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Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

swapnhopbadgeWhat a great bunch of ladies in my Facebook group, Bead Peeps!   Linda Anderson, organized a bead swap and blog hop for this month.   We each got a partner and swapped some beads then had to get busy and design some pieces with what we received.  This is what I sent my partner, Shaiha Williams.


She sent me a bunch of really cool beads.  You can read about them here.


My muse took a break and left me after the Build a Line Challenge and I was worried I would never get done!  But, it’s finally time and here’s what I finished!

The first pieces I made were from the gorgeous goddess pieces she sent me.


I turned this into two necklaces.   I made a short choker type with just that little blue square.   The center hanger is sterling silver and I can reverse this piece and wear it plain.   That focal came from Clay Impressions.


This longer piece can be worn with the above.    I used that awesome little goddess charm and painted her blue and purple sky colors with lumiere paints.  and put her on a charm holder with a tiny spellbook, a candle I made from bone and beadcaps and one of my own bronze charms that says Blessed Be.  The blue glass pony beads have silver bead caps and smokey amethyst faceted crystals.  Silver infinity chain links are handmade by me.   These pieces are mine!  


Shaiha sent me some little lampwork bows made by Mandrel 2.   Now, the first thing I thought of when I saw those bows was how many “bad hair days” I have.  The least bit of humidity and my head looks like a dandelion gone to seed.  No lie!   So, I made a little polymer lady with “bad hair” as my focal.   I wanted to keep the bead level simple and focus on the bows so only used a few beads, some hunmetal links and chain that Shaiha sent.   I”m not totally happy with the lady’s face.  .  It does not seem to be defined enough.  I got to figure this out.  But she is ready enough to show here.


I had a totally different idea when I started this piece.   Shaiha sent me beautiful magnesite beads and some gorgeous blue butterflies that she painted herself.  I love the colors.  I also love butterflies flying around the flowers in the summer.   I wanted to make a resin piece.  So, using a picture frame bezel I got from B’Sue Boutiques and a picture I got from Graphic Stock, this is what emerged.  One butterfly lurking around the flowers and one emerging from his Hill Tribe Siilver cocoon.   The darker beads are Swarovski glass pearls and the wire and bead caps are copper.  I’m keeping this one too.   LOL


Remember when I said this little elephant from Okawa  Beads was adorable but I do  not do adorable and he would be my biggest challenge?   I sure had a time coming up with an idea.   I researched the significance of the elephant in African lore and Indian lore and came up with dignity and integrity and some other stuffy and honorable traits.    Well, this little guy, with his flowers and happy face was ready to party.      He wanted to prance and parade through the town!  I wanted beads that would bring out his flower colors so I used some ceramic beads I had and some sari silk for a festive look.   I loved the beads Shaiha sent, but these worked better for what I wanted to do.   Don’t you think he looks like a happy little guy?

Short side note to Shaiha:    I have a toddler grandson who loves to work with me.  He was fascinated with this little elephant.  Somehow, the tip of that jaunty little hat was broken when I next took it out of the bag  That is why there is a bead cap on the tip of his hat.  (I expect he might have had a run in with “the Justice League or some Transformers or perhaps a giant anaconda).  With a touch of silver Gilder’s Paste on the trim, it almost looks like it belongs there.


Because the beads I used for the elephant were so large, I could not incorporate  the little elephant clasp.  And he is so cute!   So I made some sari silk bangles and still thinking about  Africa, I used bright colors.   This is a set and he is perfect for a charm.   I’m going to  put some bells on these bracelets too.


Anyhow, you can see I had a good time.   Please stop by Shairha’s blog and see what she made with what I sent to her.   Here is a list of the rest of the hoppers.   Check them out.

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop 2015 
Partner List  

 Our Hostess: Linda Anderson from http//

Linda Anderson
Marica Zammit
Linda Anderson
Jessica Hocutt
Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Debbie Jeffries http://wordpress/debrasdivinedesigns/
Rosantia Petkova
Shalini Austin
Catherine La Vite
Annica Larsson
Lori Schneider
Divya N
Mowse Doyle
Fay Wolfenden
Kathy Lindemer
Claire Fabian
Janice Warden Bergeron
Natalie Davidson
Deb Fortin
Inge von Roos
Karen Mitchell
Robin Reed
Marie Covert
Alicia Marinache
Nan Smith
Johana Nunez
Kelly Hosford Patterson
Lori Blanchard
Sue Kennedy
Shai Williams
Niky Sayers
Melissa Trudinger
Candida Castleberry
Erin Guest
Nicole Rennell
Ien Temaluru
Robin Showstack
Sam Waghorn
Marianne Baxter
Elsie Deliz-Fonseca
Shai Williams
Lee Koopman      X (you are here)
Jayne Capps
Marti Conrad
Tina Bosh
Eleanor Thomas
Jeanne Steck
Gloria Allen
Rachel Mallis!blog/c1jlz
Andrea Glick
Stephanie Stamper
Chris Haussler
Betony Maiden
Kari Asbury
Jenny Kyrlach
Colleen Foley
Marybeth Rich
Marcy Lamberson
Dyanne Everett-Cantrell
Ginny Lones
Maria Rosa Sharrow
Loretta Carstensen
Dolores Raml
Michelle McCarthy
Louise McCormick-Glazier
Heather Richter
Tammy Adams
Shirley Moore
Seed Beaders
Susanne Stelljes
Sheila Prosterman
Pallavi Asher
Jami Shipp
Peggy Kosier
Andra Weber
Catherine King
Krafty Max
Sierra Barrett
Lois Sherwood
Katy Heider
Rebecca Robertson   (White)
Heather Richter
Brandy Collier
Stephanie Haussler
Lori Blanchard
Kathleen Breeding
Becky Pancake
Renetha Stanziano
Tami Norris
Ginger Bishop
Peggy Johnson


May 2, 2015 - Posted by | challenges, fashion, Jewelry | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. How brilliant to use the bows with the messy hair – I LOVE it! =) You were SO CREATIVE! I don’t blame you for wanting to keep them – I would, too! =) Great job!


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    Comment by yoda14me2 | May 2, 2015 | Reply

    • I love it when you tell me I’m brilliant! LOL I had a blast! This was so much fun and I had such a good partner. Thanks Linda for putting it all together!


      Comment by stregajewellry | May 2, 2015 | Reply

  2. I think you’re muse returned without a doubt. Even the adorable elephant is wonderful. My favorite , even though I adore e Goddess pendant, is the Blue Butterly necklace.


    Comment by Catherine King | May 2, 2015 | Reply

    • Oh, Catherine, I am so glad you like the butterfly necklace. I am unsure of it myself. Sometimes, I make something and am not sure it is what I had in mind. Thanks


      Comment by stregajewellry | May 2, 2015 | Reply

  3. You can really tell that you had fun with this Lee 🙂

    Bad hair day necklace haha I love it! 1) Because of the originality and creativity and 2) because I am the queen of bad hair days! lol

    I love all your pieces really. Love elephants so of course I loved your elephant pieces. I especially liked the bracelet because I love fibers.

    The goddess necklace is out of this world beautiful.

    Was nice seeing you having fun experimenting with different styles than you normally make. Great job!


    Comment by Marica Zammit | May 2, 2015 | Reply

    • Marica, I think Bad Hair Day is something a LOT of ladies can relate to.


      Comment by stregajewellry | May 2, 2015 | Reply

  4. Wow Lee I am in awe of what you created with the beads I sent you. It was such a pleasure having you as a partner and meeting such a kindred soul.

    My favorite has to be the Goddess combo especially with that handmade chain. It is just incredible!

    I can definitely see why you are keeping the butterfly necklace. It is so creative and unique that there is NO way I would be able to let it go either.

    I will confess that I was really curious what you would do with the bows. They are such striking beads that I had to get them but then I was baffled as to what to do with them. Bad Hair Days is so perfect for them.

    Both elephants look like they have a happy home and that bead cap looks like that it was meant to be. Who knows, maybe it was 🙂 The little guy is now dressed in his finery and ready to attend his party. Those bracelets are so rich and exotic!


    Comment by Shaiha Williams | May 2, 2015 | Reply

    • Thanks Shaiha. I had a blast with these. And how did I know the goddess set would be your fav and mine? LOL


      Comment by stregajewellry | May 2, 2015 | Reply

  5. Everyone’s gotta love the bad hairday necklace!

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    Comment by Kathleen Breeding | May 2, 2015 | Reply

  6. Cool calm sea, a pretty cottage garden, a classy candle lit dinner and a hot samba party late into the night. These are some of the thoughts going through my mind as I look at these beautiful pieces. Lovely!

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    Comment by Shalini | May 3, 2015 | Reply

  7. Looks like your muse returned with a bang! what a gorgeous lot of jewellery you made. Your goddess necklace is sublime and i love how you coloured the focal. The blue butterfly necklace is a stunner too, all in all i love all your pieces.

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    Comment by sam w | May 3, 2015 | Reply

  8. Beautifully done, Lee. I really love the wire bail on that first necklace. All of your wire work is gorgeous. And congrats on managing to use the cute little elephant in a lovely design. The frizzy hair day necklace is so fun. (I also have “environmental” hair and never knew how frizzy it could be until I moved from AZ to the mid-Atlantic.)


    Comment by Tammy Adams | May 3, 2015 | Reply

  9. Wow! Those bangles are gorgeous!


    Comment by Rachel | May 3, 2015 | Reply

  10. You made so many wonderful pieces for the hop! Each has it’s own personality.

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    Comment by beadlove | May 3, 2015 | Reply

  11. where to start……LOVE the alteration of that goddess charm and I can def see why you’d keep the necklace – it’s gorgeous! So’s the butterfly necklace – great composition. Whether you do cute or not – that little elephant with a hat is adorable! and the bead cap addition is perfect in my book. The earthy tones of the last piece remind me of fall in new england…..they’re just lovely


    Comment by alainnjewelry | May 4, 2015 | Reply

  12. What unique and wonderful creations! And I just love that cute little elephant 🙂


    Comment by motidana ( Pallavi Asher ) | May 4, 2015 | Reply

  13. You’ve made an incredible collection of jewelry for this challenge. I love all the different colours and designs. My favorite is the simple blue one at the beginning. You sure had a lovely stash of beads to work with and did a fabulous result.


    Comment by Nan Smith | May 4, 2015 | Reply

  14. I love the sheer variety to your pieces–and they are all gorgeous! I honestly don’t think I can pick a favorite… Wonderful work! 🙂

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    Comment by Jenny Kyrlach | May 5, 2015 | Reply

  15. So many great pieces but my favorites are the first two. Gorgeous goddess goodies made into stunning pieces! If you ever want to re-home those two you can just send them my way 😉


    Comment by Kari Asbury | May 7, 2015 | Reply

  16. I love elephants! Each piece looks great, good job!


    Comment by Marti C | May 7, 2015 | Reply

  17. Great assortment of goodies you created! I love the background stories on how/why they came to be! Awesome 🙂


    Comment by peacock & lime | May 8, 2015 | Reply

  18. That’s one great eye candy post!!!
    I love everything but specially that cute elephant with hat 🙂
    Great job!!!!


    Comment by ienmagination's jewelry | May 11, 2015 | Reply

  19. Love the turquoise necklace with the butterfly,, well done


    Comment by Fay Wolfenden | May 11, 2015 | Reply

  20. All your creations have unique designs and stories to tell! The butterfly necklace is my favorite but also your wirework, the bad hair day idea and the colors of the “African” bracelets!

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    Comment by Rosantia Petkova | May 13, 2015 | Reply

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