The Celestial Night 2016 beading contest ends this Sunday night folks! There are some amazing entries, take a look on the page here http://contest.i-beads.com - there are at least 100 + fantastic entries, so a difficult time for the judges to wittle down to 20!.
The top 20 designs will be selected on 27th October. The 20 finalists will be required to send their finished pieces to the I-Beads office by 27th November.
The Jury Panel will convene to select the winner. The 20 final designs will be judged on a combination of technique, skill, passion and individuality and how well the designers interpreted the specified theme. All designs of the 17 unsuccessful finalists will be returned to their rightful owners with thanks. The designs of the three winners will be retained indefinitely by I-Beads.
Before I announce whom my top three are, here are some more notes on how I created my design for you to read.
The pictures above show how my creation started using black plated chain, matt black size 15 Toho seed beads strung on Beadalon black wire with teeny Swarovski 5mm star crystals suspended on black plated bails. The purple seed beads in the photo are a gorgeous metallic purple colour. These 'strands' of colour were then affixed onto the black plated chain using crimps.
After this was completed, then began the challenge of making the crochet wire worm hole and tunnel tube along with crochet wire stars!.
The worm hole consists of black plated wire (0.4 mm) which is crocheted into a tube and where different colours and sizes of seed beads have been threaded onto the wire as the structure progresses. At the entrance of the worm hole I have used the same metallic purple no. 15 Toho seed beads in order to match them to the hanging threads of the necklace.
The black plated and Swarovski Edelweiss stars were made from a star crochet pattern, each one separately and the first largest star was made using two strands of wire which were crocheted together to make it appear thicker. A Swarovski Edelweiss crystal was then threaded onto the wire and suspended. The other thinner stars you can see had central chaton settings in Swarovski crystal. The stars were then attached to the chain part of the necklace using the same wire.
The black plated curb chain was then threaded through the worm hole and passage with one end having a lobster clasp attached in order to put my creation on. See below for the finished piece!
So, now onto the exciting part the designs that I predict will be the top three winners.................
With special mention to this design below because I think the colours are amazing! Of course, I could be wrong in my choice, but we will have to wait and see. Happy beading! :0)
Tags:PMC, fine silver jewellery, semi-precious gemstones