I finally managed to take a decent photo of the item in question, so I thought I'd go ahead and post this before going to bed. If you've been reading this blog from the beginning, you'll know that I have not been designing jewelry, lampworking or working with metal clay for a very long time. As a result, I've been very timid about even the prospect of giving any of my work to someone who's not a family member. Well, I think the time has come for this to change. I've had such great support from everyone reading this blog, and I want to thank you. Therefore, I've decided to hold my first Giveaway. The prize is the simple skull-y bracelet, above. As usual, I made the skull charms and full moon button clasp out of PMC3. I finished the bracelet with chunky faceted onyx beads, a black shell pearl, seed beads and Czech glass.
I think this bracelet would be a nice accessory for the upcoming Halloween season. If you agree and would like to be the new owner of this piece, please enter this Giveaway by leaving me a message in the Comments section of this entry. You know a lot about me by now, but I know pretty much nothing about you, so I'd love it if, in your message, you would tell me a little bit about yourself - what kind of items you like to knit, what kind of beads you like, your favorite ice cream, the name of your dog - you know, whatever! I'd like to get to know you better!
The Comments section will be open for one week, ending on Wednesday, September 26th. The winner will be selected that evening by random drawing - I will ask the Short One to select a name out of a hat. In the event of technical difficulties (the Short One grabs a handful of entries, eats/runs off with the winning entry, refuses to pick an entry, etc., etc. - anything is possible, where the S.O. is concerned), I will use a random number generator to select the winner. I will post the name of the winner on this blog. You must visit my blog in order to find out if you've won. At that time, I will leave instructions on how to contact me to make arrangements for the shipment of the prize. If no one claims the prize after two weeks, I reserve the right to hold the Giveaway again.
Of course, all of this only works if you actually leave a comment (and please no Anonymous comments, as I'll have no way of knowing who you are)! This is the perfect opportunity for anyone lurking here (this means you, Ingrid) to say "hi". (As a little aside, I used to think Monkee Maker's anxiety that no one would leave her a comment when she held her own giveaways was really cute. M.M., I apologize abjectly - I will never, ever find your worry (at least on that account) cute or funny again. Truly.) Seriously, though, if no one leaves a comment, I'll be forced to bully my mother into leaving one, and you don't want to see me bully my mother, do you?
I had a heck of a time getting a decent photo of the bracelet (this seems to be turning into a refrain for me). Can you guess where I ultimately took this photo (I do not own a light box)? There might be a teeny surprise for the first person who answers this question correctly.
Oh, and on a final note, due to my background, I have to add a little note that, as the bracelet contains small parts and glass, it should really not be given to your own (or anyone else's) Short Ones to play with, no matter how tugworthy or desirable. I'm sure you already know that, but I can't help it - I'm anal.
Thank you so much for your support and for continuing to read my blog!
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
A word about copyright
As indicated in the copyright notice, the contents of this blog are copyright by me. To the extent that instructions to make jewelry, beads, knit items or other instructions are included in this blog, they are free for you to use to make the projects for personal use. They should not be used for commercial purposes, ie, to make items for resale.