Winners of the April 2020 DESIGN CHALLENGE

Discover who the winners are this month! And get a sneak peek at upcoming Design Challenges. 


We asked designers to give the planet a big hug because April was the EARTHEN challenge! Submissions arrived with natural stones, faux stones, dyed shells, and adornments fit for Mother Nature to don! 


While there were many engaging submissions, we were limited to only four winners. We were delighted by all of the gorgeous gemstone and soothing, earthen color palettes. The Facet readers had a chance to vote for one READER’S CHOICE AWARD, while the Facet/Bead&Button editorial staff voted for three favorite pieces. In both cases, voting was blind, as submissions should not have names in the gallery material.


Thank you to all who participated in the April 2020 DESIGN CHALLENGE. We appreciate your hard work and creativity, and can't wait to see what you send us next month!  Until then, here are the April 2020 winners!


Windswept Turquoise Earrings

By Danielle Luczak

Newnan, Georgia, USA


Congratulations to our READER’S CHOICE AWARD winner for April. Danielle Luczak created these lovely earrings.


The design incorporates herringbone wire wraps, made with 24-gauge wire, and silver feather charms. The mottled focal stones are African turquoise beads.


Luczak tells us: “My Windswept Turquoise Earrings were actually my first pair of the full herringbone wrap. I am still very new to wire wrapping, having just learned this technique near the end of last year. I just love the way this wrap enhances the African Turquoise without taking away from its earthy beauty. I love making organic and nature-inspired jewelry with a boho feel, and try to incorporate elements of nature or natural stones in my work.


You can see more of Danielle Luczak’s designs on Etsy. She is also on Facebook and Instagram



Stone Clay Necklace 

By Jean Cohen

Batimore, Maryland, USA


Kudos to our next April winner. Jean Cohen designed this surprising necklace (Psst: it’s polymer clay). How clever!


Cohen tells us: “I have always loved polished stones and have a collection of stones that I have brought home from different parts of the world during our travels.  They are very helpful in my varied designs.”


She is currently looking for a good sales site.


From the Forest

By Linda Wentink

Columbia, Maryland, USA


Well done, Linda Wentink, our next April winner. Wentink stitched this harmonious necklace.


“The dark green of this turquoise stone reminds me of a deep forest,” Wentink tell us.  “I used Miyuki DB 372 and 2033, and Toho 221 seed beads.”


What lovely stitching! 



Driveway Stone Earrings

By Lisa Tornello 

Teaneck, New Jersey, USA


Congrats to our final April winner. Lisa Tornello designed these striking earrings.


Tornello gets inspiration from many places, but mainly from nature and her environment — “the ripples in a puddle or the end-grain of a piece of wood; the color combination in her favorite scarf.” Each piece of Lisa’s jewelry is hand-fabricated using an acetylene torch along with traditional metal and wire-working techniques; among her favorites are fusing and air chasing. Lisa works primarily in Argentium sterling silver (a highly tarnish-resistant sterling that is produced using only recycled silver) along with stones — and not just the perfect, calibrated ones. Some of Lisa’s favorite pieces have been made using stones picked up off the beach or out of someone’s driveway, like the ones used in these winning earrings! 


“I am obsessed with collecting these ‘driveway stones’ (limestones), specifically the ones with quartz veins running through them. They are soft enough that they tumble beautifully in just a few days. These earrings feature a pair I set in a simple Argentium sterling silver setting that mimics the veining in the stones — simple yet so striking.”


To see more of Tornello's one-of-a-kind creations, visit her online store. (There you’ll find that she also sells recycled-plastic totes in lively colors.)


Congratulations to all of our winners! We are so thrilled each month to see the creative designs that our readers share with us. 


Come join in the fun! There is still time to enter the current Design Challenge, MAY DAY. Submissions will close for this challenge on the last day of the month. (Psst: The June Challenge will celebrate the summer solstice with the theme: MIDSUMMER’S EVE.)



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