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 alicia March 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Oh fun… I have ideas already!

  • Reply Sandi James March 17, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Wow, those beads make my mouth water! The ideas are flowing!

  • Reply Sandi James March 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

    /// shared on fb

  • Reply kate gardenghi March 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Love it! I see SO many possibilities!

  • Reply Penny Neville March 17, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Dave these are gorgeous, copper is one of my favorite metals to work with. I am crossing my fingers. I shared on Facebook as well.

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:11 am

      3/25/2011: Hi Penny, you are a winner! I’ll contact you for a mailing address to send you these beads. Congratulations! – – – Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Deborah March 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

    I love the texture that they would add to pieces! I can see them paired up with many things. First thing that comes to mind is Viking Knit!

  • Reply kate gardenghi March 17, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Just posted on FB!

  • Reply Donna Ingram March 17, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I would love to join in on this fun. Sounds exciting !!!!

  • Reply Lubica Vinicenko March 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

    please, please, pleeeease! I need them all for my soldered jewellry 🙂

  • Reply Melissa Lloyd-Fillier March 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I love copper & those beads are gorgeous! It would be a great privilege to be chosen to create a one of a kind piece with them.

  • Reply Stacie Bebber March 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Gorgeous beads! Those would be fun to play with!

  • Reply Melissa Lloyd-Fillier March 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

    also sharing on facebook

  • Reply Juli March 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

    These look really fun. Copper is one of my favorite metals to design with.

  • Reply Connie Eyberg March 17, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Awesome Dave! I love the warmth of copper. I’m up for the challenge ~ bring it on! lol

  • Reply Cindy Gimbrone March 17, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Love the rosey color of the copper – reminds me of spring!

  • Reply Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp March 17, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I love these!! They look like they would be perfect for patinas!! I must get my hands on these!! lol

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:12 am

      3/25/2011: Marie-Noel, you’re a winner too! Expect me to contact you for a mailing address to send the beads to you. Congratulations! – – – Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Valerie March 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Love the finish and color!

  • Reply Connie Eyberg March 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

    There is now a link to this page on my blog sidebar and I did a short confusing post to point it out. I am anxiously awaiting the bead show in my area. I have my list and I’m checking it twice. Happy St. Patty’s Day! Connie

    PS – Did I mention I love Copper?

  • Reply Eleanor March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’ve been pondering working with copper, especially with the rising silver costs.

  • Reply Carol Fox March 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Ohh I could do awsome things with these. I really love them. I have facebooked and blog linked you, can you tell how much I want them lol

  • Reply Helena March 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    What a fun challenge! I love the rustic look of brushed copper, it would be so fun to get to play with those beads! I’ll put a link up on my blog, too 🙂

  • Reply Antonietta March 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    They are lovely! Thanks for this opportunity. Just posted on facebook!

  • Reply Zuzu March 17, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    the beads are stunning, and very usable in steampunk jewellery and art. I like… added to facebook

  • Reply christine B March 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Ooh! I love copper!

    Posted on FB, and on Twitter!

  • Reply Heather M March 17, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Copper has warmth and depth of character- and ther tecture of these are so inspiring!

    FB’d the link. Good luck everyone!

  • Reply summer March 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Would love to have these, adding to my facebook as well!

  • Reply Debbie La Rue March 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Yipppeeee!! Count me In! Thank you for the fun Opportunity!

  • Reply Elisabeth March 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Would love to win – LOVE copper!

  • Reply Christy Herpin March 17, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I’ve been crazy for copper lately. So crazy that I went to Stine’s and bought a copper pipe (ring size 8, woo), and some 4 gauge solid copper grounding wire this morning. (The guy who cut it for me was looking at me like I was loony!)

    Also tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/silver_slivers/status/48480227445309440
    and blogged: http://silverslivers.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/rings-things-brushed-copper-design-challenge/

    It’ll show up on FB too, in an hour or so.

  • Reply Karen Dougherty March 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m loving the copper beads. Hope I win!

  • Reply Marge Beebe March 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Ohhh, they would be really fun to work with!!!

  • Reply Lody March 17, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    These are yummy-licious beads – I’m drooling! I’m sure these are soooo much fun to work with.

  • Reply Kim Geiser March 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Yippe Skippy I would love to play with these copper beauties.

  • Reply Charlene Anderson March 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    I’d love to give this a try. I love copper!

  • Reply Jennifer Cameron March 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    I love those and may not wait for the drawing to just buy some!

  • Reply Linda S March 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    LOL… you’ll have to show us what you make. I get my copper wire at the hardware store, too. Now I’m going to have to take a closer look at the pipes. 🙂

  • Reply Frann March 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Copper lends great warmth to all jewelry. I’d love to incorporate these beads in new designs and introduce fans of my work to the wonderful copper hues!

    Posted on my Blog: http://armoredheartsmaille.blogspot.com/2011/03/rings-and-things-blog-partner-challenge.html

    And in My FB feed, tagging yours! http://www.facebook.com/Armored.Hearts.Wearable.Art

  • Reply Cristina March 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Oh boy! Oh boy! I just fell in love with those copper beads!
    I have been trying to get some copper beads here in Portugal, but it’s not easy and they’re usually not half as drool-worthy gorgeous as these!

    I Twitted: http://twitter.com/#!/Sunshine_Cris/status/48496258452692992
    Shared on FB: http://www.facebook.com/SunshinesCreationsPt

    When I write a blog post about it, I’ll come let you know!

    Wish me luck!

    Cris, from DeCris Creations – Blog

    DeCris Creations on Artfire

  • Reply Linda S March 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I blogged…
    I hope I get some of those yummy beads to play with. 🙂

  • Reply Maria Setiawan-Allen March 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Me me!! I’ll tweet it right now!! 🙂

  • Reply laura Staley March 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I used some brushed copper beads with this set,


    and blasted them slightly with my torch to turn them bright red. The wire I used was reclaimed from an electric lawn mower my son found by the side of the road. Must have overheated, because it has a brilliant red finish!

    I’d love the chance to work with more of the brushed beads. Maybe with lepidolite,, unakite, Soo Chow jade, or something interesting like that.


  • Reply Jennifer Radtke March 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Love them and love the idea for this. The ideas are flowing through my mind right now. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Reply Lisa Hamilton March 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I love copper and these components are simply divine! I hope I get to do this 🙂

    I will RT this and post on my blog later

  • Reply Rock Wear Diane March 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Oh, this is an awesome contest! I have been working with a lot of copper lately, and brushed copper would add an interesting new dimension!

  • Reply Lisa Garcia/ Bella Boutique Jewelry March 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Posted to Facebook. I would love to design something beautiful with these beads! 🙂

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:13 am

      You got picked too, Lisa! I’ll get in touch with you today to ask for your mailing addy. Cheers! —–Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Laura Smith March 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I would love to accept this challenge! I love copper!

  • Reply Must-Haves Jewelry March 17, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    starting to use copper and those look awesome!

  • Reply Lori Bergmann March 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Ooh! I love these and am definitely up for accepting your challenge! *Ü*

  • Reply Barbara Talaska March 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful beads, can’t wait to run my fingers through them. Shiny cooper bits, endless possibilities.

  • Reply Lori Bergmann March 17, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    And I just posted about it to my FB page here:

    Thanks so much! *Ü*

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