July 10, 2012 was the deadline for submitting entries to the Battle of the Beadsmith. On the 6th day (ie the 16th) Steven Weiss (Marketing Manager for Beadsmith and Creator of the Event) was still waiting for participants to submit their entries. I had to voice my concern which became 'an issue' but which resolved in time, decisions were made and the Battle proceeded.
Voting for Round 1 has well and truly commenced, the results should be released any day now.
Arabesque Armour is largely a cubic right angle woven neckpiece, 49 individually bezzeled vintage 47ss Chatons in Amethyst were carefully beaded, each bezzel takes approx. 30 minutes to complete. The focal necklace and the choker are joined as one complete neckpiece through the use of a beadwoven clasp and 3 magnetic clasps.
I did want to create the piece so that the choker and necklace could be worn independantly, but this was not to be as I simply ran out of time.
The Chatons are teamed with Swarovski Rivolis & Oblong Stones (Article 4161) in Jonquil, Burgundy and Rose, Chessboard Rounds in Rose, bicones, drops and rounds in Fushia Brandy, Rose Brandy, Jonquil AB2x and Crystal Luminous Green. The Swarovski Crystal pearls are 'Powdered Almond' a perfect accompaniment to the colour way as they have a soft pinkish hue.
The seed beads used are largely Miyuki 'Duracoat' Seed Beads and Rocailles. Czech, size 15 seedies are also included in this design. Stitches used CRAW, RAW, Peyote, Herringbone and Picots.