We challenged CBC readers and members of the CBC group on Facebook to show us how they took artisan components and used them to create art jewelry. We received over two dozen entries that included earrings, bracelets and necklaces in a variety of styles and techniques. The artisan components used included lampwork glass beads, ceramic connectors and pendants, and distressed and enameled metal charms and clasps.
CBC Admin Choice Winning Designs
The CBC admin selected jewelry designs that best showcased the artisan components. It was not an easy decision. The diversity of styles, techniques, and components used made comparison challenging. In the end, we selected the jewelry designs that best told the stories of the component and the supporting elements.
Artisan Focal: Orange You Sweet by Marlene Quigley
Artisan Bead: Sunrise by Heidi Williams
Artisan Clasp: A Princess Story by Betsy Groff Boyko
These three winners will each receive a free CBC Directory Page, a Meet the Maker Interview, and a Gift Pack of Artisan Components. The gift packs include artisan components by Sheila Davis, Billie Hackett, Cathleen Zaring, Linda Younkman, Val Garber, and Bay Moon Design.
Popular Vote Winning Design
The CBC readers voted for their favorite art jewelry designs by commenting on the entries. The design with the most fan comments was:
Jeanne by Janine Lucas
Janine will receive a jewelry tool kit to use in making even more awesome art jewelry.
Random Winning Designs
We used Random.org to select winning designs in each of the three categories. Each of these winners will receive a free CBC Directory Page.
Artisan Focal: Lynn Ferro
Artisan Bead: Kristi Bowman
Artisan Clasp: Lynn Carling
Random Fan Winner
We also used Random.org to choose a winner from among those who left comments on the designs. The randomly chosen winner, who will receive a jewelry tool kit is:
Component Artisan Winners
The top 3 “most chosen” component designers used in the challenge will receive a free “Directory Page” here on the website as well as a featured “Meet the Maker” interview.
Michelle McCarthy, Firefly Design Studio
Julie DeFeo, Julie DeFeo Designs
Julie Wong Sontag, UgliBeads
Honorable Mention: Petra Carpreau, Scortched Earth.