Lori Anderson. Participants get paired up and they swap a bead soup mix. This can include just about anything...not very many limitations, except for maybe plastic, or stuff you would otherwise throw away! You must include a focal-sized component, and a premium clasp. Premium? Not just a lobster or spring ring type...more fancy! In turn, the recipients of said bead soup can create whatever their heart desires, as long as it includes the focal and the clasp, and they don't even have to be in the same piece!
So, now that we are all on the same wavelength, let me introduce you to my partner, Pia Kaven! She is a fabulous lampwork artist who sent me some gorgeous beads!
I textured the copper wire and wrapped the focal onto it, then embellished it with one of the smaller spacer beads Pia sent. I knotted several of the coordinating beads on some leather cord in a teal color that I got in a box of cool goodies from Melinda Orr. I made some little tubes from some etched copper to wrap the leather with, inspired by Keirsten Giles' lovely copper work, then connected the leather section to some copper chain. Finishing touches include some Czech glass flowers (old habits are hard to break) and a swirly copper hook clasp I made.
With the smaller embossed beads, I created earrings in the same design.
The clasp Pia sent was very sweet...I couldn't fit it into my idea for the main design, though, so I decided it would make a perfect clasp for one of my Swarovski rosary bracelets. Another one of Pia's beads...this one with swirly seafoam-y color...was added as the Pater bead.
Here is what I sent Pia...go and visit her blog and see what I created.