Who ever said that second place is only second best! I beg to differ - I'm ecstatic! Thanks to some VERY great friends who I know were rooting for me, I made second place in the popular vote! For my first-ever contest entry, this is more than I hoped for!
Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how my creative process goes sometimes. This bracelet started from the colors I found at the bead shop - specifically the little 3 millimeter magatamas. Their color and shape reminded me of the bubbles and froth that come up on the seashore (a refreshing transparent blue that hint of sandy undertones) - so from there the ideas flowed.
I got home and went through my beads and found another color for the deep-blue portion of my ocean, the lighter portion for the shallows, and the beautiful shimmery satin sandy color for the beach.
Yet another day I was sitting in the car waiting for a friend and found a friendly napkin on which to doodle my design - very official really. :-)
So here's just a little sneak peek . . . I'll post the bracelet when it's finished. (We'll see if it resembles the sketch at all - sometimes I just let the beads lead me and go with the flow, depending on what ends up being best at the time.)
Every once in a while it's nice to make something that doesn't take me days to create. It kind of changes things up a bit. So I broke out some of my shells and pearls and did some stringing with them.
This is what I came up with. The name of it is the Coral Shell & Pearl Bracelet. I also made some matching earrings. The whole set will be off to Studio 12 Urban Day Spa in Modesto!
This is also to show everyone how I'm packaging my jewelry right now. Since each piece I make is different, I make a custom card for each piece. Bigger things like necklaces will come in boxes. What do you think? Any more packaging ideas out there?
EEEeeeek!!! That's about what I did today when I went to my mailbox!! You see, I received my issue of the October/November 2011 issue of Beadwork today!
I usually like getting it, but this time I was especially excited because my version of the Brilliant Buckle Bracelet was featured in their W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) section. I was so excited, I just had to share!! If you're wondering what I'm talking about, here's the link to the original post about this bracelet when I first made it! (And this is the VERY picture that appears in their magazine!! :->)