I was fast and hurried up to create my Challenge entry piece for the February challenge shortly after the contest theme was announced. I was the first one to get a piece in! woo hoo! I’m not sure if that’s much of a good thing, but I’d like to imagine that it may get my entry a few more views because it is the first one on the list for viewing. And le5t’s face it, with a list of 62 entries, it’s not super likely that every single person will be viewing everything single one before they vote. Most likely they’ll be voting for their piece selection based on the small thumbnails, which is completely acceptable. However, I would encourage everyone to click on the links and view each of these wonderful etsy shop and all of the gorgeous beadwoven pieces they all have to offer. There are some truly inspiring beading artists on Etsy, some with talent that goes far beyond what i can ever imagine doing.As soon as i read the description of the challenge theme, I knew I wanted to create something with flowers and lace. Thinking back to frills and luxury, I could not get past using the French queen Marie Antoinette as my inspirational figure. She was originally an Archduchess of Austria, and later married into the French royal line. Although the public eventually dislike and overthrew her from the throne of their country, she was initially able to charm them with her personality and beauty. In many of her portraits from the 1700’s, she is depicted wearing frilly garb and lace chokers to match. she was very much a representation of french aristocratic fashion and adornment at the time. This hand-beaded choker features the combination of Japanese toho seed beads with shimmering imitation pearls and sparkling dark rhinestones. Blue and silver seed beads loop and weave around the white flowery lace and silver sparkling trim. Two larger fabric roses triumph off-left on the piece, completing its assembly of beauty.
The choker measures 13 to 17.5 inches around. It closes with an easy-to-use button-loop clasp, with 5 different loop options for multiple-sized necks. This gorgeous, unique piece of jewelry would work well as part of an elaborate costume, for any dressy outing, or as that something-blue in your wedding.
You can vote for your favorite entry in the challenge now through the 15th here: http://etsy-beadweavers.blogspot.com/
Thank you for your support!
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