Monday, February 7, 2011

Bead Dreams

  Years ago my Mom gave me a Bead and Button magazine full of gorgeous artistic designs. In this special edition magazine was wirework by Lisa Niven Kelly and Jude Carmona. The wire designs in the magazine are no where near like my current style, but the glorious coils of metals mixed with beads and gemstones captivated me over all else in this magazine. That is how I got on this wire path. I longed to do the things they did.

  I still have that magazine. I never really looked at the name of it until this week. It is Bead and Buttons "Bead Dreams 2003 Special Edition" magazine, showcasing all the contest winners and honorable mentions.

  Last week I read in my "Beading Daily" email ...errr, maybe it was the "Art Jewelry Magazine"email... that the deadline for this years contest is in early April.
This will be the second year where they actually have a category for Wirework. How cool would it be to enter in that? But there is only 7 weeks left and I am so busy with tutorial and sales and Year of Jewelry Project. But, I just can't let the opportunity pass without making an effort. I do have a design in mind that would be suitably extravagant for it. But can I pull it off? Hmmm

  So I decided to make an effort on a design for the contest for about two weeks. If it's going well than I will keep at it, but if not looking so good I can get back to my tutorial and all the designs I had already planned to make and are half made and scattered about the work area. I think it's worth putting a little effort into it in hopes I can submit something.

  But if I miss out this year, than next year for sure I will plan ahead and submit. It would be so cool to submit to the very contest that brought me where I am now. Even cooler if I was accepted:)

  So I have nothing much to show you right now. I did make another bangle for my Mom's birthday. I'll share that after she has seen it first.  OK..back to work....


  1. Mary....go for it as long as you're totally haopy with your entry!

  2. ooohhh go for it! It's wonderful to try~

  3. Go for it! Your work is fabulous! It'd kinda be like seeing your name in lights! Yes?

  4. Thanks Melissa and Sue, I did set aside all current activities so I can give it a try:)

    Chris, I agree, trying is good because it makes you reach further than you normally would:)

    Sundown - yeah, it would be like having my name in lights lol!

  5. I hope you know that your work is outstanding, and I'm betting that even if YOU don't think it's looking so good - others would most certainly disagree. You set a goal - now go get it!!!

  6. LOL Angie. I think you are saying in Yoda's words. "There is no try, there is only do" :))

  7. Okay Mary -- Mom has seen her present. So post already!! -jt-

  8. Hallo Mary!
    Visit my blog because you received an award ;-)

  9. I think this is a wonderful idea and you should enter. the good news for me is then i can see your work first hand and vote.... sue