Here's my second piece that was juried into the finals of Bead Dreams this year. Yes, it's another Cabinet of Curiosity, just like last year's entry, only more so, if you know what I mean. It's kind of a monolith, a big, heavy breastplate of a piece. This is my most elaborate divided box to date. I have to admit, I still enjoy making them. This was also my first attempt to make metal clay chain of any true length.
As you can see, I went a little gothic on this one, adding a nice bluish, purplish patina and little fang-like dangles from the chain. As far as the contents are concerned, I found the little skull (which was carved from antler) in a shop in New York City last year. I thought the brachiopod fossil looked satisfyingly winged-like, so I added that, along with the vintage ceramic teeth and taxidermist glass eye. The other teeth are fossilized shark and spinosaurus.
Here's a shot of the back:
I was rather pleased with the effect of the patina on the back - nice and aged looking. I used my lunar phases pendant as the toggle ring here with an arrow as the bar, for a "shoot the moon" kind of theme.
Again, if you are attending the Bead & Button Show this year, please do take a look! The Bead Dreams Exhibit will be set up (I believe later today) in the foyer in front of the Marketplace.
To see my other Bead Dreams finalist piece, please scroll down to the post before this one or go here.
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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