Sunday, 19 October 2014

Giveaway!

Do you want to learn how to make beaded beads? Then just comment on this post and you could be the lucky winner of this collection of tutorials! There are four tutorials altogether: a smooth round ball, a five sided star, a large hole doughnut and a textured crystal netted ball.


The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and ends at midnight on Sunday the 26th of October. The winner will be drawn at random and announced the following day. Please be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in your comment should you be the lucky winner :)

Good luck!

Liz x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

The October Challenge

Welcome to the October challenge! In order to stretch and expand your creativity we've set a few more difficult challenges this year which we hope you've enjoyed. If you haven't enjoyed them then you'll be pleased to hear that this month it's the last of the 'big stinkers' as we want you to create something in...


We're going to make this even tougher by saying that you must use only opaque black beads in your piece - no AB, silver lined or other coloured finishes are allowed - but you can use matte as well as shiny beads.

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Rachel and she's offering £15 to spend in her shop RB Beads!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com. The challenge runs until Midnight on Friday 31st of October and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
Entries must have been started on or after October 1st 2014.
You can use any technique but it must include beads.
You must use only the challenge colours unless otherwise stated (findings are exempt).
Your entry must be a finished piece.
If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The September Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our September challenge. The theme was Outer Space and we had some wonderful entries inspired by our beautiful universe....

































Everyone's names were put into the list randomizer at www.random.org and the lucky beader who's name is at the top of the list is...


SARAH!


Congratulations Sarah, you are the winner of the £15 voucher to spend at www.Jencel.co.uk!

We'll be back later on today with a brand new challenge for October :)

Monday, 1 September 2014

The September Challenge

Welcome to the September challenge! It's theme time again and this month we want you to be inspired by our beautiful universe - real or imagined - to create something with the theme of Outer Space.

Image by JPL


THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Celia and she's offering £15 to spend in her shop Jencel!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com and include a few words about what inspired you. The challenge runs until Midnight on Tuesday 30th of September and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
Entries must have been started on or after September 1st 2014.
You can use any technique but it must include beads.
Your entry must be a finished piece.
If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The August Challenge - and the winner is...

Well done to everyone who took part in our August challenge, as always it's been fun opening your emails and seeing all your beautiful creations! I must also tell you that this challenge breaks the OTTBS record for the most number of entries that have used the twist - well done everyone! Ok, I know you're dying to see who has won this month but please take some time to have a look at the beady goodness below before you do :)










































Everyone's names were put into the list randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader who's name is at the top is... drum roll please...



DAWN



Congratulations Dawn, you've won the £25 voucher to spend at Beads & More by Yashma!

We'll be back later on today with a brand new challenge for September :)

Friday, 1 August 2014

The August Challenge

Welcome to the August challenge! It's colour time again and this month we'd like you to create something in Purple, Pink, Grey and Silver.

Original image by Lele Breveglieri


THE TWIST: This month the twist is NO JEWELLERY! There are so many other things you can make using beads: works of art, bookmarks, decorations, key rings, pens, perfume bottles, stitch markers, wine charms, bag charms to name just a few. Remember this is entirely optional but if you create something other than jewellery in our colour scheme then you will receive two entries into the draw!

THE PRIZE:
This month our sponsor is Valentina and she's offering £25 to spend in her shop Beads & More By Yashma!

HOW TO ENTER:
Simply email a photograph of your entry to Liz at ottbs@live.com. The challenge runs until Midnight on Sunday 31st of August and the winner is drawn and announced the following day. The challenge is open to beaders worldwide.

RULES & OTHER INFORMATION:
Entries must have been started on or after August 1st 2014.
You can use any technique but it must include beads.
You must use all of the challenge colours unless otherwise stated (findings are exempt).
Your entry must be a finished piece.
If your entry isn't your own design you must credit the original designer.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!

The July Challenge - And the winner is...

Thanks to everyone who joined in with our July challenge. Here are the fabulous entries we received, who knew scientific subjects could be so beautiful! As always, the winner of the draw is at the bottom of the post.


Aryd'ell says: Octagons are a big deal in molecular science, as well as in bees' honeycombs.





 Coral says: Here is my entry...I call Atom's In Orbit.





Ev Says: used fractal art as my inspiration for this piece.
Ev also blogged about her piece here.




 Fatema says: In keeping with the science theme, I have beaded two pairs of earrings-the first one is based on the molecular structure & the 2nd one on the atomic structure.






 Jeanne says: Here is a photo of my finished necklace and the Fibonacci diagram I based the beadwork on. The neckstrap has repeats of bead colors/sizes in the Fibonacci progression as well, i.e., 1, 2, 3, 5, 8.






Jenny says: Brick stitch ornament inspired by the sky at night - spherical object with orbits of varying widths.





 Rachael says: Here is my entry for the July challenge, inspired by DNA sequencing and made using the great tutorial from Jenny Argyle, Twins in a Spin.


Everyone's names were put into the List Randomizer at Random.org and the lucky beader whose name is at the top is...


Fatema!


Congratulations Fatema, you're the winner of the inspiration kit from our sponsor Snoochy!

Don't forget to check back later on today when we'll have a brand new challenge for August :)