I'm participating in a Desing Challenge put on by Jewelry By Solange. She sent us 2 Snakeskin Jasper beads and we could design anything with them we wanted. We just HAD to use the 2 beads. It had to be done by Friday August 19th, named and pictures sent to her. She has now put it up on her blog for people to vote. There will be 2 winners. The People's Choice winner gets a wonderful necklace designed by her and the 2nd winner gets a gift certificate to her shop. There's some wonderful designs in the challenge. They cover all spectrums of things, from Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, to an adorable keychain.
My entry is entitled "Waltz Across Texas". I took the 2 beads and made a focal/pendant out of them with brass tubing that had been hammered and copper chain to make them like a Bolo tie that cowboys here in Texas wear. Then I hammered, coiled, curled, etc. copper wire into links with beads attached to make one side of the necklace, and attached fiber to the other side of the necklace with 2 hammered brass discs. The clasp is a Hammered Copper Wire "S" hook. I named it Waltz Across Texas, because it has the "Bolo" Tie pendant, plus the fiber was to signify, the shawls/boas that women sometimes wear out dancing here in Texas. Of course, since I live in Texas, it had to be named "Waltz Across Texas" If you'd like to help me, you can click on the title of this post, or the title of the blog it's featured on, Jewlery By Solange and go comment/vote. Mine is the 4th design down. To vote, you have to leave a comment with my name and the name of my piece. (I.E.-Kay-Waltz Across Texas) You CANNONT leave anonymous comments/votes. Here's a picture of my piece for you to see ahead of time. Please go vote, whether for me or another design. It helps all Handmade Artists feel special when we know someone loves our work. Thanks.
By the way, this piece sold before I even got it listed in my shop, KayzKreationz. I was showing it to my Mom and sister in a restaurant for lunch the other day and the waitress saw it and bought it and ordered earrings to match. But I can design more if you like this. You have until Aug. 28th to vote.