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 Eveline March 18, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Oh enter me PLEASE…:) It would be great fun to design with these. Will post on facebook an my Blog. http://www.crystaltinker.blogspot.com
    Thank You…:)

  • Reply deEvadesign March 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I love copper! It would be great to be in this challenge!

  • Reply Melinda k Orr March 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Copper….it’s the majority of my designs….heat patina, cold patina, brushed, shiny, etched, hammered, stamped…a little or all of the above! Group it with ceramics, glass and other metals… I would love a chance to put these into something totally new! Thanks for the opportunity~
    Check out some of my pieces on Etsy at http://www.orrtec.etsy.com and new concepts on my blog http://www.orrtec.blogspot.com

  • Reply Michelle March 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I love copper! These are beautiful! I’d definitely like to play with some new patina solution I picked up at a show.

  • Reply Melinda k Orr March 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Added post and link to my blog, facebook and twitter!

  • Reply Dita March 18, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    Yeh! I love copper. I am excited to join this project and tweeted and face booked already. I am going to put it in my blog too, Dave. Thank you.


  • Reply Kathy March 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Excellent beads, lots of inspiration from that bunch of beads 😀

  • Reply Kristi Bowman March 18, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Ok I’ll give it a try!! Count me in and I’ll share it on my FB page too!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Facebook? You’re on! Guess what, Kristi, your name got picked 🙂 You can expect a note from me later today asking for your mailing addy — I’ll get these nice copper beads to you right away! Dave

  • Reply Carol Dillman March 18, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Love copper and I have never been in a design challenge before. So why not give a newbie a chance.

  • Reply Mosaic Magpie March 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    How fun is this giveaway. You supply the beautiful beads we may win. We get to play with them, supply our creativity and maybe win something in addition to the beautiful copper beads! Copper is such a versitle metal that can be as comfortable with jeans or black velvet!
    Thanks for such a unique giveaway!

  • Reply Elif March 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Yay, I love a good challenge. I’ll link to this from my tumblr, facebook and twitter accounts:


    good luck everyone 🙂

  • Reply Kristi Hall March 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful beads. I would love to make something with those.

  • Reply Kym Hunter March 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I really like the spool bead! All of them are very nice and I would really like an opportunity to create some jewelry with them. Please count me in!

  • Reply Darlene Jones March 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Oooh! Copper is my FAVORITE!!!! What a great group of beads to play with.
    Count me in too!

  • Reply Nancy M March 18, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Oooo la la- add my name to the drawing! I would love to create something with these beauties.

  • Reply Loretta Carstensen March 18, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I love copper, and these beads are wonderful. I have blogged about your contest on my blog, and will post on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for the fun chance to win these beads.

  • Reply Melissa M March 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Cool….love copper beads and would love to get to create something out of them, and of course, would love to win 🙂

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:28 am

      You did, you did, you did win! Congrats Melissa. I’ll pop a note your way today, to get the address to send these beads to. Enjoy ’em! – – – – – Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply Shelby Foxwell March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I’m sure these beautiful bead DO bring a smile to faces…they are bringing a smile to mine! Gorgeous! I’d love to have a chance to create with them!

  • Reply Melissa M March 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    shared it on facebook

  • Reply Melissa M March 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    tweeted it!

  • Reply Linda Coppolino March 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I’d love the challenge!

  • Reply Kym Hunter March 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    I forgot to mention that I posted on my blog at


    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:30 am

      Hi Kym!

      Thanks for the blog mention, we appreciate that!


      You know what?

      You won!

      I’ll get your postal addy from you later today 🙂



      • Reply Kym Hunter March 25, 2011 at 9:06 am

        Yippee! Thank you, I’m so excited! 🙂

  • Reply Teresa Knipp March 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    copper is my favorite metal, I would love to build a piece around this finish

  • Reply Andrea March 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Oooh, ooh! Pick me, pick me!

    Please 😀

  • Reply Chelsea Jones March 18, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Sounds like an exciting challenge… I want in on the fun!! 🙂

  • Reply Mary Tafuri March 19, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Dave- Omg I love this. Can I enter?

  • Reply Maureen Martinek March 19, 2011 at 6:01 am

    I could use these in several of my upcoming designs. I love the different textures and shapes too.
    Here’s hoping I get some. If not will they be for sale anywhere?

  • Reply Zeba Collection March 19, 2011 at 6:19 am

    Hi, love copper and specially brushed copper. Count me in please.

    I blogged at http://justmy002worth.blogspot.com/2011/03/brushed-copper-beads-design-challange.html

    Shared it on FB http://www.facebook.com/?tid=1574131365180&sk=messages#!/zebacollection

    Shared it on Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/zebacollection

  • Reply Tamara Robinette March 19, 2011 at 8:40 am

    This looks like fun! What great beads. Will share on Twitter and Facebook

  • Reply Judy Anderson March 19, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Find a penny, pick it up. Light it on fire and make beautiful beads. I’m in!

  • Reply Chris Franchetti Michaels March 19, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Oh, these are fun. I’ve been working with the gold plated versions and love them! I’ve got some ideas for the copper, too . . . . 😉

  • Reply Tina Lawrence March 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Those copper beads are gorgeous. I haven’t really done anything with copper but would love to try it!

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:31 am

      Hi Tina, now you’re getting your chance because your name got picked! You’ll have an email from me today, to get the right address to send brushed copper beads to 🙂 Dave at Rings & Things

  • Reply linda demko March 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Just love the copper beads. They are so pretty and warm.

  • Reply Jenny Vidberg March 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I love to use copper so it would be fun to have the opportunity to try these beads.

    I have bloged about it and linked to it on Facebook

    • Reply Dave Robertson March 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Grattis, Jenny: ditt namn valdes! Jag kommer att skicka dig senare idag för att ta reda din postadress. Jag ser fram emot att se vad du gör med dessa borstat koppar pärlor … Hälsningar från Dave på Rings & Things

  • Reply Julia March 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    These would be so much fun to play with — I’d use them with some of my lampworked beads.

  • Reply shonette daniels March 19, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    im up for a challenge , i can see the design forming!

  • Reply Krista French March 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    would love to design with your lovely beads.

  • Reply Krista French March 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    shared on facebook

  • Reply Krista French March 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    I shared on twitter

  • Reply Krista French March 19, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    I linked a blog post to this frenchelegantjewelry.blogspot.com

  • Reply Christina Ekviden March 20, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Let me show you what can be done with these lovely copper beads.

  • Reply Christina Ekviden March 20, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Let me show you what can be done with these lovely copper beads in a scandinavian style.

  • Reply Lois March 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Count me in! How fun to get to play with all these amazing beads.

  • Reply Lalaine March 20, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Oh, this is a great giveaway..with a touch of excitement as it’s also a design challenge..please count me in!

    laetriciajaniel (@) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Lalaine March 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I just tweeted about it @lalainejesu

    laetriciajaniel (@)gmail (dot) com

  • Reply Lalaine March 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I just shared this post in my FB.. http://www.facebook.com/#!/lalainecaballero

    laetriciajaniel (@) gmail (dot) com

  • Reply samsstuff March 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I’d love a chance to make something with these great looking beads!

  • Reply Susan Kennedy March 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Please pick me!!!!

  • Reply Sandra Miller March 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Please include me! I would love to participate!

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