Our partner this year was Rozantia Petkova from Bulgaria! She is a regular jeweler blogger known for her accomplished wire work designs, especially creations with beautiful sea glass. We were so excited to have her as our partner this year, her passion for her craft really shines through in her wonderful creations. ♥
We sent Rozantia a curated collection of beads that focused on gorgeous lampwork beads and a lampwork pendant made by the Dry Gulch gals. We also sent glass, crystal and stones plus Shibuichi findings. We can't wait to see what Rozantia creates with her Swap N Hop mix!
Petrovna Lampwork in Bulgaria, a cute hand painted pebble by Bulgarian artist Niuffa, a flower ceramic component from an artist in Kentucky, USA and finally a BEAUTIFUL hand wrapped sea glass pendant from Rozantia along with her own decoupaged washi tape wood beads.
Each of us tackled a specific item in this collection - the wide range of artisan pieces really made us think out of the box!
Bead Peeps Swap N Hop this year! Participants had to add something colored in the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year to our projects. The color is Classic Blue, so we sent metallic blue crystal beads for Rozantia's project, and she sent us a handmade washi tape bead in Classic Blue for our project.
Our first creation came from Gianna, our resident seed beader! She used Rozantia's washi tape beads as beautiful accents for her design. She was inspired by the Asian style the washi beads exhibited, so she hand forged an oriental inspired pendant out of iron wire and dangled a gorgeous mother of pearl "gong" pendant from it. The beautiful Classic Blue bead in the pendant (as well as several beads in the chain) is Rozantia's washi tape creation. Gianna also wired together two matching linked chain necklaces with vintage glass, freshwater pearls and blue Chalcedony stones. To really bring a taste of the Orient to this design, she also incorporated several colors and shapes of lovely cloisonne beads!
The other artisan piece was a fabulous black Angel Cat bead made by the same Bulgarian artists that created the Hamsa Hand focal. Catherine loves to wear bracelets and earrings, so she incorporated the Angel Cat into a multi-strand boho leather bracelet. We've actually featured this Gypsy Spirit bracelet design in several classes for our bead shows, but Catherine used copper glass rings and Czech wampum tubes to "weave" the leather cording in her Angel Cat bracelet. The clasp features a gorgeous red and gold Czech glass button too.
Finally, Rozantia's beautiful wire wrapped sea glass focal didn't need much to create a gorgeous necklace! In this collaboration, Deborah hand knotted olivine sea glass beads and sparkling crystals on nylon cord. Catherine then forged the "bail" connector and the clasp from brass and copper wire to finish off the hand knotted necklace. This necklace absolutely glows and we love the nature-like colors. ♥
Thank you all for viewing our 2020 Swap N Hop creations! We want to send Linda Anderson of Bead Peeps a big thank you for hosting the 6th Annual Swap N Hop. Don't forget to hop to all the links below to see what the other Swap participants created!
2020 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partners!
NON Seed Beaders
Linda Anderson (Hostess) http://www.instagram.com/cherryontopdesign
Nadine Edris http://www.facebook.com/MoondanceJewelryMaine
Rozantia Petkova https://bairozan.blogspot.com/
Catherine La Vite https://drygulchbeadsandjewelry.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE!
Kari Asbury https://www.facebook.com/kariasburyjewelry/
Divya N https://www.jewelsofsayuri.com
Joanne Bell https://www.facebook.com/twinkiedinkyshop/
Sarah Reid http://www.instagram.com/sarahreiddesigns
Gloria Allen https://www.facebook.com/GloriaAllenDesigns/
Jenny Kroeger http://www.facebook.com/reliccharm
Michelle Marson https://www.instagram.com/ellecountry/
Inge von Roos https://ingetraud.wordpress.com/
Colleen Foley https://www.facebook.com/colleenfoleycreations/
Marde Lowe http://fancimardesigns.blogspot.com
TerryJeanette Carter http://tappingflamingo.blogspot.com
Beccy Peterson https://www.facebook.com/Beccyp58/
Jackie Marchant http://www.instagram.com/jackiemariemarchant
Kathy Lindemer https://bay-moon-design.blogspot.com/
Dora Oresic https://www.facebook.com/nakitich/
Palak Udeshi https://www.facebook.com/udeshipalak/
Christina Hickman https://www.instagram.com/laughingsalmon/
Allison Rochelle http://www.instagram.com/akwindsong
Tina Hemr http://instagram.com/mariecaroldesigns
Naomi Knafla https://www.instagram.com/naomiknafla/?hl=en
Renetha Stanziano https://www.instagram.com/rrstanzi/?hl=en
Heather Canepa http://www.instagram.com/canepaheather