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Back in the fall of 2012, I decided to tackle one of the goals on my TTE Designs 'to-do' list. I was hoping to have some of my work published [some day far in the future] and so I did my research and screwed up my courage and submitted several pieces. I chose Bead Trends Magazine because their application process is online.
Having never done this before.... I took my piece to a craft show that weekend and promptly sold it......
|Bee-U-tiful Garden #1|
I emailed the publisher, Tatia, and explained my situation. I had or could re-make many of the components, but the focal was an old broken shoe clip from a thrift store that I had repurposed and couldn't be replaced. She said if iI could redo it closely, they would still accept it.
So I FLEW to Michael's to see if I could find some type of bezel to be a focal. I came up with a rectangular bezel that I thought would suit and got to work. I had also recently purchased some metal 'bee' charms from B'Sue Boutique and thought that would be a good accent to my new piece.
I spent the next few days, molding, patina-ing, resin-ing and connecting until I had a pretty good replication of the original. As with any handmade piece there are some variations, it turned out a bit 'brighter' than the original.
I boxed up the piece with the detailed 'how-I-did-it' description, as requested, and sent it to Utah ASAP.
Yesterday, I got a non-descript box in the mail, which contained my necklace, two copies of the magazine and a $20 Fire Mountain Gems gift certificate as a thank you gift.
So, without further ado, I present 'Bee-U-tiful Garden'.....
I am pleased to say, that 2 other of my assemblage works are scheduled for publication in the June and September issues of Bead Trends. This has given me the courage to submit to other venues as well and if I am lucky enough to be selected again I will share it here.
Have a great week!