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Announcing the May Design Challenge Theme

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We're entering into the season of summer blockbusters and beach reads, and we're excited!

Whether you are planning lazy summer days getting caught up on all things pop culture or heading off to Comic Con, we invite you to turn your attention to the battle between good and evil! We have so much to look forward to in the coming months: pirates and guardians; aliens, apes, and mummies; robots that transform; gunslingers and space cops and even World War II soldiers -- they all promise to capture our imaginations this summer.

We know how temping it is to while away the warm May days in air-conditioned movie theaters, binge-watching on Netflix, or leafing through the racks at your local comic book store, but we have a challenge for you, if you choose to accept it!

We'd love for you to create a jewelry homage to your favorite character or franchise, be they villains or heroes, good guys or bad girls or any other combination! Because let's face it: in the midst of this battle between good and evil, we still need to look fabulous.

Spin a stunning web of wire, or fashion cuffs befitting an Amazon princess. Bead all in black, or channel the positive energy from a crystal. Have fun and support your favorite franchise with your jewelry designs during May! Remember not to violate any trademarks (check out these handy tips to avoid infringement!), but instead use your creativity to share your fandom with the world. 

Our May Design Challenge, HEROES AND VILLAINS, will run from May 3-31, 2017. Submit a photo of your work, the materials that you used, and a brief description of how your piece fits the theme. At the conclusion of the contest, the Facet editorial staff will vote, and OUR FAVORITE PIECES will be announced.

We will share photos of the winning pieces on our social media sites and in our newsletter, so be sure to include links to your personal website, Etsy shop, Instagram or anywhere else that our readers can view more of your work. If you’d like to participate in a Five Question Spotlight about your work and your inspiration, we’d love to run it on Facet. 

You may submit two images for each monthly contest. You can find an entry form, as well as other rules for the Facet Design Challenge, on our contest site. You can also see all the lovely pieces in one place in our newly redesigned Design Challenge page!

Be sure and VOTE for your favorite pieces! During the second part of the month, (May 17-31), you can help us choose our new Reader's Choice Award, so be sure to come back and check out all the entries. We can’t wait to have you share your work with the Facet community, and gain inspiration from the work of your fellow jewelers.

A quick note about photos: if possible, please shoot your work on a white or very light-colored background. Don't add text to the image; use the description box for that. Just one piece of jewelry in a photo please, not a collage. And finally, we prefer to see just the jewelry, not your (very nice) arm or neck. If you do use a prop, it should not distract from your stunning original design.

SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY TODAY!

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