This beautiful and bright necklace was designed by Sandra Francour, one of our design team members. She used real Arizona turqouise which was not dyed or stabilized – an uncommon material these days as so many opaque gemstones have been treated in some way. She teamed the gemstone with polymer clay Samunnat bindu beads. What a lovely mix of natural and manmade materials!
Many stunning designs were submitted for the Helen Briel Polymer Clay Design Contest, making the judges’ work hard indeed! The 3 winning designs were chosen for their wonderful sense of color, texture, pattern, originality and level of difficulty.
First prize went to Nirmala Edwards who used Helen’s Conga and Fandango Texture Stamps in unique and sophisticated ways. Helen Breil said, “An exotic touch that suits Kazuri!”
Wendy Moore is an extraordinary Australian polymer clay artist is another design team member we are proud to have. She said, “I have created with polymer, a relatively modern synthetic modeling material, for over two decades and am still discovering new delights. I have always been fascinated by colour and jewelry and polymer allows me to indulge that fascination endlessly.”
The judges had a hard time trying to decide which designs deserved to win in our most recent handmade slider bead contest. Entrants used a variety of techniques and materials in their designs which all showed the versatility of Kazuri ceramic and Samunnat Nepal beads in jewelry making.
The winning pieces were chosen on the basis of creativity, composition and craftmanship.
Without further ado, here are the winners!
FIRST PLACE : Linda Lydon