Shabby Chic Bird's Nest Charm Necklace (and How I Almost Made it as a Bead Star Finalist)

May 19, 2010

First things first.  I just finished this bird's nest charm necklace so I thought I'd share.

The pendant has a picture of a bird's nest and is hand-filled with resin.  There's an antique key snagged at a flea market, a faceted crystal teardrop bead, and an antique brass charm that says "thrive."  Finally, I added 6 teeny tiny acrylic bicone beads in six different colors.

I wasn't happy with the resin result.  What resin do you use?  Any tips or comments on this would be appreciated!  I am waiting for my first order of ICE Resin and I'm excited about it.  Hopefully I'll get a better result.  (It's supposed to "dome"...)    

Now, on to the juicy dirt..............I entered  Bead Star Magazine's jewelry competition (in both the Pearls and the Hearts categories), the finalists of which were supposed to be announced today.  Prior to the official announcement I stumbled upon some chatting beaders who lead me to a link that showed the 2010 finalists.  Boy, was I happy when I saw my own bracelet as a finalist in the "Heart" category.


I called it "Be Still My Heart."  I really was stoked that I actually was chosen as a finalist by the judges.  I knew I didn't have a chance in hell of actually winning the category, but hey ~ gotta start somewhere, right?

So I patiently waited all day for the formal announcement, only to find out that there was an e-mail snafu and some entries were never received.  SOooooooo, they reevaluated all the entries (mine included) in light of these newly found entries.  Lo and behold, mine and two other entries were removed from the finalist list and replaced by 3 other entries.  Bummer doesn't even cover it.  Oh well, for a moment I was able to bask in the glory of a job well done and kudos from my peers.  Now it's back to the real world of making lunches and kissing boo-boos for the chickadees.  Maybe next time.


"Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character."
~ Henry Clay

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