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Last weekend was the weekend of the Lilydale Annual Spring Show.  Each year I try to enter a few pieces into their juried exhibition and this year was no exception.  This year I entered into the Advanced Beadwork category.  I decided to move away from polymer clay as this medium is not very well understood at this event (I need to do some more educating in this area!!).  Because of this, I thought it was the perfect time to challenge myself and make a few jewellery pieces from materials that I don’t usually use or haven’t used for some time.

My first piece was a fairly simple chainmaille romanov weave bracelet made from 18kt gold plated rings and featuring jasper rounds. Before I ‘really’ discovered the world of polymer clay, I worked with chainmaille rings fairly often and it was nice to go back to it for this project.  I was very pleased when I found out this piece had won first place.

For my second entry I wanted to create something completely out of my comfort zone. I created a piece made entirely from copper findings. I’ve never worked in copper before (other than copper clay) and I have to admit – I loved it. And I was very happy with the finished piece too. This piece placed third in the same category.

Thank you to Karen Donald for collecting my pieces from the show as I was teaching at the time!!

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