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The Winners of Make Your Own Bead

We're pleased to announce the winners of the March 2019 Facet Design Challenge!
Make Bead winners

For this month's contest, we invited our readers to take their jewelry-making down to its most basic level: by creating their own supplies! The MAKE YOUR OWN BEAD Challenge brought us dozens of entries, from the sophisticated to the charming to the downright dazzling. Polymer, metal clay, peyote, and pearls; bejeweled, bedazzled, smooth, and textured! Whether the bead serves as a focal centerpiece or charming accent, as long as it was handmade and could be strung as a piece of jewelry, it qualified!

Here are the four beads that captured our design imagination during the March 2019 Facet Design Challenge!

Dean Aquatic necklace

Katie Dean, who hails from Amersham, Bucks, United Kingdom, has sent us this necklace made from four different beaded bead designs.  

The ever-so-charming AQUATIC NECKLACE is made completely from seed beads. There are two stitches featured: the sea turtles, star fish, and octopus all use peyote, and the fish are made using netting. Katie strung this with a simple wave stitch length of rope at the back of the neck. The finished length is about 17".  

See more of Katie's work on her website: Bead Flowers!


Vanetea Mother Nature

Our READER'S CHOICE AWARD for March goes to Anca Vanetea of Houston, Texas, who was also a winner in our February ARCTIC TUNDRA Challenge!

Anca shares with us the following information about her MOTHER NATURE PENDANT:  

"I designed this piece with natural elements in mind: I made the cabochon from resin, buds and moss from my backyard tree. That's my bead. I bezeled around it using Czech and Miyuki beads, sizes 11/0 and 15/0. I've used 3 mm Soutache cords, and copper accessories to finish my pendant. I've considered a simple ribbon to complete the natural look. I've used Earth, natural tones, such as different shades of brown, green, and copper/gold."

See more of Anca's work on her Facebook page, AnGeGi Soutache.

Cooper Bedouinstyle bead

Fabricated metal takes center stage in Jacqueline Cooper's work! Jacqueline lives and works in Goshen, New York. 

She tells us this about her BEDOUIN STYLE BEAD:

"This is one of a series of beads I am making for a line of jewelry I'm working on to simulate Bedouin style jewelry. It is fabricated from copper pipe and copper sheet, shaped and soldered. The bead was etched and Modern Masters patina applied to give the bead an ancient look."

Parker Imperial

Patti Parker of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the Facet Design Challenge; she has entered (and won!) many times!  

Her glorious set of jewelry is made from a series of solid beaded beads. The beads measure 1" and were created entirely with multi-hole and seed beads.

The bracelet alternates beaded spacer beads with 8mm Swarovski pearls and can be used as a necklace extender.

The pendant in the center of the 22" necklace features an 18mm backlit cab surrounded by GemDuo and 7mm Baroque cabs, and it measures 1 3/4".

Using the golden-hued glowing backlit multi-hole beads with the Permafinish gold beads to create an egg-shaped bead brought to mind Faberge, which then led to the name, IMPERIAL.

Thanks to all the readers who participated in the March 2019 Facet Design Challenge! Check out the rest of the entries here for more beady inspiration! 

Inspired? It's not too late to join in the fun! The April 2019 Design Challenge, FLORAL AND FANCY, runs until Tuesday, April 30, and the voting for the Reader's Choice Award is open until Sunday, May 5. Submit your entry and vote for your favorite! 

And start thinking ahead to the May Design Challenge, CREATE WITH CRYSTALS. It goes live on May 1, and I can almost see the sparkles now!

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