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Bead Swap Ideas?

About this design:

I couldn't wait to try the African beads and Lemon Chrysoprase and wood beads. These are items I had to have yesterday, yet they sat at my desk for too long. So I finally got moving. Beads were knotted on waxed linen. This was a practice piece for me. Knotting with waxed linen and beads. I tried out Deb's beaded closure technique. I like it a lot. Thanks Deb!

I have been wanting to plan a bead swap for my meetup group. (this is with a group of women I have never met). It sounded like a great idea and I have interest from the members, but I am stumped on how to organize it. Grrr.

Any ideas, suggestions from fellow beads? The only thing I have come up with is to suggest a dollar amount (for beads) to swap. $5 ? $10?
I'm not sure what amount would be comfortable for most ppl.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. :)


Lemon Chrysoprase, seed beads, goldish findings, wood beads, African paper beads (LB).

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  1. doktordesigns
    doktordesigns says:

    Hi Peggy,

    I have organized two or three fairly large bead swaps here at Lima Beads. It’s a little complicated to do online and through the mail but in person, it should be a snap.

    There is only one ground rule: only put beads you would be _proud to use_ in your swap bag.

    (Swaps are random by nature and everyone who participates should agree to be a good sport.)

    From there, you can set some parameters around what kinds of beads and what quantity. For example you could say 3 sets of 10 matching beads. Or you can determine the quantity of beads by the size of bag used. (The snack-size zippered bags work well.)
    You might decide to swap only beads in a particular color range (black and white and gold is fun!)

    You can gather some ideas from the group but you _must_ make this decision yourself, as the leader. By being overly democratic, you will get bogged down in administrative decisions and never get your swap off the ground!

    Assume that NOT everyone will want to participate after you set your parameters — but that is okay. Those who decline to participate can host their own bead swaps according to their sensibilities another time!

    For a few days in advance and on the day of your meet-up, remind everyone by email to bring their swap bags. Upon arrival, have all participants throw their beads into a shopping bag. Once you have everyone’s contributions it is simple to complete the swap: everyone who puts a bag into the shopping bag gets to take one out and voila!

    Hope that helps. Feel free to message me with any questions you might have.

    Good luck!

  2. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Wow Susan you are the best. :) .
    Thanks for all the tips ! It will make my planning easier.

    I can see how this could end up being a chore if I am not decisive and set up some guidelines. And also I tend to be a ppl pleaser. ha ha.
    That is the last thing I want. So, with your thoughts and suggestions you have made my planning so much easier. Thank you much I appreciate you taking the time to give me so much input. ;)

    BTW, your designs are beautiful and I look forward to see more.

  3. Julie Shane
    Julie Shane says:

    Peggy! What a super fun idea!
    Take pics of the get together and the various swap bags. I think you will all have such fun!

    I like the way you have mixed seed beads and tiny spacers within your pices. This is a great piece for spring and summer.

  4. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    Great piece and what a great idea about swapping beads. I have done it online through ArtFire and yes, it can get complicated. Have fun.

  5. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    I really like the necklace! It looks so organic and boho! Good luck with your swap!!

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love this necklace! Hope your swap is a success. :)

  7. Asia
    Asia says:

    Such a great necklace, hope you have fun at the swap :D

  8. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    The lemon chryso. goes so well w/ the paper beads!

  9. Nancy Mc
    Nancy Mc says:

    This is a soft fresh look,but it’s still very different and creative. Fantastic job on the end loop. I have GOT to get some paper beads. ;)

  10. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    That you ladies your comments are greatly appreciated.

    I had looked a lot of paper beads designs online and they just didn’t do it for me….
    This necklace started out as a bracelet but I liked it so much I continued making it longer.. he he. I think it would look really cool to have a 3 wrap bracelet and at the same time to be able to wear it as a necklace.
    Nancy – the paper beads at LB are great.

    I’m def looking to explore more design options and hope to add a bracelet and earrings to this set.

    I’ll post pics when the swap has been completed.

    Thank you again for your kind comments :)

  11. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Susan’s thoughts have been so helpful.

    One last thing-
    If you’all were part of a bead swap how would you feel if a value amount ($), say $5 or $10 was one of the requirements.?
    I ask because I want it to be a fair swap for everyone.

  12. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Peggy this necklace is great. Glad the beaded closure worked out. It looks fantastic. (Its not my idea though..saw it lots of places).

    Your bead swap sounds cool, like the bead soup blogs I read about. Here are some things I’ve read on these. A swap bag should include 1 focal, 1 closure, & some type of seed/small bead & things should coordinate from there. Granted these bead soup swaps are to send the other person items to make a piece of jewelry. But they usually incorporate their own.stuff and make.several. I personally would love to do a bead swap where someone traded beads that were meant to go together. A friend sent me beads and she jad them bagged according to color. That was the coolest thing to see all tje beads together.
    Hope your swap goes well. Have fun!

  13. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you.

    I’ve see bead soup blogs too. Very cool.
    Are you referring to the one Lori Anderson does?
    There are participants from around the world. So cool.

    I would love to do it with the beaders on LB if anyone is game.

  14. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Yea Lori Anderson runs the one I’ve read the most about. But I’ve also read about some smaller ones. It would be cool to participate in one.

  15. Laud
    Laud says:

    Beautiful colors and arrangement. The necklace has that earthy, wear-me-alot feel to it, like it would be so comfortable you’d forget to take it off.

    I don’t know anything about swaps, but it occurred to me that materials might be something to consider. I mean I’d be mightily disappointed to get plastic beads (unless they’re the new lucite flowers, and who’s giving them up?).

  16. Peggy3
    Peggy3 says:

    Thank you Laud. I forgot to add its a ‘light’ necklace because of the paper beads. ;)

    I had the same thought as you. I do not want plastic beads! Made me think I was a bead snob. Ha ha.
    So I guess I just have to wing it.

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