Is it hot enough for you? Take our Summer Heat Glazed Clay Design Challenge!


Summer is a season of inspiration: the hot sun shining down on land and water, enjoying nature’s beauty at the park and the beach, traveling to new places and taking in new experiences.  Here’s your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design using glazed clay beads from Bead Inspirations.  These handmade beads come in a rainbow of colors and a variety of shapes, making them perfect for all kinds of jewelry and creative projects.  Just like these beads are baked from wet clay in the heat of a kiln, let your creative ideas take shape in the heat of the summer sun!  Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it’s time to start creating!

Submissions are due by noon (PST) Sunday, July 21, 2012. Voting will be open from July 22-25 at 11:59pm, with the Challenge Winner posted on Friday, July 26.  Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore.

To enter our Design Challenge: Email submissions to  and include the challenge name in the subject line.

  • Submissions must be your own original work and showcase a good percentage of Bead Inspirations findings and embellishments.
  • Designs must include glazed clay beads purchased from Bead Inspirations.
  • Necklace, bracelet, anklet, ring, earrings — any type of jewelry applies. Photos of jewelry sets (i.e.: earrings with a necklace) will be cropped to show only one piece. Only one submission & vote per person.
  • Email ONE good quality photo of the piece you wish to submit. Preferably photographed on a neutral background.
  • Include your name, title of the piece, and inspiration (*see below REQUIRED).
  • JPG size should be under 1 MB, if you’re savvy with resizing you can send your image between 250 and 500 pixels per direction.
  • *REQUIRED: We would love to hear the inspiration behind your designs.  Share with us a short paragraph describing your design and inspiration.  Many of our customers are interested in hearing your design thoughts and your inspiration will help them with their voting process. Please keep your description to around 50 words.
  • In the event of a tie, we will reopen the polls for a tiebreaker. Polls will be reopened for an extra day or two, thereby pushing back the posting of the Challenge Winner by a day or two.

Your entry will then be posted on our blog and the poll will be open for 3 business days (unless an extension is necessary). The winner of the challenge will be determined by viewer votes and will receive:

  • $50 webstore gift certificate (some restrictions may apply)
  • A posting on our blog and/or feature in our email announcement, with a link to their site or blog.

***We reserve the right to deny a submission for any reason.***

To spark your imagination, here are some of Bead Inspirations designs using glazed clay beads:









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