THERE WAS A BLUE RIBBON WITH A #1 THERE.
I WON THE CATEGORY - \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/ \0/
I was so excited my hands were shaking. I wanted to jump up and down but all I kept saying was "I won, I won. Oh my god, I won".
So after taking a look around at the other pieces in my category, and all the other winners too. I finally took a picture of my piece.
Then later in the evening, i was able to see what my score was and even talk to the judge.
I received a 95/100 points. Talk about being happy.
I lost two points in workmanship (58/60) because I had issues with a solder joint when I mitered the corners. I knew the gap was there but it does reinforce that next time, I should do better.
I lost two points on uniqueness/design (18/20). The design was very unique – he loved it but he had a issue with the squid head not being centered and the area just under the head was a little empty. I had thought that myself when I was making it and I thought I should have gone back an put even a little starfish in to occupy the area, but did not.
I lost one point in Quality of Material (9/10). I did not ask why, but should have. This may also tie back to the solder joint as that does lower the quality of the piece.
I had a 5/5 on presentation. The judge normally does not like rotating turn tables but he said that in the is case it was the perfect way to display the cuff. He also said the black velvet on the stand made it pop. So Erich and everyone who convinced me to change it was right!
I had 5/5 on my Label. I spent 4 hours making that damn thing – looking for a good font, messing with the alignment and spacing, writing the description. I was one of the only people who had a nice font that was not hard to read and was not the plain old Arial or Times New Roman – nor was it a light font or too “script” making it hard to read.
SO, with all of this the judge said that I am good a determining what needs to be “fixed” so next time I can/will do better. He also has done some C&R and thought my technique was very good considering I have only been doing it for 3 years (and not constantly)
Before I left, I asked if we get our ribbons - real ribbons when we pick up our pieces when the fair closes. The answer was NO. They don't give ribbons anymore as there is no place to put them in the cases. WHAT? Wood gets real ribbons and they are quite big; the other competitions do; but for this competition they don't. I was quite disappointed at this news.
Enjoy this picture with my "PAPER" ribbon.