Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our 2018 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partner

Every year we join the Bead Peeps Swap N Hop, an event where bloggers and Instagramers are assigned partners, swap beads, create, and post about their experience!  This years marks our 4th year in this event which is hosted by Linda Anderson (find her blog here at FromtheBeadBoard).

This year, we were partnered with Joanne Bell of the United Kingdom.  Joanne lives in a beautiful part of the country called Durham, and owns Twinkiedinky on Etsy and Facebook.  She creates the most whimsical jewelry designs and jewelry components.  Her designs often showcase natural elements like dried plants and wings encased in clear resin and metallic copper.  You can find her magical works on her Etsy shop and on her various Facebook groups.  Don't forget to check out her blog here at JoanneTinks on WordPress, too.  Below is just a smattering of the gorgeous designs she's created - there's so much wonderful color and texture! ♥ ♥ ♥

We're really excited to be partnered with Joanne this year, she's an artist that we very much admire.

We can't show off what we sent to our partner just yet, but when we receive her swap goodies we will be posting about that.  There will be several of us at Dry Gulch creating designs from our goodies, so be sure to check back when we post the big Reveal this March 26th!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dry Gulch Jewelry Roundup

It's been a while since we've blogged, but we're saddled up and ready to go for a big and fabulous year!  We have lots in store including new bead and craft shows, more content on our social platforms and much more.  Stay tuned as we'll be blogging more about that soon.  We started out this year with lots of de-cluttering, painting and rearranging of our pages, be sure to take a look at our newly redesigned website at and of course our new look on our blog here.  We're making a goal of really livening up our Instagram page too, which you can visit here, but we also wanted to showcase some of the jewelry we've been sharing.  Let us know what your favorite design is in the comments below!

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:  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  
Non-Seed Beaders    
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
Seed Beaders  
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

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!

March 24 & March 25 

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


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! 


March 25th - Saturday - 1pm to 3pm

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)

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 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:

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!