Well it is time to reveal our ornaments that we received from our partners in the 2nd Annual Ornament Swap Blog Hop hosted by Sally Russick of The Studio Sublime. After seeing all the beautiful and creative ornaments last year I could not wait to sign up to participate in this years swap hop. Way back in October of this year Sally put out the call for people to sign up for her ornament swap blog hop. It was easy just sign up and then Sally picked a partner for you to create an ornament for. The rules were simple the ornament must be one that you hand made and it must contain an art bead.
Sally paired me up with Andrew Thornton, I was thrilled. I am familiar with Andrew's work and I knew that I would be receiving a beautiful ornament. Well Andrew did not disappoint me in the least, the ornament he sent to me is gorgeous. Would y'all like to see it? First let me show you what I sent to him.
Here is the ornament that Andrew sent to me.
I used a glass cab from Susan Kennedy of Suebeads and the beading around the cab is a pattern by Monomint.
On the back of the ornament I used a flat backed Czech crystal ravoli I made the hanger and put another of Susan's glass beads on it.
See I told you it was beautiful!
I was surprised when I opened the cute little box he sent the ornament in ( I did not take a picture of the box but it has a Santa on it) and saw that he had sewn a bezel around the center piece in a peyote stitch. He did a wonderful job on the bezel, in each corner of the bezel is a lavender bicone. I read on Andrews blog that he is now working with polymer clay and he is also enameling metal beads. On this ornament he has one of his enameled beads in a lavender color at the top and he enameled a flat filigree piece that he wrapped around the clay focal piece. He then hung dangles from each corner of the focal. One dangle has an 8 mm round lavender crystal bead with an amber crystal branch, the bottom dangle has a bronze charm (I am fairly sure that this is a charm that Andrew made) a lavender bicone, and a blue crystal charm, on the other side corner is a polymer clay bead with a very pretty swirl pattern of lavender and cream, and a crystal clear AB drop bead.
The back side is just as beautiful as the front.
Thank you Andrew, I love my beautiful ornament and every year I hang it on my tree I will think of you and your very creatively beautiful gift.
Thank you Sally for hosting this fun ornament swap blog hop. I had a lot of fun creating an ornament for my partner Andrew Thornton.
Now please go and see what everyone else that is participating received in this ornament swap.
List of Participants
Merry Christmas and Happy beading Y'all,