Today is all about Judy Glende. The amazing artist, mentor, treasure hunter, and friend - that we all will remember for years to come. We were forced to say "until next time" to Ms. Judy on March 14, 2012, when she gained her wings. The entire beading community has brushed away many tears....
Today is Flap Your Wings reveal day...and while I can't wait to see what everyone has come up with, I can't help but wish we were doing this for another reason! I will not let this post become about cancer...it did not define Judy, and it definitely wasn't who she was! Today is simply our tribute to a remarkable woman!!
1. Tania Spivey
(Amanda regretfully couldn't participant in the reveal but will be making a donation)
8. Kim Ballor
10. Sandra McGriff
11. Lana Kinney
12. Kym Hunter
13. Terri Wlaschin
14. Ginger Bishop
16. Kelli Jacobson
18. Deana Hager
19. Erin Siegel
21. Lynne Bowland
22. Alicia Marinache
23. Pam Ferrari
25. Joanne Tinley
26. Shanti Johnson
27. Lorelei Eurto
29. Shelly Joyce
30. Marlene Cupo
Some participants are auctioning, selling (whether privately or through online stores) their creations and will donate their proceeds to the charity of their personal choosing. Please take the time to enjoy the hop with us, and consider purchasing/bidding/donating to the charities we all hold dear to our hearts.
In Judy's Obituary, the following charities were suggested for donations:
Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, 1020 Walters Road, Greenville, TN 37743
Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Dermatology Melanoma Research Fund, 55 Fruit Street, Bartlett Hall Room 622, Boston, MA 02114
** Also, if any of the participants would like to mail the donation directly to the Glende family, please send me an email and I will send you their address.
So, without further ado here are my creations:
Tears of an Angel - Brooch:
I have an early 1900's hymnal that belonged to my husband's grandfather. I treasure this little book, and often take pictures using it as a background, or reading the little notes he wrote within the margins. I didn't think Pap Paw would mind if I used a page for Judy's creation, so I found a picture of a cemetery concrete angel (from an Irish cemetery) and printed it on the hymnal page. The rest, is a hodge-podge of found treasures (my tribute to Judy). There's a vintage wavy brass stamping that I used to resemble a halo, vintage glass pearl chain, an array of charms and of course lots of beads. The wings are made of polymer clay and were set in to the resin top coat. The back is a clear acrylic block with safety brooch pin. I'm a little leary of selling this, as it's not my own photograph, so I'm donating $40 and will wear it often. I also have to include that Deryn Mentock's work was also my inspiration in this design...her work is AMAZING!!
A Crowning Glory - Assemblage Necklace:
I've had this crown pendant for a few years (purchased from a big box store.) It was silver tone, and not quite "my kind of thing." I noticed however in Judy's Etsy store that she had a similar crown listed...and I quickly dug out my ugly focal! After MANY coats of paint, Rub N' Buff, and sealant...it's not an ugly duckling any longer! Using the same process as the brooch above, I printed the angel wings on muslin, hand forged the copper frames, and filled them with glossy resin. The copper circle chain I soldered together (and left it "messy" on purpose...despite my husband's cajoling to "clean it up") and I used two vintage mother of pearl buttons as a clasp. A vintage rhinestone heart hangs dead center (it was from my own mother's stash of costume jewelry) and golden sari silk wrapped with ivory keshi pearls add a little texture. The eagle cuff link came from who knows where? I think it was from some antique baubles that again belonged to Pap Paw McCray. The sepia photograph charm was a quick stand in, after deciding to rework the charms, and will be replaced with one from my own vintage photos...a wedding picture of my grandparents *pictured below* (just poured the resin)...before listing in my Etsy store.
I struggled with both of these creations...I wanted to express what I was feeling...and I have a hard enough time doing so with words, so you can imagine how difficult it was for me to portray that within a piece of jewelry. My donations will be going to Mustang Alley Horse Rescue, donated in Judy's
FLAP YOUR WINGS JUDY!!!