Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

Thank you to Lori Anderson,, for attempting to get us to use the beads we call “my precious.”

I have a lovely lamp-work large hole mandala pendant made by Laurie Ament of Isinglass Design; it was the first thing I thought about when I heard about this blog hop. I received it as a gift after it was donated by Laurie to a fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy organized by UWSLoves. You can find Laurie’s work at Etsy, Facebook,  and on her blog. I’m also a fan of Sheri Chase Jones of Sheribeads. Take the time to look through her sold sections–she can duplicate her glass designs and is great with custom orders.  In trying to match Laurie’s pendant, I thought Sheri’s Evil Queen and Jazzy Jewels spacers were just what I wanted.

I then went on vacation and my carpal tunnel has been acting up and I still hadn’t figured out what I was doing with said beads, when I got an idea. Those few of you who actually read my blog will know I promised to share some new things I am learning and also my mistakes with you, so it seems fortuitous that I now get an opportunity to share with you. The idea came from my spending hours untangling chains that were knotted together and repairing the necklaces. (Yes, I get paid for this.) I wanted to knot some chain on purpose.

Here is what I ended up with.

Necklace 1 Necklace 2

I’m not entirely happy with it, to be honest. Because I didn’t knot where the chain attached to the pendant, it moves, which makes the spacer beads end up being uneven on either side, so I constantly have to move it back into place. The beads are so incredible, I’m not convinced this is the best design to show them off. I like it…I just don’t love it. What do you think?

I had grand plans to make more but with the carpel tunnel, by tendency to hoard in the first place, and my mind frame (it’s hard to be creative when you’re not happy with what you’re making), I have had to “give up the ghost” for this week. Any feedback is appreciated so I can have another go at it with fresh eyes.

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.  Leah Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
9.  Sharon Palac, Sharon’s Jewelry Garden
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
65.  Tracie Dean, Dean Designs
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
75.  Jackie Marchant, Fiddledeedee 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

About windbent

I try to reclaim, reuse and re-love items from our past and make them modern again. I see my jewelry as a fusion of old and new, cross cultural, and spanning time periods. Because I use vintage items within my jewelry, there may be age related signs of love that make them special. Each piece will be unique or made in small batches that are similar, but still different. If I find an item I love and it doesn't want to become jewelry, I give it a new home in another art format.
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36 Responses to Bead Hoarders Blog Hop Reveal

  1. It looks great to me – the beads are beautiful, and I love the knotted chain idea!

    • windbent says:

      Thank you. I guess because I like polished and rustic styles, sometimes I feel like I accomplish neither. When I grow up, I’d like to be able to blend them better rather than doing one or the other.

  2. mtrudinger says:

    I like it a lot, but I know I would be annoyed if it wasn’t working out the way I envisaged. You may find that you come up with a solution after thinking about it for a while longer. Hope the wrists improve again soon. I had carpal tunnel when pregnant, it sucked, so I feel your pain.

  3. Nan Smith says:

    You should walk away and come back later for a second look because it is really a great necklace. I love the combinations of beads and the knotted chain idea is fab!Great job and hope your carpal tunnel settles down soon.

  4. liss s says:

    These beads are gorgeous I can see why you have been keeping them! I love the way you have positioned the beads for this necklace in general. My only possible suggestion would be to consider a light but larger link chain or beaded chain in more subdued matching colors.

    The necklace is very pretty! 😉

  5. Robyn says:

    Very pretty colors–I like it!

  6. Monique U says:

    These are such lovely beads, Lennis… perhaps you need to set the design aside if you are not satisfied with it? I hope your CT improves soon. I used to have such trouble with that when humidity was elevated.

  7. paula hisel says:

    i love what you came up with!

  8. Marlene C says:

    That mandala pendant is a looker, and for me, I love slider necklaces. I would leave it just as it is. If the beads don’t line up perfectly, that’s ok, that’s what asymmetrical is all about!

  9. Well, Miss Lennis, I do believe it is quite lovely. Thank you for sharing your necklace, I love the colors and well as the design.

    Laren 🙂

  10. sjmcclelland says:

    The colours in your necklace are amazing. I like the design but if you decide to change it up, perhaps try off-setting the beads on each side of the chain, so they aren’t directly parallel with each other? When the focal bead moves around, it won’t affect the overall design.

  11. Love the colors of the beads and I think the design is great.

  12. Kim says:

    A Tolkien reference in the first sentence, what a beautiful thing to see. I like it the way it is, but I know when I make something that doesn’t turn out the way I wanted it really bothers me. I agree with the others who say to walk away for a little bit, then when you come back to it you’ll probably have a better idea of what you want to do.

  13. apolymerpenchant says:

    I think it looks great! I always roadtest pieces to see how they feel. That would totally drive me nuts if the other sections were falling out of symmetry when planned to be symmetric. I still think it looks very pretty and the knots are a great idea. Perhaps a little heavier chain?

  14. Sometimes you just have to embrace imperfection and pretend like you meant to do that 🙂 I’d wear it in a heartbeat and so what if the pendant is a bit to one side or the other! Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff.

  15. I like this, but I do agree, it drives me nuts when centerpieces moves and necklaces end up uneven… Maybe just tie a knot to keep it in place ?

  16. ile says:

    So nice! I like it!

  17. You can redo it whenever you want so, that’s the fun of making jewellery ourselves 😉 I like what I see, and would wear it with denim♥ very pretty, I think

  18. CraftyHope says:

    I don’t think I would have many ideas with a bead that has that big of a hole so I think you did a really nice job with it. However, in my experience, if YOU’RE not happy with your own design. . .it means you probably have a better one lurking within you. Here’s hoping your CT stops acting up and you get to feeling better soon!

  19. Lennis I like your design. It really showcases the lovely beads. If you knotted the chain above the pendant it would stay in place.

  20. Nelly says:

    It’s a beautiful piece, but if it doesn’t sit the way you like you won’t wear it. The design lovely though.

  21. I know I’m a bit late in commenting, but I just wanted to let you know that your piece is lovely. I’m sorry that you’re not happy with it, though… perhaps another idea will come to you. Personally, I’m still very impressed that you tackled “your precious”–especially with your carpal tunnel! 🙂

    • windbent says:

      Never too late; thank you for visiting. I couldn’t leave comments on any Blogger site logged into WordPress while on my iPad, so I am having to rehop to leave comments…

  22. Stopped by to see your reveal for Lisa’s blog hop. Please message me when you post so I can see it!

    • windbent says:

      I participated in Lisa’s Elements Blog Hop. I have not participated in any other. I think there was a typo on her list for the Colors Blog Hop because I did not pay for or receive beads. I do like what you made though!

  23. Kari Asbury says:

    I love your design but completely understand what you were going through with design frustration, medical issues and such. Hopefully your ct is doing better and if you decide to re-work your design hope you post pics but I do love how this turned out.

  24. What a creative use of chain. I wouldn’t have thought of that. We are all our own worst critic, but I have to tell you I like your design. If you rework it to make it more what you envisioned, I wish you luck. If you keep it mainly as is, perhaps you’ll grow to enjoy it more. Best wishes with however you proceed. It is truly lovely.

  25. Radel Vela says:

    I like how it turned out,it is different idea that worked out beautifully!

  26. vem030956 says:

    I like how it looks…I really like those colors!! Hope the carpal gets better…I know what that is like!!!

  27. Renetha says:

    Nice and it could be worn with just about anything.

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