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Winners of the December Facet Design Challenge

Four lovely pieces of jewelry that showed great holiday spirit!
Time Celebration WINNERS
We're so pleased to anounce the winners of the December 2017 Facet Design Challenge! For this theme, A TIME FOR CELEBRATION, we asked our readers to think of all the holidays that we embrace at this time of the year! Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve and the Solstice: what do you create for your celebrations?

These four pieces of jewelry show us how the winning designers embrace the beauty of the season in their own special way.
Winner Sandra Scholte
Holly Berry necklace, designed by Sandra Scholte

Sandra Scholte of Zevenhuizen, Groningen, The Netherlands, was the winner of our Reader's Choice Award, voted the overwhelming favorite by Facet readers. Her beadwoven Holly Berry necklace has a centerpiece with a glass cabochon, surrounded by red pearl 'holly berries' and beadwoven green leaves.

She used several stitches to create this masterpiece, including peyote, netting, and cubic right angle weave. She used several different types of beads as well, ranging from seed beads and fire-polished beads to Swarovski rivolis, pearls, and montees, capped off by the glass cabochon centerpiece. 

Learn more about Sandra and her jewelry by visiting her website,, where she has patterns and kits available to purchase!

Winner Tamara Benton
Happy New Year, designed by Tamara Benton

Happy New Year! from Tamara Benton of Scottsdale, Arizona!

Tamara invites us to celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year with this fireworks-inspired necklace that is accented with an explosion of Swarovski crystals.

The big beads are wooden, painted with a black hammered-metal paint. The piece is strung on gold Italian wire mesh ribbon.

Be sure to visit Tamara's Facebook page and explore the photos of her work. I love the piece with the koi pond!

Winner Ulla Edenmark
Christmas necklace, designed by Ulla Edenmark

Our next winner hails from Edsbro, Sweden! Ulla Edenmark submitted her Christmas necklace that she designed, using a memory of an ornament she used to have on the tree when she was a child.

This piece features a rivoli flower bezel in red and silver, surrounded by a star of different pearls and beads in red, silver, white and pale gold, mounted on a simple netted necklace made with 11/0 seed beads and red rondelles. 

Ulla's Facebook page promotes her business, Ulla Edenmark Designs, and is a fantastic place to browse if you are a lover of bead embroidery!

Winner Susan Cologne
Elsa's Frozen Treasure, designed by Susan Cologne

Elsa's Frozen Treasure was created by Susan Cologne, a jewelry designer from Richmond, Virginia, who also had a winning piece in our SOLSTICE Design Challenge in January 2017!

Susan's clearly a Disney fan, who shows off her fandom in this lovely, sophisticated piece. She tells us:

"Elsa would have proudly worn this unique neckpiece in her icy world. A lampwork focal pod with a faceted crystal teardrop hangs from a roundish glass nugget bead. The neckwire is woven and wrapped with ice blue enameled silver wire. Two silver wire strands wrapped with finer silver wire and clear crystals twine around the neckwire. The accents are rich blue "buds" and a scattering of Swarovski margarita crystals."

Learn more about Susan from this interview here on Facet or by visiting her Facebook page!

Congratulations to all of our winners, we're so glad that you participated!


Want to join in the fun? This year we're trying something different with our Design Challenge themes. For the first four months of the year, we're focusing on COLOR.

You still have two weeks to create A WHIRL OF WHITE and submit it to the January Challenge. We want to see how the many different shades of white inspire your jewelry making.

Be sure to bring in the adjacent colors: silver, clear, and all the shades of gray. Just think of all the supplies just waiting to be used: Crystals, quartz or fire-polished glass? Diamonds, zirconias or howlite? White jade, pearls or opals? Silver, nickel, pewter or porcelain? The blank (white) canvas is yours to interpret!

I look out my Milwaukee window and see the six inches of snow that has fallen and the icicles on the branches, and I immediately want to shop Swarovski!  But inspiration can come from anywhere. What is winter like where you are? Do you see the first sprinkling of flakes, or a field of flower petals? Are you in a deep freeze, with a wonderland of whites and grays, or the sparkling sunshine with clear crystal raindrops and ivory or cream of lilies and magnolia?

A WHIRL OF WHITE will run until January 31, 2018. 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.

There will also be a Reader's Choice Award! Voting opens on Friday, January 19, and runs through midnight on Sunday, February 4!

Join in the fun today!

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