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As many of you would know, I recently exhibited at the Melbourne Bead Expo here in Victoria. Thank you to those of you who came past the stand and visited. It was lovely to see some ‘old’ faces and to also put new faces to names.

I haven’t written about the Expo before now as, silly me forgot to take photos. I didn’t forget the camera – oh no, that was safely packed in my bag but unfortunately I didn’t remember to get it out and take some snaps.  BUT, I thought I would tell you about the Showcase and Challenge that the Bead Society of Victoria run each year in conjunction with the Expo. It has been ‘my mission’ to promote the Art of polymer clay this past year and showcase what can be achieved with this medium, so both my Challenge entry and my Showcase piece were made primarily from polymer clay.

The Showcase is an amazing exhibition of member’s work. There was a great variety of pieces this year ranging from bead weaving and bead embroidery to wire work and polymer clay.  My piece titled ‘Butterfly’s Garden’ was made from my own polymer clay beads, sterling silver and Czech glass beads. I was quite proud of the fact that it sold during the exhibition (although was a little sad that I didn’t get to bring it home!!). I hope it’s new owner is very pleased with it.  Here is a photo of the necklace.

The Bead Challenge is a competition where entrants are all given an identical set of beads. With these beads the challenge is for the entrants to create a beaded piece. The only rules are that all the beads must be used although more can be added if required.

This was my entry into the BSV Bead Challenge. It was my first year of entering and I was very pleased with my piece. As I mentioned before, my personal challenge was to create my entry from polymer clay.

You can see all the winning entries here. If you’re not a member of the Bead Society, why not consider joining. Membership is open to those outside Victoria also. See the Bead Society’s website for all the details including the benefits of joining.

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