Take our design challenge!

March 17, 2011

[last update, May 2nd:
designer entries added at the bottom–scroll down!
Grand Prize winner to be picked this week]

Take our design challenge!

(PS: while you’re all waiting for the entries to be posted at the bottom of this post,
enjoy our last design challenge featuring glass bezels!)

The theme is brushed copper beads, look at ’em:

Brushed copper beads

Design challenge! Satin-finish copper beads

We think you’ll love these: They’re gorgeously shiny… fun to touch…

and we like how people’s faces light up when they see ’em at our bead shows!

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment below.
  2. Get an extra entry in the drawing: Link from your blog to this post.  Share this post in Facebook or Twitter.

Then, wait for an email from me: One week from today, on Thursday, March 24th, I’ll do a drawing & pick 15 lucky participants.  I’ll send those 15 people a packet of these satin-finish copper beads.

They’ll have 1 month to provide photos of the jewelry they make with these beads.  Out of all those entries, Rings & Things will pick a Design Challenge winner to receive a surprise pack of our jewelry supplies! So enter now, tell your online friends, and get thinking–what will you do with a bunch of brushed copper beads?  Doming?  Sawing in half?  Image-transfer solution?  Patina’ing?  Hole punching? –Dave at Rings & Things–

Update, March 29th:  Yay!  Winners!  Here’s the list of the lucky 13 people whose names were drawn:

1. Penny Neville,
2. Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp,
3. Erin Prais-Hintz,
4. Erin Strother,
5. Francine Vorbeck,
6. Jenny Mac,
7. Amy,
8. Kristi Bowman,
9. Melissa M,
10. Kym Hunter,
11. Tina Lawrence,
13. Laura Staley,

The design entries keep coming in…


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  • Reply Sandra Miller March 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    I just posted this on facebook!

  • Reply CJ Bauschka March 20, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    It would be an awesome blessing to have an opportunity to create something incredible with your lovely beads. Will be happy to link you to my blog and FB page.

  • Reply Diane Valasek March 20, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    Wow, such lovely beads, and I have been wanting to try working with copper. That would be some wonderful stuff to play with!

  • Reply Carol Dillman March 21, 2011 at 7:46 am

    I have posted the design challenge on my blog!

  • Reply Anna March 21, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I’m in love with the soft warm glow of copper. It gives jewelry such a different look and feel than the cold tones of silver or the yellow glint of gold…sort of reminds me of rose gold in a way.

  • Reply laura Staley March 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Hey, guys,

    I posted this again on my facebook page! (http://facebook.com/creativejewelrydesignsbylaurastaley

    I forgot that my page also tweets, as you can see on my blog. SO that makes two tweets, two fan page posts, one blog post, and my personal profile post. that’s six! Woohoo! http://laurastaley.blogspot.com

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:37 am

      One of those 6 was your lucky lottery ticket, Laura 🙂 Your name got picked, so you’re going to receive a pack of brushed copper beads! Some time today you’ll have a note from me asking for your mailing address, and then I’ll get the beads sent right out to you! – – – Dave – – –

  • Reply Orquidea Sanchez Azorin March 21, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Copper is one of my favorite materials to work … I would love to be part of
    this challenge … I can think of many things I could do .. 🙂

    El cobre es unos de mis materiales favoritos para trabajar … me encantaría formar parte de este reto… se me ocurre muchas cosas que podría hacer.. 🙂

  • Reply Taylor Norman March 21, 2011 at 11:21 am

    These are awesome! My brain is overflowing with ideas!

  • Reply Eiglas March 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Love copper and these are incredibly beautiful and look so tactile too!
    Really would like to play……

  • Reply Eiglas March 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    ….have also done the facebook thing and you’re on my sidebar too!

  • Reply Carol Langston March 21, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE copper. I already have a couple of designs in mind!!! It would be fantastic to be part of this challenge, so PICK ME!!!
    I’m posting this on FB right now.

  • Reply Carol Langston March 21, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Forgot to say I am posting this on the about.com jewelry forum also.

  • Reply Gina Leonard March 22, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Wow, sophisticated and solid looking beads. What fun it would be to create with them.

  • Reply Nadine March 22, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love working with Copper. I’m currently making a Stainless Steel Necklace and it’s wrecking my hands.

    I’ll be posting on FB and twitter Now.

  • Reply Susan Kennedy March 22, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Ok, I facebooked about it!

  • Reply Robbin Harder March 22, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    I have just started using copper and these beads look fabulous! I tweeted to share the challenge!

  • Reply Tanya French March 23, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I love working with copper when doing chain maille and any other jewelry patterns. I think copper adds such a glow and depth of color to any gemstones and would love the chance to create some jewelry with these beautiful satin beads.

    Posted this on my facebook page.

  • Reply Heather M March 23, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Tweeting this…it’s definitely worth repeating!

  • Reply Joanna Matuszczyk March 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Love copper! Count me in a drawing, please:)

  • Reply Joanna Matuszczyk March 23, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I posted this on my blog http://filcowe.blogspot.com

  • Reply Joanna Matuszczyk March 23, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I posted this on my blog http://filcowe.blogspot.com 🙂

  • Reply Marcie Abney March 23, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Whew! Almost missed it! Here’s hopin’ that 219 is my lucky number!

  • Reply Mary K McGraw March 24, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Would love to have a chance.

  • Reply Latasha H March 25, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    missed it, sorry…. 🙁

  • Reply Dawn Blair March 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Heck yeah, I would love to do this. How fun!


  • Reply Dawn Blair March 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Oops… I didn’t read the date.. I would like to do the next one though.

  • Reply Janet McDonald March 26, 2011 at 7:06 am

    This is just wonderful!! here is my facebook!
    I AM READY for THIS!!!

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