is my first piece
I used the wonderful textured/coloured focal bead from Doris Nahle of Australia as my inspiration.
Lots of naturals and textures to compliment it.
The wooden tubes from New York were used as connecting beads.
So the main necklace has seeds and orange square shell beads running down into shell connector bars and to the focal.
The shell connector bars were then chained to a lovely textured shell oval which in turn was connected to another oval using the wooden tubes.
The base shell then had some tiny pearls added to the copper discs at each side just to bring it together.
I used the pretty clasp which reminded me of the sun and moon to finish the necklace.
Close up of texture on focal bead and clasp.
(On reflection i may make the necklace a little shorter so the breast plate shells sit higher)
Rachel also sent me some wonderful enamels from 4ophelia of Canada and lamp work beads by Meital plotnik of Israel, which tied in nicely with the main focal colour scheme.
So two pairs of earrings were made.
Here is the first, it was impossible to get a good picture of the enamel without bleaching out the tiny pearls!
The second pair using my copper headpins and discs
Here they are together.
My last piece nearly didn't get made as i could not find they right chain for it,but last minute inspiration saved the day!
This was my last piece i wanted to try something completely different and disorganised.
So using a random mix of items Rachel sent and my own beads this is what i came up with!
From left to right there is Cherry quartz and frosted teal glass, turquoise, raw quartz,
headpin from Janna Petrovna of Bulgaria
Carved bone bead,
Red Enamel from 4Ophelia of Canada
Antique key, spotty stone, kynite, blister pearl and another raw quartz point.
I spaced each bead out using headpins wrapped around the main necklace.
This is my favourite make of the swap (so far)
I have lots of wonderful beads left and will be using them over coming months, especially the gorgeous leather feathers made by Rachel.
Lastly a huge thank you to Linda Anderson for hosting this hop.
Thank you for visiting my blog enjoy the rest of the hop.
Sam ~ Pale Moon Creations