I finished the Bead Dreams competition piece on Monday and I love it. Which is always a nice bonus at the end of a lot of work. I wish I could show you, but it needs to remain under wraps until it's acceptance status has been decided.
You may remember the piece was a collaboration with the Dallas Bead Society, who made ringlets, lots of ringlets. I chose a set of coordinated rings to put together into the necklace, developed a connection scheme that I thought was fitting....structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing, with a nice overall flow. I wanted the connections to fade to the background, letting the ringlets be the stars that they are. The creativity that went into each one is amazing.
Heather Trimlett made the glass, Kate McKinnon made some cool metal clay discs and posts to anchor the glass and Jay Whaley helped out with some posts and rings for the dangly bits of glass.
It was nice that I had access to the kinds of artists whose expertise made this piece come together beautifully. I'm hoping that it will be accepted....I'll let you know.