March 25, 2009

Use the Muse


So remember back when I told you I was going to participate in the Use the Muse contest? Well they finally had the big reveal yesterday. You know, I entered but to be honest, I really wasn't sold on my creation. I doubted it. And it definitely didn't live up to the standards of some of the amazing entries.

I had the most fun flipping through to see everyone's submissions and I was thrilled to see people there that I knew, like Katie Nelson (who I met on the cruise!) and Andrew Thornton and Debbie from Prairie Emporium, Mary Harding, Melissa Lee, and Cristi of 2ifbysea. I wasn't a winner, but it was fun using elements that I normally don't use like seed beads, and crystals, and teensy tiny beads. I struggled with putting something together, and I felt like I HAD to use the little beads, although I know I didn't officially have to, something told me that I HAD to. It was weird, and I can't explain it but now that I see all the entries I wished I had used a bit more from my own bead stash. The lampwork glass rings that I used are from Blue Seraphim. They were the perfect color with the other crystals and pearls that were in the kit.

So anyway, here is my entry- Plum Opulence.

Make sure you head on over to The Beader's Muse to see all of the beautiful entries.


19 comments:

  1. What you made is elegant and wearable.

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  2. This is so beautiful and creative...I love what you did with all of the tiny beads...must have taken forever! Don't doubt youself, this one is stunning!!

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  3. I like it, Lorelei - it has a somewhat vintage edgy look to it!

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  4. I like it too, Lorelei. What is interesting to me is that you used components that you wouldn't normally use, but the piece comes out identifiable as yours. It is really a very elegant piece.

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  5. gardanne3/25/2009

    Lorelei I have been following your work for almost a year now and your skills have gone through the roof. Oops, not your nice new roof!!!!

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  6. I think it's beautiful and very wearable! I'm like you, I usually like earthy, casual jewelry you can wear everyday. But, it is nice to have some pieces that are a little dressier for going out to a fancy dinner or some special occasion. I always feel like I am scrambling when occasions like that arises. "Ack! I don't have anything to wear and Ack! I don't have any jewelry to wear either!" This necklace is perfect for those dressier occasions!

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  7. I love it, Lorelei! It's a piece that is versatile and wearable and completely stunning.

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  8. BTW-The new jewelry in your shop is incredible! You're amazing!

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  9. I think it's great, too! AND with the bonus that you could actually wear it! You should be proud. And I second Erin, your new work is great! Like I said, you are on FIRE!

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  10. lorelei, no doubting is allowed! it's beautifully done, with a simplicity that is your trademark.
    it's a beautiful piece!

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  11. You guys are the sweetest. Thank you for your kind words. I am truly blessed to have such great online friends. :)

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  12. I like what you've made! You should be proud of it! You know, my favorite part is the "little bead" part that you don't like. It reminds me of vines and the tracery of lines in stain glass windows. It's nice.

    I would love to see this technique taken even further, weaving together dozens of strands and vines. If you did decide to do that and use the same Swarovski elements, you could enter it into the K. Gottfried contest or the Swarovski Create Your Style competition.

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  13. Oh, Lorelei! I absolutely love it! When I was scrolling through all the designs, I stopped at yours without even knowing it was yours because it caught my eye! I just love your designs. I agree with Andrew. I love the "little bead" vine part the best. It is so delicate and stunning! There were lots of over-the-top designs in the competition, but yours is one that is very wearable and very gorgeous! You should be proud!

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  14. You doubted yourself, why? It is DARLING! Super swoony and springy!

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  15. Its just a really timeless beautiful peice Lorelei!
    So lovely and delicate!

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  16. Lorelei-It really is lovely. I participated too, my entry was titled "The Invitation" and I had a great time being inspired by the pieces in the kit. I chose not to use as much of the seed beads but most of the pearls and crystals. I liked that we all had the same prompt and materials. So fun to be a part of it. I am intrigued by all the great styles out there! Enjoy the day!
    Erin

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  17. What a beautiful necklace!!! It lays so nice on your neck!! Great job!!!

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  18. OMG Lorelei - this piece is AMAZING!!!!!!! So when are you putting it up for sale????? Girl - you just continue to blow me away. I need to go back to work so I can start buying your pieces again ....

    Hugs - Lindy

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  19. Thanks Lindy!
    It's now listed in my shop for sale.

    :)

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