Monday, November 4, 2013

Battle of the Beadsmith 2013

So this year I decided to try and enter the Battle of the Beadsmith!  I was honored to be accepted because there are so many fabulous artists involved from all over the country.  Actually it was quite intimidating to be part of it!  I decided to use emerald green crystals because it was the color of the year...also because they went so well with the beads I had picked up from my local bead store (the round coppery druzy looking beads).
 I was really happy with how it all came together, because I usually start out with no idea of how it will look!  I also beaded a design onto the back, so you could wear it either way.  My friend Jason Armstrong took these great photos for me.  He also supplied the model, which I didn't have.
 I didn't win, but Im not really surprised considering the amount of talent I was up against.  I was just so pleased to be able to participate that it didn't make a difference.
 Ive asked to be a part of next years battle, and Im delighted to say I was accepted!  I already have some ideas brewing, we'll just have to see where the beads take me!


Patrick said...

It is a lovely design Gretchen and the beadwork on the back is so inspiring as well. Lovely work.

Beadwoman3 said...

Thank you Patrick!

Terri said...

That necklace is amazing! I love it!

Beadwoman3 said...

Thank you Terri!