Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Beads of Peace and Harmony Meet the Lampwork and Clay Blog Hop

The lovely Lisa Lodge has launched another blog hop, with bead packs of lampwork and clay.  I needed a challenge.

I got it.  I received these beautiful beads... with REALLY big holes for my usual bag of tricks.  And they were so beautiful that they needed to be set off in interesting ways.

I paged through books of designs looking for guidance.

I tried new techniques with laughable results.

Finally I turned to my stash.


Yes.  I have too many beads.

And a story started to emerge, and from the story, three new pieces: asymmetrical earrings, a necklace, and a pendant.


Once upon a time there was a box of beads and they could not get along.

"We come from the sea, so we are better than you," said the beach glass.

"We lived deep in the earth, alongside the Morlocks," said the gemstone beads.  "Clearly we are superior."

"We're nuts!" said the nut beads.  "We don't care."


"We're recycled glass.  We're morally superior," said the recycled glass beads.

And so it went, with all the beads arguing and rolling on the ground.

Finally a bead of lampwork glass spoke up.  "Can't we all just get along?" she asked.

This sounded vaguely familiar to the beads, so they stopped rolling for a moment to listen.

"It is true we come from all the corners of the earth," she continued.


"The earth doesn't have corners," muttered the polymer clay beads.

But the lampwork glass bead pressed on.  "And from the seven seas... and lots of oceans, too."

"Hath not a bead holes?" she asked.  "Hath not a bead edges, drill marks, mandrel scratches, finishes... blasted in the same kilns, tossed by the same waters, dug out from the same earth?"

"If you drop us, do we not roll away?  If you string us, do we not make harmony with the beads beside us?  If you wrap us too tightly, do we not crack?"

"If you discard us, do we not trip the family dog?  If you string us, are we not strung?  If you wire us, are we not wired?  If you wrap us, are we not... um... wrapped?"

The beads murmured and rolled amongst themselves.  They considered the words of the lampwork bead.  "She has a point!" said the pearls.

"No, that's just a flaw," said the lampworks.  "Happens to the best of us."

"She could be right," said the pressed glass beads.

"I don't know.  I'm nuts!  said the nut beads.

But as they looked at each other (through beady little eyes) they had to agree that, no matter what their origins, they had a lot in common.

And so, without further ado, they rolled together, joined holes, and decided to bead all that they could bead.

And they all lived in pieces of harmony until the next time they had the same discussion.   In fact, they are all up for auction to provide aid for the Phillipines.  Check out the auction on my FaceBook page:  100% of the proceeds from the sale of the asymmetrical earrings, the necklace, and the pendant will go to International Relief Teams, who rate in the top 1% of all charities in terms of  financial performance, accountability and transparency.

Now go see what the other beads are up to.  Here's the hop list.  And remember: bead all that you can bead.

Your hostess:  Lisa Lodge, A Grateful Artist

Mary Govaars, MLH Jewelry Designs
Melissa Trudinger, Bead Recipes
Kathy Zeigler Lindemer, Bay Moon Design
Laurie Vyselaar, Lefthand Jewelry
Annette Rivers, MamaOwl's Mess
Shaiha Williams,   Shaiha's Ramblings
Kay Thomerson, Kayz Kreationz
Karla Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams
Lori Jean Poppe, Lorillijean Creative Corner
Eleanor Burian Moore, The Charmed Life
Leah Mifflin Tees, My Beady Little Eyes
Terri Wlaschin, Dances in Fog
Sharyl McMillian-Nelson, Sharyl's Jewelry
Jo-Ann Woolverton, It's a Beadiful Creation
Veralynne Malone, Designed by Vera
Linda Aspenson Bergstrom, TBD
Toltec  Jewels, Jewel School Friends
Judy Turner, Silver Rains
Gloria Allen, Gloria Allen Designs
Kathleen Douglas, Washoe Kat's
Connie Tipton, TBD
Christie Searle Murrow, Charis Designs Jewelry
Andrea Glick-Zenith, ZenithJade Creations
Michele Dotson, Star Jewels
Chris Eisenberg, Wanderware
Jennifer Clifford, TBD
Kathleen Breeding, 99 Bottles of Beads on the Wall
Molly Alexander, Beautifully Broken Me
Carolyn Lawson, Carolyns Creations
Shirley Moore, Beads and Bread
Bonnie Coursolle, Jasper's Gems
Alice Craddick, Alice's Beads and Baubles


  1. What a fun storyline, and beautiful designs that you made. Thank you for holding your charitable auction. They need all we can do.

    1. Thank you, Loretta. Gotta get some people over there to start the bidding.

  2. That is hilarious! I love your work too, beautiful. Tip: to get the wrapped looped of a constant size you need to mark your round nose pliers with a sharpie and wa-la!

    1. Thanks, Keith. And those aren't my wrapped loops. My disasters were actually attempting some fancy wire work with gauges much heavier than I usually use.

  3. Not only did you create beautiful jewelry, but I loved the story line! You have great creativity, and were very successful in getting everyone to play with each other!

  4. Eleanor - You story was not only fun, but beautiful too. I was laughing so hard at the uncaring nut beads and the morally superior recycled glass! Your pieces turned out great. I love that they are going to be used to help out a super cause. Thanks so much for being in the hop!!

    1. Another great hop, Lisa. I'll start a big push on the auctions shortly. Can you help me spread the word?

  5. Eleanor you're a hilarious storyteller! I laughed & laughed! You creations are beautiful & I just love the earrings!

  6. What great beads and what a wonderful/cute story behind your creativity. I love all the color and splash in the necklace. And the earrings are way too cute. Great pieces.

  7. Delightful story, delightful pieces. Loving all the colors you combined.

  8. what a fun story. I love the asymetrical earrings and the neckalce the best. What great colors and I did not not miss the peace sign as the "beads all getting along" How clever!!

  9. I thought I was the only one who's beads spoke amongst themselves with me in the room. WOW to all the work you put into your design and blog. Thanks Alice.