I was out wandering the Internet looking for goodness and came across the Soft Flex "Flex Your Creativity Beading Contest" entries...it's time to vote on the finalists! The theme this year was "Steampunk" which is kind of a cool take on components...rough and strong are used to reflect beauty and intelligence. Most steampunk pieces feature gears, watch components, hardware, keys and other antique or aged bits and bobs turned into one-of-kind, handmade, multimedia creations.
I'm not honestly a huge fan of the steampunk style, but am always interested to see the latest and greatest, so I checked out the entries. I know some of my friends and fellow bloggers have entries in there, which are all very cool...but, my favorite piece is this one by Alyska Bailey Peterson. The mixed metal tones are the best part. It makes me want to go bust out my base metal beads and wire and get something going.