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The winners of the January Challenge

Winners of the White DC

For our January 2018 Design Challenge, we asked our readers to think about how the many different shades of white inspired their jewelry making. The blank (white) canvas was theirs to interpret!

We couldn't wait to see the photos -- was winter the inspiration? A first sprinkling of flakes, or a field of flower petals? A deep freeze, with a wonderland of whites and grays, or the sparkling sunshine with clear crystal raindrops and the ivory of lilies and magnolia? 

And what materials would they use? So many adjacent colors: silver, clear, and all the shades of gray. Crystals, quartz, or fire-polished glass, diamonds, zirconia, or howlite. White jade, pearls, or opals, silver, nickel, pewter, or porcelain. 

We're so pleased to announce the stunning designs that won A WHIRL OF WHITE!


Rachel Faig Midnight Snowfall
MIDNIGHT SNOWFALL, designed by Rachel Faig

The winner of this month's READER'S CHOICE AWARD is Rachel Faig of Boonton Township, New Jersey! Here's Rachel's description of MIDNIGHT SNOWFALL

A blanket of snow can unexpectedly arrive on a cold winter night in New Jersey. Silent falling snow as it glistens in the moonlight is truly beautiful. The quiet darkness slowly turns to a soft light and was the inspiration for my design.

I used DiamonDuos, Arcos, Silky diamonds, O beads, seed beads, and two types of Swarovski crystals: bicones and drops.


Mona West Snow Flowers
SNOW FLOWERS, designed by Mona West

Our next winner is Mona West of Keizer, Oregon.  The design for her necklace, SNOW FLOWERS, is quite organic. She tells us: 

I created a flower and then attached it wherever looked "right". It is made of Super Duos, Super Unos, seed beads, Candy beads and clear fire-polished beads. It has a self-made toggle closure on a RAW strap.

Check out some of Mona's other patterns and designs at her Etsy store, Joyful Heart Beaded Jewelry!


Chris LewisKing Impression
IMPRESSION, designed by Chris Lewis-King

Chris Lewis-King of Binghamton, New York, is a repeat winner of our Design Challenges! 

Chris tells us the following about IMPRESSION:

Using Shibori silk, crystals, pearls, seed beads and the inspiration of Richard Sweeney's amazing paper sculptures, this piece reminds me of northeast winters with our snow drifts and sparkling landscapes when temperatures are below zero.



Geri Moore Winter By the Sea
WINTER BY THE SEA, designed by Geri Moore

Our final winner for January 2018 is Geri Moore from Congress, Arizona. 

She tells us about her WINTER BY THE SEA:

My cuff bracelet was inspired by a fossilized coral cabochon. It is made with a variety of winter white seed beads, fresh water pearls, silk shibori ribbon, AB crystals,and some interesting pyramid-shaped glass beads that I discovered.  The fossilized coral is poking through the white sand with a hint of snow (shibori ribbon) and little ice crystals (AB crystals).


Congratulations to all of our winners!

Want to join in the fun? There is still ONE DAY left to enter the February Challenge, PRETTY IN PINK, and six days left to vote for your favorite piece!

And a sneak peek for March... THINK GREEN. The contest will open on Thursday, March 1!

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