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Glass Bead Makers Valentines Exchange 2005264 viewsThese are the beads I received in this exchange.
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The Reject Pile244 viewsHaving to make 8 of the same bead using only red and white proved a bit of a challenge for me.

I don't know how everyone else went with theirs, but here are 65 of mine that didn't make the cut.
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My 2005 Mirus Beads Valentines Exchange Bracelet213 viewsI have been on a roll lately. I spent a couple of hours this morning finishing off this bracelet. It contains some of the beads I received in the Valentines Exchange and I included some of my beads that were left over from the 80 odd that I made... The faces, the heart, the cylindrical "Love" and the small square with hearts are mine.
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3 Sculptural Beads186 viewsThe large one on the right is the one I sent in for the 2005 Mirus Christmas Exchange.
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Galaxy Lampwork Bead mix228 viewsI sent the highlighted ones in for this years Mirus Christmas Exchange. I had chosen two nicer ones but they both cracked.
gbm Aussie Charm Exchange. Aug-Oct 2007155 viewsI originally wanted to make something mixed-media for this exchange, but my ideas didn't work out, so they got shells instead.

The lampwork beads are made from Moretti Striking Yellow glass with Raku decoration. Garnet Rondelles and Swarovski Crystals in Siam add to the final look. All wire is Sterling Silver.
gbm Aussie Charm Exchange. Aug-Oct 2007144 viewsThese are the charms I received in this exchange. Aren't they gorgeous!!! :-)

Now to just make a bracelet to hang them all from...
gbm Aussie Charm Exchange. Aug-Oct 2007136 viewsReceived charms with business cards.

The strawberry on the top row is from Marianne.
gbm Aussie Charm Exchange. Aug-Oct 2007 - Bracelet Process.158 viewsNow that I have all my charms, I figure I had better get my bracelet put together.

After trialling a few different designs, I finally decided on this chainmaille weave. I hacked the directions to use split rings, and found that when you don't have the right diameter jump ring mandrel, improvise... A 3.5mm rod of Gaffer glass did the trick in this case. (No need to comment on the unevenness of the rings in the middle - it's tricky to wind wire onto a 3.5mm rod of glass using just your fingers...)
gbm Aussie Charm Exchange. Aug-Oct 2007 - Bracelet Process.159 viewsMy completed bracelet.

After some tweaking, (and some repairing - I broke one of the charms. The headpin, not the actual bead thankfully...), here it is. I like it! :-)
2007 Beading Forum Christmas Lampwork Challenge/Exchange171 viewsOur Challenge Criteria:
Week 1: Cone
Week 2: Twisties
Week 3: Snowman

My received beads:
Two twistie beads, Headpins and Swaro's from Amy (Lily).
Snowman from Sue (Terrica Beads)
Cone from Carolyn (Katzeye)
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