Beach Beads Exchange Swap

I love the challenge of doing a swap exchange, coming together with other talented bead makers and getting to share with each other. This summer Heather Powers at Humblebeads asked about doing a swap with a beach theme, and a group of us worked on some beads to swap.

There weren’t really any directions or rules, just a suggestion of a beach theme for the beads. But the bounty was glorious, a pirate trove of treasures!

The beads coordinate beautifully, both the colors and the shapes.

They remind me of finding things along the shoreline that had washed up, maybe from a sunken galleon from long ago.

The lampwork bead is by a Saint Louis friend, Daphne Runge. She teaches at the Glasshopper Studio store where I get my glass supplies for fusing. She has an Etsy shop and also sells her beads at the Glasshopper. She’s a super busy mom, and I was so happy when she was able to participate in the swap!

The lampwork beads remind me of clear caribbean waters, foamy waves and gritty sand underfoot…

The beautiful dainty conch shell design charm was made by Beth Hemmila at Hint. I’ve been in love with her fine silver charms forever, and this one looks like a tiny coin that washed up and was found while beachcombing on a summer’s day. I’m so thrilled to have one of my very own!

Gaea Cannaday at Gaea made the beautiful ceramic beads. I was lucky, because I hosted the swap I got an extra bead. I love her earthy colors and the organic look of the ceramic beads. Just right for that beach look, don’t you think?

See the lovely white sand dollar charm? It looks so much like the real thing, with its fragile looking white matte surface. I love sand dollars, they remind me of white sand, blue water and walking beside the waves. They were created by Erin Siegel at Every Heart Crafts. They fit in perfectly with the theme and look just right. Her work has a delicate porcelain look that I especially like.

Heather did a dazzling job, she created copper bezels that were etched and put her usual beautiful colors inside, making a double-sided bead that looks great either way it faces. Perfect for a bracelet where it jangles and twists! The designs remind me of golden toned spanish doubloon coins. Heather is so innovative and creative, it’s always facinating to see what she comes up with that’s new.

Finally, I made some cast pewter charms with a nautical theme. The anchor and the seashell look very old and worn. The metal harmonizes so well with the warm copper color of Heather’s beads and the shiny fine silver of Beth’s charm.

Altogether it’s a privateer’s haul to be proud of! Now the fun of making jewelry with the pieces begins. I can’t wait to see what this talented group of folks will come up with using this special bag of booty, inspired by the beach, as summer begins to come to an end.

Ahh, summertime. Are you really almost gone? Seems like it just started. At least we have these beachy mementos.

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12 Comment

  1. SueBeads
    September 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Those are all so beautiful! What a great swap! Let me know next time – I have some great beach beads to swap!

  2. TesoriTrovati
    September 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    How cool is that? Well…as cool as a dip in the Caribbean I would say! You ladies are so very talented one and all. I am fascinated by the diversity, innovation and depth of beauty that each of these beads and focals represents. Aren't creative collaborations neat? We need to do more of this sort of thing! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet inspiration as the beach days fade into the golden sunset! Enjoy the day! Erin

  3. Sandy
    September 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    What a terrific swap! I've never been that lucky. You certainly hit the jackpot.

  4. Connie
    September 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Such lovely beads! They are wonderful summer mementos. Have a great day!


  5. hint
    September 4, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    What a lovely post! Last weekend I was playing with all my beachy beads and have them simmering on my back table waiting for the right moment to come together. I'm loving them all but was totally taken with Heather's etching and the glass bead. Thanks for explaining how Heather created this bead 🙂

  6. rosebud101
    September 5, 2009 at 1:59 am

    Wow! How fun is that! Thanks for sharing! Love the beads!

  7. Mari Aparicio
    September 5, 2009 at 10:53 am

    All are gorgeous!!

  8. Alice
    September 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    It must have been like Christmas when these lovely beads arrived! Oh how I wish I could create beads. It must be a heady experience to have created any one of these beauties! I will, for now, just be content to drool over the photos.

    Thanks for the great eye candy!

  9. Azure Islands Designs
    September 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Beautiful beads…I'm a huge fan of anything to do with the beach…I find many people are!


  10. Pretty Things
    September 6, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Fantastic haul!!!!!!!

  11. Cindy
    April 25, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Very interesting post! I would have loved to have been there!

  12. Anonymous
    May 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    Hi, love the beach theme. Does anyone know where I can find a ceramic scallop shell bead? Thanks. I have been looking every where!

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