Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Reveal is a work in progress -

First, thanks to Linda Anderson for hosting this #BeadPeepsSwapNHop. Great job done by Linda, and thanks for the angels who worked behind the scenes to help her. 
Life happens! My family needs me! It's been a busy few weeks. We've had a few trips to urgent care and one to the ER. Beading helps relive the stress! Thus the reveal is of works in progress. (Please visit again for future updates!)
I recieved a wonderful group of beads from Heather Richter of Desert Jewelry Designs. She sent me some fun and challenging beads and findings. I started out trying some wire wrapping, and stringing. I made a charmy, wirey bracelet that I'm pretty happy with:
I love the soft greens and tan, contrasts of stone, glass and pearl.

I embellished one of the brass leaves with beads: to be attached to a chain...

This will be part of a focal pendant. I have more leaves to play with, and more ideas.

 I strung some of the colorful freshwater pearls together. It needs finishing and perhaps a pendant focal.

The colors of these pearls are much more intense in person. And the seed beads sparkle

The Artisan focals were a challenge, I wanted to do a peyote bezel around each cab. With my time at a minimum, I decided to attach the dragon eye cabs to filigrees and linked them together! This will be a cool focal when it's all assembled.
Not sure if the green pearl will stay.
Heather's handcrafted Moon face cab is accented with silver Perfect Pearls. It will be placed in a peyote bezel with some silver Delicas, as suggested by Heather. It is attached to a piece of cotton fabric backed by Pellon. (I discovered too late that Lacy's stiff stuff is not available in stores in my immediate area!)
The Delicas look grey, but have a silver luster.
I hope this will take shape as well as it is imagined in my head! I'd love to have feedback on these designs if you have thoughts. I hope to do this challenge justice!
To see the rest of the participants, click on the Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop tab for the links.

17 comments:

  1. I am intrigued and waiting to see how your pieces turn out

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  2. Glad you enjoyed your swap. Looks like you had lots of fun and even grew more in your beading in the process. Always nice to step out of our comfort zone and do more :) thank you for participating.

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  3. I hope you get to finish things, you had some interesting ideas going on.

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  4. You are going to have some very cool pieces when you are all done. Sorry you have had such a bad time.

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  5. Lovely works of art in progress. Please post in Bead Peeps when you complete your projects so I remember to come back to see!

    ~Andrea

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  6. Loving the progress so far, the leaf embellishment is a great idea. Lots of wonderful stuff to come.

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  7. I really like how you embellished the leaf with beads. I wonder if it's the right size to go with the partial necklace you began? It looks like colors might work together. Those dragon eyes are awesome. I wonder what they will look like when you are finished.

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  8. Hi and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I love the wire wrapped leaf pendant and the freshwater pearl necklace .Post picture when you finish the pieces ..

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  9. I love the green colour you used in your first 3 pieces....they're all great! I can't wait to see what you do with the dragon's eye focal...so cool! And the moon pendant will be fabulous too. thanks for sharing what you managed to get done. sometimes life just gets in the way of our fun!

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  10. I love the way you reimagined that brass leaf! I have some like that and never thought to do that with them!

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  11. Louise - thanks so much for seeing this through and posting your progress! Please do post when you've finished so we can all ooo and ahhh with you!

    Linda
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
    http://cherryOnTopDesign.co

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  12. Thank you all for visiting my Blog, and for all the encouraging comments. I am continuing to work on finishing my designs and hope to have results to share soon!

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  13. The eyes are awesome as is the rest of the swap. I do love the leaf with the beads going down the stem! Great job!

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  14. I don't know if my comment posted, so I'll try it again, you can delete if it posted twice...
    I love your 'eyes' lol... they look great, are you going to do more to them? I think more of a dragon face would be wonderful! Ilove the pearl necklace and yes, it would look nice with a pendant, but it looks great now. I love the leaf, it will be good on the bracelet!

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  15. You are off to a fantastic start! I can't wait to see your finished pieces. Hopefully the family is doing better after this hectic time.

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  16. Great start! Can't wait to see the finished dragon eyes and the leaf pendant. Hope things are getting better!

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  17. Everything looks so promising! I really want to see what becomes of the dragon eyes and I like the beaded leaf pendant! The freshwater pearls necklace is good as is but a pendant would probably make it better. You've got some lovely colors to work with. And I hope there will be no need to relieve stress anymore, just beadwork for fun :)

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