One of the many challenges I participated in this year was the Bead Swap USA Bead Soup Swap. This is where the participants exchange beads, create something with the new beads and then return the finished item back to the original bead owner. I love these kinds of challenges because they allow us to see what someone else would do with our beads. Its fun because no one ever comes up with the same idea. Here are the beads I received and what I came up with.
Catharine sent some GORGEOUS beads and I was so excited to use them. There were two styles of beads included--beads of a more metallic nature, and brightly colored crystal and glass beads. I wanted to highlight each of them in a different way, so I decided to create two different bracelets.
For the metallic bracelet, I did a simple stringing of silver "cinnamon bun" beads with small silver spacer beads and gray crystals. I also wanted to use the gorgeous gray crystals so I made them into a beaded ball which became the centerpiece of the bracelet.
For the glass and crystal beads, I wanted to highlight the way the colors played together so well. I used a three-strand connector with rhinestones to tie all three strands together. This was my favorite bracelet and I tried it