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Two Beaders Enter, One Beader Leaves!

The Battle Of The Beadsmith 2014 is underway!

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Some of you may remember the Mad Max movies from the ’80s and the quote “Two Men Enter, One Man Leaves” from the third movie in the series.  The Battle Of The Beadsmith is a tournament in which there are several “battles” between two designs, with only one entry from each battle making it through to the next round, where again they will be paired off and voted on until only one remains.  Thankfully though, that’s where any similarity ends.  The only hazards associated with the BOTB are pricked fingers and sore fingertips, sore shoulders, neck and back as well as sleepless nights and worsening eyesight … the usual beading hazards. ;)

The Battle Of The Beadsmith is the brainchild of Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith Company and in his own words: “In an effort to create more awareness of some of the incredible bead artistry being executed by bead masters worldwide, I thought it would be fun to set up a beading ‘tournament’ where original works can be viewed, shared, and celebrated both by the participants, and the beading public alike.  256 seed bead artists have been invited to participate in an elimination “tournament” to determine which piece of their original beadwork best captures the imagination of their fellow designers, and the beading public.”

This is my first time in the contest and I have been paired with a seasoned battler from Austria, Svetlana Hackl.  My inspiration came from the land and sea around me on my beautiful Island home Malta.  The sea urchin shell in the centre of my design is one from my collection that my husband, with the occasional help from my two sons, finds for me from the seabed around the Maltese Islands.  My blogpost here gives some details on the preparation of these wonderful shells.

I wanted the sea urchin to be worked on top of fish leather, the latter to be partly visible through a design of beads framing the shell.  I ordered some gorgeous pearlescent fish leather and was overjoyed when I opened the package and saw that it matched perfectly with one of my pink-beige shells, they seem to have been made for each other!  The lines running down the shell are echoed in the beadwork, with the final touch being a beadwoven starfish at the centre of the shell.

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The shell is flanked by two stylised dolphins inspired by the Baroque dolphins found all around Malta. I worked the eyes using a variety of Miyuki beads around Abalone shells, with Czech dagger beads for an extra touch of fantasy.

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A series of pearl beads and loops makes this piece adjustable in multiple positions whilst retaining the centering of the design.

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Please join the Facebook Group and browse the photo albums to view the designs.  You may find my entry in Group C, Battle 1.  Wish me luck!

Joanne.

 

Beadwoven Starfish and Seaglass Earrings are Contest Finalists!

I entered Beadaholique‘s “Ocean Treasures” Beading Challenge with my Beadwoven Starfish and Seaglass Earrings and was chosen as a finalist!

In my design I wanted to highlight the seaglass pendant beads I had bought from Beadaholique and wanted my entry to be simple enough for anyone with basic beadweaving knowledge to make themselves.

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The starfish are beadwoven in herringbone, also called Ndebele, stitch using Fireline and round seed beads in sizes 8/0 and 11/0 and incorporate a wire guard for easy connection to the kidney earwires. The Seaglass Pendants are attached to a very short length of chain to allow them to hang just below the starfish.

Voting is open till the 14th August. One US finalist and one International finalist can each win a $100 gift voucher from Beadaholique. The photo with the most “Likes” wins! 

If you like my earrings please click here and “Like” my pic! :D

 

Joanne.

 

 

Maltese Island Blue Seas Necklace is a Winner!

Beads Direct UK is currently holding a weekly contest for jewellery designs inspired by favourite places.  I sent in a photo of my Blue Seas Necklace together with a photo of Comino’s Blue Lagoon.  Comino, the smallest of the three main Islands that make up the Maltese Archipelago has the most beautiful turquoise water, which was the inspiration for my piece.

Happy news when I saw my necklace featured in their weekly newsletter as the winning piece!  I’m really looking forward to receiving my prize, which is a bead hamper worth Fifty Pounds Sterling!! :D

Newsletter from Beads Direct showing the winning necklace from Joanne Zammit of gr8jewellery.

Newsletter from Beads Direct showing the winning necklace from Joanne Zammit of gr8jewellery.

Folk Fest Necklace

The jury is out and my “Folk Fest Necklace”, which was entered for the Finished Jewelry category of the 2013 Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest, didn’t make it to the final ten.

It was clear even from the thumbnails that some wonderful creations were participating in all three categories.  It was really beneficial for me to take on the challenge and create my first major work featuring Soutache.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out. :D

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A big well done to all finalists.  Click here to visit the contest page and vote on your favourites.  The People’s Choice Award voting will be open until July 5.

Joanne.

 

 

My Entry to the 2013 Fashion Colorworks Beading Contest

I recently learnt about a beading contest organised by bead artist Zoya Gutina.  The whole idea of the contest is to create something using one of the colour combinations below, picked from the Pantone Color Institute’s Fashion Color Report for Spring 2013.

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Entries could be made for one of three categories:

  • Seed Bead Jewelry. Entries include jewelry and jewelry-related objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.
  • Finished Jewelry. Each entry must be less than 50 percent seed beads; and other materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, found objects, etc.
  • Seed Bead Objects. Entries include any not jewelry-related objects, accessories and sculptural objects. Each entry must be not less than 50 percent seed beads.

Further details and full rules here.

I had been slightly out of touch with the beading world for a few months so I learnt about this contest with barely three weeks till the closing date.  Not put off by the fact that I would have to rely on my existing bead stash to create something, I sifted through my supplies and was lucky to find the beads I needed in just the perfect shades to make a necklace using the third combination, African Violet, Tender Shoots and Lemon Zest!

Here’s a tiny sneak peek of my entry:

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All entries had to be submitted by 15th June, and the finalists are to be announced at some time TODAY!  Waiting impatiently to find out if my entry has been selected to be one of the finalists.  It’s a tough competition with so many wonderful entries to choose from!

Joanne.

 

My Creative Space – Beading an Eclipse

I’m trying to capture a Solar Eclipse in beads today.  I’m working on my challenge entry for the Etsy Beadweavers’ June challenge, which has the theme ‘Phenomenon’. 

I had a very late idea about what my entry would be about because I was initially stumped, then I remembered a really amazing natural phenomenon I had witnessed a few years back, a total solar eclipse, and tried to remember all the little details that made up that experience. 

I needed to order some beads, which arrived today and I finally got started.  Now I’m working like mad to finish it in time …. by TOMORROW!!!!  Aaaaaargh!!!!!! :o

I’ve just finished bezelling a Swarovski rivoli with tiny beads, depicting the shadow of the moon creeping up onto the sun.  I’ve still got lots of work to do, and I’m hoping that I’ll be happy enough with the result so I can submit it for the challenge.  It’s not the first time I’ve undone my work when something’s not quite right and started again, but I really don’t have time for that with this one!

Back to work … and fingers crossed! ;)

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