Saturday, May 16, 2009

Not Going to Be a Lazy Saturday Around Here

I didn't accomplish all that much yesterday - got my workspace tidied up a bit - there were little gears everywhere and bags and piles of beads, but they're mostly corralled now. I want to get as much done this weekend as possible for the show which is now less than a week off.

Even though I spent a lot of time doing clean up work yesterday, I did make something - this is the necklace I worked on for most of last evening. I used gold vermeil spacers, Czech glass spheres with really intricate faceting, some ornate Czech glass I found ages ago at Global beads and hadn't, until last night, figured out what I was going to use them in.

I'm not sure what the larger beads are called (if you know, please leave a comment and enlighten me!) but I'm very fond of the lilac tinting and hints of gold on the ends and the lovely way they're faceted (click on the picture for better detail), tiny lilac glass spacer beads, and gold filled wire eye and head pins for the connections in the draped center section. I'm thinking it needs a name, but I'm terrible at coming up with good ones.

I need to do new tags, set up new display stuff that optimizes the very small space (my table last year was about five feet long, I think) and organize some containers of pre-sorted stuff to work on, because in Artist's Alley, where I'll be, the requirement is that you focus on working on your art, not selling.

Well, as I may have mentioned here or there, I took the plunge and entered a couple pieces in the BeadStar 2009 contest, didn't make the cut, but I really didn't expect to either this early in my learning curve. I'm sure I have a long way to go, but if I hadn't at least tried, I wouldn't have learned anything.

The entries that did get selected are fabulous. Please visit the site and vote for your favorites. I'd be very interested in a conversation about the finalist selections and what sets the finalists apart from the crowd.

Moving on - here's a fun necklace I made just the other day to go with one of my favorite tropical flower patterned camp shirts, that I wore to the bead tour on Thursday. I used the brightly colored shell heishi's from The Beadin' Path May bead club goodies and some other bits I had in my stash.

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Here's one of the pieces I entered in the contest and put off sharing until I heard what made the finalist round. I'm almost embarrassed to post that it was an entry, after seeing the amazing and intricate pieces that were selected in the crystals category. I used my best quality supplies - all sterling silver and Swarovskis. The wire wrapped loops are made with very fine gauge headpins and wire - tedious, but ultimately rewarding work. I really love the balance plus the bit of asymmetry in the center, and simplicity of it, personally.

Please come by tomorrow - I've got a wonderful Wandering Around the Beadosphere post prepared!

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Blogger Orion Designs said...

Well, I don't know what those beads are called, but I have the same ones ... in several colors. I found them years ago at the Whole Bead show in Tucson. They're lovely!

May 16, 2009 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Flowersbyfarha said...

I've seen them called "cathedral" beads.

Isn't organizing beads fun? Very slow going--especially if you stop to make things as you go along, lol!

May 16, 2009 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Hi Vicki, thank you so much for visiting. I so much want to go to Tucson - maybe next year.

Thank you Flowersbyfarha (may I call you farha? :-D )

I looked up cathedral beads and yep, that's exactly what they are!

May 16, 2009 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Hi there! First of all, your entry piece is wonderful! You have to go with your instincts and it really is a great piece. Could be a signature piece! I'm excited for your upcoming show. It can be nerve-wracking!

May 17, 2009 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Dawno said...

Thank you, Lisa. I appreciate the feedback! And yes, getting ready for a show can be a real pain, but this year I'm so much better prepared than last and each show is a learning experience.

May 17, 2009 at 8:40 AM  
Blogger JustATish said...

OMG - If i had never tried to get caught up on blogs, I would never have remembered to check back with Bead Star on their finalists. I just fell over when I saw my piece in there. Thank you so much for all your information you give everyday

May 19, 2009 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

You're welcome, Tish and huge congratulations on being picked. I hope you'll post your entry so we can see it. (I also hope I voted for it!)

May 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM  

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