Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Battle of the Beadsmith

 The battle of our time has begun...It's as epic as Lord of the Rings, and as funny as
 Monty Python .
If you are not familiar with what the event  I will explain:
Steven Weiss of the Beadsmith company, had this wonderful idea of organizing an event where bead artists from all across the globe will make  masterpieces, which will be measured against one another in different rounds.

One piece to rule them all.

The event starts with 80 people, who are paired up in 40 pairs, and  after the first round only 40 remains, then 20 , then 10 and so on. There is one winner only,  but when it comes down to it, it's wonderful exposure for all 80 of us, and it's a whole lot of fun in the process.

Here is a link to the Facebook page for this group, it's open to everyone to join. The spots for the artists are filled for this first event (there will be more in the future), but you are all welcome to join, and comment and participate in discussion,  the best part is to see all the amazing work by the artists in the group.

No one is supposed to share pictures of what they are working on for the competition, until the reveal day in July. But we are allowed to share ideas and inspirations. My inspiration is this:
Samantha Regina, also known as Sammy Ding Dong fishing in her favorite pond.
 The pond is full of sunfish, but ideally, if I ever had the money, I would provide Sammy with her own goldfish pond.
 ( And a trampoline. She was born into a family of boxers with a trampoline in the backyard,  and they were not afraid to use it.)
  She would not hurt the goldfish of course...In case you are wondering, she never caught a fish, ever.

 She swims around with the fish, and occasionally pounces on them, which is a completely unsuccessful method of catching fish. Thank goodness I don't depend on my dog's fishing capabilities for sustenance.

Anyhow, Sam, who is completely adhd at other times, could spend ours in solitude when it comes to fishing, with the focus of  a chess player, looking at the fishies and swimming around with them.
One time, they nibbled on her tail nub, and she made a little yipp sound and was dumbfounded by the sudden turn of events, but usually this is her time for just enjoying herself.

So the piece I am working on will be dedicated to her and her fishing habit.
It's going to be big and awesome.
Of course she will model it...

I think I forgot to blog about winning the Etsy Beadweavers May Challenge with the Octopus necklace. I think I might have bore everyone to sleep with my recent ventures into octophilia, so no more pictures of the winning piece, but here is a link to the Etsy Beadweavers blog that has all that info, plus my choice of theme for the next challenge.
(The winner gets to chose the next theme. I chose the color of the year 2012, Tangerine Tango.)

Also, I am letting everyone know what I am going to feature different bead artist here on my blog. There will be unusual interviews and cool tidbits. Working on my first feature, and all I can say, the first artists is someone you all probably know....


  1. Sammy is gorgeous. I can't wait to see your design for the Battle. Love your work!!!!

  2. Now I really can't wait to see what you do - what a fabulous inspiration photo! Sam looks like a fabulous dog - she is so intent in this photo.

  3. No one is bored. Your fabulous Octopus necklace was a deserving winner and I'm so happy for you. Can't wait to see you BotB piece too. I think you will be the Queen of Koi!

  4. Sammy is so cute! Since you mentioned Monty Python, I'll say that she's doing her own version of the Fish Slapping Dance. ;)

    Congrats on winning the beadweaving challenge! I'm not surprised that you won, and I can't wait to see what you make for this contest.

    (Also, there's no way I could get sick of octopus jewelry.)

  5. I had never heard of the battle of beadsmith..can't wait to see everyone's final pieces.

    Sammy is so flipping cute fishing in the pond!!!


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