BSBP Hoarders Edition - The Reveal :)


From the beginning, I knew I wanted to make a long wire wrapped necklace using the vintage crackle glass beads and the striped 1980s furnace glass beads.  I looked at the colors in the striped glass beads as inspiration for what else to use in the necklace - black, blue, orange, light rose and yellow.  

Adding black seemed too harsh, light rose just seemed to not belong and I'm not a big fan of yellow. I decided to use some blue and its complement orange to add more color to the piece. I am madly in love with cobalt blue glass and had some long vintage tube beads in my hoarded stash (not knowing what to do with them yet) so I decided to work with some vintage cobalt glass and Swarovski crystals from my stash and then added the orange with carnelian, dyed shell and Swarovski crystals -  as an accent. 

I played with the sequence of the beads for quite awhile.  Adding in some silver rounds and taking them out.  Adding in some lapis and taking it out. Thinking about where the orange needed to go, I moved them around some. I started the wire wrapping and stopped to shuffle the beads around a few more times. What I ended up with is this mostly symmetrical design but I threw in a few asymmetrical surprises as well. I think it's an easy to wear necklace with a clean, crisp, modern look that will be great in the summer, especially when worn with white.

After finishing the long necklace, I also wanted to use the vintage green glass beads that Carla sent me in a design and knew they just had to be earrings.  So, I dropped them below a filigree diamond shaped vermeil post that just seemed to match and added emeralds - the exact same shade of green - dangling below. Viola!           Statement earrings!

I have a design already in my mind to use with the enameled pendant and the Wonderstone pendant that Carla sent but haven't had a chance to work with them yet.  I will have to reveal them at a later date. 

I loved the challenge and had a lot of fun coming up with the designs.  I hope you like them too :)

If you are curious what designs the other artists came up with you can click through this list of the participants with links to their blog or Pinterest page here - 

Lori Anderson :: Hostess

Claire Fabian

Jennifer Strehler

Rochelle Brisson

Annita Wilson

Melissa Trudinger

Loralee Kolton

Valerie Tilghman

Mischelle Andrade

Elizabeth Bunn

Marianna DeLuca Wehner

Johana Nunez

Jenny Kyrlach

Elizabeth Hodges

Lennis Carrier

Candida Castleberry

Mary Govaars

Sandi James

Arlene Dean

Kristina Eleniak

Nan Smith

Nadine Edris

Denise McCabe

Donna Marie Hanna

Audrey Belanger

Nicole Rennell

Robin Reed

Gail Zwang

Terry Jeanette Carter

Donna Hoblit

Ann Schroeder

Klaudete Koon

Veralynne Malone

Lorelei Eurto

Ann  Sherwood

Jackie Locantore

Mowse Doyle

Dorit Woldenga

Cheri Reed

Dolores Raml

Palak Udeshi

Laurie Vyselaar

Heather Canepa

Dorothy Supri

Sharyl King

Elaine Robitaille

Heather Marston

Terry Matuszyk

Andra Weber

D'Arsie Manzella

Sooz Anzalone

Karin King

Leona Smith

Tania Spivey

Jasvanti Patel

Danielle Kelley

Shai Williams

Jacqueline Marchant

Erin Kenny 

Becky Pancake

Kelly Schermerhorn

Renetha Stanziano

Rana Wilson

Janine Lucas

Kelly Hosford Patterson

Andrea Glick

Joanne Bell

Sarah Strover

Sam Waghorn

Helena Hatten

Jackie Ryan

Bridget Torres

Inge von Roos

Krafty Max

Iveth Caruso

Rebecca Ednie

Amy Severino

Sandra Wollberg

Blanca Medina

Dyanne Everett-Cantrell

Samantha Wescott

Christine Stonefield

Silke Groeber

Alenka Obid

Lori Bowring Michaud

April Grinaway

Yvette Goodridge

Kathy Lindemer

Kathleen A Breeding

Joyce Becker

Pam Farren

Divya N

Sherri Stokey

Terri DelSignore

Kate Gonska

Jean Wells

CJ Bauschka

Bonnie Coursolle

Barb Fernald

Noemí Baena

Dana Phillips

Karen Firnberg

Michelle  Escano Caballero

Natalie Ettinger

Valerie Norton

Rachel Mallis

Denise Milward

Bobbie Rafferty

Vonna Maslanka

Elisabeth Auld

Hannah Rosner

Carla Fry

Terri Gauthier

Teresa Fischer

Tanya Goodwin

Barbara Judy

Leanne Loftus

Carrie Stalcup

Lori Schneider

Joelyn Bissing

Kate Dufour

Gail Poveda

Katie Nielsen-Nunez

Pam DeBoer

Dee Elgie

Judy Jacobs

Elisabeth Matouschek

Shawn Elkins

Sally Russick

Susan McClelland

Tracy Stillman

Robin Lynne Showstack

Marianne Baxter

Maria Rosa Sharrow
Therese Frank

Sandi Volpe

Leslie Scholz

Joan Williams

Laura Guenther

Liz Engriser


Bev Breisinger

Radel Vela

Kim Dworak
Carol Dillman

Alice Craddick

Janeen Burlingame

Leah Curtis

Ann Marie Hodrick - you are here :)

Donna Millard

Hajer Waheed Khalil

Lucy Clasen

Michelle McCarthy

Maria Rios
Babette Cox
Natalie Davidson
Brenda Ballou
Christina Hickman
Heather Gunther


  • Ann Marie Hodrick

    Furnace glass! Thank you Ann! I was trying to remember the name of that type of glass but all I could think of was something with flame :)

  • Ann Schroeder

    Beautiful pieces. I especially love the necklace. I’m a fan of furnace glass, and you’ve used it so well here.

  • WIndbent

    Fun and elegant; it’s fun when the beads speak and you know what you want to make right away.

  • Barbara Fernald

    Beautiful necklace. The cobalt blue is perfect with those beads! Fun earrings, too.

  • Elisabeth Matouschek

    Very nice pieces!

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