Jewelry-Making Contests 2011 Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain
"It is extraordinary; a very big surprise. I'm still in shock!"
"Every piece that I design tells a story; I would describe my style as romantic narrative."
Lucila's spectacular design was inspired by the idea of the Mayan doomsday prophecy for 2012 that falls exactly on December 21st--her birthday. 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 museum-quality 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.
Melissa's extra-long cuff bracelet offers exceptional symbolism and distinctive metal work--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.
Precise weaving techniques and unique artistic expression gained Liz the Bronze Medal. Inspired by Liz's fascination with dragon lore and the rich colors of Chinese festivals, this elegant piece is entirely hand-woven and constructed with bronze wire, metal beads, charms and a hidden clasp.
Michela won over Fire Mountain Gems employees with her 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.