I have to say up front - this is not a necklace I made myself. My mother gave this to me as a gift when I was about 12 years old. Isn't it great? It has everything from red and black licorice, to Andie's Candies and chocolate Kisses in it. (Also, note the teeth with little filled cavities.) The Short One likes to rummage around in my closet, and he pulled this out today, so I thought I'd show it to you. I think these are the first artist's beads that I ever owned. I wish I knew who the artist was, though - any literature we ever had on the piece is long gone. I remember that my Mom bought this in a gallery in a shopping center in Indiana. That's really it. I also still can't quite figure out what material it was made from. You would think Sculpey or something similar, but the beads are not quite heavy enough for it to be that clay. Anyway, as you already know if you've been reading this blog for a while, I love sweets beads and I love colorful things, and this piece has both! I'm really fond of it.
I don't know about you, but I have had trouble getting on Blogger all day long. I wonder what happened? I've been working on yet another new piece - I was reading one of the Short One's books (the Short One really doesn't sit still long enough for me to actually read a book like that to him) the other day and the idea came to me. The necklace will be based on the phrase "Here be dragons".
I also received the first contract in the mail from BeadStyle, which is very exciting - it makes the publication all that more real to me. The first necklace will be coming out very soon, in the January issue. I'll let you know when it's available.
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
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