As soon as it was announced that the kits were available for the third round of the Use the Muse Contest, I bought my kit. I have entered every one of the muse contests to date and it's been fun. I like kits made up by someone else and I really enjoy seeing what a group of people from all over create with the same kit.
Here is a peek at my piece for this round
I have thoroughly enjoyed the colors and components of each kit, but I have especially enjoyed the surprise of seeing the muse for the first time when the kit arrives. For me - it is what drives the design of the completed project. I do not consider myself a jewelry maker, so these contests have stretched me in that regard. Many times I might prefer to make a doll or something that can hang on a wall, neither of which is 'wearable' but is a requirement of the contest.
The big reveal will happen on Thursday, December 17 and at some point after it is revealed on the Use the Muse site, I will make a blog post with several photos of my entry.
Here are my entries from the prior Use the Muse contests
First round, the muse was a brass component, I made the brooch seen below (which I kept)
Use the Muse I
Winners for round one can be viewed HERE.
The muse for the second round was a shell pendant, below is my entry for that round and a necklace was a big stretch for me. The wonderful face was created by Jen Martin of GraphixOutpost. This piece was donated and auctioned off at a benefit dinner hosted by Candlelighters for Children with Cancer. Wish I knew how much it raised, but I can't get anyone to tell me!
Use the Muse II
Winners for round two can be viewed HERE
Check back on Thursday if you are interested in seeing complete photos of my entry for round three.
Leaves of Grass
This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body - Walt Whitman