Thursday, June 07, 2012

Art Bead Earring Swap

Today is the reveal of the  Art  Bead Earring Swap.  Diana Ptaszynski from Suburban Girl Studio has organized this fun event.  Each of us has been randomly assigned 2 partners to swap earrings with..  The only requirement is that each pair of earrings would be made with at least one Art Bead.  I had the good fortune of receiving 2 beautiful pairs of earrings from my partner Patti Vanderbloemen.  You can see her blog post for today here.
Both pairs of earrings arrived in these charming star studded little bags.  This pair features art beads by MarshaNealStudio--the cool black tiles-- and lampwork beads by  artist Maryse Fritzsch-Thillens  from Luxembourg.
Patti wrote me a lovely letter telling the details of each pair.  For these she handmade the ear wires from sterling silver and did all the exquisite wire wrapping with sterling silver as well.  What a beautiful pair of earrings.  And they are fun to wear.  Thank you so much Patti.
The second pair of earrings Patti sent me feature bronze charm art beads from  Lesley Watt (TheaToo).

These mirrored butterfly images are stunning set against the Canyon Red lampwork beads by Kelley Ford Wenzel of Kelleys Beads.  And very special indeed are the handmade Vintaj wire ear wires made by Patti.  I just adore the way she added the extra swirls to them.

I have certainly enjoyed this earring swap.  I hope you will visit the other participants.  The links follow:

Diana Ptaszynski
Patti Vanderbloemen
Lesley Watt
Jenny Davies Reazor
Melinda Orr
Cilla Watkins
Stephanie Haussler
Sally Russick
Susan Kennedy
Cheryl Brown


  1. Both lovely pairs of earrings and both would be staples in my wardrobe. I love the urban feel of the black pair and Patti's done a great job with those butterflies - although I am of course a bit biased! :0)

  2. I am so happy - relieved! - that you like the earrings, Mary! But then again, handcrafted art beads? How could I go wrong! Thank you again for my beautiful earrings! I will wear them with pride! :)

  3. Both pairs are beautiful. I always love black. The butterflies on the second pair are awesome. Lesley does should great work. I love both pair.

  4. Both pairs are just gorgeous! I love seeing all the art beads in everyone's earrings!

  5. Your earrings that you received are so wearable! You know what I mean - everyday, the right weight, great designs from Patti!

  6. I love both pairs that you got! Thank you so much for joining in the swap!

  7. Such rich colors and gorgeous designs - stunning!!

  8. The earrings that Patti made for you are beautiful! Love the style of each. Really great array of art beads too!

  9. Both are lovely but the orange beads and brass make me swoon!

  10. Love the black...goes with anything! and those fancy ear wires!! geat

  11. The mirrored butterfly bronze earrings are a jolly fit pair. And the extra swirls are gorgeous. I would certainly love one pair of this myself.

  12. I am so sorry that my package ended up in la-la-land... I got it back and have resent it to you. I hope you will like what I created. Enjoy the day. Erin


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