Edited to add: We have a winner!!
My first winning number never responded, so I went ahead and did another turn with the Random Number Generator and this time lucky #24 was chosen! This time, I had a proper email address to contact her, so a big "Congrats!" to Mary!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Giveaway and left such lovely comments for me too! *Ü*
I've been waiting impatiently for the past few months to let you in on a secret—I have a necklace design and "how-to" article featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Bead Unique magazine! I'm so excited, as this is my first article in this magazine and I'm hoping it's the first of more to come in the future. This is one of my favorite magazines—not only because of the wide variety of jewelry designs that they show—but because they often feature artisan lampwork beads (which, as you know, is something near and dear to my heart!).
|"Farfalla" (which means "butterfly" in Italian)|
This is just a quick photo I took of my "Farfalla" necklace before I sent it off to the editors, but you can get a much better look in the actual magazine issue. I used my own lampwork glass beads made with silver leaf and hand-wrapped the links together with sterling silver Bali findings. My "how-to" article gives detailed instructions on how you can create my embossed Precious Metal Clay (PMC) butterly pendant that is the focal point of the necklace.
I also have a pair of earrings made with my Robin Egg glass beads and fabulous Vintaj brass findings in the "I Need More Earrings!" section. If you'd like to purchase the beads I used for either of these projects, I'm planning on listing them in my Etsy and ArtFire shops as soon as I return from the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Convention next week.
One of the perks of being published is that you get extra copies of the magazine, so I thought it would be fun to give one away to a lucky reader this week! So if you'd love to see all the other fresh ideas featured in this issue, all you have to do it leave a comment here, along with a way for me to easily contact you if you're the winner. I'll draw the winning name on Thursday morning, January 27th. Good luck! *Ü*
P.S.—If you feel the urge to "like" my Facebook Fan Page or "heart" my Etsy or ArtFire shops too, I totally wouldn't mind either! ;-D