Sunday 9 April 2017

The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2017

Hi Everyone,

It's that time of the year again! The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop.
This year I was paired up with Sam Waghorn from Pale Moon Creations.
Sam's work is amazing and I was very nervous when I received her package as I wanted to do her proud. Here are the awesome items I received from Sam.

 So... Straight into the reveal.

 It was really hard to take a photo of this Quartz necklace but it's gorgeous in real life. I wrapped the end of the crystal with wire so that I could use it on a necklace. Simple and striking.

I decided to incorporate the natural agate beads into a memory wire bracelet inspired by a river - the rocks and grey fast flowing waters. This is my favourite piece.

For something different I used the dragonfly clasp as a focal for this simple bracelet that also includes the beautiful cracked purple beads from Sam's collection.

I love Amethyst and these delicate beads were perfect for a simple chain bracelet. I cant wait to wear this one.

I found this last piece the most challenging. I made and remade the bracelet a number of times, trying to match the colours in the focal, but in the end I realised that it doesn't have to match. And I love how it turned out.

I know my pieces consist mainly of bracelets this year, but I hope you enjoyed my creations. Please pop along to Sam's blog - Pale Moon Creations and see what she made with the beads I sent to her. Then hop over to Linda's blog - From the Bead Board to check out all the other participants this year.

For a bit of fun, have a look at my 2015 and 2016 hops too.

Thanks for stopping by,

Take care everyone


  1. I love that your creations are mostly bracelet. I struggle with bracelets, and having beautiful examples like these is really inspiring. My favorite is the one you made with the clasp piece. It's so cool. However, all of the pieces you made are striking. I'm sure your partner will be very proud!

  2. Hi Natalie, The quartz necklace is a simple but striking use of your swap bead.The memory wire bracelet does remind me of a river. The dragonfly bracelet is my favorite. The simple chin lets the amethyst nuggets be the star.Great job.

  3. I agree with Becky, Opaque is striking. Dragonfly stole my heart though. Beautiful work.

  4. I think you have made some of my favourite pieces in this swap so far. Can't really put my finger on why but your amethyst bracelet in it's simple beauty is making my heart go squishy. Just lovely.

  5. Super cute pieces. I think the one beige bead and the light blue petals of the flowers tie in with the dragonfly nicely.

  6. What delightful pieces, Natalie! I absolutely love the flower bracelet and the dragonfly one. You are a bracelet MASTER! Beautiful work and great post! 💜

  7. Great job of creating pieces that look natural and very serene - great for the scorching summer

  8. Dragonfly Garden and Down By The River are my favorites! It's funny that we both name our pieces. Beautiful work!

  9. Wow Natalie, you have made some gorgeous pieces with the beads i sent. I adore how you used the dragonfly clasp so different! The quartz necklace looks lovely and fresh with the wire wrap. Each bracelet that you have made looks delightful, its great to see how you used the beads. Thank you so much for all the goodies you sent me and for being a wonderful swap partner.

  10. They're all so lovely! I think my favorite is the dragonfly one!

  11. All your pieces are beautiful! The idea to use the clasp in the adjustable bracelet is so clever and it made a pretty focal! And another clever idea - this big bead on the memory wire bracelet actually covers one end of it and serves as a focal, right?

  12. I love the winged theme throughout. Such beautiful pieces


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