I am a huge fan of Beading magazines and books, and among them Beadwork
magazine. My favorite, and first section I turn to is always the
beadwork challenge! I find it inspiring, and so interesting to see what
each individual artists creates with the same products.
So last fall after participating in Lori's bead swap. I decided to take a
leap of faith and try out for it. I wasn't super hopeful as I had never
entered anything before, and had heard it can take years of submitting
to get in.
So, when I received an email from Beadwork just 3 days later, I was
absolutely shocked! So shocked in fact that I didn't believe it. I
thought it had to be a mistake. I thought, perhaps a computer glitch?
And everyone had gotten that congratulation email. Funny how our minds
Well, it wasn't a mistake. I was one super lucky bead artist! I had been
selected to receive one of their monthly challenge kits. Thank you
Lori for running the Bead Swap! that partnered me up with Marcy who gifted me the most adorable glass beads, that inspired my beaded garden, which I sent to beadwork as a example of my work, which won me a spot in the beadwork challenge!
SO here is my big reveal! I've had to hold onto this news for 7 months...
This is a very special piece. It is a rosary that I made for my Goddaughter for her first communion coming this Sunday. I used olivine cathedral beads because her birthstone is peridot, however olivine can be substituted. As it was for a rosary, i wanted it to be a little more mellow, and not so vibrant as the peridot would have been. It was my first rosary, and it was just a lot of fun to make for her.
Birds on a branch. The pendant is hand made. I start with
paper clay, cut it, dry it, sand it, and then create a picture on it
using variety of materials. This is a remake of a necklace I created about a year ago, and was created as a special order. The bead colors are the same, but the patterns are slightly different.