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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  • alicia March 17, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Oh fun… I have ideas already!

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

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

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

    /// shared on fb

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

    Love it! I see SO many possibilities!

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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!

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

    Just posted on FB!

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

    Gorgeous beads! Those would be fun to play with!

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

    also sharing on facebook

  • Juli March 17, 2011 at 11:44 am

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

    • 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

  • Valerie March 17, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Love the finish and color!

  • 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?

  • Eleanor March 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

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

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

  • Antonietta March 17, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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

  • 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

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

    Ooh! I love copper!
    Posted on FB, and on Twitter!

  • 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!

  • summer March 17, 2011 at 12:27 pm

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

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

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

  • Elisabeth March 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Would love to win – LOVE copper!

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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. 🙂

  • 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

  • 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

  • Linda S March 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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! 🙂

    • 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

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

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

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

    starting to use copper and those look awesome!

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

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

  • 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.

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

    And I just posted about it to my FB page here:
    Thanks so much! *Ü*

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    Ooohh, fun stuff to play with…cannot wait!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Lody March 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm

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

  • 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! 🙂

  • 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.

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

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

  • Suztats March 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • faye March 17, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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

  • faye March 17, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    I tweeted (TwistImagine) and FB’d!

  • Donna March 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Love, love, love copper and these are especially beautiful.
    Would love to make something!!

  • 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!

    • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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”

  • 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

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

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

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

    They look like great components to play with!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

    I love copper! Hope I win!

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

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

  • Vickie March 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    How exciting! Love working with copper! ;-D

  • 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!

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

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

    • 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

  • 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!

    • 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

  • Patty March 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm

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

  • Norma March 17, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful. Have ideas already.

  • Lori March 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Copper beads + silver clay = Fabulous Possibilities! 🙂

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

    These are fantastic!

  • 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 🙂

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

    I just shared on Facebook for a second chance:

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

    I posted on facebook

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

    I posted on twitter

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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!!!

    • 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

  • Carole March 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Pick me, pick me! I will blog also.

  • Jean March 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm

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

  • Shannon March 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

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

  • 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!

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

    I shared!

  • 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.

  • Lori March 17, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    shared on Facebook and twitter. thank you!

  • 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!

  • Dee March 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    ooooo, very pretty!! I’ve posted to my blog, tweeted and posted to facebook!

  • Cristi Clothier March 17, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Did someone say copper? I love copper!

  • Susie Weaver March 17, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    There’s something about copper that speaks to my soul! It looks great and sets off many natural stones, and that’s where my heart want to create. Good luck, everyone! I can’t wait to see what pretty things flow from this challenge!

  • Lisa Caryl March 17, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Drool Drool….I LoVe working with copper, and I shared on Facebook!

  • Linda Landig March 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I would so love the opportunity to design with these luscious beads.

  • Linda Landig March 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    I would love to have the opportunity to design jewelry with these wonderful beads!

  • Linda Landig March 17, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    I shared this on my Facebook business page: http://www.facebook.com/lindalandigjewelry

  • staci L. smith March 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

    Those beads are beautiful!!!! I would love to create with them.

  • staci L. smith March 18, 2011 at 12:21 am

    I shared on facebook too!

  • Joy Joyner aka GoddessJoy March 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Yes please! I’m a copper fiend!!

  • Courtney Breul March 18, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Yes please! I have blogged about it also.

  • Courtney Breul March 18, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I put it on my Facebook page also.

  • Nadya Parfyonova March 18, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Do you take international beaders? If yes, I’ll be glad to participate!

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

      Привет Надья, ты выиграла! Пожалуйста ожидать электронной почте от меня сегодня. (я буду просить твой ​​почтовый адрес.) Поздравляем! — Dave —

  • Jennifer March 18, 2011 at 2:40 am

    I would so love to get my hands on some of these beads! I love copper – such a versatile material!

  • Jennifer March 18, 2011 at 2:42 am

    And I put in on my FB page, too! Gotta blog later!

  • Elisabeth March 18, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I put it on my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Beads-for-Busy-Gals/104432549617439?ref=ts

  • Gretchen Coats March 18, 2011 at 4:31 am

    I would love to participate in this challenge! The brushed copper is so pretty!

  • Adrienne Campbell March 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I really like these brushed copper beads and I would love to get a chance to play with them!
    I’lve blogged and included a link here: http://adriennedesigns.blogspot.com/2011/03/rings-and-things-design-challenge.html
    and posted it to my Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/adriennejewelrydesigns

  • Heather March 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Sounds like fun.;-)

  • Judy Glende March 18, 2011 at 5:42 am

    Copper is my favorite metal to work with….there are so many possibilities for those great beads!

  • Heidi March 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I linked it to my Facebook page!

  • Heidi March 18, 2011 at 6:05 am

    I’ve got a big batch of Liver of Sulfur just waiting to be used 😀

  • Jacinta A. Meyers March 18, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Oh, these are gorgeous! Am looking forward to seeing what people will make of them. 🙂
    Have blogged about it, too, for the extra entry. Hope my luck hasn’t run out!

  • Jacinta A. Meyers March 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Have also posted the link on my Facebook page. 🙂

  • Deci Worland March 18, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I love copper and would love to take part in this.

  • maneki March 18, 2011 at 6:51 am

    Those beads look so lovely. Nothing beats the beauty of copper and brass. I’d love a chance to win if they travel this far!

  • maneki March 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    And I’ve blogged about it on both of the blogs. 😉

  • Holly March 18, 2011 at 6:52 am

    Oh, goodness, I *soooo* love copper! To win this would be wonderful 🙂 Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Holly March 18, 2011 at 6:53 am

    And I’ve just FB’ed it to my personal page 🙂

  • Pencio March 18, 2011 at 7:03 am

    Wow, I love the copper color ! I’m going to share on facebook.

  • Deb A March 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Awesome beads!I already can see designs dancing in my head!

  • Shirley Moore March 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

    What a lovely collection of beads! since I’m a beadweaver, I think my approach to using them may be a little….different! thanks for the challenge!

  • Sarah March 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    A comment from me, and jsut about to chare on facebook too 🙂

  • Just A Tish Designs March 18, 2011 at 8:18 am

    OH!! Enter me please 🙂
    I blogged about it –
    tweeted it
    and Facebooked it!!!
    This is exciting! Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Frann Ramales March 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I just tweeted this link and tagged you. 🙂

  • Kristi March 18, 2011 at 8:21 am

    These beads are gorgeous! I would love the chance to design with these.

  • Erin Winslow March 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Have Tweeted, linked on Facebook and have already gotten the attention of another artist-friend who makes jewelry! 🙂

  • woodthrush March 18, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Yes, please enter me also. Would love to try designing with the copper beads.

  • Colleen March 18, 2011 at 8:34 am

    They look excellent!!

  • Gail March 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Oohh, these are gorgeous. Love the color and texture. It would be great fun to design with these. Will post on facebook.

  • Lana Kinney March 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Wowza i just love copper it is my fav component to work with. thanks TTFN:)

  • Clara Tebeau March 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

    what a sweet bunch of beads…. the imaginations goes while as the creative button turns on so many things i can create with this beads, copper is a hot item know and it can be combine with so many things….thinking summer copper and teal….besides the chance to win…you guys are the best!!!1

  • Lana Kinney March 18, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Here is my face book link

  • Lana Kinney March 18, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Hi i’m back i also added the giveaway to mu blog

  • Cynthia March 18, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Would love to be a part of this challenge!

  • Karen Green March 18, 2011 at 9:16 am

    These are BEAUTIFUL beads! I just love them. 😉

  • 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…:)

  • deEvadesign March 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Kathy March 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

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

  • 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!

    • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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 🙂

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

    • 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

  • 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!

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

    shared it on facebook

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

    tweeted it!

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

    I’d love the challenge!

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

    I forgot to mention that I posted on my blog at

    • 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 🙂

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

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

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

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

  • Andrea March 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Oooh, ooh! Pick me, pick me!
    Please 😀

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

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

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

    Dave- Omg I love this. Can I enter?

  • 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?

  • 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

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

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

  • 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!

  • 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 . . . . 😉

  • 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!

    • 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

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

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

  • 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

    • 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

  • 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.

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

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

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

    would love to design with your lovely beads.

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

    shared on facebook

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

    I shared on twitter

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Lois March 20, 2011 at 4:37 am

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

  • 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

  • Lalaine March 20, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I just tweeted about it @lalainejesu
    laetriciajaniel (@)gmail (dot) com

  • 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

  • samsstuff March 20, 2011 at 10:12 am

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

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

    Please pick me!!!!

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

    Please include me! I would love to participate!

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

    I just posted this on facebook!

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

    I have posted the design challenge on my blog!

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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 – – –

  • 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.. 🙂

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

    These are awesome! My brain is overflowing with ideas!

  • 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……

  • Eiglas March 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

    Ok, I facebooked about it!

  • 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!

  • 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.

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

    Tweeting this…it’s definitely worth repeating!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Would love to have a chance.

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

    missed it, sorry…. 🙁

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

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

  • 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.

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

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