I was lucky to be partnered with Marybeth Rich who is "Forest of Jewels" online and on blogspot. She sent me such a super fantastic array of materials (see remaining ones below) that I had a hard time deciding what to do. The top is the necklace I made. I added some bits of "me" to her lovely copper clasp and turquoise and natural stones. The copper pieces I found when visiting AZ and had been waiting for a chance to use them. I already had some of my lampwork "eggs" and the shell bead, which I think tied it together. Above the shell it looks like a chunk of wood, but is some of the polymer clay stash, which Marybeth sent. See below for my cute bracelet that I made with more of it.
These are my extra beads that I still haven't used. (I use white paper plates to see the beads better- no 20/20 eyes anymore!) See how amazingly generous she was? And what made each packet seem like a special gift was that she packaged them in her handmade paper envelopes.
And here is the wire bangle I made from her polymer clay pieces.
I love the sparkle and the opaque textures mixing together. I kept the pink cord on the focal piece, because I like the mix of the hard beads with the soft cotton. If I had more, I would have added it between some of the bead sections. I left the largest design piece on the end. I like it like a big dangle, instead of in the middle. And of course, I had to add a touch of "me" in it too. Just the simple purple lampwork beads which blended in well.
Here is the list of the other Swap Hop Members. I swiped it from Marybeth's page. (shhh, don't tell) Please visit Marybeth next, if you haven't been to see her already. I linked her name with her blog to make it easy for you.