The July Design Challenge Winners

Birds Bees hero

We had so many fantastic submissions to our July Design Challenge, THE BIRDS AND THE BEES. Hummingbirds, crow, and kingfishers flew in to be judged, as did dragonflies, bees, and butterflies — all crafted into fine jewelry. It was a tight race, but we selected FOUR winners. 


Thanks so much to all who participated, we can't wait to see what you send us next month! Here are the July 2019 Facet Design Challenge winners!


Dream Helpers

Our READER’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER for July is Cliff Swain-Salomon of Hayward, CA. Congratulations to Cliff for submitting this asymmetric necklace, incorporating seed beads and hand-blown glass eyes. Cliff tells us that the necklace celebrates a Chumash Indian ceremony to connect with their spirit guides. The critters on this necklace include a bumblebee, a red ant, and a dragonfly on top of a jimson flower vine. The beadwork incorporates Ndebele, peyote, African helix, fringe, right-angle weave, and ladder stitches. Kudos, Cliff!


Find more from Cliff on his website.


Bee hive ring

Congratulations to Terry Thompson of Waynesville, NC, for submitting a big surprise in a little ring. “Save the bees!” Thompson says. (Did you know that honey bees perform about 80 percent of all pollination, and there is a worldwide bee colony collapse?) This marvelous ring is fabricated with sterling silver and amber.


See more from the artist on his website.


The DragonFly

Our next winner sent an exquisite silver pendant. Congrats to Kristaps Maksimovs from Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. The handsome dragonfly pendant is made from sterling silver with an emerald accent. Thank you for submitting this striking silversmith piece!


See more of Maksimovs’ handcrafted accessories here.


Luna Moth Necklace

Our final winner for July is Rosemary Holland of Hallidays Point, New South Wales, Australia. Holland submitted this tranquil, bead-embroidery necklace, which highlights a luna moth by means of a hand-painted glass cabochon. Fringe gives the focal point a light and fluttery effect. We applaud you!


See more of her beading online.


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 next Design Challenge, DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (AND CATS!). Submissions will close for this challenge on August 30. 


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