I made this pendant for Melanie Brooks Lukacs last month. It's difficult to tell from this photo, but this is actually a much smaller version of the double koi pendant - it's about the size of my usual single koi. Melanie told me that she was going to use it to make a Christmas gift for her mother. Let me say that again - one of my favorite beadmakers thought that my little koi pendant was good enough to give to her mother as a gift. As you can imagine, I was (and am) quite thrilled by this. As if that weren't enough, Melanie made some brand new, incredibly cool bubbly-water themed beads to go with the pendant. Could life get any better? I think not.
Anyway, Melanie put a photo of the necklace she made with the pendant on her blog today - please go here to view it. Isn't it beautiful? I love the way she uses the faux suede tubing with this piece. And, of course, I think her new bubble beads are really beautiful. This is the first time I've seen one of my pendants used in an original piece designed by someone else. It's really exciting for me to see how Melanie envisioned using my koi pendant. Thanks so much, Melanie - I hope your mother is enjoying the necklace.
(Incidentally, if anyone else has used my pendants in their jewelry designs, I would love to see them. Please do email photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I finished the other Valentine pendant last night - it came out pretty well. I will post a photo tomorrow or Monday (I may have something else to show you tomorrow).
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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