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Purple Rain Design Challenge

Winner will receive a $50 Bead Inspirations gift certificate!
Submissions are due by noon (PST), Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Our inspiration for this challenge is also a tribute to the artist known as Prince (1958-2016). Whether you would also like to pay tribute to Prince, just love the color purple, or are intrigued by a challenge, here’s your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design. Using ANY purple or garnet colored beads from Bead Inspirations including Amethyst, Ametrine, Garnet, Czech glass, Swarovski Pearls, Fresh Water Pearls, and Crystals. You may also be inspired by other purple components or supplies like purple leather or purple patina paint! We challenge you to design your own piece of jewelry to enter into our contest. Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it’s time to start creating!

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

Read our contest rules for more info.  Shop our purple beads online!

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New Ornate Flat Tags from Nunn Design

I love the new ornate flat tags from Nunn Designs! Here are some ideas of what to do with them.

In the samples below made by Nunn Design, the top cuff uses Nunn Design Flat Tag Ornate Ensign Pendant, which has been modified.  Use the metal hole punch plier or two hole metal punch to make the extra holes:

We had a little fun in our shop stamping and creating.  I (Vicki) made a pendant to represent my desire to feel queenly. In the sample below, I used the crown design stamp, an old stamping set that I got at an estate sale with extra large letters, and used Ranger Alcohol Ink copper mixative with the Nunn Design Ornate Regiment Flat Tag Pendant:

his sample uses Aras upper case & Aras lower case and Dove design stamp, with black sharpie Vintaj Patina Verdigris on the Nunn Design Ornate Flat Tag Tablet Pendant.

The sample below is a tag for Sara’s cat Conway.  It uses the Nunn Design Ornate Flat Tag Oval, with a 1/8″ Letter Punch set and Full Heart design stamp. It is colored with Vintaj Weathered Copper Patinas, Ranger Alcohol Ink Red Pepper (part of Tuscan Garden).

 

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The Results are in for our Love is in the Air Design Challenge!

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.”

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Love is in the Air Design Challenge Now Open for Voting!

We are excited to unveil the submissions for our first customer jewelry design challenge!

Vote now for your favorite interpretation of “Love is in the Air”! Customers were required to use one or more selected heart components purchased from Bead Inspirations:

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!

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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.” Christina M. made the above bracelet using the following components: Sterling Silver Hammered Hook & Eye Clasp, Vintaj Brass Heart Double Sided Charm, Swarovski 14mm Heart – Light Rose, Sterling Silver Stamping Blank Circle – 31mm 24g, Scarlett’s Signature letter stamp set, Ranger Adirondack® Acrylic Dabber 1 oz Pitch Black. See our video and helpful stamping tips.

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.”
Gail M. made the above necklace using the following components: Cloisonne Heart – Red, Cloisonne Heart – Pink, Leather Cord – 1.5mm – Natural, Tierracast 8mm Copper Plated Twist Large Hole Spacer Bead, 8mm Copper Plated Legend Spacer, 10mm Copper Plated Legend Spacer.

 

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Love is in the Air Design Challenge

Nunn Patera Grande Heart NecklaceWe love to see the creative designs that our customers come up with using our materials.  Now we’re offering you the chance to submit your designs for the possibility to win a prize in our first customer design challenge!

Take your interpretation of “Love is in the Air” and create an inspiring piece using Bead Inspirations beads & findings!

Submissions are due by noon (PST) Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Voting will be open from February 10 – midnight February 13, with the Challenge Winner posted on Tuesday, February 14.  Winner will receive a $50 webstore gift certificate for Bead Inspirations.  A Staff Pick be also chosen from the entries.  Staff Pick will receive a gift bag of jewelry-making components, and be featured in a future email announcement or blog.

Click here to read the Design Challenge Rules.

We’ve put some select items on sale that you may want to use in your jewelry. I can’t wait to see your wonderful creations!

Warmly,
Vicki Lapp

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The Joy of Co-creating

Jean Wolslegel

Jean making her own Sundance-inspired bracelet

We have a regular gang for Bead Night at our shop in Alameda, and I love the sense of comfort and belonging that we share.  What I’m really delighted by is the opportunities that arise for co-creating.  There is an excitement and synergy that are present when someone adds their contribution to another person’s design.

Last night, Jean Wolslegel mentioned how much she liked the new necklace that I made during the week.   It started off with my decision to experiment with Gilders Paste.  I had put Gilders Paste on a Vintaj brass filigree and then polished up.

Gilded Lace Necklace

Gilded Lace Necklace

Our customer Amy Allen was in the shop and had inspired me to use the particular combination of Swarovski crystals and faceted glass rondelles.  Another customer helped me decide on the combination of bead caps from Nunn Design and Tierracast.  Lydia Chapman helped with the finishing touch of the dangle hanging from the filigree. I was proud of what “I” had made, and until I began writing this, I had forgotten how many people had helped me co-create  it.

Annie Rutter

Annie Rutter at Bead Night

So last night, after Jean commented on the new necklace, Annie Rutter got curious about the gilders paste.  So we got it out and started playing with it on some other components.  I loved how Annie used it on the Mythical Wings from Vintaj.  Even more, I loved her input on a new necklace that I was putting together. I used a Vintaj princess filigree around a blue hemimorphite focal bead. This got wired to another filigree. I strung up some harlequin beads, Swarovski crystals, and Swarovski pearls with little spacers.  I stayed up late to finish it, but relished in the creative flow.

Gilded Luna-Sea

Gilded Luna-Sea

It’s so much fun when it is a group effort!

Vicki Lapp

P.S. It was great to see Evan and Holly at bead night too!

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