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It's Reveal Time! 2020 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

Kari Asbury

It's that time again...the annual Bead Peeps Swap N Hop reveal is here! My partner this year was Divya, the lovely designer behind Jewels of Sayuri. I sent her an assortment of gemstones, crystals, Czech glass, artisan glass and artisan ceramics. The focal is by Menagerie Studios, one of a kind and extra special because Martha is no longer making them. Needless to say I have a large stash of her work. 
Divya sent me a beautiful selection of beads inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe, my favorite artist! I visited her museum in Santa Fe years ago and my heart longs to go back again...someday... 
Initially I was a bit stumped for design ideas, while I love these colors, I don't usually use them together in designs. So I set them aside for a bit waiting for inspiration to strike...and it struck big! 3 pairs of earrings, 2 necklaces complete and 1 necklace in progress!
I started with these earrings. I really loved the knotted cotton dori and wanted to find a way to use it for earrings. I love the hoop part of these but I may be swapping out the beads for crystals...I'm just not completely sold on the completed look of them but I'm not quite sure what I want to adjust yet. 
With everything going on in the world right now I have decided with my extra time at home I will try new techniques, materials and teach myself some new skills to enhance my jewelry designs. These earrings sparked an recycling experiment that was a lot of fun and might be something I do more of in the future. The metal loops are from a soup can. I cut, hammered, and torch burned them. They were created completely out of my interest to "try it and see what happens". It was a fun and creative process...and I always love it when I can just hammer out all the stress and frustrations of life!
These earrings just really designed themselves. Simple, but long on statement!
This necklace designed itself too...I love this one and I just might have to keep it for myself...
I love, love, love this pendant!
I originally had a different metal piece...created for this necklace but I could not get the design to come together the way I pictured so I chose something a bit simpler but I am happier with the end result. 
and yes that is another soup can component from my experiments. 
This was actually the first necklace design I started but the last finished...almost. I have never done wire weaving before so I did a few test weaves before finalizing this design for the focal. I'm very pleased with my first attempt and plan to try my hand a few rings and other designs while I follow the current stay home order. As you see from the photo this one is not quite finished...I am undecided whether to finish with chain or ribbon...so I'm waiting for that inspiration to strike. 
Here is a close up the pendant before it was oxidized. 
and after oxidizing...I just love the beautiful details. 
So that's it for me. As I said earlier this is a blog hop so I hope you will visit the other participants to see what they created! Wishing you all health and wellness during these crazy times! Stay Home, Stay Safe ~ Kari
2020 Bead Peeps Swap N Hop Partners!
Kari Asbury (you are here) https://www.facebook.com/kariasburyjewelry/

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4 comments

  • I love each and every piece! The first earrings design is so cool, what a great idea to use the knotted dori in a unique way! The colors and variety of materials and techniques in all pieces is so impressive and is your first wire weaving attempt!

    Rozantia Petkova

  • Kari, I love what you did with the soup can accents! Beating and flaming metal is so much fun to do, I did the same with some of our Swap Reveal pieces. Love all the gorgeous bright colors ♥

    Dry Gulch

  • I love the wide variety of pieces that you made (and experimented). I love how you used the cotton cord. I would have never thought to use it that way. The long shell earrings are very chic and elegant and I can imagine someone wearing it with a white halter dress. But the best is the red and blue necklace. Why don’t you add both chain and sari ribbon in red and blue to finish it? It will look really gorgeous.

    Divya

  • Girl!!!I’m in LOVE! All those necklaces came out STUNNING! Gorgeous work!

    Linda

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