Wednesday, 1 May 2013

The May Challenge

Welcome to the May challenge! This month we'd like you to go all glam and create something with Silver and Gold.

Photo by Tind

You must include both silver and gold in your piece for your entry to be accepted. You can use metallic beads, metal beads and/or silver/gold lined crystal. Please note that yellow or orange will not count as gold in this challenge. As always, beads with AB/rainbow finishes are allowed but due to the fabulous prizes on offer each month we’re pretty strict on the colours allowed, so no colours other than those specified please! *If you are using a cabochon or other focal bead in your design it can have small amounts of other colours in it, provided that the main colours of it fit our challenge. But the beads you use with it must be in our challenge colours only.

Now here's the twist...we'd like you to include TRIANGLES somewhere in your entry. These can be either beadwoven, embroidered, made from polymer/metal clay or actual triangle shaped beads or charms (or any other way you can find to incorporate a triangle!). The 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!

How do I enter?
There are two ways...
1. Email your photograph to Liz at
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 2013.

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 them 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 (GMT) on 
Friday 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!

Any other questions?
If you have any questions about the challenge please feel free to email Liz at

The Prize
This month our sponsor is Rachel of RB Beads and she's offering £20 worth of size 11 Miyuki seed beads of the lucky winner's choice!

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

Good luck everyone and happy beading!


Sarah said...

Ooh what a sparkletastic challenge!Lovely.

Anonymous said...

Glad you like it Sarah!

Clair said...

Oh, looking forward to this one!!!

Anonymous said...

And I'm looking forward to seeing what you make Clair!

Cat said...

I hope I can get myself together for this challenge, because I've been wanting to make something with metal beads.