Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Beading Contest: Summer Brights!

It's time to break out those bright and beautiful Summer colors.  In celebration of Summer our design contest theme is Summer Brights.  We're looking for original designs that evoke sunshine, beach days and summer parties with the bright, saturated colors of the season. Draw color inspiration from the bright orange summer sun, tropical blue seas, outdoor parties and picnics, and all things summery.  For some inspiration check out our Summer projects page at 

To enter, send a photo of your finished piece to us by 4PM PT on Tuesday, June10th. Finalists will be chosen and posted on our Facebook for public voting on Wednesday, June 11th through the 18th. All finalists will also be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire going out Thursday, June 12th.

Two winners, one domestic and one international, will each receive a $100 Beadaholique gift certificate and further exposure on our blog, website and in another issue of The Beading Wire. An Editor’s Pick chosen from the remaining finalists will receive a $50 gift certificate.

Rules/How to Enter:

Email us a clear, in focus, well-lit photo of a beading project of your own design which fits our theme and uses one or more products which can be found at Beadaholique (does not have to be bought from Beadaholique). Email one photo, at least 500 px in width or height but no bigger than 1600 px wide and 1600 px tall, to (do not use this for questions; contact us here) with the following included in your email:

Subject line: Name of Piece (Example: Orange Sunburst Earrings)

Body: Very important! In the body of your email, make sure to include the following:
full name—required
email address—required
country of residence—required
optional: a brief description of your piece

Attachment: Don’t forget to attach your photo. To maintain a level of fairness with all entries, your photo should not be a collage and should only show one shot/angle of your piece. No text, logos or watermarks please.

Important Dates:
Tuesday, June 10th @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit.
Wednesday, June 11th: Finalists will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
Thursday, June 12th: Finalists will be featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire sent to the entire Beadaholique email list.
Wednesday, June 18th @ 4PM PT: Voting ends. Winners will be notified via email within 2 business days and featured in the next issue of The Beading Wire.

Other Rules—Updated 11/2012:

One entry per person. If you send more than one entry, you may be disqualified. If your entry does not meet the “Rules/How to Enter” stated above, you may be disqualified. Winner must respond to our email notification within 2 weeks to claim gift certificate. No one person may win more than once every 12 months (excluding Editor’s Choice). By entering, you retain the rights to your original jewelry design but are giving Beadaholique, Inc. permission to use your submitted photo(s) on our websites, newsletter, Facebook, blog and other properties. For consistency and fairness, watermarks and other text or logos will be edited out of photos. We encourage finalists to promote their business, store or website in the comments for their entry, though please limit it to just one link/promotional comment. The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.

Send in a large, clear, and well-lit photo.
Try to use natural light to illuminate your photos.
Double check to make sure that your full name and email address are included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.  

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Spotlight Saturday: Beaded Fringe Earrings

Summer is not over yet and those outdoor music festivals are just heating up.  One of the best parts about going to a crowded music festival is that you have so many different people from so many walks of life that it truly makes for the best people watching.  

This video walks you through the step by step process of making these beautiful earrings.  They are inspired by traditional Native American styles.  You will learn about the brick stitch as well as the ladder stitch.

Featured Project: Fringe Festival Earrings

What I love about these earrings in particular is that I can picture these looking great for so many occasions.  All you have to do is change the colors.  Think of it this way: if you are going to a folk festival make them in a Bronze.  If you are attending a surf rock festival on the beach go with Turquoise.  Headed to a country music festival, go for Pepper Red.

Featured Product:  Toho Bugle Tube Beads Size #3 

Did you know that Toho in Japanese translates to "Eastern Treasure" in English?  These bugle beads truly are a treasure but I realize that most people shy away from them because they don't know how to use them.  I hope the project and video will inspire you to use this type of beads in your work.  The Toho Bugle Beads come in so many colors and finishes that you can really mix it up.  Pictured here is the Silver Lined Teal. One of my other favorites is the Gold Lustered African Sunset.  Talk about eye catching in the sea of people at the music festival.  So go rock out in your Fringe earrings, bob your head to the music and let the fringe fly!

Happy Beading!  

Monday, July 1, 2013

Kick off for July!

Are you ready for all the parades and summer grillin'?  I know I am.  Make sure you sport your red, white and blue this July.  We have lots of great new projects for you this summer.  Check out our Summer Holiday Projects for inspiration!

July on the Yacht Necklace                            Festive Freedom Bracelet 

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