Congratulations to Sarajo Wentling of Sj Designs Jewelry, our blog readers voted her “Big Spring Willow” necklace the winner of our Weeping Willow Design Challenge! Here is what inspired Sarajo:
“As a child, one of my favorite treats was to go with my grandmother to the duck pond at Big Spring Park. We would take a bag of bread and spend hours feeding the ducks from under the majestic, old weeping willow tree that grew along the edge of the water. Both the tree and my Mema are long gone, but this necklace brings back the feeling of being under that green canopy with her.”
Sarajo wins over 75 pieces of Vintaj metals and her design will be entered in our End Of The Year Design Challenge! Visit her blog, www.sjdesignsjewelryblogspot.com and Etsy shop!
Our Editor’s Pick for Weeping Willow is Barbara Krajnik Olsson of Krajol Design!
Here is what inspired Barbara:
“A pair of earrings made of waxed linen thread in 2 colors, small seedbeads, chech glassbeads, Vintaj Filigree Bead and altered blank, etched with Fine Feathers DecoEtch Die.”
Visit Barbara’s website!
Thank you to everyone who participated and voted, it was an impressive selection!
We are skipping a month… our next Design Challenge is “Ocean Surf”, submissions are due June 28!
The editors of Bead Trends were inspired by the Pantone Color Of The Year, emerald green for this issue. There are beautiful pieces showcasing the color green! There are also inspiring designs made with Mom in mind that you won’t want to miss. We loved the story Kristi Harrison shared about her mom on pages 82-84 with her “Mother’s Garden” necklace and earrings.
We’ve featured designers who used Vintaj in the gallery below, Click the image to enlarge and scroll through to enjoy!
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Learn how to filigree wrap a beveled glass pendant with a Natural Brass Passion Flower Filigree & create a wire wrapped pendant bail with 18gauge Vintaj Artisan Copper Wire!
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Visit the Vintaj ISSUU page for some of our past tutorials.
Make this necklace, all the supplies at Hobby Lobby stores! Vintaj Natural Brass & Arte Metal jewelry findings are 25% off this week at Hobby Lobby! Also includes BIGkick Embossing Machine, DecoEmboss & DecoEtch Dies, Technique Book & Bezel Sheets. * expires Saturday, May 11, 2013.
Happy Earth Day!
We do our part to protect our Earth each and everyday. Did you know that Vintaj metals are eco-friendly? Natural Brass, Arte Metal & Artisan Copper are not antique plated or chemically treated in any way. We are proud of the unique and artistic nature of the stages we apply and the time it takes to bring you these naturally beautiful elements!
One of our favorite ways to protect our environment, and recycle found objects and little trinkets, is to incorporate them into jewelry.
This ‘Upcycled Trinket’ necklace designed by Jess was inspired by our Flea Market Finds theme back in October 2011. Over the weekend Jess went to a flea market and picked up some more tiny treasures in the hopes that we can bring back this popular design theme again.
Happy Recycling & Designing!