Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The May Challenge

Welcome to the May challenge! This month we are challenging you to create something in black, white and turquoise...

Aqua Blue, Black and White Retro Wedding Cake

Now here's the twist...and it's an easy one this month, we'd like you to include seed beads somewhere in your entry. This twist is entirely optional but if you choose to use the twist as well as the colour scheme then you will receive two entries into the draw!

Just to clarify, we are accepting crystal clear as white and as it's almost the same as turquoise, aqua or aquamarine is allowed. You can also use AB finishes. But no other colours please!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photographs to ottbs@bigstring.com
2. Or add them to our Flickr group pool.

Choose whichever way is easiest for you, you don't have to do both. In either case, please mention that it's for the May Challenge so I know that it's your entry. We're happy for you to post your photos on our Facebook group as well but please make sure that you've also submitted as above. Entries that have not been emailed or added to the Flickr pool will not be accepted.

What can I make?
Anything as long as it involves beads! Any technique is accepted, from beadweaving and stringing to wire work and bead embroidery. Lampworkers and polymer clay artists are also welcome to submit beads they've made. I'm sorry but any entries that do not include beads in some form or another will not be accepted. Your entry must be made especially for the challenge, please do not submit something that was made before May 1st 2012.

Does it have to be my own design?
No. We're happy for you to make something using a pattern from a book, magazine or tutorial but if you do please let us know the designer's name so that we can give full credit.

What about findings?
Findings (clasps, earwires, metal spacer beads etc) are exempt from the colour challenge so you can use silver, gold or any other colour findings that fit in with your project.

When is the deadline for entries?
The deadline is 6pm (UK time) on Thursday the 31st of May.

Can I enter more than once?
You can make as many pieces as you like using the chosen colourway. All entries will be shown here on the blog but you will only be entered into the draw once (or twice if you've used the twist).

I'm not in the UK, can I still join in?
Yes of course! We welcome submissions from around the world so don't worry if you're not in the UK. Our sponsors have agreed to post prizes overseas so you can still enter and be eligible for the prize!

This month's sponsor is Celia and the prize is a £15 voucher to spend at www.Jencel.co.uk.

The winner will be drawn by me (Liz) after 6pm on Thursday the 31st of May, using the random list generator at www.random.org and announced later on the same evening.

Good luck everyone and happy beading!


Clair said...

Oh, now here's a challenge that's right up my street. I shall hang my head in shame if I don't manage an entry this month!

lynsey said...

Lovely, better get my thinking cap on.

AWJewelry said...

just emailed my challenge piece for May