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Winners of our MYTH AND FOLKLORE Challenge

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We're thrilled to announce the winners of Facet's April Design Challenge. The theme of MYTH AND FOLKLORE made our imaginations expand and our ideas flow. Our appreciation for our readers' creativity has soared to new heights. 

We asked our readers to submit jewelry designs that came from a place or story or their imagination. Pendants full of whimsy and delight, bracelets bursting with charms and enchantments, earrings sparkling with magic and mystery: what tales could their jewelry tell? 

FIVE winners were selected for the MYTH AND FOLKLORE Challenge!

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HOBBIT GARDEN

The winner of our READER'S CHOICE AWARD, voted on by our Facet readers, is this lovely seven-cord braid with an earthy-tone focal bead. This piece was submitted by Sally Battis of East Haven, Connecticut, USA. See more of her work on the website for her business, Sally Bead Jewelry!

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THE ODYSSEY 12-14

This stunning piece of metalwork was sent to us by Spiros Papatheodorou of Thessaloniki, Greece. We loved browsing his Etsy store, found under his business name BizAReART ! He tells us this wonderful story about his piece:

Inspired by my homeland mythology, I crafted a charm of the adventures of a fictional character, the mythical king of Ithaca called Οδυσσέας, also known by the Latin name Ulysses!

The journey of Odysseus back to Ithaca has one more stop, so he and his crew landed on the island of Thrinacia. Zeus caused a storm which prevented them leaving. While Odysseus was away praying, his men ignored the warnings of Tiresias and Circe and hunted down the sacred cattle of the sun god Helios as their food had run short. The Sun God insisted that Zeus punish the men for this sacrilege!

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FAERY COTTAGE

This tiny treasure was submitted by Angi Dega of Moonflower Jewelry, headquartered in Taos, New Mexico, USA. Her description of her piece and materials: 

A real acorn cap cast in sterling silver is the roof of this tiny fairy home. This necklace has a copper door and two windows. There is a rose garden in the back of the cottage with 4mm cabochons of citrine and amber for flowers. A lovely potted peridot sits on the front step.

It hangs from a 32-inch sterling chain, and a tiny newly-born oak leaf hangs from the bail of the necklace. I cast the leaf in sterling early this spring when the oak trees were just sprouting new leaves. The cottage measures 1 1/2" long and 7/8" wide overall. 

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FAERIE DRAGON EARRINGS

Tracy Mashburn of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA, has made us these dragons that thankfully don't seem too fierce! Learn more about Tracy's work on her Etsy page, BellBooknDragon, and enjoy her delightful description of her work:  

Straight from the enchanted forest and into your jewelry box! These Faerie Dragons are lovely and come in any color combination you imagine, for they are made with seed beads and touch of inspiration from the Faerie Dragons themselves.

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FAERIE AND SWAN NECKLACE

The artist who created this stunning hand-sculpted creation is Sharon Berkan-Dent of Midland, Michigan, USA. She obviously shares a love of all things magical, I could tell from visiting her Etsy shop, Mystic Swan!  

The primary section of this pendant was created by the lost wax method. The rectangular shape is 2" tall by 1 1/8" wide. It is cast in sterling silver and attached to a sterling chain with accent beads of jade, apatite, onyx, moonstone and iolite. 

Congratulations to all of our winners, we're so happy that you participated. 

Inspired? Join in the fun! Our theme for the May Design Challenge is HEROES AND VILLAINS 

In the midst of the battle between good and evil, we still need to look stunning! Spin a web of wire, or fashion cuffs befitting an Amazon princess. Bead all in black, or channel the positive energy from a crystal. Have fun and support your favorite franchise with your jewelry designs during May!

HEROES AND VILLAINS is open until May 31, 2017. Read more about it here, and send us your photo today!

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