UPDATES! Did your favorites advance?

The results are IN! Get in on the fun as we move to the second round of voting for your favorite jewelry-making techniques.

Feeling left out when all the college basketball madness happens every March? If you're like me, you don't really know much about the actual sport aspect of it or the teams involved, but love to watch the brackets and guess what teams will advance. (confession: I choose my brackets based on uniform colors and cool mascots.)

So we decided to make some fun of our own on a subject that we actually know something about; something that we all love: JEWELRY MAKING!

Welcome to Facet’s own tournament: MARCH JEWELRY MAKER MADNESS!

Our fans have voted and eliminated sixteen different techniques in a brutal first round that provided many surprising upsets!

We're moving on to the second round of our own competitive brackets to determine our readership’s favorite jewelry-making technique. We have four divisions competing in the tournament:

The Bead Stitching Division The Wire, Clays, and Mixed Media Division 
The Fiber and Cord Division
The Metalwork Division

All of the voting is taking place on Facebook, so if you're not following us yet, click here to join in the fun! Every day you'll be able to vote in our Facebook polls to help us choose a champion!

In this second week, the victors from the Round of 64 advance into a smaller field of 32. By this time next week, we'll have a Sweet Sixteen! Keep checking back to make sure your favorites advance!  

Want to see the entire bracket, or print one out to keep track of the progress? Download the PDF (that won't quite fit on our page!). We'll update it at the end of each round of voting. Our timing is a bit off from the actual NCAA tournament, but we'll catch up in time for the FINAL FOUR! 


Bracket Number One is the STITCHING DIVISION!

Stitching Round 2


There were some HUGE surprises in Round One of the Stitching Division! While we predicted that Odd-count peyote would prove more popular than Herringbone, not a single person on staff would have guessed that Hubble stitch would take down Bead Embroidery! And by a huge margin: 78% to 22% in our Facebook voting!

And another less-common technique, Albion stitch, certainly has some fans out there! It knocked Chevron chain out of the tournament by a comfortable margin. I'm sure that Heather Kingsley-Heath is pleased to know that!

There are some good showdowns in this next round of voting. Hubble and Albion go head-to-head, as do St. Petersburg chain and Daisy chain! It's gonna be interesting...


Are you a jewelry maker who only works in beads and thread? Whether it's seed beads or two-hole beads, we want to know your favorite stitch.

Will the dark horse #14 seed Hubbell Stitch be able to knock off the heavily-favored #3 Bead EmbroideryI know Julia's rooting for #4 Daisy Chain to advance, but does it stand a chance against the #13 seed Netting??

This next division is a bit of a catch-all as far as techniques go, but that's what makes it so exciting! What will rise triumphant in the WIRE, CLAYS, AND MIXED MEDIA DIVISION?

Wire and Clay Round 2


We had an unexpected surprise in this round: a dead heat between Silver metal clay and Bronze and Copper clays.  The Facebook poll ended in a tie, so I eliminated my own vote and that means Silver advances. 

But the true shocker here is in the bottom bracket where Chain mail was knocked out in the First Round by Making Your Own Chain! Personally, I had Chain mail going to the Final Four in my bracket, so I'm a bit upset. Not that there's any gambling going on amongst the staff....

This next round sets up some interesting pairings: what do you prefer to put in a bezel: Polymer clay or Resin? I already have my vote ready to go. 


We're going to see a lot of favorite techniques get knocked out very early in this division, it's pretty competitive!  Who do we think will survive the first round?

I know I'm rooting for the #6 seed Using paper, fiber or fabric in jewelry to have a strong showing here, but do we think it will be able to beat an obvious favorite, #15 Chain mail if they were to meet in the Elite Eight??

OK, all you people out there working in leather, soutache, embroidery and macrame! Can you knock the mighty Kumihimo out of contention?

Take a look at the pairings in the first round of the FIBER & CORD DIVISION!

Fiber and Cord Round 2


Well, the only techniques standing between Kumihimo advancing all the way to the Elite Eight are Leatherwork, Shibori or Tassels. But what type of kumi will it be? On the marudai or on the disk? Kongoh GUmi or Kumi with beads? 

This voting bracket is going to be the one to watch!. 


Do we think that the time for #3 Making tassels has finally passed? Are we ready to see the breakthrough in the #11 seed, traditional Cross-stitch or thread embroidery, making its way into jewelry? I think yes!


THE METALWORK DIVISION match-ups are as hot as a torch! 

Metals Round 2


OK, Facet readers, you've devastated me. Kiln enameling is OUT in the First Round. And to lose to Torch enameling?? I'm shaking my head.

But I'm glad to see you enameling purists are still out there, as Cloisonné, Basse Taille or Champleve has advanced to the next round where it will go head-to-head with texturing metal with a rolling mill. I do love my rolling mill, not sure how I'll be able to choose on this one!

Soldering versus Riveting is going to be the match to keep your eye on this round!


You metalsmiths are tough to predict. For every jewelry maker who swears that sawing is relaxing, there are two more who swear that a metal shears is the only way to go. There's the soldering camp v. the cold connections camp. What technique will triumph? 

COME ON #9 KILN ENAMELING! Let's get to the Big Dance!


Don't forget: Polls will be running on all of our Facebook pages over the next few weeks. Be sure to like us on the pages that best suit your jewelry-making interests!

The Facet Facebook page covers every type of jewelry making. This is the home of our monthly Design Challenge, our occasional Facebook Live videos, and the very best place to learn more about the vast variety of content that the Facet website has to offer. 

The Bead & Button Facebook page, in addition to being the social media home for the print magazine, is where we promote the stitching projects on Facet! We post projects at every level, utilizing both two-hole and seed beads.

The Facet: Stringing Facebook page is where we promote beading projects with larger beads and components, and also many wire and mixed media projects. This is a great space for the beginner jewelry maker to learn some of the ins and outs of our craft!

The Facet: Metal & Wire Facebook page is for all you people out there working in copper, silver, brass, bronze and even gold and platinum! Projects, techniques, gallery exhibitions, and more all find a home on this page. 

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