I've discovered bead swapping!
Yes, yes, I know, people have been trading beads since beads were
invented. I just wasn't aware that it was as organized as it is and
or how much FUN it is!
I hopped on the Swapping Wagon first with Lori
Anderson's Pantone Summer 2012 Bead Swap (see my previous blog) and was instantly
addicted. I'm still working on the projects from that swap -
too little time, too many ideas.
Then I discovered that an old acquaintance, Nicole Weltch, is the Chief-in-Charge at
Bead Swap, USA has different kinds of bead swaps and jewelry
challenges going on a monthly basis. I've delighted in renewing my friendship
with Nicole, who was with Bead Babe here in Sacramento.
She's since moved to Arizona with her husband and infant son.
I'm also been making some new contacts and friends including Lindsay
Starr of Phantasm
Creations. I'm in total awe of this lady's skills and flair!
Anyway, back to swapping... I signed
up for a Person to Person Swap that called for rainbow colored glass
beads. Nicole paired me with Chris Schlicht up in Washington. We
are both newbies to the bead swapping scene. I think I might have
screwed up on the intent of the swap which was to send your swap
partner some of each color in the standard rainbow. I interpreted it
as sending some of one or two of the colors so that's what we did.
Chris favors reds and purples and I generally opt for greens, blues,
and purples. I put together a package of reds in several shapes and
sizes along with some Tibetan silver spacers, a pewter leaf clasp,
and a pewter medallion. I didn't take a picture of what I sent off
but I'm pretty sure Chris got the package and will enjoy the goodies.
Here's what Chris sent me:
Included was a gorgeous dichroic seahorse pendant, a wonderful frog bead, pale green crystal bicones and teardrop fringe beads, 2 strands of blue/purple fire polished rounds, some really cool Tibetan silver rondelle spacers, two conch shell charms, a pair of dichroic snake beads and sprinkling of borosilicate glass beads. All very, very nice. In addition, Chris included 2 bars of her handmade soap and a sack of pheasant feathers from her own pheasant. It was like Christmas around here! Thank you, Chris!
The second swap I've jumped onto is
Anderson's Bead Soup Blog Party. Lori is hostessing this immense
bead swap from her blog, Pretty
Things, and has a FaceBook page dedicated to keeping participants
The detail on this swap is that you're to send a focal component, a decorative clasp, and some
coordinating beads to your partner. When received you make a piece
of jewelry using all or part of the item you received. You're to
post a picture of the piece on your blog on your scheduled reveal date and then hop from blog to
blog to see what everyone else has created. Sounds like fun!
With 400 participants, there will be
three reveal dates. Mine is 7/28 so I better get busy! My partner in crime for this swap is Stacie
Stamper in North Carolina. She's a sweet lady who's expecting her
first wee bairn so she's got a lot of prepping to do. I was tickled
pink to receive my beads from her. She hit the nail right on the
head with things I like – blue/green, hummingbirds, vintage.
I'm already planning a necklace with everything sent plus some Peruvian opal pieces I've been hoarding for a while. Thank you, Stacie!!
Being the dingbat that I am, i didn't take a photo of the things that I sent out to
Stacie but luckily for me, she DID. The photo is posted on her blog, Park Avenue
, which, by the way is hella cute, filled with recipes, clever tips, and vignettes from her life. Reading through her entries, I feel as is we've been friends for a while.
What's next? I'm signed on for a Traveling Bead Swap Box with Bead Swap USA
. I'll chatter about that in my next blog.