The Bead Exchange is Complete

After a week away from home, visiting friends in New York and family in Baltimore, I returned to the island to find my beads from Hannah Rossner had arrived! Woo hoo!

I love getting packages in the mail, don't you?

I love getting packages in the mail, don’t you?

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I think Hannah and I were on the same wavelength when we sent each other some lamp worked beads. Check out Hannah’s blog Good River Beads and Jewelry to see her work and what she said about my contribution. (Remember, we’re participating in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party. It’s the bead hoarder’s edition. We’re to send beads that we’ve been hanging on to for a long time and explain why we’ve hoarded them. Okay, so neither one of us remembered to add that little note. I’d say we’re a match!)

Be sure to check out Hannah’s Etsy Shop to view her amazing work. Our styles are so different. I don’t know how she does all that intricate bead work. It’s quite detailed and beautiful. And she is a lamp work artist. Which means she makes her own beads, holding rods of glass and a steel mandrel  in and out of a gas flame. I took a two day workshop in this once and believe me, I know it takes years to develop that skill.

Click on Hannah’s photo below for a link to her Etsy site. Get a cup of tea, and get ready to take some time for visual stimulation. You won’t be disappointed!

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Below is the photo of the beads I sent to Hannah. (It was camouflaged in the last post.)

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The lamp work bead was made by Mindy McGregor who sells on Etsy.  The teardrop head pins are made by Jennie Yip, and also purchased on Etsy. The fine silver beads are made by me. (My own Etsy shop is for the jewelry I make, but you would never know because my Etsy shop is bare. Every month I think, “okay, time to remedy that.” And every month something else comes up. I even have the inventory on hand, so what is that all about? Oh. I just remembered. It’s the photography. Something that I can put off as well as I put off cleaning the oven. Once I start, I can totally get into it. I just can’t seem to want to get started.)

Hannah and I and the other participants in the BSBP have until March 25 to reveal our designs with another person’s hoarded beads. That is the big reveal day, now less than 3 weeks away. Not a bad way to jump start my creative process and start to make friends with my own writing.

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8 responses to “The Bead Exchange is Complete

  1. I love when you share this Barb! Good luck, and can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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  2. Patricia Boissevain

    very cool project!

    On Sun, Mar 5, 2017 at 4:03 PM, Barbara S Fernald Jewelry wrote:

    > Barb Fernald posted: “After a week away from home, visiting friends in New > York and family in Baltimore, I returned to the island to find my beads > from Hannah Rossner had arrived! Woo hoo! I think Hannah and I were on the > same wavelength when we sent each other som” >

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  3. Everything is soooo pretty!

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  4. Hi Barb! Ok, here’s the hoarding bit… Weird shaped pearls? I have no idea why I hoard them but…. PEARLS! The two floral lampwork pieces were made by me. They were both the best out of the flower series I’d been making. I’m not sure why I felt like I should keep one of each of the styles, but now they are taking over the studio so I picked two that seemed especially “springy” since I knew that you guys were having a super late spring. I have no reason to hoard the coin drops, but I just do. Anyhow, enjoy!

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