This is one of the jewelry pieces I entered into the Shuswap Lake Festival of the Arts. The reason I like to create pieces for various challenges is that it forces me into areas I normally wouldn't go and to experiment and try new things.
I find that while working on each challenge I seem to end up at some point with an ahh hah moment. With this one in particular, I wanted to totally disguise the clasp. I've created many of these hidden barrel clasps before, but this time I didn't want any of the wires to show and because it was going into such an important event, I wanted it to be perfect. I played around with it for a while until I finally came up with a solution and everything then fell into place and fit perfectly! At that point it was very exciting for me and a real feeling of satisfaction!
I find that in each challenge piece I create, inspiration for more new projects evolve out of them and it drives me on to try more new things.