Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Big Reveal...

Today the BIG REVEAL was announced for Scarlett Lanson's Use the Muse II challenge. The piece below is the one I created for the contest. I had a lot of fun making it. (I wasn't sure that I'd be able to participate or not this time around since I've been on the road so much lately, but was lucky to find a few moments here and there to pull a piece together.) I call it, "Ocean's Bride." I developed a story that went along with the piece about a sea nymph who stole a pearl and was punished. But in her punishment she found redemption through beauty and empowerment through forgiveness. Her freedom and happiness were hand-crafted and originated from herself.

I adapted a Wandering Needle technique, used textured metal clay chain, and utilized wire-wrapped link chain with this piece. I also used a toggle from my family at Green Girl Studios. I think the Lillypilly focal embellished with smaller Swarovski pearls makes a perfect frame for the big blue pearl.

Make sure to check out the winners from the contest and see all of the other participants' phenomenal work. (Scarlett's split the contestants into two groups, so keep an eye out for both sections.) Also don't forget to join the fun and enter the third installment of the Use the Muse Contest by CLICKING HERE.

9 comments:

TesoriTrovati said...

Wow. That is incredible! I missed out on the opportunity to participate in this one, but it was fun the first time. It was just as well. Summer is way too hectic (when it should be laid back!). I will go see the winners! Enjoy the day! Erin

hint said...

Amazing aura this piece has! I love the textures you create and the story is really intriguing :)

Nicki said...

This is really pretty Andrew. I love when you post your work. Nicki

Cyndi L said...

Just beautiful! I love the mix of techniques :-)

Mana Moon Studios said...

Absolutely exquisite work! I haven't had an opportunity to check the winners but have no doubt your work should be among them.
♥Sharon

Misa said...

Thank you, Andrew, for your comment on metal soldering - I'm sure it will improve with time! It's just the first step to take and then it's easier every next time.
This piece is absolutely fabulous - very inspiring!

Misa

Kim said...

Andrew, this piece is breathtakingly beautiful! And your Night Birds touch my soul!

Kim Melton

Jeannie said...

The necklace is breathtaking. It has striked a cord in me and given me pause about my own work.

Andrew Thornton said...

Thanks everyone for your mighty fine comments! I am indeed touched. I think that it's important to make time to create. Even in our busy, hectic schedules, we need to feed our souls and artistic spirits. Giving ourselves challenges like this is a great way to build in a reminder. Through beauty we can find peace and happiness. Through making, we can unleash our wildest fantasies and manifest our most grand dreams.