Here was the batch of beautiful beads I received from my swap partner, Karyn Lewis Bonfiglio...
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the lovely snowflake obsidian beads as soon as I laid eyes on them. The onyx oval gave me pause for a day, but that beautiful pearl focal and waxed linen cord drove me nuts for more than a couple of days!
My online friend, Jean A. Wells from Kansas City, does a great lariat necklace and so after a little thought, I brought the snowflake obsidian beads together with some shiny black glass beads I have and here is what happened...
I strung them as a wrap bracelet with the lovely leaf clasp for a closure. It can also be worn as a necklace. There were a couple left over beads and I used them for matching earrings along with the black rose charms Karyn sent.
I strung the onyx pendant on a silk ribbon from Marsha Neal Studio and the polymer beads that Karyn made were strung to dangle from it. Two matching beads were used for dangly earrings.
The set that gave me the most problem was the gorgeous pearl focal and waxed linen cord. I had no idea what to do with them. I really didn't have anything to match or even coordinate with them without making a trip to town. So I thought about it for a couple more days and as I was reading my Bible in the morning as I usually do, a multi strand bookmark came to mind.
I cannot tell you how much fun this was for a non-beader and for someone who does not consider herself to be a jewelry maker.
Thanks Lori and Karyn for the opportunity...now I'm off to see what the others have done!
Here is the list: