Saturday, July 20, 2013

"Bead Hoarders Blog Hop" Reveal!

We happily call ourselves "bead hoarders."   It sounds rather derogatory, but simply means that we search and search to find beads, components, and findings we love long before we plan to use them, so that when a jewelry design opportunity comes our way, we often find the perfect beads needed already in our "stash," hidden safely away in drawers, cabinets, and containers galore!   Beads are our treasures! And some are just nearly too precious for us to part with!   Some, we will part with only for what we see as the most perfect design we can imagine. 
Just a wee-bit of my bead storage!

If anyone recognizes this, Lori Anderson does.   And so this summer, she organized the "Bead Hoarders Blog Hop" in an attempt to pry some of our most cherished prizes from our clenched fists in the hopes we would design some of our best jewelry ever.    Nearly 170 designers have joined her in sharing our best attempts.   I hope everyone will enjoy seeing what we've been "hoarding!"  

So what about me?   I confess, I hoard a lot of beads!   I'm especially fond of handmade lampwork and pottery art beads.   I also have containers full of Czech glass crystals, gemstones, metal, and other natural beads.   I like textiles so I have boxes of ribbons and I like working with metals so a good part of my work space is dedicated to working and storing things related to that.    But back to my beads....

It was hard to pick one, but I did.  I picked one I had wanted to work with for months, but had not been able to get to, and so this inspiring bead was my starting place:

Coral Purple Turquoise Murrini Handmade Lampwork Glass Focal BeadBy Leslie Deaunne of Bead Bijoux
I loved the colors here: turquoise, purple, and coral, and it gave me a great opportunity to pair it with more of my favorite lampwork and stone beads in similar colors, as well as with silver!   So much potential!   I started by just digging for beads that would go with it, then narrowing them back down to what I wanted to use.

I'm not sure if it was the bead design or the bead colors that instantly made me think of the American Southwest, but I was never in any doubt about my jewelry design.  I added small purple and turquoise rondelles and silver plated wafers to the focal, then added a silver-plated lizard charm I'd been saving for something just like this!  A carnelian bead became a dangle.   Wa-la!  The focal!

I was ready to build the major front part of the necklace string.  In addition to turquoise howlite, blue/green Greek Mykonos Ceramic beads, orange Jasper, and sterling silver beads, I used 4 pairs of handmade lampwork spacer beads:

From left to right:
purple:  Kerry, Crazy Lady Glass
orange:   Jason Powers, Powers Art Studio
rusty brown:   Jason Powers, Powers Art Studio
turquoise and black:   Lisa, Art by Lisi

I embossed aluminum for this handmade bail.  
For other handmade bails visit Sharyl's Jewelry.

I had planned to use silver ox chain for the rest of the necklace, but changed my mind as I went further.  I decided to try a double row of  fairly large seed beads on each side instead.

One was in shades of blue and turquoise.  The other had a few orange and purple added.   I made a clasp from sterling silver filled wire.   

Then I found I needed a connector to the previous section and went through every silver bead I had and nothing seemed quite large enough.  I settled instead on these large rondelle Fire Turquoise beads with sterling silver bead caps to pull the two sections of the necklace together.   

My "bead hoarders" necklace was complete!

Thanks for stopping by today!  

My sincere gratitude to Lori Anderson, for inspiring me, and so many others, in so many ways!   Please visit her blog and these other participants to see more designs!

1.  Lori Anderson, Pretty Things
2. Nancy Dale, NEDBeads
3. Roxanne Mendoza, Roxi Designs
4.  Melissa Trudinger, beadrecipes
5.  Rana Lea, Rana Lea Designs
6.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  10.  Erin Guest, Renlish

11.  Joan Williams, lilruby jewelry
12. Diane Hawkey, Diane Hawkey
13.  Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
14.  Sue Kennedy, SueBeads
15.  Lisa Cone, Inspired Adornments
16.  Kari Asbury, Hippie Chick Design
17.  Nichole Byers, Nichole Byers
18.  Lori Jean Poppe, Adventures in Creativity
19.  Linda Landig, Linda's Bead Blog and Meanderings
20.  Lori Schneider, Bead Addict

21.  Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
22. Cece Cormier, The Beading Yogini
23.  Niki Sayers, Silver Nik Nats
24.  Elsie Deliz-Fonseca, Eliz-Eliz and All That Craft
25.  Amber Dawn, Inventive Soul
26.  Heather Powers, Humblebeads
27.  Sarah Goode, Pookledo
28.  Monique Urquhart, A Half-Baked Notion
29.  JJ Jacobs, Coming Abstractions
30.  Cheri Reed, Creative Designs by Cheri

31.  Robyn, Museiddity
32.  Catherine King, Catherine's Musings
33.  Jacquie, Bead Gypsy
34.  Janet McDonald, Singing Woods
35. Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreations
36.  Tanty Sri Hartanti, TJewellicious by Tanti
37.  Hannah Rosner, Good River Valley
38.  Rochelle Brisson, A Creative Chelle
39.  Nelly May, Smelly Nelly
40.  Skylar Bre'z, Brising Beads

41.  Beti Horvath, Stringing Fool
42.  Christie Murrow, Charis Designs
43.  Leanne Loftus, First Impression Design
44.  Valerie Norton, Hot Art
45.  Judy Riggs, Rigglettes
46.  Crystal Thain, Here Bead Dragons
47.  Terry Carter,  Tapping Flamingo
48.  Sue, Mid-Life Great Expectations
49.  Nan Smith, Wired Nan
50.  Miranda Ackerley, MirandAck Arts

51.  Marie Covert, Creating Interest
52.  D'Arsie Manzella, This Here Now, Mamacita
53.  Stephanie Haussler, Pixybug Designs
54.  Lori Bergmann, Lori Bergmann Design
55.  Johanna Nunez, The Lovely One Design
56.  Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
57.  Becky Pancake, Becky Pancake Bead Designs
58.  Alicia Marinache, All the Pretty Things
59.  Debbie Rasmussen, A Little of This, A Little of That
60.  Nat, Grubbi Ceramics

61.  Marjorie Savill Linthwaite, Bennu Bird Rising
62.  Cheryl McCloud, One Thing Leads to Another
63.  Heather Otto, The Crafthopper
64.  Candida Castleberry, Spun Sugar Beadworks
66.  JuLee Wolfe, The Polymer Penguin
67.  Ginger Bishop, Lil Mummy Likes
68.  Karen Mitchell, Over the Moon Design
69.  Jeannie Dukic, Jeannie's Blog
70.  Dini Bruinsma, Angaza by Changes

71.  Birgitta Lejonklou, Create With Spirit
72.  Shalini Austin, Jewellery by Shalini
73.  Jayne Capps, Mama's Got to Doodle
74.  Ile Ruzza, Ilenia's Unique Beaded Jewelry
76.  Annita Wilson, AW Jewelry 
77.  Sherri Stokey, Knot Just Macrame
78.  Hannah Trost, PZ Designs
79.  Linda Inhelder, Must Haves Jewelry
80.  Miri Agassi, Beadwork

81.  Hope Smitherman, Crafty Hope
82.  Dyanne Cantrell, Dee-Liteful Jewelry Creations
83.  Susan Bowie, Susan Nelson Bowie
84.  Megan Milliken, MaeMaeMills
85.  Menka Gupta, Menka's Jewelry
86.  Ambra Gostoli, Chic and Frog
87.  Lori Lochner, Bloghner
88.  Gerda Jurimae, Gerda's Crafts Blog
89.  Susan, Mistheword
90.  MaryLou Holvenstot, MaryLou's time2cre8

91.  Mary Shannon Hicks, falling into the sky
92.  Karin King, The Sparklie Things Blog
93.  Christa Murphy, Adventures of One Beady Woman
94.  Jenny Davie-Reazor, Jenny Davies-Reazor
95.  Donetta Farrington, Simply Gorgeous
96.  Mallory Hoffman, Rosebud 101 - For the Love of Beads
97.  Danielle Kelley, Imbue the Muse
98.  Kym Hunter, Kym Hunter Designs
99.  Dolores Rami, CraftyD's Creations
100.  Marcia Dunne, 13 Alternatives

101.  Marlene Cupo, Amazing Designs
102.  Emma Todd, A Polymer Penchant
103.  Wendy Holder, Jewelry by WendyLea
104.  Michelle Escano, The Cabby Crafter
105.  Louise Glazier, Lily and Jasmine Treasures
106.  Dana Hickey, Wind Dancer Studios
107.  Lennis Carter, windbent
108.  Anne Betenson, Crystal River Beads
109.  Audrey Belanger,  Dreams of an Absolution
110.  Lisa Stukel, Carefree Jewelry by Lisa

111.  Janine Lucas, Travel Stories
112.  Claire Lockwood, Something to Do With Your Hands
113.  Kathy Engstrom, Catherine's Dreams
114.  Paula Hisel, Simply Beadiful
115.  Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
116.  Mischelle Fanucchi, Micheladas Musings
117.  Kim, Cianci Blue
118.  Linda Sadler, Ida Louise Jewelry
119.  Karen, Spokalulu
120.  Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Bead and Jewelry

121.  Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
122.  Karen Martinez, Fairies Market
123.  Robin Reed, Artistry HCBD
124.  Amy Bright, LABweorc
125.  Jasvanti Patel, Jewels by Jasvanti
126.  Tammie Everly, TTE Designs
127.  Karin Slaton, Backstory Beads
128.  Natalie Moten, Running Out of Thread
129.  Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry & Reflections  <----
130.  Jenny Kyrlach, Wonder and Whimsy

131.  LiliKrist, Handmade by LilK
132.  Jessica Klaaren, The Truth Space
133.  Cynthia Abner, Created Treasures
134.  Beth Emery, Stories by Indigo Heart
135.  Heather Davis, Blissful Garden Beads
136.  Jeanne, Gems by Jeanne Marie
137.  Sandi Volpe, Sandi Volpe
138.  Laren Dee Barton, Laren Dee Designs
139.  Steph, Confessions of a Bead Hoarder
140.  Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

141.  B. R. Kuhlman, Mixed Mayhem
142.  Patty Miller, Cabari Beads
143.  Elizabeth Bunn, Elizabeth Beads
144.  Marianna Boylan, Pretty Shiny Things
145.  Lizzie Clarke, The Need to Bead
146.  Christina Miles, Wings 'n' Scales
147.  Patricia, The Color of Dreams
148.  Marde Lowe, Fancimar
149.  Ev Shelby, Raindrop Creations
150.  Sarah Small, By Salla

151.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
152.  Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
153.  Pam Traub, Klassy Joolz
154.  Lisa Harrison, Daisy Meadow Studio
155.  Anzia Parks, Anzi-Panzi's Work Shoppe
156.  Ingrid, Lilisgems Handcrafted Jewelry Inspirations
157.  Andra Weber, Andra's Joyful Journey
158.  Kelly Hosford Patterson, The Traveling Side Show
159.  Adlinah Kamsir, Dreamstruck Designs
160.  Marci, That Nothing Be Wasted

161.  Kris Lanae Binsfield,  Cherish Designs
162.  Stephanie Perry, Mustard Bead
163.  Birgit Klughardt, Gites Beads
164.  Inge von Roos, Inge's Blog
165.  Rebecca Sirevaag, Becca's Place
166.  Sandy Markley, Gypsy Spirit Designs
167.  Elena Adams, Lena's Beady Blog


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Shalini Austin Metalsmith said...

Soooooo Pretty! Glorious colours.

JeannieK said...

Love the colors, and the juxtaposition of the larger beads and the seed beads is brilliant.

Tammie T Everly said...

Sharyl- this is beautiful and very wearable. I think you will enjoy it so much more now that its out of 'storage'!

Beti Horvath said...

I love this! You really went through your stash, and we reap the benefit! Love the colors, and the complex design that looks so simple. Great work.

Anonymous said...

love the colours, bright, fresh and modern. The lizard guy is adorable

WindDancerStudios said...

Wonderful colors!

Unknown said...

Your creation certainly has a Southwest feel, and love how well you made those 3 colors work together.

Laren Dee Barton said...

I love Southwestern influence in jewelry and the focal bead is scrumptious! I could wear this necklace all the time - love the colors and details in the design, choice of beads and metals. This says happiness and joy throughout - thank you for sharing, Sharyl - love, love, love!


WindDancerStudios said...

Love the little Gecko and that bail is very CLEVER! <3 it!

Alice said...

Gorgeous bead, and I can see why you would want to hoard it. The necklace is wonderful and I love all the colorful beads you chose. And your own bail is perfect!

Dolores Raml said...

Beautiful piece, love the colors and your bail too.

Unknown said...

i love what you created!! the colors are great

Anonymous said...

Definitely the colors of the South West! Love the bail and little lizard.

Cece Cormier said...

Fun design.

Anonymous said...

You made a very pretty necklace. I like to use that technique of starting with a focal bead too.

Donetta said...

Glorious focal bead...and your completed design makes me smile. It's just a happy combination of colors, and the sweet lizard is perfect the way you used it.

Sharyl said...

Thank you all for your comments! I'm enjoying your remarks and appreciate you took the time to leave them!

For those of you in the "Bead Hoarder's" Blog Hop, I've been dividing my time between jobs today and hopping too. If I haven't visited your blog yet, I hope to get there soon!

NEDbeads said...

STUNNING necklace!! It amazes me how very well that focal lent itself to such a beautiful confection of beads. Wonderful!!

Lori Anderson said...

I love the colors of the focal, and I really like how you put together texture and color in the length of the necklace. I have trouble when the focal is multi-colored, not knowing what to do with the rest, but those are exactly the types of focals I'm attracted to!

Excellent job with mixing the seed beads, too!

Thanks so much for participating.

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Oh, Sharyl, those colours are delicious... I'm so pleased you decided to share with us. Love this design!

Klassy Joolz said... your beautiful bright and cheery...wonderful colors and that little gecko (lizard) is just perfect for your Southwestern theme.

Unknown said...

Love your colors and your work is so pretty, as usual!

Kim said...

I just love your necklace! The colors are so bright and happy - I love what you did with the focal too.

Roxanne Mendoza said...

Hi Sharyl! The necklace is a beauty. Love that you made your own bail!

Unknown said...

GREAT color and the design is such fun!!!

Unknown said...

That is such a lovely, colorful piece ! It totally works :)

adlinah said...

You did an amazing job working with all those colours. Beautiful necklace!

Beadbijoux said...

Fabulous! I am always so awestruck by the final creations artists make with my beads. I just love the variation of colors and textures you used. The necklace is stunning.

Unknown said...

Absolutely very very pretty, you're a "composer" with beads and colours :-) Love this beauty!♥♥♥

Kari Asbury said...

Beautiful! Love all that color!

TJewellicious by tanti said...

the focal lizard is cute...loveee it..! :)
I love the colors of your necklace...awesome..! :)

Becky Pancake said...

Sharyl your necklace is beautiful. Good job using some of your hoarded beads. I like the colors.

CraftyHope said...

You put so much though and care into your design and it really shows. That bead is indeed fabulous and you definitely found the perfect design for it!

LisaS said...

Love the color combinations you chose! Beautiful work.

Kepi said...

Stunning piece, love love love the beads and what you have done with them!

anafiassa said...

Oh, I love the colors! So, so pretty! I think you did a wonderful job--I'm very impressed! :)