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Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry-Making Contest 2011 featuring Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework or Chain
(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's Favorite Beading and Jewelry Supply Company®, is happy to announce the winners of the 2011 Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework or Chain Jewelry-Making Contest.
Congratulations to the Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner Lucila Nassau! "Prophecy," a museum-quality metal clay necklace, was inspired by the idea of the Mayan doomsday prophecy for 2012 that falls exactly on December 21st--Lucila's birthday. Her excited response to hearing she had won the grand prize was, "It is extraordinary; a very big surprise!" She researched Mayan history and their system of writing (glyphs) and translated her birth date and life into their long count calendar, which is represented in the intricately detailed silver links. Lucila's spectacular jewelry piece is completely handcrafted; the necklace is accented with metal clay granulation elements and features garnet cabochons and tsavorite briolettes set in handmade bezels. "Every piece that I design tells a story; I would describe my style as romantic narrative." By weaving a story of her life and destiny, "Prophecy" gained Lucila the Grand Prize of a $1,000 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gift Certificate.
Capturing the Grand Prize Silver Medal was Melissa J. Lee for her "Evolution" bracelet. An extra-long cuff bracelet featuring exceptional symbolism and distinctive metal work, the piece is handcrafted down to each individual link. Created with metal clay, multiple strands of chain and intriguing components, Melissa's inspiration for the bracelet was to create a wearable, organic form of Renaissance-era cabinets of curiosities. She received a $750 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gift Certificate.
Precise weaving techniques and unique artistic expression gained Liz Reed the Grand Prize Bronze Medal and a $500 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gift Certificate for her "Green Dragon" necklace. Inspired by Liz's fascination with dragon lore and the rich colors of Chinese festivals, this elegant jewelry piece is entirely hand-woven and constructed with bronze wire, metal beads, charms and a hidden clasp.
Fire Mountain Gems employees chose Michela Verani's "The Dragon's Hoard" necklace as their favorite. The Grand Prize Employee's Choice Winner is an original concept piece designed with metal clay, silver-lined seed beads and chain. Prompted by a challenge to create a fairy tale piece, Michela designed a castle with a dragon inside, hoarding its jewels in the cellar. When the castle pendant is lifted from its base and the necklace is worn, the colorful hidden jewels spill out.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework or Chain Jewelry-Making Contest.
Winning Designer-Artists in Each Category
Gold Medal Winner
Silver Medal Winner
Bronze Medal Winner
Jewelry Design Sets
Necklace: Metal Clay
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads, Chains
Wedding Jewelry Design Sets
Many of the winning pieces may be showcased in future Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalogs and magazine advertisements.
Winners received gift certificates to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in the following amounts:
Gold Grand Prize Winner: $1,000.00
Silver Grand Prize Winner: $750.00
Bronze Grand Prize Winner: $500.00
Gold Medal Category Winner: $100.00
Silver Medal Category Winner: $75.00
Bronze Medal Category Winner: $50.00
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