I’ve been away. I’m back. I entered a contest.

Beaded bead pendant 'Take Five' for Beadwork's Anniversary Contest

'Take Five'

Real life has been somewhat of a trial recently and this blog has been one of the many things that have fallen by the wayside.

However, I am back, I am beading again, and I was determined to finish my entry for Beadwork Magazine’s 15th Anniversary Beaded Bead Contest. They’ve printed one pattern in each issue this year and the finished jewellery item had to feature at least one of each.

I adapted all the patterns to have some kind of five-fold symmetry: three are now dodecahedra and the other two are pentagonal instead of hexagonal or square. This was an interesting challenge and one that I really enjoyed. The dodecahedron is such a satisfying shape and thanks to having been on a ‘Platonic Solids’ workshop with the fabulous¬†Laura McCabe a couple of years back, I now understand how to put one together!

I strung the beads into a pendant and added a beaded bail, then hung it on five lengths of fine copper chain and added a clasp.

Click on the link to visit the contest gallery; you can vote for as many entries as you like and there are plenty to choose from. Just click on your chosen image and then on the pale blue ‘Vote for this!’ link to the right of the enlarged picture.

And I promise not to be away for quite so long before my next post!

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