Bead Peeps design challenge reveal

May 14, 2016 at 10:18 pm 27 comments

In long anticipation, the day has finally come! The day that I can share with you the results of the bead peeps swap ‘n hop challenge! (a refresher course for those interested … Robin Kae Reed of Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs sent me an enormous collection of bits and bobs, gears and glass beads, metal blanks & key bits, gemstones and jewels  … the list goes on and on … )

The biggest challenge wasn’t necessarily in what/how to create something out of the mix, but rather … trying to find enough time to create all of the ideas floating around in my head! Even at … 20 … pieces, there is still plenty of inspiration left over to continue on working for weeks to come!

(*warning* this is going to be a long post, so feel free to just peruse the photos, if you feel so inclined!😉 )

And now … on with the show!

#1 & 2     Steampunk Stitched Hearts … using the brass heart focal pieces that Robin embossed, I first domed them a little bit to create some depth, and then stitched a front & back piece together using bronze wire.



#3 – 9     A whole Space Galaxy Collection ~ consisting of 7 different little planets made into choker necklaces … the first two are again using embossed component focal pieces, this time it is the round blanks that I domed and added a textured silver ring and some round brass wire, or flattened pewter wire, to create a semblance of Saturn’s rings.


The next three are made from some of the gears (also domed!) and one of the lovely large jasper pendant stones. I was so sad to find that the beautiful gemstone was chipped on one side, but still hoping to use it because of the colour being so rich and luxurious – I decided to add to the rustic appeal and chip it some more … placing it in a ziplock bag and crushing the stone to be able to create the “space rocks” encaged within the gears for the necklaces in the first image, and to construct the faux druzy pendant for the necklace in the second! While it wasn’t exactly how I meant to treat a stone of that size, it ended up getting a second (and third, and fourth) life!


The last two planets round out the collection and are also made from gears that have been domed, with a few added embellishments from my own stash.

All of the space galaxy planets are secured onto handmade leather chokers with an extender chain at the back clasp and a tiny star charm to unite the whole look.

I have never done a lot of doming before, and I have to say, I’m having fun with the technique!

Here is the entire galaxy all together …



#10     Fairy / Bird House pendant necklace – featuring the fairy door focal pendant Robin sent, which I patina painted and added the vintage bird image inside.

* fun fact … I also used a couple of sweet lampwork headpins made by Faye Wolfenden from a previous bead swap a few years ago with the czech glass trumpet bead flowers to help create the enchanted look.


#11     Red Jasper focal pendant necklace – highlighting the lovely deep red gemstone (which I am only guessing is red jasper?) are some small brass filigree pieces to create a hint of victorian vintage.


#12     Gypsy Bohemian long free spirit necklace with turquoise, copper, brass & lovely lavender gemstone – featuring the copper teardrops and another lovely gemstone from Robin. I’m not sure what type it is … such a soft purple, could it be ametrine? Maybe purple lace agate? Either way … it is paired with leather, natural brass and turquoise seed beads for an earthy, hippie feel.


#13 & 14     Steampunk Victorian Key necklaces – Robin sent a few cool vintage – inspired keys, and these are 2 of them 🙂  … adorned with some steampunk elements and rhinestone & czech glass beads for added glamour.


#15     Amethyst Nugget necklace – among the different gemstones Robin sent, was this beautiful chunk of raw amethyst! I love the different purples in amethyst (and it’s my birthstone, too!). This piece was really out of my scope … pushing the boundries a bit, as I have never tried crochet, nor incorporated a netting around a focal piece before. Still a beginner at getting the knots nice and evenly spaced, but thought I’d include this piece as well.


And finally …

#16 – 20     Floral paperclip bookmarks – the mother of pearl (?) flowers Robin sent were the basis of these pretty almost Victorian-like pagekeepers …


Okay – whew! You made it to the end! (thank you for sticking around!) And … Thank you so much, Robin, for such a wonderful, endless, assortment of goodies and inspiration!

Also … thank you, so much – Linda Anderson, for hosting such a grand event, and for all of your hard work behind the scenes, pairing everyone up! It is an honour to be a part of it all.

Now … I can’t wait to see what Robin came up with, from the mix I sent her!  Interested? Let’s go check it out at Artistry Handcrafted Bead Designs 🙂

And, after that … do you need more?!  Hopefully you aren’t too tuckered out, because there is plenty to see from all of the other gifted participants! A list of links to all of their amazing creations can be found on Linda Anderson’s From the Bead Board blog. See you there!


Linda Anderson – Hostess
Linda Anderson Natalie Davidson
Marcy Lamberson Kathy Lindemer
Dita Basu Http:// Andrea Glick
Kristina Peck Shai Williams
Catherine La Vite Christina Hickman
gloria allen Teresa Schurter
Maria Rosa Sharrow Susan Kelly
Jenny Kyrlach Michelle McCarthy
Terry Jeanette Carter Lee Koopman
Laurie Vyselaar Marianne Baxter
Divya N Kelly Hosford Patterson
Johana Nunez Kari Asbury
ROBIN REED Kristina Hahn Eleniak
Robin Lynne Showstack Rosantia Petkova
Claire Fabian Inge von Roos
Rachel Mallis Sam Waghron
Lori Schneider Fay Wolfenden
Suse Stelljes Ginger Bishop
Nelly May Rebecca White
sheila Prosterman Catherine King
Palak (aka Pallavi Asher) Krafty Max
Renetha Stanziano Becky Pancake
Katy Heider Deborah Apodaca
Heather Richter Tami Norris
Brandy Scozzari Catherine King
Kathleen Breeding Veralynne Malone
Bobbie Rafferty Lori Blanchard



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  • 1. Divya  |  May 14, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Wow – hats off to you for creating such a variety of beautiful objects. Even though I teaching doming, I have never domed gears or shaped components before. But your work inspires me to try it out

  • 2. Natalie  |  May 15, 2016 at 4:21 am

    Wow Kristina, your pieces are incredible. I love them all

  • 3. Nelly May  |  May 15, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Well, my jaw just hit the floor! What beautiful work!

  • 4. Maria Rosa Sharrow  |  May 15, 2016 at 7:38 am

    I’m not sure what to say, your pieces are ALL, every last one of them, amazing works of art. Robin was generous and sent you an amazing bunch of goodies and boy did you ever put them to good use.

    My word, do I ever feel like such a slacker I can’t believe how many pieces you made, I desperately need your drive, dedication, motivation and time management skills.

    I am now such a fan of your work I must subscribe to you blog!

  • 5. Robin Kae Reed  |  May 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Kristina YOU ROCK!!!!! What an AMAZING group of designs!!! I love them all! I think one of my favorites is the amethyst chunk. You did such a cool job of caging and it looks natural!!! Love it! Love the Fairy door, it is so romantic and well done. My very favorite though is the Galaxy!!! That is just inspired!!! I am sooo IMPRESSED!!!

  • 6. Susan  |  May 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Such a wonderful, creative assortment! I love your “doming” and how you made the swap focal pieces your own.

  • 7. alainnjewelry  |  May 15, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Awesome!!! Love that Bohemian piece…. Looks like you had as much fun as I did with things!!!!

  • 8. ingetraud  |  May 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Wow. You’ve been busy. I love them all, especially the pendants.

  • 9. motidana (Palak )  |  May 15, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Fantastic collection! Really love the Amethyst necKlace is beautiful. Fairy / Bird House pendant necklace is so cute . Love it! You have been really working hard and it shows in your lovely necklaces.

  • 10. Claire Fabian  |  May 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I can just agree with the others: I love all your designs! My favorite is the fairy door necklace, way to magical to be true! Honestly, I think I wouldn’t wear it but hang it at the wall and adore it! 🙂 I am also super impressed by the way you incorporated the huge stone with thread!

  • 11. Linda  |  May 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    are you KIDDING?!?! I’m gobsmacked! ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE pieces! I can’t even pick a favorite – I’m just WOW!


  • 12. Christina  |  May 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Love the Fairy Bird House necklace and your steampunk designs.

  • 13. Marianne Baxter  |  May 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    OMG where to start! Love the stitched together heart, very creative and the whole space gallery collection oh my. Love the fairy door very creative on the flower embellishment and those PAPER CLIPS!! well those are just so clever and cute.

  • 14. sam w  |  May 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    wow! what an absolutely amazing amount of fab jewellery, so many wonderful pieces and fantastic methods used, i could not begin to try and pick out any one favourite because they are all Amazing!

  • 15. Becky Pancake  |  May 15, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Kristina, You made an incredible number of beautiful pieces.Crushing the stone and using it as faux druzy was a wonderful idea. My favorite piece was the fairy/bird house necklace. Kudos to you for trying new to you techniques of crochet and netting. You did a great job.

  • 16. Lori schneider  |  May 15, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Wow love them all now to take out my doming block

  • 17. Rachel  |  May 15, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    This is so awesome! I love love LOVE how you altered all the pieces, especially the heart on the first necklace. Really great style and work!


  • 18. Shaiha  |  May 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    OMG!! What a beautiful collection. While my favorite is the fairy door, they are all designs that fit right into my sense of style.

  • 19. Kathleen breeding  |  May 16, 2016 at 3:20 am

    Love the planets & your patina bird house. Gorgeous art pieces.

  • 20. kraftymax  |  May 16, 2016 at 7:29 am

    WOW, you really did an amzing job with everything!! But for me, but bird inside the secret door…oh that one is beautiful!! I just love it!! Great SWAP!! ~KM

  • 21. Fay Wolfenden  |  May 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Kristina.. everything is so fabulous.. great job.. my fav is the off centre heart. Love the bird house also .. lovely colours..
    Well done

  • 22. Kathy Lindemer  |  May 16, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    The heart and the bird necklace are just wonderful pieces. You did a fabulous job on everything. Well done!

  • 23. Veralynne  |  May 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Did you sleep Kristina??? You couldn’t have.These are just to awesome for words….I am totally in love with the planet necklaces and the victorian page holders. Who would have thought…love it. Excellent work!

  • 24. Robin Showstack  |  May 18, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Your minimalistic pieces aresimply stunning!

  • 25. Terry Jeanette Carter  |  May 18, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    You were a busy little bee! Love the bookmark idea!

  • 26. Rosantia Petkova  |  May 20, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Well, I went through all the pictures several times in trying not to miss any of the beautiful designs you have created! I think that the chipped stone and adorned keys are my favorite but then how could I possibly choose from such a fantastic collection!

  • 27. Kari Asbury  |  May 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    WOWzer! You really went to town creating and what a fantastic collection of pretties. I see several pieces that could be worn together in layered styles. My absolute favorite are the first hearts. I’m not really a heart girl but those hearts…perfectly imperfect!


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