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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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Diving for Supplies

In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful example of a sea urchin shell.  A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this unique piece.

A unique handmade necklace featuring a natural sea urchin shell.  In this necklace I combined beadwork with a touch of soutache to frame a wonderful sea urchin shell. A chunky sea glass fringe and thick braided leather cord complete this original piece.

 

 

The beautiful, clear blue sea that surrounds the Maltese Islands is not only a great source of inspiration, it is also occasionally a source of my materials.

Sea urchin shells make wonderful focal features in jewellery and accessories.  I collect only sea urchin shells and never live sea urchins.  The shells are extremely fragile and must be washed very carefully and strengthened before they can be used.

 

Sea urchin shells, washed.

Sea urchin shells, washed.

 

 

After washing the shells I check them and put aside those with visible defects.  The good ones make it to the the next step: strengthening.  This is when I I fill them and apply several coats of non-yellowing varnish.

Sea urchin shells, strenthening.

Sea urchin shells, filling and varnishing.

 

Now the fun begins, deciding what I’m going to do with them!

 

Joanne.

 

 

 

 

 

Mediterranean Inspirations

The sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean have always been a source of inspiration for me.  The colour, the sparkle, the life under the waves all have a place in jewellery.

Blue Seas Necklace.  Swarovski pendant with beadwoven tiny seed beads and cluster of Swarovski crystals.

Blue Seas Necklace. Swarovski pendant with beadwoven tiny seed beads and cluster of Swarovski crystals.

 

Beadwoven starfish and seaglass necklace by gr8jewellery

Beadwoven starfish and seaglass necklace by gr8jewellery

 

Beadwoven starfish and seaglass earrings by gr8jewellery

Beadwoven starfish and seaglass earrings by gr8jewellery

 

 

A Mermaid’s Song

In my Friday ArtFire post, I mentioned the new ArtFire collections.  I didn’t know that at the time they were still testing them and weren’t available to all members, but luckily they went live a few hours later and I got to make my first Collection yesterday.   The theme for my first collection was a complete no-brainer, I love the sea, I’m surrounded by the sea and I’ve just come back from 3 days of the most gorgeous sea and scenery in Gozo, so I made A Mermaid’s Song.

First, some shots of Gozo …

The Azure Window at Dwejra

Xlendi Tower, built in 1650 by The Order Of St. John

Xlendi Cliffs

… and here’s my first Artfire Collection:

Comments and ratings on the Collection page are very welcome! :)

Monday Moodboard – 26.Jul.10

Not Always Fun!

 

Last week I got stung by a jellyfish whilst swimming.   I’m normally quite careful and keep a watch out when the wind is blowing in towards the bay as jellyfish will be brought in along with the current, and I have a look into the sea to make sure it’s clear before jumping in.  Staying away from the sea when it’s obvious that there are jellyfish about has kept me sting-free for several years, but last week I got it wrong and was pretty surprised when I suddenly felt a burning sensation moving over my foot.  I was swimming with my younger son at the time and, as he was wearing goggles, he looked down and saw that there was a jellyfish, one of the common purple ones.  At least it was a minor sting but we didn’t fancy meeeting any more jellies so we immediately swam the 50 metres or so back to shore.

TREATMENT

The best way to treat a jellyfish sting is to first of all NOT RUB OR SCRATCH the afflicted area, as that will only spread the venom.  I used a plastic card I had in my purse, a discount card similar to a credit card and scraped my foot where I had been stung whilst pouring water over it.   I would have followed this procedure up by applying vinegar to the sting as this is really soothing, but I didn’t have any and, although it was still burning,  the sting wasn’t too bad in this case and it was bearable.   The red welts slowly started to reduce and thankfully by evening they had almost disappeared.

Here are my picks for some harmless and totally gorgeous jellyfish by the members of the European Street Team on Etsy, enjoy!

Underwater Silence – Fine art photograph – Jellyfish by JKphotography

Handfelted jelly fish earrings by maroulina

Oh Jellyfish, Jellyfish… by GiftsandStars

MEDUSA 2 – Jellyfish brooch by marcomagro

jellyfish dance by enchantedpond
The Monday Moodboard is a game played by members of the European Street Team on Etsy.  Check out other members’ moods on FleurFatale’s blog.

Monday Moodboard – 21.Jun.2010

It’s officially SUMMER!!!!! 

A new season, a new look and a fresh new banner for my Etsy shop.

From this:

to this:

My mood today is definitely summery.  Just one week of school and exams left for the boys, then it will be sea and sun! :)

 

 

Featured shops: marlysarts, Kirschbits, bOmode and sivylla.

Please click on the pictures to view their listings.

The Monday Moodboard is a game played by members of the European Street Team on Etsy.  Check out other members’ moods on FleurFatale’s blog.