The Bead Society of Orange County announced a Name Tag contest for our Christmas meeting way back in the summer. I brainstormed a bunch of ideas and even played with a few but in the end, I decided to pull out my dusty soldering iron and try out the techniques I’d learned in August with Katie Casey. What I learned is that I may have learned this technique but practice, practice, practice is what it’s going to take to really master it (or at least not be embarrassed by the results…). So don’t look too closely at these pictures!
So, these are the names I answer to: Mary, my nickname Mare and Bear Chick, which my husband used to call me.
Once I finished the pendants (I wasn’t happy with the first attempt at placing the soldered rings, so I put them aside for a week and tried again…), I linked them with aluminum jump rings and hung a few fire polished glass beads, since it was for the BEAD society.
I was happy just to get it completed. You know how you want to do something but you just can’t find the time or inspiration? Well, I really wanted to participate and I just made it a priority and got it done (last night, tee hee!).
Everyone who created a name tag got to pick out a string or group of beads from a basket-I picked out pretty green cathedral beads that will combine really well with some shamrock beads I already have, among other things.
Purple, green and gold are the Bear Chick colors and though I wouldn’t wear this necklace out and about, I might wear it when I do shows. It certainly got attention this morning at the meeting. No one else had three names, for sure!
Hope your holidays are relaxing and fun. If you’re still looking for stocking stuffers or other gifts, my Stocking Stuffer sale ($5 earrings, $9 bracelets and $20 necklaces) is still running. And I’m planning on raising my shipping prices just a bit in 2010, so now is the perfect time to get that piece you may have had your eye on!