Announcing the Winners

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We had a great response to our Design Challenge theme of HEROES & VILLAINS, where we asked our jewelry makers to turn their attention to the battle between good and evil! Whether they were inspired by time spent in movie theaters, binge-watching on Netflix, or leafing through the racks at the local comic book store, they rose to the challenge. 

We're happy to announce the fun, wonderful pieces that create a jewelry homage to a 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 -- without violating any trademarks!

For the first time since we began having our readers vote, we have a TIE for our READER'S CHOICE AWARD!! 

Mjolnir Pendant by Danica Asurdzic

For our first READER'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER, Danica Asurdzic of Novi Sad, Serbia, sent us this MJOLNIR PENDANT, inspired by Thor (MARVEL's Cinematic Universe). The 3D piece is made from copper wire and silver-plated Artistic wire, wrapped and woven.  It is filled with sparkly mirror-silver crystal glass beads, and she combined Celtic knot motifs on the sides to make it look more feminine. The handle is wrapped in copper wire which has been oxidized for an antique look, then polished to a high shine and sealed with a clear glaze.

Learn more about Danica's work (hint: SHE LOVES SUPERHEROES!) on her Facebook page, where she makes jewelry under the name Dee Artist. 

Modern take on the Bracelet of Submission by PJ Leitner

PJ Leitner of Los Angeles, CA, was the other winner of the READER'S CHOICE AWARD. PJ sent us this MODERN TAKE ON THE BRACELET OF SUBMISSION. 

This textured copper cuff with a bezel-set fossil of coral will give the wearer superpowers of strength and love. Find PJ on Instagram at @rockrage_lapidary .

These next three winning pieces are chosen by our staff, in a battle that was hard-fought to the very end...

Amulet of Power bracelet by Susan Cologne

Another bracelet that our staff selected as a favorite is the AMULET OF POWER made by Susan Cologne of Richmond, VA. Susan was also a winner of our SOLSTICE Design Challenge in January 2017! Her description of her work: 

Passed down from mother to daughter to daughter.... Encased within the glass amulet is a power only to be used in time of great evil in the world. The band is woven of golden tube beads edged with 24kt gold plated nugget beads. The implosion glass cabochon is captured by a variety of seed beads that accent the cab, and the final ring is the gold nuggets again.

Totally Buggin by Jane Theis

Jane Theis of Philadelphia, PA, has inspired our inner entophile with her pendant and necklace, TOTALLY BUGGIN'. 

This piece is fashioned from banded agate and carnelian, Australian opal, sterling silver and 14 karat yellow gold, as are many other lovelies that you can find in Jane's Etsy shop, High Art.

Light from Darkness by Patti McDermott

We were truly stunned with the way in which Patti McDermott called the LIGHT FROM THE DARKNESS. This is a work of all bead embroidery, created from a solid carved piece of onyx, Czech glass, Swarovski crystals, and seed beads.

Patti runs The Cheeky Mermaid and teaches beading from the mountains around Syracuse, NY. She was also a finalist in our 2017 BeadDreams competition for her Chinese Dragon Fish. The voting has closed, but you can still see her work here along with all of our other finalists! Look for Patti's work in the Seed Bead category. 

Inspired? Come join in the fun! 

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You have just over a week to enter a piece of jewelry into June's UPCYCLE Design Challenge, or ten days left to vote for your favorite for the READER'S CHOICE AWARD.  Check it out!

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