collage of winning jewelry designs
The theme on Creative Bead Chat this year is “Creative Journey.” It’s about telling the stories of how we became jewelry artists.  And the stories of the artisan components we use in our jewelry designs, why we chose them, and how they inspire us.

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.

Artisan component prize package

The prize packages for the three admin choice winners include beads and focals from various artisans.

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.

jewelry tools prize

Random Winning Designs

We used 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 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.

Tammy Adams

Tammy Adams

Owner-Designer at Paisley Lizard
I'm a creatively distracted jewelry designer with a bead habit. I use a variety of materials and techniques to create jewelry that's a fusion of southwestern rustic boho with a little vintage-inspired steampunk.
Tammy Adams
Tammy Adams

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