Winners of the February 2020 DESIGN CHALLENGE

Discover who the winners are this month! And get a sneak peek at upcoming Design Challenges. 


In February, we asked you to submit your jewelry with a French and/or love theme. Embed poetic verses into your stitchwork, or weld two lovers embracing. Bezel French blue crystals. Or, do reds and pinks make you think of love? We requested that you show us what got your heart beating fast as interpretations of VIVE L’AMOUR for this month!


While there were many engaging submissions, we were limited to only four winners. We were delighted by all of the hearts, both classically shaped and anatomically depicted, and all of the vibrant colors! The Facet readers had a chance to vote for one READER’S CHOICE AWARD, while the Facet/Bead&Button editorial staff voted for three favorite pieces. In both cases, voting was blind, as submissions should not have names in the gallery material.


Thank you to all who participated in the February 2020 DESIGN CHALLENGE, we appreciate your hard work and creativity. We can't wait to see what you send us next month!  Until then, here are the February2020 winners!



Xs & Os crystal and wire bracelet

By Kimberly Newman



Our READER’S CHOICE AWARD winner for February, Kimberly Newman, lives in Urbana, Ohio, USA. She created this whimsical bracelet for a night-on-the-town on Valentine’s Day.


Her lovely wirework bracelet highlights red faceted beads, forming Xs, while the circular, silver links form Os. What a clever play on “kisses and hugs.”


Kim is an international award-winning jewelry designer with more than 23 years of experience. From intricate beading to wire working, stamping, cold connecting, and metal working, Kim enjoys a wide array of jewelry-making methods. Plus, Kim owns a bead shop, Kim’s Creative Designs, in her hometown.



You can see more of Kimberly Newman’s work on her shop’s website or Facebook site.




For All Eternity

By Lindy Hartig


Congratulations to our next Februarywinner who is from La Mesa,California, USA. Lindy Hartig created this intricate brooch.


Hartig tells us: “This piece expresses two lovers’ journey over 40 years, and the family they created and loved. The angel wing represents the spiritual guardian. The watch parts capture their time together. The filigree cross recalls the departed. The gold crystal in calico colors is for their pet kitty. Amethyst, ruby, and diamond birthstones are for each family member. The pearls and roses portray purity and sweetness. The red Swarovski heart is the family unit, and the key holds all the answers. The jewelry piece is a brooch that converts to a pendant.”


To see more of Hartig's work, visit her Etsy site.



He Loves Me 

By Roxanne Brown


Our next winner for February hails from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada


Brown tells us: “As a little girl, I would sit in my yard and pull the petals off of flowers while reciting ‘He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not’ with each petal removed.  My hope was that the final petal would be ‘He Loves Me.’ 


Made of sterling silver, each pedal is hand stamped as are the words. To form the curves, I dapped the pieces, and then soldered them together. This versatile hollow bead slides onto any chain to hang at any angle.”


When it came time to do the back side, I just couldn't do the he loves me not. For me, this is my final ‘single petal’ on the flower.”


You can enjoy more from Roxanne Brown on her Facebook page.



Colors of love

By Csilla Lombos


Last but not least, our final winner for February is from Port de Sóller, Spain — a beautiful port town in in the Balearic Islands.


Lombos shares: “This necklace was made to express how I visualize love. I used intensive pink and red combined with shiny soft gold. Red and pink are the most emotionally intense colors, stimulate a faster heartbeat and breathing, and also the colors of love. The shape is asymmetrical, and the design is organic inspired by flowers.”


The materials include: soutache thread, handmade ceramic cabochons, Swarovski crystals, bicone beads and round beads, Miyuki seed beads, SuperDuos, and crystal chain. 


To view more Lombos jewelry, visit her Facebook or Intagram pages.



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 current Design Challenge, March 2020, “ERIN GO BRAUGH: Ireland forever!” Submissions will close for this challenge on the last day of the month. (Psst: The April Challenge will celebrate Earth Day with the theme: EARTHEN.)



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