Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ornament Swap Blog Hop

Today is the reveal day of the Ornament Swap Blog Hop hosted by Sally Russick of Wire Worked. The idea was to create an ornament, containing at least one art bead, and then mail it to the person you were paired up with. What a fun concept-count me in! I was paired up with the ultra talented Susan Kennedy of Sue Beads. She makes gorgeous lampworked beads. I did quite the happy dance when the partner list was revealed!

This is the beautiful ornament that Sue created for me...

This is the lampworked bead she created-isn't it gorgeous! 
Looks like a tiny poinsettia!

This is the ornament that I created for Sue...

The materials I used were a cherry red ceramic bead by Elaine Ray, Chinese crystals, 
a textured aluminum square that I created and a spiral head pin. 
I created the spiral hook from silver filled wire.

Now, it is time to finish decorating my Christmas tree!

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  1. Ooooo---to BOTH ornaments! They are both so pretty and compliment each other so well, like they were made as a set. I love how you textured the square and Sue's bead is just so festive :-)

  2. Kim, I love your sweet ornament! It's so festive, and I'll bet it shimmers on the tree.I love the pretty crystals and the textured aluminum square!

    Thanks for sharing photos of Sue's ornament too!

  3. You guys really outdid yourselves with the handcrafted goodness! I love how they're both delicate and sparkly!!!
    Merry Christmas!

  4. beautiful ornaments....very pretty
    have a great holiday

  5. WOW, both ornaments are gorgeous! Kathleen, I love the pop of red and the square you textured is wonderful, I'm sure the textures in the metal along with the crystals catch the light beautifully!! I would have this ornament hanging in my studio all year long!

    Kathleen, is want to thank you for jumping right in and swapping and hopping! Have a very Happy Holiday!

  6. I know that aluminum is going to sparkle like mad on the lit tree! Lovely ornament, And Sue's is straight off the Snow Queen's Tree with icy crystal goodness. What a great swap~

  7. What gorgeous ornaments! I love the bead Sue made! And the ornament you made is so pretty, I love the hammered square and the sweet silver swirls... wonderful!

  8. Oh, my, both of those ornaments will brighten up these dark days of winter! I love them, and I love this hop!

  9. I love the sweet ornament you made for Miss Sue. And that chandelier crystal is so lovely! What a pretty bauble for the tree!
    Enjoy the day!

  10. Your ornament is really pretty - the perfect touch of red with the ceramic bead and your textured metal!
    And the ornament from Sue is gorgeous as well - I love her holiday lampwork with the addition of the long chandelier crystal - classic and dramatic at the same time!

  11. Kathleen, Oooo the ornament Sue sent to you is gorgeous I bet it catches the light and makes it dance across the tree. I love the ornament you sent to Sue it is beautiful I like your creative design.
    Merry Christmas,

  12. Oh MY! The ornament Sue made for you is really beautiful!! I'm sure you are pleased with it.
    As well, the one you created for her is really great! I love that bit of hammered metal that gives it a bit of a shimmer. Well done!
    Happy holidays! :D

  13. Beautiful ornaments. I love Sue Beads too. Love the silver with the red!! Happy Holidays.

  14. Gorgeous ornaments!! SueBeads are the best, aren't they? And I love your aluminum square!

  15. Thank you so much for being my partner, Kathleen, and for the beautiful ornament!

  16. I love it, and that first photo -- sublime.