Sunday, May 15, 2016

2016 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop Reveal!

Reveal day!  We joined Linda Anderson's 2016 Bead Peeps Swap N' Hop this past January, and now we're ready for the epic conclusion!  In this Swap N' Hop, entrants swap bead mixes, create sparkly creations with those beads and reveal them.  We were partnered with Christina Hickman of Vintage Treasure Jewelry, and after we received our bead swap mix, we got our creative wheels turning!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/beadPeeps/


Christina sent a lovely assortment of handmade creations in a forest theme.  We received ribbon, handmade pewter bird and acorn charms, rough stones, a custom bead mix, Czech glass, artisan handmade pendants and more.  The colors were earthy greens and browns.  The Dry Gulch gals consist of 4 ladies, so we each took a handful of beads and handmade components, and began to put our own unique spins on them.

 


The first batch, a bracelet and necklace duo, was created by Jennifer, who is our resident lampworker.  She incorporated Christina's silk ribbon, glass beads and artisan-made pewter bird (painted a spring-time blue!).  She used our Ancient Alchemy chain in both the necklace and bracelet, and her own bumpy lampwork creation paired with a handmade porcelain leaf for the necklace's pendant.  Jennifer's favorite part was adding the blue to the bird for a pop of color.



The next creation was a necklace made by Catherine.  This piece was designed with Christina's custom bead mix, a handmade polymer toggle and an artisan pewter horse button.  Cat added Ancient Alchemy components like the filigree and ring, then hand-knotted the chain with turquoise and pearls.  The knotting was a challenge, but the final outcome was worth it!



The next set was created by Gianna, and she specializes in seed bead weaving.  Using Christina's bead mix and glass beads, Gianna wire-wrapped and seed beaded a bracelet and earrings using brick and peyote stitch.  She also added Jennifer's lampwork leaves to the earrings to complete the forest feel.  Gianna loved working the bird coins into the earrings!



The final creation was a collaboration between Deborah and Catherine.  Taking the handmade "A Forest is in an Acorn" pendant, Deborah worked her collage magic and added tiny handpainted charms and leaves for a forest wreath.  Catherine then sawed tiny falling leaves into a sheet of copper metal before riveting the assembled book jewelry to a leather journal.  They then added a Jennifer-created lampwork leaf and an artisan pewter acorn as book charms.  Deborah is a master at altering and making something what it isn't, she loves to transform!



A big thank you to Christina for sending us such a lovely mix of beads (and the chocolate, which we all fought over because it was so GOOD!).  Also, a big thank you to Linda Anderson for putting together this Swap N' Hop.  We can't wait to join next year.  Be sure to "hop" through all the participating blogs this year by clicking through the list below.  Thank y'all for stopping by! #beadpeepsswap #drygulchjewelry


Linda Anderson - Hostess - http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com
 
SEEDERS 
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher)http://kalaabhushan.blogspot.in/ 
 


46 comments:

  1. Wow ladies these pieces are just gorgeous and I love the book charms too.

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  2. What a fantastic collaboration of talented ladies! Beautiful piece's one just more stunning than the next amazing work!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Maria!

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  3. WOW - My favorite jewelry has to be Catherines - but that book! That book takes the cake! Fantastic job ladies

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    1. Thank you! We love that book too. :)

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  4. Incredible designs! I love how all your styles are so different yet it would all work together as a set.

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  5. Lovely creations and I just love the book :)

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  6. WOW! Stunning work ladies!!! Everything is beautiful, I especially love the book cover.

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    1. Thank you, we loved working on the book too!

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    1. Thank you Robin! So happy you like!

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  8. You guys did amazing. The blue pop of color just added so much to the piece Jennifer made My favorite is the earrings made by Gianna. The handmade toggle by Catherine was fabulous and that book well that is just so creative! Well done!!

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    1. Thank you! Blue is Jennifer' favorite color! The toggle was actually made by Humblebeads, but it added a lovely pop of color to the necklace Catherine made. Thank you so much!

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  9. Wonderful job ladies. My favorite is Catherine's. The book is a really close second.

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  10. Ladies you all did an amazing job. I love each and every piece.

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  11. Ladies - What BEAUTIFUL and CREATIVE pieces! I love the journal and the chicken earrings. =) I kinda love quirky. Y'all have such different points of views and strengths and it's awesome to see how y'all coordinated each piece. Great job, ladies!

    Linda
    http://fromTheBeadBoard.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Linda!! We can't believe how different we all are, considering we are all family. Thank you again for putting together such a fabulous Swap N' Hop!

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  12. How fun! All the works are so original, yet flow together like a beautiful collection.

    Rachel
    www.mintmonarch.com

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  13. You have made such great pieces with fantastic detailing. Please post bigger pictures so we can enjoy them completely

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    1. I've posted more and bigger photos on our Facebook page here ---> https://www.facebook.com/DryGulchBeadsandJewelry/posts/1186679041356922 Thank you!

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  14. I just love that all 4 of you worked on creations!! I love them all, but the book emelishment...OH MY!! GREAT JOB to all of you!! ~KM http://www.kraftymax.net/bead-peeps-swap-n-hop-2016/

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    1. Thank you!! We love breaking out of the box and working on funky things!

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  15. You all put the WOW in Wowza! I can't pick a single favorite since they are all so amazing!

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  16. Gorgeous pieces! Love the "book jewelry" - so creative!

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  17. Wow, you all did awesome work! I love those tiny bird beads and the jewelry book was awesome! I can't even begin to pick a favorite! Excellent work you all!

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    1. Thank you Veralynne! So glad you like. :)

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  18. Stunning work ladies! I don't even think I can pick a favorite...all so beautiful and different. I do love the journal...that was just crazy different and so many cool little elements! great work ladies!

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    1. Thank you Kari! We loved working on the journal too, now we need to fill it up with STUFF!

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    2. Love that first set, how you wove the ribbon through the chain pieces.

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    3. Thank you! We love to do mixed media in our jewelry!

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  19. All "forest" creations are so different and beautiful with lots of little details for added texture and interest! So far, the leather journal cover is the first non-jewelry item I've seen in the hop and it's outstanding!

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    1. Thank you so much! We loved working on the journal. :)

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  20. You all are so gifted with such unique vision. It's obvious why you're all so successful in your family adventure, you enhance each other and it's beautiful to see. I'm not just talking about your art, but the beauty of a team working in inspired harmony.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Teresa.

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  21. The journal charm was a complete surprise! I never thought to spruce up a journal with beads or charms.

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