The results for Scarlett Lanson's first Use the Muse contest are now up, so I can share my piece with you. I have to admit, I visited the grand prize winner's (Cynthia Newcomer Daniel) blog before the results were posted, and I could tell just from the sneak peek photo she had posted of her piece that I would not be in contention for a prize. It is drop dead gorgeous. Why take my word for it, though? Go view the results here, including all of the lovely winning pieces.
Nevertheless, I had a fun time with this contest. The Muse component was a lovely piece of brass filigree. Brass filigree is not something I usually use - in fact, this was the first time I actually tried to design with a piece of it. I really love that about design challenges - it often forces you to think outside of your usual design box. (And yet the end result was still typical of me. How strange. Hmmm.)
Anyway, this was all a case of serendipity. The ornate filigree reminded me of a harem gate, so I wanted to create a piece that suggested a seraglio. You may recall that I had recently purchased a hoard of resin beads at one of my local bead stores. One of the pieces was a huge cola-colored resin donut. I felt it went beautifully with the brass Muse and decided to pair them up. I glued ornate brass clasps to the back of the donut to act as connectors. The swag at the bottom (which uses the contest kit beads) is suspended from a seven-hole brass end bar. I used orange resin rondelles and Czech glass leaves to suggest miniature oranges. I found a bunch of brass clapperless bells to add a gentle jingle to the piece. I added a different kind of resin - ocean amber - for texture. I finished the piece with big brass barrels, Czech glass and more resin.
The level of this contest was really high - all of the entries are beautiful. In fact, Scarlett has added a Participant's Choice category, and I am having a terrible time narrowing down my choices so I can cast my vote. If you missed entering the contest, there will be another one running in April. Be sure to check Scarlett's blog if you would like to enter.
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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