For weeks now... nay, months now... I have been hinting that I was working on something extra special that I didn't want to share until the time was right. Okay, the time is right... and I hope it was worth the build up. This is "Icing On the Cake".
I first started having the ideas stir for this necklace back in Oct/Nov when I was working on the bridal piece I did for my cousin. I didn't want to jump right into making the necklace without playing with the design first. And that is where "The Cup Cake Bangle" started. (I know I told you it started with something from something on Beading Daily, and it did... but it is all intertwined.)
One random day, I got an email reminding me about The Bead&Button Show 2008. And in it was a blurb about the Bead Dreams Competition. I got to see the winners from last year in person when I was at the show. It was too cool. There is some wild stuff in this competition. At some point, I got it in my head that I had to bring this necklace to life, and I had to enter it in Bead Dream.
Under any other circumstances, I would have shared the whole process with you. Trials, errors, bad beads, good beads... but for some reason, I got very protective, and very paranoid. I didn't want any secret blog stalkers suddenly deciding they were "inspired" by my piece and that they were going to enter their knock off too. Since today is the last day to enter... and beads take hours to cool in the kiln, and this piece takes days to wire up... I feel safe that there won't be any "copies" entered. (At least I think it is safe at this point, lol). I was going to wait until I hear if I place or not to share it, but I don't have any beads to show... so here ya go.
If I am remembering correctly, the "status of acceptance" comes out by April 25th (ooohh, that is the same day I have to sell my house by... freaky). Finalists are selected, then you mail your piece in to go on display, then right before the start of the show judges pick 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category... plus there is a Best in Show winner and runner up. I don't really care if I place, I just want to at least be a finalist. I want this in the big glass display case and people walking by to say... "look at that one, isn't that cool".
You can see photos of last year's entries HERE. Let me know if you think this will stand up to this kind of competition!!