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Topic: Bead Soup Swap: Round 7 - CLOSED; Sendouts Jan 8th  (Read 11333 times)
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« on: December 15, 2013 06:44:42 AM »

Swap name: Bead Soup Swap - Round 7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Mistress Jennie
Sign-up date range: 12/15/13-12/29/13
Date to send item by: 1/8/14

Limited to a certain number of people: 20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

This swap is designed to be very fast, very simple, and flake free.  As such, I reserve the right to refuse anyone. If you have feedback that shows a history of incomplete packages, late sending, ill-communication, lack of DC #'s, etc. I will refuse you.

For those of you who haven't seen one before, the Bead Soup Swap is a way for you to pass on some quality beads that you have, but might not have a use for, to someone who can use them, and a way for you to get some new goodies for your stash at the same time.

The specifics:

~This round is "nearly-seedless & acrylic-free".  This is because almost no one actually asks for seed beads or acrylic beads, but people always want to get rid of them.  I am allowing people to mention that they have them, but in order to sign up, you MUST be WILLING and ABLE to send your partner 1 cup of beads they will like, WITHOUT including plastic or seed beads.  If you cannot do this, please do not sign up.  It is unfair to dump unwanted beads on someone else, and expect great stuff in return.
~This swap requires you to send your partner 1 cup of bead & 1 small/medium handcrafted item that appeals to their interests
~This round is open to international swappers
~This round you may choose to have either 1 or 2 parters.  (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)

In this swap each participant is required to send a minimum of 1 full cup of "average sized" (about 5-8mm) beads to their partner, as well as one Small-Medium crafted item inspired by your partners interests. Sending more beads is allowed if you wish, but only after checking with your partner, so no one accidentally feels slighted.  It is left to partners to decide the fairness/quantity on swapping other sized beads, like super tiny or giant over-sized ones, or including items like findings, charms and buttons, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.

The Small-Medium sized crafted item should be a gift for your partner like a simple bracelet, a beaded bookmark, or 1-2 pairs of earrings. These crafted components should be kept small so that you have enough time to craft, as well as pack and send out, in a short period of time.  

Additionally, this swap is slightly different in its setup than most others.  After filling out your questionnaire, I will match givers up to receivers.  This means that I will try to find a good home for the types of beads you HAVE, and I will try to find someone who has the kinds of beads YOU would like to use.  Often, this means you are not sending to and receiving from the same person.  Because of that, I tend to be strict on how questionnaires are filled out.  Incomplete questionnaires will be sent back until they are filled out properly.   Tongue  Trust me, after running 6 rounds of this swap, it's best this way because everyone is more likely to end up with a package they love!   Cheesy

I must stress that this swap is NOT a way to dump bags of plastic pony beads on someone else, and receive Swarovski crystal and semi-precious stone in return.  Believe me, NO ONE signs up for these swaps asking for plastic/acrylic beads.  You must be willing to share nice beads with your partners, that they will enjoy, if you hope to get nice things in return.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  

For a wonderful swap experience, communication is always the key.  Please keep in touch with your partners.  Stop into the thread at least once a week for a quick hello, or if youre going away or will be without internet access or anything of the sort, just post a message.  And in case you didn't know, or had forgotten, it is actually a Craftster Rule that you must post in the swap thread at least once.  Failure to do so could result in being dropped from the swap. I recommend doing so just before sending in your completed questionnaire. Also, if your partner goes missing at any time, please let the swap organizer know as soon as possible!  The sooner I know, the sooner I can fix the situation!

Once partners have been assigned, you may pick beads, craft your items, and send as early as you wish.  This swap, like all others on Craftster, requires the use of Delivery Confirmation/Tracking #s.  As soon as you ship, YOU MUST PM the organizer and your partner to tell them, as well as provide DC/Tracking #s.  Please label your PM "SENT: Bead Soup Rd. 7".  When you receive, you MUST PM again your partner and organizer again, please label this one "RECEIVED: Bead Soup Swap".

Finally a note about questionnaires. You MUST include DETAILED information about what kinds of beads you wish to share in your questionnaire so that I can match you up with the best possible partner, and to help your partner to design something for you.  I do not expect you to tell me you have "exactly 478 4mm sky blue round glass beads, 15 flower charms ranging from 14-25mm, and 32 1" dark green glass leaves and 14 1/2" light green glass leaves".  Instead say something like "I have lots of small light blue glass beads.  A few pewter flower charms, and some really pretty glass leaves."  

In your preferences, writing things like Oh, I like everything, is NOT HELPFUL.  I will send back questionnaires that are poorly filled out.  Be sure to include a link to your Pinterest if you have one!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Bead Soup Swap Round 7
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:

Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (Please consider this option as it will be a VERY small package you are sending!)

Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)
Confirm that you understand that a Delivery Confirmation/Tracking number is REQUIRED  for this swap: (yes/no)

Would you like to have one partner, or two? (First time swappers are limited to 1 partner.)


What is/are your favorite color(s)?
What are your favorite colors to use in beading? (You might love purple tees, but have no use for purple beads!)
Favorite metallics or spacer beads? (gold, silver, gunmetal, copper, antiqued gold/bronze, etc.)
What kinds of beads to do you wish to receive? (Glass, crystal, stone, seed, wood, plastic, polymer clay, etc.)

What types of beads do you NOT wish to receive?

What kinds of beads do you have that you'd like to share?
What kinds of jewelry/crafts do you like to make? (earrings, strung bead necklaces, charm bracelets, junk jewelry, hemp necklaces, tree of life pendants, sun catchers, etc.)
Do you use charms, spacers, buttons, etc. in your beading/jewelry making?

What kind of jewelry do you wear the most?
Do you have pierced ears?
Favorite bracelet length?
Favorite necklace length?
Favorite jewelry metal? (Gold, silver, copper, etc.)
Do you have any jewelry based allergies? (Sensitive ears, etc?)

What are some of your interests other than beading?  (Other crafts, favorite books, favorite movies/music, etc.)
Do you want to include anything else, that perhaps you have too much of, in your swapping?  (For example, did you inherited a box of 5,000 clasps, and want to share some?)
Are you in desperate need of something else, like earring wires or clasps?
Do you have a Wist or Pinterest?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know about you?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2014 10:04:51 AM by Mistress Jennie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2013 06:52:48 AM »

I'll be sending in my questionnaire once I have some time to fill it out thoroughly.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2013 08:15:53 AM »


1. Mistress Jennie (organizer)
2. sheepBlue*
3. Artmomto5  Cool
4. Ratfinkz  * Cool
5. hgddm  * Cool
6. Abbeeroad Cool
7. onecrazymom
8. anna.wahnsinn * Cool

* = 2 partners
 Cool = 1 or 2 partners, as needed
* Cool = 2 partners preferred, but 1 if needed

(Sender to Receiver)

Mistress Jennie ---> onecrazymom
Mistress Jennie ---> Artmomto5

sheepBlue ---> Abbeeroad
sheepBlue ---> hgddm

Artmomto5 ---> Ratfinkz
Artmomto5 ---> Abbeeroad

Ratfinkz ---> anna.wahnsinn
Ratfinkz ---> Mistress Jennie

hgddm ---> Artmomto5

Abbeeroad ---> anna.wahnsinn
Abbeeroad ---> sheepBlue

onecrazymom ---> sheepBlue

anna.wahnsinn ---> Mistress Jennie
anna.wahnsinn ---> Ratfinkz
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« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2013 07:52:34 PM »

Let me think on this.  I have been in a few past soups, but I was thinking of taking it easy on the swaps after Christmas to recoup some of my Christmas debt...

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2013 05:15:33 AM »

Totally understandable Onyxnox.  I think that's one of my favorite things about this swap, is that aside from shipping, I don't spend any money on it, because my stash is so huge.  But that's what I get for making Etsy my full-time second job!

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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2013 05:47:14 PM »

Going through my stash tonight so I can get my questionnaire in at a reasonable hour tomorrow morning!

And it's done! Can't wait!!  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2013 10:40:00 AM »

I'm going to go home tonight and look at what i have!!

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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2013 01:33:03 PM »

Fabulous I'm in =)

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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2013 04:11:31 PM »

OOOOHHHH!  BEADS!!!!!!!!!!! I've missed the last ones- was in one a bit ago.  Glad I saw this before the closing bell  Cheesy  I always manage to miss sign ups! 

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« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2013 02:18:50 AM »

I have been buying beads like crazy on ebay LOL! But I am always looking for different ones and have some good ones to trade! I think I will sign up for this! Have to look over my stash before I fill out the questionnaire!

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