Winners of the CELESTIAL WONDERS Design Challenge

Discover who the winners are this month! And get a sneak peek at next month’s Design Challenge. 

We had so many sensational submissions to our September Design Challenge, CELESTIAL WONDER. Orbiting planets, many moons, and meteor showers  shot in to be judged, as did the Aurora Borealis, the Milky Way, and the Big Dipper— all crafted into fine jewelry. It was a tight race, but the staff of Bead&Button selected THREE winners, plus FACET viewers voted for the READER’S CHOICE AWARD. 


Thank you so much to all who participated. We can't wait to see what you send us next month! Without further ado, here are the September 2019 Facet Design Challenge winners!



Total Solar Eclipse

Our READER’S CHOICE AWARD WINNER for September is Yleana Martinez of Austin, Texas. Congratulations to Yleana for submitting this metalsmith necklace, incorporating a mabe pearl, NuGold, and a handmade clasp. The argentium silver-knitted chain and setting feature the phenomenon known as Bailey's Beads. 

Yleana tells us: "Nothing feels more gratifying than using fire to transform Earth's gifts into art. I honor the planet by practicing ethical metalsmithing, using materials that came to us from the stars and are as old as time itself."


Find more from Yleana on her website.



Flying Moon

Congrats to Kathy Bingaman of Three Rivers, MichiganKathy sent this unique creation, including an incredible moon cane and winged bezel both made from polymer clay. Plus, the meteorite pieces accentuate the celestial theme. This work is one-of-a-kind! Thank you for submitting this striking necklace!


Kathy tells us: “As a lover of antiquities, many of my creations appear to be ancient artifacts. The look of old metal is replicated in my polymer bezels.


See more from the artist on her website.



Night and Day Ring

Our next winner is Tina Porter of Frankfort, Ohio, who submitted an elegant ring“The night sky and daylight clouds are contrasted by a glowing moonlight in labradorite with star details and the soft look of larimar stone,” she says. Tina enjoys expressing herself with polymer clay and metal working. Kudos!


See more from the artist on her Etsy site.



Inhabited Solar Systems

Our final winner for September is Vikki Si, who submitted a captivating stitched necklace of a “distant galaxy, foreign star, and inhabited planets around it.” The work is made with various-sized Toho beads (15/0s–3/0s) of more than 15 colors. What a fascinating composition! 


By the way, Vikki is from a little town called Vihti in Finland. View more from her on Facebook or Instagram



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



This month’s Design Challenge, AUTUMN COLORS, runs until the end of October. Voting opens on October 18 and closes on November 3, so be sure to log on and choose your favorite piece for our Reader's Choice Award!


Sneak Peek

The November Design Challenge, PATTERNS, will run throughout the upcoming month. Keep watching FACET for more details. Hope to see your submission!

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