Saturday, May 5, 2012

Reveal Day - The Vocal Focal

It's finally here!  The day we all reveal the 'vocal focal' we received from our partners.  What a great idea this was, even if I do say so myself.  *smile*  I plan to host a similar swap every three months.

After I'd paired everyone up and sent out the notices, a latecomer asked to participate also.  Not wanting to exclude anyone, I asked her if she minded being my partner.  She seemed quite happy with that prospect.  So, that is how I ended up with two partners.  Two parnters means I have TWO fabulous focal beads to share with you.

The first one to arrive in my mailbox was from Rhonda.  This fun, colourful lampwork bead was made by an artist from the Austin, TX area.  Her name is Connie Quimby.  I love the bright yellow and orange against the snow white background. 

I've searched through my bead stash and found some with matching colours.  Who knew there were so many shades of white though?  It wasn't as easy to find white beads that would work with the focal.  See below for what I've gathered together so far.  I can't decide if I want to string a necklace on nylon cord or try my hand at creating a wire work piece.  I'll do some preliminary experiments with both techniques this weekend.

My second focal, from Andra, came in the mail this week.  This natural stone bead is spectacular!  It's quite large too, about 2.5" at its largest point.  There is a hole that goes the whole way through it.  I love working with semi-precious gemstones and I'm thinking that some fluorite or amethyst beads will match up with it quite nicely. 

Andra, I'm sure, would turn such a lovely bead into one of her fabulous bead embroidery centrepieces.  You must check out some of her creations on her blog.  They are intricate and beautiful masterpieces.  I will probably create a very minimalist piece with this focal.  I mean, the wonderful focal speaks well on its own.  I don't think it needs too much else to highlight it.

Even though I specified to send ONE focal bead only, both my partners sent me a few little extras.  Thanks to both of you.  They will come in handy for future projects.  This has been great fun!  I hope you will all participate next time.

See a list of the participants below and be sure to visit all the blogs to see what they received too.

Cindy Wimmer
Ginger Bishop

Bonnie Coursolle
Andra Weber

Renetha Stanziano
Lori Finney

Shirley Moore
Kashmira Patel

Maybeline Tay
Dee Torcherer Elgie

Bonnie Coursolle
Rhonda Baird


  1. those focals are beautiful - your swap partners did really well for ya! can't wait to see the finished creations

  2. The colour of the first focal is so cheery and fun! The second focal is elegant. Can't wait to see what u sent them. Thanks for organising this. Hugs.

  3. Oooh, they are both so pretty! I am gravitating towards the yellow seed beads for the first one :)

    The second one's so pretty too! Can't wait to see what you make with it!

    And I'd love to see the other goodies you got with these!

  4. Bonnie, I love the focal that Rhonda sent you. I can see a brigth summery necklace in your future!

    By the way, my blog address is Everyone please come and see the beautiful focal that Bonnie sent me! I love it! Thank you, Bonnie.

  5. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the lampwork & bead combo you have there. That sure is one lovely bit of stone as well. Thanks for putting this together for us.

  6. Bonnie, you sure received two pretty pieces! What a coincidence that they both happen to have some yellow. I'd love to see what you create with seed beads. Thank you so much for hosting this fun swap! I really enjoyed getting to know some new jewelry designers in this community.

  7. Thanks so much Bonnie, for hosting! I love the focals you received ALMOST as much as the ones I did *g*. That gemstone slice is remarkable, can't wait to see the results! I really like that this was a small swap, for me...that means I can make it to everyone! Off to do so....

  8. Oh, what beautiful pieces! That citrus piece is perfect for summer. Looking forward to seeing what you create with them both! Thank you so much for a great idea!!

  9. Hi Bonnie,
    The focal pieces you received are very different, but each are very pretty. I love the stone focal and I would also do some sort of beaded embroidered piece with it. I just found out about your blog and now I am a follower.