First contest for the girls next door in the Netherlands

Breukelman's faux jade embroidered cuff

Karin Breukelman’s faux jade embroidered cuff took top honors in Dutch Polymer Clay Forum’s oriental contest. This was the group’s first contest. The variety and quality of the entries surprised them.

Van Engelen's polymer rice fields ring
veltenaar's polymer sunset

Karin’s design was based on a Chinese coin replicated in polymer jade with faux coral accents. Lanterns, fans, geishas, bamboo and cinnabar inspired participants’ imaginations. Nicole van Engelen’s ring plays on the contours and colors of rice fields.

The other top winners were Marij de Bruijn, Saskia Veltenaar, and Paula van Veen. Enjoy this glimpse of the orient by way of the Netherlands. You’ll find some interesting tutorials on the group’s Girls Next Door site too. I particularly like the idea of faux pearls.

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  • reply Jeannie ,

    Karin Congratulations! This sure is a WINNER! Beadwork to always fascinates me. Stunning.

    • reply Anita Brandon ,

      Thanks to all for the gorgeous Oriental eye candy. There is some seriously wonderful work entered in that contest and seeing the photos was an inspiration. The faux pearl tute has been gratefully bookmarked. They look real .

      • reply Christi Uliczny ,

        The cuff is beautiful, congratulations Karin!

        • reply Deb Tuchsen ,

          Karin’s cuff is amazing. I think I am always stunned at faux work or all sorts. It certainly spurs my creative muse!

          • reply Tina ,

            Great post Cynthia as I love bead embroidery. Love the work, congrats Karin! In 2007 made a similar style, also with a faux jade oriental polymer clay focal, but from a flower cab carving from which I had made a mold… Aw shucks, am not Dutch as that looked like a fun contest nice challenge. Faux pearls, great idea!…am running low on the real thing.
            Should you be curious, I’ve got some of my embroidery including cuff here: http://picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/9138039

            • reply Karin Breukelman ,

              Thank you all!! It was a great challenge, with so many fantastic entries!
              Thanks Tina, for your link; you’ve got some nice embroidery works there! I’ve just ‘discovered’ bead embroidery (this was my first piece, now I am working on number 4..) and I think it’s fantastic! I especially like the combination possibilities with polymer clay, and I am sure many will follow!

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