Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bead Hoarders Blog Hop


So, Lori Anderson over at the wonderful and inspirational Pretty Things blog had an idea for a Bead Hoarders Blog Hop.  Now, I will admit to being a hoarder of beads (among other things), but I haven't participated in a blog hop for a while because a) I have very little time due to this other thing I love called PreFurred Pet Care and b) I have failed miserably at blog hops in the past.  OK, maybe not failed, but I can't take a decent picture for the life of me and I'm a picky bitch which makes me curl up in a little ball and hide.  Really?  Do I take this THAT seriously?  Apparently I do.  But, I really wanted to participate and I decided I would do it even if it was on a small scale.  If I seriously looked at ALL of my stash I would go back to that hiding ball thing.

Lori's description of this blog hop is this:

"This was one of those blog hop ideas I'm so glad I came up with.  Tons of people collect things and then store them away because they're "too special", "too expensive", or in some cases, you just KNEW you HAD to have it but had no idea what you would ever do with it. This is true for designers with fabric, paper, paint, beads .... you can fill in pretty much anything there."

 So I decided to make it simple and concentrate on a new technique I've been wanted to focus on and use some of the metal I have lying around and really start playing with the art of patina.  I found I had a TON of these beautiful brass leaves from Vintaj.  I don't even remember buying them - that's how old they are (or how forgetful I am).

  I went to town on these.  I pounded, hammered, textured, shaped, played with layers of patina, and wax and LOVED what the results were!  The first three leaves resulted in these pieces.

Bracelet with leather, chain, Genea Beads Genea Wing Ding and lampwork spacer

Light patina by me with Mis Fickle Media rings, Czech glass and waxed  linen.

I got so much joy out of these leaves (not to mention the sheer joy of hitting things with a hammer) that I continued on.

Lovely verdigris (love this color mix - I hope I can achieve it again!) with Czech glass.

Genea Beads Genea headpins with wooly wire and Czech Glass

Miss Fickle Media missficklemedia.rings with indonesian glass and Wooly Wire.

Then I found more metal leaves - this time real vintage pieces with a patina that only needed slight enhancing.  They are so perfect paired with Genea Beads Genea Wingdings and Czech glass.  (Oh, and I had a blast with those messy wraps).

Genea Geneawingdings (again - I adore these!) with vintage patina leaves and Czech glass.

So, these next 3 pieces aren't really beads I've been hoarding.  But, new components I got that were 100% inspired by my experiments with the leaves.  I'm all over interesting metal finishes these days.  Here's some of my not-hoarded inspiration pieces.
 Genea beads wind dings again with Czech glass and AMAZING intertwined metal loops with a fabulous purple patina from Miss Fickle Media missficklemedia.

Some flame torched metal from Gail Grenade-Accinelli, czech glass and glass beads from the fabulous Magdalena Ruiz magdalenaruiz.

Kristy Bowman Designs Metal Clay KristiBowmanDesign with Magdalena Ruiz baubles magdalenaruiz

There are 167 participants in this blog hop!  So, I'm going to shut up so you can start hopping!  I had a blast.  Here's the list.

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.  Perri Jackson, Shaktipaj Designs
7.  Rita Avila, Jewel School Friends
8.  Linda Anderson, From the Bead Board
  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
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
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

Have Fun Hopping and Thanks for Visiting!



  1. Oh my, these are all absolutely breath-taking. This is a metal, eye candy fest for sure. I hope all the hammering helped you feel better, because there is NO fail here.

  2. Wow! I don't think you should ever pass on a chance to show off great pieces like these - you really rocked those patinaed leaves!

  3. Wow! Such beautiful pieces! Love all of your leaf earrings!

  4. Oh my, I just love what you did with those leaves. And since I just started metal work not too long ago I totally get pounding things with a hammer :-)

  5. I love what you did AND your pictures. The beginning of your post made me laugh. You might be picky, but you really rocked this blog hop!

  6. OMG!!! love, love, LOVE! your earrings. You own the patina!

  7. Wow. You really got out of your fear of blog hops. These are all awesome. I love that leaf and what you did with each piece. Great job

  8. I love seeing all the different variations with the leaves - it's amazing how each one looks so unique with the patina and texture. You have a great start to an autumn inspired collection!

  9. Wonderful designs here, Lisa. Can't pick a favourite!

  10. Such beautiful leave, and so many finishes - I love your pieces! :)

  11. Wow, when you got going you were unstopable! Your earrings are just gorgeous!!! I love the patinas.

  12. Your patinas are wonderful. They are something I have been itching to try. I hope mine turn out as good as your did.

  13. all of those earrings are gorgeous. i'd wear them in a heartbeat

  14. So beautiful - now you've got me wondering! Might have to try the patina myself and I'm intrigued by the wooly wire - 2nd time I've seen it featured.

  15. Wow, I love all the patina pieces! Beautiful :)

  16. I love your bracelet and every earring.

  17. LOL Oh this is awesome! I was expecting one maybe two pair of earrings but you let loose and thoroughly enjoyed yourself! That's what the hops are all about! LOVE your leaves and all the patinations, beautiful!

  18. Hey Lisa, Where do I start?! I absolutely LOVE your patinated leaves! You did a beautiful job. Verdigris is one of my very favorite patina colors! I love the pendant you created with your leave and my orange stone wing ding! It's magical!

    I love your choice of beads with your other leaf earrings as well. Love the contrast of the verdigris with the red picasso beads! The pod earrings are absolutely incredible! It's as if a beautiful moss has covered the leaves with the pods and flowers sprouting out. Some beautiful find from the forest! I love the patinated purplish pink with the verdigris. Love the wing dings with the large leaves and opal glass. LOVE the multi patinated hoops with the wing dings in the middle! There is something about putting wing dings with Shannon's dreamy water color drenched metals! I love using her hoops with my wing dings!

    All just beautiful work and super amazing photos too! Thank you so much for creating so many beautiful pieces with my beads! I love seeing peoples creative vision with my work!

    xo Genea

  19. Lovely pieces. I especially like the earrings. Your photographs turned out well.

  20. Wow, Lisa, you totally RULE those metal leaves, girl... what a great batch of designs, and such awesome styling!

  21. Fantastic earrings and I love all the patinas on the leaves great work

  22. Being an earring girl I am in love.. Beautiful pieces.

  23. Those leaves are absolutely amazing! I love the bracelet and the earrings...and all the lampwork pieces are soooo pretty!

  24. Love all that Patina work, great colors!

  25. Woman, we need to have a serious chat, because you are ROCKING this. I am in love with every single piece you made and would wear any of them (particularly those purple leaf earrings with the wooly wire). You did an AMAZING job and you should be SO proud. I know I'm honored that you joined my hop!

  26. You go girl! I've stopped trying to choose a favorite--I love them all.

  27. I love how you took those leaves and made completely different pieces !

  28. Wonderful! I just love the verdigris patina and the same base leave with different results. I want to play in your hoarded stash........

  29. What an amazing job!! Love each and every piece. I'm still in awe looking at the pictures (and yes, you do make great pictures as well)

  30. Fabulous job with the patinas. Beautiful designs.

  31. Wow! Those leaves are amazing! I love each and every piece that you made--you did a fantastic, fantastic job. I am certainly very impressed. :)

  32. Wow such lovelies!! I love what you did with the leaves!
    Everything's really spot on!

  33. wow..beautiful earrings...! love love loveee them all..! :)

  34. Love, love, love those leaf earrings! Playing with patinas and smacking things with hammers is so much fun isn't it?

  35. OMG - LOVE those!!! Every one of them!

  36. Wow, how beautiful. I love them all, but the last set really spoke to me....great work and post!

  37. What a fun set of earrings! I loved seeing your experiments with patina-ing metal, you got some great results.

  38. Love what you have done, those leafs are fantastic!

  39. All the earrings are so pretty, it is hard to choose one.

  40. Goodness, you did have a ton of those leaves hoarded! I love that you took this opportunity to work on a new technique. And, your results are absolutely fabulous! It looks as though you took to patina-ing right away. I cannot even pick a favorite, they're all so gorgeous!

  41. You have a fantastic collection of "altered" metal earrings, and so current. Glad you got them out and had a chance to do such great things with them.

  42. Wow! I love all the earrins you made. You seems to be a real expert of patina. I have to try it out!


  43. I love it all! From one "picky bitch" to another your pictures are great and you should not be hiding your wonderful talent!

  44. These are amazing! I love how you took one element and interpreted it in so many ways. My fav is the purple leaves with the wooly wire.

  45. Wooowww..! Stunning..! I love all your designs..!

  46. Oh. I think that you have inspired me to get out my metal and play. What great pieces!

  47. Your artistic talents shine through. I love your designs and the color combinations.