I can at long last show you this piece that I designed in March of this year, entitled "Pacific Dragon". This necklace was a finalist in the 2008 Fire Mountain Gems Beading Contest. Winners have now been announced and, alas, I did not place. However, given that this was my first time entering the contest and only the second design contest I have ever entered, I am extremely happy to have reached the finals. I intend to enter again next year. In the meantime, congratulations to all of the winners, including Cyndi Lavin!
The curved bar in this pendant was inspired by the lines found in Japanese shrine architecture, including the torii gates. I dangled one of my dragon eye pendants from this and created additional links and beads to suggest the claws and tail(s) of a dragon. I also converted my dragon heart pendant into a clasp. This was a really fun piece to create. I ended up running out of time (this was my big lesson in entering contests - START EARLIER), and, as a result, there are maybe one or two things I would have liked to change. Overall, though, I'm happy with it.
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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