Saturday, April 8, 2017

Swap N Hop Reveal

This is the Third annual Swap N Hop the brainchild of  Linda Anderson.  We submit our names earlier in the year and Linda matches us up with a partner.  You each send to your partner a focal and a clasp and some beads.  This is what I sent my partner Rachelle Walker.

I sent her a light lavender focal by bead artist Debbie Hull and a fold over magnetic clasp and some various beads in green and purple

a close up of the focal.  Can't quite get the colors right in the photo.

Here is what Rachelle sent me:  Some beautiful handmade beads, chocolate brown beads some green gemstone beads and a fabulous hand made focal.
A close up of the focal...The colors are beautiful with this purple, orange, blue and green wavy pattern down the length.

A great textured antique copper clasp

 some copper bead caps

And some handmade beads

Here is the final necklace.  I used some amber ice chip beads and some bright orange beads from my stash, and incorporated tri-color chain. I only used a few of the gemstone green beads and then added the chocolate brown faceted beads.

Close up of the focal 

 and then the two final pieces I made.

The bracelet: I used one of Rachelle's handmade beads, the green gemstone beads and the chocolate brown beads with a great copper clasp I have been dying to use.  Then I made simple earrings using the tri-color chain and the orange beads.

Hope you like what I did with these great components.  
Please visit all the other partners in the hop!

Linda Anderson
Christina Hickman
Catherine LaVite
Barbara Price

Kathy Lindemer
Linda Raggo

Marianne Baxter
Rachelle Walker
Gloria Allen
Ally Asato

Robin Lynne Showstack
Naomi Knafla
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Dana Phillips
Michelle McCarthy
Beth Blanc

Hope Smitherman
Kari Asbury
Shai Williams
Betony Maiden
Inge van Roos
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Kristina Peck
Lori Schneider
Rosantia Petkova
Erika Price
Claire Fabian
Rachel Mallis
Deb Fortin
Nicole Rennell
Joanne Bell
Johana Nunez
Sam Waghorn
Natalie Davidson
Robin Reed
Faye Wolfenden
Karin King
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Rebecca White
Palak Udeshi
Penny Houghton
Krafty Max
Heather Canepa
Ginger Bishop
Katy Heider
Renetha Stanziano
Becky Pancake
Tina Pawass
Mowse Doyle
Tami Norris
Minnette Miller
Veralynne Malone


  1. You did a great job pulling colors from the focal to include in the completed necklace. I hope you had some fun in the process too!

  2. Hi Marianne, Great job using your swap beads. Your design let the focal really stand out. It is great that all of your pieces can be worn together.

  3. Those colours are so rich and yummy. What a glorious necklace. I could eat it up!

  4. Love the boldness of the necklace and the drops with the little end squiggles are cute as can be. I love how you made all the pieces so that they could be worn as a set, but not too matchy.

  5. Very pretty! I love the chocolates and greens together...the pop of orange is just the right earthy bright touch.

  6. Love what you did with the enameled pendant, the little dangles really set it off.

  7. The necklace is fantastic - love the beads and colors that totally complement and highlight the focal! I think the green tones bracelet is a good match as it doesn't compete with the necklace. The use of the twisted chain links for the earrings is such a great idea as these chains tend to twist but they work great in the earrings!

  8. Very nice work. well done. love the focal and the combination of beads

  9. BEAUTIFUL pieces! I love the necklace and how you pulled the orange out of the focal....sooooo gorgeous!

  10. BEAUTIFUL pieces! I love how you pulled the orange out of the focal....just lonely! Great work!

  11. Really cool work! I love that bracelet!

  12. What lovely pieces, that focal is beautiful


Thank you for your comments. I would love to hear what you think of my desgns