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UK Magazine’s Challenge Design Winner

Wonderful surprise for me!  Making Jewellery, Britain’s top selling jewellery making magazine, held a design challenge back in July, with the winners to be announced in this month’s issue.  Imagine my glee at seeing my Sea Urchin and Soutache necklace taking first place!  Thrilled to see my necklace in a magazine and really pleased with their comments on it! :D

“Jo’s necklace is our winner; it’s beautifully designed and looks amazing. We particularly like the way she has used the colours from the photo as her inspiration.”

 

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This is the challenge as appeared in July:

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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.

 

 

A Woodland Choker

I made my first creation specifically for ArtFire this week, as part of the Handmade In Europe Guild’s monthly challenge.  This month had a Woodland theme and I used suede, wooden beads and glass flowers and leaves.

Available for sale in my ArtFire shop.

Thank you for your votes! :)

A big ‘thank you’ to all who voted for my ‘Devouring The Sun’ beadwoven necklace in the Etsy Beadweavers June Challenge

This was my first attempt at a Beadweavers Challenge and I’m thrilled to have received enough votes to  place 2nd!! :D

The inspiration and process behind this work may be found here.

Click here to see the winning entry and all the runners-up.

Devouring The Sun

Beading An Eclipse part 2

In my Creative Space last Thursday evening I blogged about the beginnings of my entry to the Etsy Beadweavers June Challenge.  I worked like mad to get it ready in time because I only started it on that day and it had to be submitted by the 5th of June.  I realised late on Thursday that the 5th was actually Saturday not Friday so thankfully I had a few extra hours to work on it! :D

Even though I promised myself that I wouldn’t be undoing any work, that is precisely what I did to the first rivoli.  On looking again at the rivoli I showed in my blogpost on Thursday I thought it would look better with a slightly larger and more rounded black area, to show a bigger shadow of the  moon on the sun. 

 

It’s a small difference, but to me it was worth the work, I’m happier with the amended version!

I needed three rivoli, showing the sun in different stages of the eclipse.

Each Swarovski rivoli is captured in tiny beads before being embellished with more Swarovski crystals. The innermost beads are tiny 15/0 and the needle has to be really thin to go through the beads with more than one thread pass.

I tried to encompass the entire experience of a solar eclipse in this necklace.   The challenge was to  “try to remember one Phenomenon that amazed you the most and transfer it to amazing beaded jewelry”.

I mentally went back to 11th August 1999, the first and only time I witnessed a total eclipse of the sun.   It started at just before 11.30am and lasted almost 3 hours in all.  For the most part there wasn’t much to see, but the day grew increasingly grey and drab.  Then as the moon covered more and more of the sun, the sounds around us changed, the birds sensed a change and at the moment the moon covered the sun completely we were plunged in near darkness and we could even see major stars and planets in the sky.  The strangest thing was the irrational momentary fear that gripped me, even though I knew exactly what was happening it was as though some instinct was taking over.  At that moment I was awed by the whole event.

The dark sky and stars are depicted in the neckband, which is beadwoven in black seed beads with a scattering of Czech glass beads.  The bail connecting the rivoli crystals to the neckband was worked in black seed beads of different sizes.

The finished necklace, completely handmade one bead at a time with Swarovski crystals, Japanese seed beads, Czech Glass Beads, Fireline high strength thread, a lot of thought in the design and care in the execution. 

The voting is open between the 9th and the 15th June 2010.  Head over to the Beadweavers Blog to see all the entries and cast your vote!   Voting is open to everyone.  See the entries by clicking on the links below the mosaic, then vote for your favourite by choosing from the list on the right hand side on the blog and clicking on Vote.  If you’d like to vote for this necklace please select No.25! :)
 

‘Devouring The Sun’ is available here.

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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