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I'm not sure if in previous years they've been posted so early. I kind of like waiting until they are unveiled at Bead and Button outside of the showroom and of course there is nothing like seeing them up close and personal. In the meantime if you are curious you can have a look. I realize not everyone is able to go and it's nice to be able to see the pieces.
You may recall me telling the story of preparing for this year. Or of last years collaborative entry with Sherry here. I also did two collaborations with the Dallas Bead Society resulting in beautiful pieces.
But this year I really wanted to make a piece that was all my own and prove to myself I had the perseverance to make it happen. I almost gave up, and then I didn't. I got it done a few stolen moments at a time.
It's called Journey because much like the master class I taught, it was a collection of different elements that I've used and improved on during my beading career. I'm happy it was finished and happy it was accepted and will be happier still when it comes home with me and can live in the studio reminding me that I did it.
As always it has a heavy dose of Swarovski crystal
Creating with some of my tried and true components but adding the new bead shapes was fun.
You can see a pretty little glass component gifted to by the talented Patty Lakinsmith. It was perfect addition. Also Rizo's and pips can be seen in use here.
This photo gives you an idea of the dimension going on.
I'm exceptionally pleased with how it really speaks to the entirety of my learning to bead.