Saturday, April 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop 2017 Big Reveal


Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Reveal!  We partner up with another blogger, SWAP a collection of beads, CREATE with our Swap beads and then HOP everyone's participating blogs to see what they created too.


This year we were partnered with Barbara Ann Price of Colorcopia Jewelry Designs.  As a fun twist this year, Barbara used Instagram to post her Swap collection.  You can find her Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/  Barbara sent a gorgeous mix of turquoise, green, black and white handmade lampwork beads and sterling silver findings (seen in the photo above).  


Above you can see what we sent to our partner Barbara.  She works almost exclusively in colorful designs, so we wanted to challenge her by sending a Swap collection of stones and hand forged copper pieces in a color range of purples, earthy tones and mauves.  


Our biggest challenge this year during the 3rd Annual Swap N' Hop was just finding time to create!  Between shows and events, it was tough finding time to just sit down and put our creative hats on.  However, we thoroughly enjoyed playing with the yummy turquoises and spring greens that our partner sent us.  Now, on to the collection of fun-ness that we created with our Swap goodies!

 
Deborah hand knotted this striking necklace using lampwork beads from Barbara.  These beads, created by artist RĂ©gis Teixera, are paired with vintage glass, crystals and sea glass.  The focal features a vintage chandelier crystal and a sterling silver hand-wrapped ring by artist Barbara Gumerson.  This necklace was a tough one for Deborah because of the very modern-looking lampwork beads, but she is very happy with the end result!


  
 
Gianna, who is our resident seed beader, made this fabulous design!  She used Barbara's enameled beads, baby lampwork spacers, aqua dagger beads and sterling silver toggle in this extravagant necklace inspired by the ocean.  She was dreaming of summer days by the water, so she created the sea horse pendant by drawing it out on a suede background and then filling it with seed beads and a crystal rivoli.


This white and black necklace was made by Jennifer and features lampwork beads also from Barbara.  Jennifer wire-wrapped filigree beads, rings, crystals and even the clasp in this necklace, and the focal features a collage of vintage washer parts, a brooch and rusted key for a touch of shabby style.  She also made lightweight earrings to match.


Finally, we have Catherine's creation.  We've been playing with leather bracelets and tassels lately, so she paired Barbara's Greek Mykonos silver triangle beads and green lampwork with leather and wire for a funky leather wrap bracelet.  This bracelet is also long enough to wear as a necklace!  The feather featured is a Dry Gulch original too.


We'd like to send a big thank you to Linda for this year's Swap N' Hop, and a thank you to our partner Barbara for all of the goodies she sent.  Don't forget to check out all of the participating blogs and Instagram accounts below!


Linda Anderson - Hostess - #BeadPeepsSwapNhop17
http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com  
  
  
Non-Seed Beaders    
Linda Anderson       http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
Christina Hickman    http://www.vintagetreasuresjewelry.blogspot.com
  
Catherine LaVite    http://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/
Barbara Price          http://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/
  
Kathy Lindemer        https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Linda Raggo        http://www.instagram.com/linda_raggo_
  
Marianne Baxter        http://simplyseablimejewelry.blogspot.com
Rachelle Walker        http://www.chellerydesigns.net/blog
  
Gloria Allen        http://wingsandbeads.blogspot.com
Ally Asato        https://instagram.com/purplemosspal
  
Robin Lynne Showstack    http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/
Naomi Knafla        https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/
  
Maria Rosa Sharrow    http://willowstreetshops.blogspot.com
Dana Phillips       http://www.neverwinterdesigns.blogspot.com
  
Michelle McCarthy    http://www.fireflydesignstudio.blogspot.com
Beth Blanc          https://www.instagram.com/beth.blanc.designs.jewelry/
  
Hope Smitherman        http://CraftyHope.com
Kari Asbury           https://www.instagram.com/kariasburyjewelry/
  
Shai Williams         http://www.shaihasramblings.com/
Betony Maiden         http://beadwenches.blogspot.com
  
Inge van Roos        http://ingetraud.wordpress.com
Kelly Hosford Patterson    https://www.instagram.com/pyxeestyx/
  
Kristina Peck        http://tealeavesandtinyhats.blogspot.com/
Lori Schneider        http://beadaddicted.blogspot.com
  
Rosantia Petkova       http://bairozan.blogspot.bg/
Erika Price         http://erikaprice.co.uk
  
Claire Fabian        http://saraccino.blogspot.de/
Rachel Mallis        http://www.sharpthingsblog.com
  
Deb Fortin           http://mhotistudio.blogspot.ca
Nicole Rennell         http://nicolerennell.com
  
Joanne Bell        https://joannetinks.wordpress.com/
Johana Nunez        http://www.artincendi.com
  
Sam Waghorn         http://palemooncreation.blogspot.co.uk
Natalie Davidson    http://www.northshoredays.com/
  
Robin Reed           http://www.willowdragon.blogspot.com
Faye Wolfenden        http://torchfairy.blogspot.com
  
Karin King        http://maverickbeads.blogspot.ca
Divya            http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
  
Rebecca White        http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi        http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in
  
Seed Beaders  
Rebecca White        http://morganafeycreations.wordpress.com
Palak Udeshi        http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in
  
Penny Houghton        http://smellynelly.blogspot.com.au
Krafty Max           http://www.kraftymax.net/blogposts/
  
Heather Canepa        http://www.desertjewelrydesigns.com
Ginger Bishop        http://lilmummylikes.blogspot.com
  
Katy Heider            http://onthepondcreations.blogspot.com/
Renetha Stanziano    http://lamplightcrafts.blogspot.com/
  
Becky Pancake        http://beckypancakebeaddesigns.blogspot.com/
Tina Pawass        https://freebirdsinnovations.blogspot.com
  
Mowse Doyle        http://www.midnight-leopard.com/
Tami Norris        https://www.instagram.com/taminorris79/
  
Minnette Miller       https://www.instagram.com/minnettemiller/
Veralynne Malone    http://www.veradesigns.blogspot.com


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Come See Dry Gulch at the Tulsa Bead Market


Come see Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry at the Tulsa Bead Market!  Visit us for findings in every style and color, sea glass, Dry Gulch lampwork, one-of-a-kind components, chain, tools, patinas, Dry Gulch exclusive painted pendants, vintage supplies, seed beads and so much more. 

Plus, we host classes, repair jewelry, demonstrate techniques and design custom creations.  It's a weekend of fabulous bead shopping!


Read below for more info on our classes and how to sign up, and a preview of all the new things we're bringing!

Date:
March 24 & March 25 

Time:
Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm


Admission:
FREE!
 
Location:

Fair Meadows Exhibit Hall/Simulcast Building/Fair Meadows Sports Grill Restaurant
4145 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74114
NEW!  We're having our Domed Collage class on Saturday ONLY. Be sure to sign up early for this 2 hour class as space is limited. Give us a call at 417-628-2828 to sign up.

Join Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry at the Bead Market on March 25th in Tulsa, OK for our Domed Collage class!
This lovely Domed Collage class will teach techniques like doming and decorative metal stamping.  We'll learn how to use snap rivets, doming blocks, decorative stamps and more.  When we're finished we'll have a one of a kind piece that can be used as pendant, decorative element for a bracelet, or even as a centerpiece for an art journal!  Bring your imagination for this class, it's time to play! 



When?




March 25th - Saturday - 1pm to 3pm
  

Where?  
Fair Meadows Exhibit Hall/Simulcast Building/Fair Meadows Sports Grill Restaurant
4145 East 21st Street
Tulsa, OK 74114 
 
What do I bring?  
Students should bring what is listed in the Tools and Materials lists (find this information below and on our website here).  It's okay if students don't have everything listed, Dry Gulch will have all of the tools and materials available for purchase.  Students are welcome to bring their own embellishments and extra tools to use in their class projects.


How much?
$20, plus materials
 
How do I sign up? 
To reserve your class spot, give Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry a call at 417-628-2828.  If you have any questions, do call Dry Gulch and we'll be happy to answer them.  Hurry, space is limited and filling up fast!


Materials List: 
* 5-7 metal discs, any metal and gauge
* Assorted filigrees, any metal
* Snap rivets
* Dimes and/or pennies (optional)

Tools List:

* Bench Block 

* Hammer 
* Metal file and/or sanding block 
* Power Hole Punch  
* Doming Block 
* Decorative embossing hammers 
* Decorative metal stamps 
* Stamp enamel 
* Patinas & paints (optional)
NEW BEADS, TOOLS AND MORE!

We're excited to show y'all our new finds!  We're bringing stunning new stones, new seed beads like 15s and Mini Duos, fantastic new findings in silver and antique brass, more fabulous tools, painted pendants and so much more.

If you're looking for something in particular, or would like us to bring your online order to the show, please call us at 417-628-2828 or email us at custserv@drygulch.com and we'll be happy to bring your items to the show.  We will also have jewelry repair and custom jewelry design on-site.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017 Swap Goodies Reveal



Our partner's Swap goodies arrived today!  There was a fantastic mix of fun things, but first check out what we sent our partner Barbara Price of ColorCopia Jewelry Designs on her Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRZSak4h9xa/?taken-by=colorcopiajewelrydesigns




We sent her an earthy mix of colors like coppers, purples and sand opals in beads such as garnets, crystals, mother-of-pearl and druzies.  Our partner Barbara works extensively with bold and colorful elements, we wanted to challenge her by sending a color palette with out-of-the-box textures and colors!  As part of the Swap N' Hop rules, we also sent handmade components like a hand forged copper pendant by Deborah, and lampwork floret headpins by Catherine.  We also sent antique copper plated chain, charms and findings.





Now on to the mix that arrived from our partner!!  Barbara works loves to collect and work with handmade lampwork beads, so she sent a lovely mix of lampwork in turquoises, blues and greens.  Artisans represented in this lampwork collection include Brenda Chamberlin, Joan Fogarty, Patty Thomas and Regis Teixera.  Our Swap partner also sent some fun findings in sterling silver.  Thank you Barbara, we're excited to work with all of these!

We already have some ideas on what we're doing with this colorful mix, so stay tuned for the Swap N Hop reveal this April 8th!


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2017 Partner Intro


We joined the 3rd Annual Swap N Hop this year!  Participants get matched with Partners, then Swap beads and handmade components with each other, create fabulous jewelry, then reveal what they created in a Blog Hop.  The gals at Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry are very excited to join this yearly Hop again!

This year, we are partnered with Barbara Ann Price of Colorcopia Jewelry Designs from Ohio, USA.  She creates strung jewelry out of lampwork beads that she loves to collect.  She has an entire wall of lampwork beads that she holds dear.


Her favorite metals to work with are sterling and gold, partly because she's allergic to other metals.  She has also created lampwork beads too, but now just likes to collect them.

As part of a Swap N Hop Twist this year, Barbara will be participating with an Instagram account.  Currently, she doesn't have anything on it but she's already working on photographing her collection of handmade lampwork jewelry to add to it.  You'll be able to see her Reveal on her account here: https://www.instagram.com/colorcopiajewelrydesigns/

Find out more about the Swap N Hop here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beadPeeps/

Stay tuned for our Swap N Hop Reveal on April 8th!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dry Gulch December 2016 Color Design Challenge

Design with color and inspire your creativity!

 Welcome to the
Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge!

Christmas Wreath

Every month Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry will be hosting a challenge for creative artisans everywhere.  Be inspired and unleash your creative talents!  What will you create?


 
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
This is to remind everybody that the Dry Gulch December 2016 Color Design Challenge will be the last Color Design Challenge from Dry Gulch Beads & Jewelry. We are expecting lots of designs and creativity for our last Color Design Challenge.


Use our colors to inspire your creativity!  Post your project using the color palette above.  Your design will be eligible to win either a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate to Dry Gulch Beads.


 
Anything can be created for this challenge, including;  finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants/pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, seed-bead art, sewing design, metal-smithing/art, paper crafting, clothing/fiber art, leather work, painting, even your favorite culinary delights (like cupcakes), etc.  Your project must be finished and created newly and specifically for our current monthly challenge.  Your project must include all the colors shown in the palette. The project may have other colors in it, but the official palette should be the main focus.  The sky is the limit!  Show us how creative you are with our color palette.
 

For this challenge, Dry Gulch is offering a $50 gift certificate prize to the Winner and a $25 gift certificate prize to the Runner-up.  The judges will be looking first for adherence to the color palette, and then second for creativity of the project’s design and then thirdly for effort.  You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.

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First and foremost, the judges look for color adherence.  If your completed project has all of the right colors, but your photographed entry does not reflect those colors, then that creates a real dilemma for the judges and a possible disappointment for you since we judge for color adherence first, based on your submitted photos!  Secondly, we judge for creativity and then thirdly for effort.  Photographs are an integral element for showing the judges what the project colors look like.  In a previous challenge, we had a project that was submitted with three different photographs, and in each photo the colors looked completely different and only one of those photographs best matched the color palette!  Remember, your photo must show us all of the criteria that we look for, but especially the colors.  Of course, you may submit more than one photograph of different angles and lighting of the same project and the judges will select the best photo that best matches the current challenge colors for posting on our website.

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Your judges (4 judges) will be the 3 generations of women who create at Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  The judges may create and post their own visions of the monthly color palette also, but for inspiration and presentation only. 


We’ll publish each created work on Facebook and on our official Challenge page on our website.  Add your photo to our Color Design Challenge Facebook Event or email us your photo to custserv@drygulch.com.  When uploading, you may add a description of your work.  If also Facebooking and/or blogging your Dry Gulch Color Design project, please add a link to the Challenge on your page.  You may also use our official Color Challenge blog badge, which can be found on the right sidebar of our blog. 
 
 
Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Saturday, December 31st, 2016.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dry Gulch Fall 2016 Shows Recap

We had a blast this Autumn show season!   We traveled all over the Midwest; from Oklahoma to Missouri to Arkansas.  Besides offering our beads and handmade jewelry for sale, we also had shabby hats, recycled boot belts, handmade bags and much more.

Some photos of our booth - we adapted our booth layout to each show.

 

We also created custom creations at each of our shows.  We worked on leather message bracelets, pendants and chains, and charm necklaces.  Take a look at some of the neat designs below!


We also hosted our Funky Wire Links class at the Tulsa Bead Market in Oklahoma and our Winter Bead & Jewelry Trunk Show in Arkansas.  Our students learned how to work with copper wire and made fabulous funky earrings with their wire links.  We had a blast!


Don't forget to come see us this December 9-10 in Oklahoma for the Tulsa 2 Friends & JUNK event, our final show of 2016.  Visit our website at www.drygulch.com for more info on our next show!