With its organic shapes and mix of metals, Sheila Schwede's Chain of Shells drew fascinated stares and exclamations. Each link of the chain was created from one of three metal clays, bringing silver, bronze and copper clay into harmony. Sheila lives on a houseboat with her husband and son, and each link in this necklace is a section of shell she's found, worn smooth by the water.
Chris held up the piece and said, "It's surprisingly light--I'd wear it in a heartbeat."
Note: The fire agate can be removed from the setting through a hidden key and slot system.
Wanaree Tanner's complex necklace holds fiery secrets: the center pendant can shed its copper coat and reveal a copper phoenix. Remove the large fire agate from the copper sheath and place the copper back on the pendant to display the phoenix in a copper pyre. Each link in the pendant chain was also created using metal clays for a piece that's almost too hot to handle.
Vintage styling makes Rene Aguilar's Hollywood Klieg Lights Verde a bold choice in jewelry design. Each component was handmade in BRONZclay, then selective cells were hand-colored with a verdant green enamel. The crisp edges and smooth, even enameling made it a judges' panel favorite.
When we saw Keiko Wada's Lace Flower Flora Bloom jewelry set, most of us could only say "Wow." We fell in love with Keiko's precise technique and lush use of beads, making it our pick for the Employee's Choice award.
Stuart said he couldn't keep his eyes off of Stephanie Eddy's Flight of the Dragonflies necklace. When selecting it for the President's Award, he cited the complexity of the wirework, the mixture of techniques and pieces and the symmetrical precision of Stephanie's design as making his choice clear.
The judges couldn't let Lyn Punkari's Merman Jewel pass by without notice, giving this historically influenced design Special Recognition. Drawing on designs from Renaissance Europe, the large baroque pearl chest and gem-set silver clay tail showcased craftsmanship fit for royalty.