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 Claire Goverts March 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    Those beads are wonderful. Of course it helps that I adore copper.

    I posted the link to my blog (via the share button here), and I also used the share button on FB to share there.


  • Reply Candy Stribling March 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I love the warmth and reddish tones of copper, from the color of a new, shiny penny to antiqued ones. These beads are beautiful and would be just the right accents to any jewelry design.

  • Reply Beth Shea March 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Ooohh, fun stuff to play with…cannot wait!

  • Reply Belinda Saville March 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Nothing beats the warmth of copper! Count me in 🙂 I would love to have the chance to work with these beautiful beads!

  • Reply Kelley Pounds March 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I absolutely love copper! Love working with it, and I love looking at it. The beads are gorgeous!

  • Reply Lody March 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Blogged, tweeted & shared on FB.
    Blog: http://lodysbeadworks.blogspot.com/
    Tweeter: HaverhillStudio
    FB: Bead Embroidery

  • Reply Kelley Pounds March 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Posted on my Kell’s Creations Facebook page, so that means it also went out on Twitter! 🙂

  • Reply Alexa White March 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve got some turquoise or coral and an unopened jar of patina-ing gel I’ve been wanting to try.

  • Reply Stephanie Gascon March 17, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love working with copper beads! You have an awesome selection pictured. 🙂

  • Reply Suztats March 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Sounds like a whole lot of fun! I love copper!

  • Reply Renee March 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    WOW! Just purchased $50.00 worth of copper beads & wire yesterday and can’t wait to get started. I love working with copper and sterling silver wire twisted together.

  • Reply Della March 17, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Would love to be in this challenge, I love Rings & Things and I get many of my supplies there. There has been a time of two that I even used the disign ideas for insperation for a piece of jewlery that I have sold. I have been working with copper for some time and some of my best pieces have copper in them. Thanks for the chance.

  • Reply faye March 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Oh my! these are soooo pretty – off to share!

  • Reply faye March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I tweeted (TwistImagine) and FB’d!

  • Reply Donna March 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Love, love, love copper and these are especially beautiful.

    Would love to make something!!

  • Reply Erin Prais-Hintz March 17, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    I have been addicted to copper beads since the moment I started beading. I am drawn to the size and shape and finish of these. I love the rustic charm. I also love that I can usually patina beads like this. Thanks for sharing such swag!
    Enjoy the day!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

      The swag is headed your way, Erin! Your name got drawn. Looking forward to seeing your creations with these fun beads 🙂 Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply danielle murphy March 17, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I would be honored to play with these beads in my ring designs

  • Reply danielle murphy March 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I would be honored to use these amazing beads in my ring designs .. they inspire me from the picture alone

  • Reply Laney March 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Copper! One of my favorite metals! I would love to get my hands on these beads and make something WONDERFUL 🙂

    Will be sharing this on Twitter and FB right after I hit “submit comment”

  • Reply Jill @ Liv'nGood Jewelry March 17, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    posted to twitter (which will bounce over to my FB) and to my Jewelry Makers Group on FB

  • Reply Shannon C March 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Love these Dave! I hope I am one of the lucky winners!
    Shannon C

  • Reply Mellisa ~ ChinookJewelry March 17, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    They look like great components to play with!

  • Reply Shannon C March 17, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I shared on facebook as Shannon Iko Chomanczuk.
    Thanks for the chance to win I can see so many things I could do with these!
    Shannon C

  • Reply Tracey Knaus March 17, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    OhmyLANTA! Those are DE-Liteful…De-GORGEOUS! personally…patina &nwirewrapping would be in order! OH MY!

  • Reply Janice Everett March 17, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Love, love, love these 🙂 – would love to get my fingers on this bunch to create something fun!

  • Reply Erin Strother March 17, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I love copper! Hope I win!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:16 am

      You won, Erin! You’re one of the lucky 15 🙂 –Dave–

  • Reply Vickie March 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    How exciting! Love working with copper! ;-D

  • Reply Karin March 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Oh! How fun!
    I’m IN! If you pick me:)
    Can’t wait to see the outcome of all these ideas!

  • Reply francine vorbeck March 17, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Gorgeous beads, the color is AWESOME~ I blogged about it as well!!! Also on FB

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:17 am

      Hey Francine, guess what…? Your name got picked, thanks for Facebooking, blogging, and commenting here. I’ll get in touch today for your mailing address & get these great beads into your hands! – – – – Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Jenny Mac March 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Oh wow, these beads are incredible! I LOVE LOVE LOVE copper! I can already see designs in my head, I’d love to have the chance to make them for real! Woohoooo!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:19 am

      Looks like you’ll get to try out those designs, Jenny, because YOU ARE A WINNER! Your name was drawn…and I will get in touch with you for your postal address so you get these beads a.s.a.p. 🙂 Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Patty March 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Oh memememememe …..please?(*crosses fingers AND eyes)

  • Reply Norma March 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful. Have ideas already.

  • Reply Lori March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Copper beads + silver clay = Fabulous Possibilities! 🙂

  • Reply janet trieschman March 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    These are fantastic!

  • Reply Lisa Petrillo March 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love copper! I’m betting I could make some pretty stuff with this generous stash! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Reply Lisa Petrillo March 17, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I just shared on Facebook for a second chance:


  • Reply janet trieschman March 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I posted on facebook

  • Reply janet trieschman March 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I posted on twitter

  • Reply Kelly March 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Please include me in the drawing. I’m already imagining all the gorgeous things I could make with those gorgeous copper beads!

  • Reply Charlene March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Wow! so many options! my mind is racing with ideas! thanks!
    I FB, blogged, and twittered/tweeted?

  • Reply Amy March 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I was just thinking of all the things that could be done with the copper – just like the suggestions mentioned… OOooo! It would be so much fun to play with them!!!
    I might have to leave some of them just the plain, beautiful shiny copper, though… it’s such a gorgeous, rich color!!
    Thanks for offering this!!!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:21 am

      Amy, you can do anything you want with these beads. Why? Because: You have won ’em. You’re one of our lucky 15 winners! Expect a note from me today asking for your postal address…I’ll get some brushed copper beads into your hands as fast as humanly possible 🙂 Dave

  • Reply Carole March 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Pick me, pick me! I will blog also.

  • Reply Jean March 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I so love working in copper.. love the patina it develops.

  • Reply Shannon March 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I LOVE the brushed copper and use them all the time!

  • Reply Kristie Roeder March 17, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    I would love to design something with those beads!

    I’m going to go share on my FB page and my Artisan Clay fan page!

  • Reply Kristie Roeder March 17, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I shared!

  • Reply Sharon Palac March 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    I just love the warmth of copper, esprcially after a good patina! I will blog this weekend in conjunction with my Rings and Things goody bag giveaway! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

  • Reply Lori March 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    shared on Facebook and twitter. thank you!

  • Reply Diane Ballum March 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I would love to receive the copper beads! Got all kinds of ideas already! Thanx for the opportunity to win them!

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