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We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Purple Rain Design Challenge”! Customers were required to use purple beads purchased from Bead Inspirations. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 7 2016. Challenge Winner will be posted on Friday, July 8. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore. We LOVE all of these designs and know it will be difficult to make a choice. Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page with any encouraging feedback, comments, or acknowledgement about these amazing designs.
“Purple Rain on the Beach”
I spent a year living on the Oregon Coast, and rain often conjures up memories of drizzly days on the beach. Those memories inspired my use of the sea star bead and purple drop charm. The beads are strung on hemp cord, which I love for its grounded, earthy vibe. I used one of my other passions, crochet, by utilizing a tiny crochet hook to chain stitch in the beads. Lastly, I wanted this piece to be versatile, so it can be worn as either a wrap bracelet or long necklace.
Bead Inspiration Notes: We love how this artist built her design around her memories on the beach using the Lentil Lampwork Glass Bead: Starfish You can also find a lovely assortment of Czech Glass beads and stringing options including Hemp Cord in the shop!
“Early Morning Purple Rain”
Artists Inspiration: It was inspired by early morning rain drops rolling down my window.
Artists Inspiration: Prince to me was a man of many passions; his music, flair, and fashion. These Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicons with their changing colors and gold plated melody links, reflect this passion to which we were all drawn. Purple Rain Passion is my tribute to a legend – brilliant, colorful, unique.
Artists Inspiration: I made this bracelet for my daughter who would be spending the summer away so that it would remind her of me when she wore it. It is not made with colors that she typically wears, but includes some of my favorite colors and gemstones. I hope it gives her a warm feeling and makes her smile when she wears it.
Artists Inspiration: I really like working with wire and had been perusing the beading magazines at Bead Inspirations and a necklace design I saw in one of them. I thought it would be good practice to make a single link to get the technique. I decided to use the colored wire 20 gauge. I really loved the way it looked so I made another link. I like rustic Jewlery and did not need the earrings to match perfectly.
Bead Inspiration Notes:We love the very creative and intricate earrings. The artist uses creative wire and seed beads from Bead Inspirations to create these striking and inspired earrings.
“Diamonds and Pearls in the Purple Rain.”
Artists Inspiration: I have always loved the color purple, and I am a fan of Prince so this challenge really resonated with me. I took into consideration Prince as an artist as well as his body of work when I was choosing the beads: Purple Swarovski Pearls, and Black Swarovski bicones with black seed beads. The pearls have a green hue to them when viewed in bright light, which speaks to the depth of Prince as an artist: more than meets the eye at first glance. I also liked the sparkle of the bicones which represents the charisma and flare of Prince, the seed beads represent the many songs Prince wrote. He was a prolific writer not just for himself but his songs worked well for so many other recording artists. In these earrings I see Purple Rain as well as Diamonds and Pearls.
Artists Inspiration: Prince and his music were a big part of growing up for me, in a very rainy climate near Portland, Oregon. I remember humming along to the song Purple Rain as it was playing in my head, walking to class in the constant Oregon mist and thinking it was just perfect. My concept for this piece started with water and rain, and I envisioned a sort of cascade effect, using chain and purple beaded rungs to evoke that feeling. The design took a few different tries to get right, but I’m so happy with the result. The wordplay with rain and cascades of water and the Cascade mountains of Oregon appeal to me and make me smile. I used the flat round stones with a herringbone wrap because they remind me of beautiful purple eyes. Prince had such beautiful eyes, and I hope that his view now, wherever he may be, is broader than in his (too short) earthly life here with us.
Bead Inspiration Notes: We love choice of materials and techniques chosen by this artist to create this inspired design. The herringbone wrap (taught at Bead Inspirations) truly brings out the uniqueness of each of the Lavendar Jasper Coin Beads. We also love the thoughtfulness in selecting various Swarovski Pearls chain, crystal bicones and other components from our shop.
Artists Inspiration: “Purple Rain” was inspired by the photograph, I used Keshi pearls to resemble his white stand up landau collar, and nesting floral breads to pick the folded pleates of the guitar band holder. Classic Purples colored stones in verying sizes to add dimension and richness. The dark Purple Rain symtobol is an symbol of all of his musical achievements and with music of his guitar. I backed the photograph Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, then did a simple peyote stitch border stitch around the base and finished with 8/0 beads. I hung the picture with chain from the pearl strand. The intent is to remember Prince with the laughter and joy that his music gave and the moments of happiness that he brought into your life.
Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs! If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of “Purple Rain Beads and Components” Want to know when the next design challenge is happening? Join our email list!
We are excited to unveil the submissions for our customer jewelry design challenge! Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Summer Heat”! Customers were required to use glazed clay beads purchased from Bead Inspirations, and expand their design ideas using other beads and materials. Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page! Votes will be accepted online now through midnight July 28, 2013. Challenge Winner will be posted on Wednesday, July 31. Winner will receive a $50 gift certificate for the Bead Inspirations webstore.
Silver Blue Jeans Dangle Earrings “After taking the earring making how to class at Bead Inspirations, I’ve had fun making them. Silver Blue Jeans was created because I like the look of the clay beads, the color and spotted pattern reminds me of well washed jean pants. Silver beads were added for a sparkle. The versatility of jean pants for casual to casual dressy, I feel that I’ve also shown in the earrings. Adding the chain, to make them dangle, is something new in creating earrings that I’m currently trying out!”
Moon Goddess “As soon as I saw those giant greenish blue beads I felt called to make a piece with them. I love their largeness, round shape and vivid turquoise-like color and I wanted to make a necklace that provided a ” setting” to showcase these beads. The necklace is designed to focus the eye on the 3 big round beads so that the viewer can appreciate them without being distracted by anything else.”
Days on the Beach “The glazed clay heart anchors the necklace and symbolizes my love of summertime at the ocean’s edge. Yellow glazed beads represent rays of sunshine; crystals represent the water’s sparkle; pewter fish, abalone, freshwater pearls, and sea glass beads are treasures from the ocean.”
Sunrise Over the Water “I’ve always been inspired by water, and I like to make “bohemian-style everyday wear” to reflect that. The colors of these beads felt like sunrise, and I spiraled the knots in the cord to make my waves. I picture this as a fun necklace to wear walking along the beach.”
Twist of Lime Necklace “As soon as I read “Summer Heat” I was transported to summer’s past visiting my grandmother in the 1950’s. The corner drug store had a soda fountain where they made the most delicious lime rickies, and my friends and I spent many sweltering afternoons there. When I saw the green beads, everything came together, memories filled with lots of ice and refreshing green limes for my “Twist of Lime” necklace !!!!!”
Earthly Delight Necklace “The clay bead pieces I selected are very organic and playful. When designing the necklace I felt that the findings should have those qualities, too. Hence, leaves, hearts, kitty cat findings and flower clasp. The colors within these beads are deep aqua and pale mint, and I wanted to make a fuller feel to the necklace with three strands. I felt the coloring of the clay beads, pearls and multi-colored seed beads called for warm copper beads and findings.”
Glazed Beads with Tree Pendant “My original idea was a necklace with a goddess pendant, as though it was found at some Goddess site of long ago. However, the goddess pendant looked too big on this short necklace so I substituted the bronze tree pendant, as I have a strong affinity for trees.”
Thank you to all of our customers who entered their inspiring designs! If any of these designs inspire your creative juices, check out our selection of glazed clay beads. Want to know when the next design challenge is happening? Join our email list!
We are excited to reveal the winning entry from our first customer jewelry design challenge! We would also like to announce our Staff Pick design. Thank you to those of you who took the time to vote for your favorite submission through our online poll, and thank you again to the talented jewelry designers who participated in our design challenge!
And the winner of our challenge is: Key to My Heart by Christina Mensah. Congratulations to Christina for her winning entry! As the winner of our design challenge, Christina will receive a $50 webstore gift certificate for Bead Inspirations.
Key To My Heart --- “This piece was inspired by my husband. On our first Valentine's Day together, he gave me a bracelet and told me I had the key to his heart. I thought this piece was a beautiful representation of that moment. I hand-stamped the disc and used jump rings to put it all together.”
Our Staff Pick is: She Loves a Sailor by Gail McConville. Congratulations, Gail! As the Staff Pick, Gail will receive a gift bag of jewelry-making components, and be featured in a future email announcement or blog.
She Loves A Sailor --- “My inspiration for this piece was my love for the art of knotting as done by old time sailors, a functional skill and pastime on long voyages.”
Customers were allowed to expand their design ideas using other beads and materials.
Please vote for your favorite jewelry submission at the bottom of this page!
Votes will be accepted online through midnight February 13, 2012.
Don’t Leave My Heart Dangling — “I love how long, dangling earrings swing and sway with head movement — they look breezy and airy. I’ve added colors, shapes, and symbols of love — red, diamonds, and hearts. Bead Inspirations taught me about wire wrapping and creating sections to add movement to a piece, so the earrings are two attached sections. Swarovski bicones give the impression of a diamond shape; the crystal bicones also add sparkle like an engagement ring; the earrings are anchored with a red cloisonne heart. Indeed, love is in the air and hopefully, it doesn’t go unrequited!