I had a horrible time taking photographs of this piece (notice how much better this picture is - just my luck). The photo in the Bead Star competition does not do it justice. My sister-in-law was voting the other day and wanted to guess what designs were mine. She picked every design except this one. She said it looks "Indian". That is not the case, the picture is just bad. "Milady Sadye" is very delicate. I originally designed it for the Seed Beads category. When I realized that I made it for a grand total of $13.40 I had to enter it in the Under $25.
I came up with this design technique a couple of year ago. I used a similar technique on "Fleur de Niece". Fleur de Niece was originally designed for Stringing Magazine. It ended up as a Beading Daily free downloadable project.
This technique is extremely time consuming. Sometimes I would break the fragile seed beads during the wire wrapping process and have to start over again.
Clasps can be expensive. I like to make my own clasps to keep costs down. The photo above is an example of making your own clasp with wire and beads. Very few jump rings were used on this design. Most of the beads are link by wire before wrapping.
Above is the Bead Star photograph. Does the design look different to you now that you have had a chance to look at the other pictures? I'd love to read your comments.