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Announcing the winners!

Bling It Up winners

A bit of sparkle can improve almost anything! Whether crystals, sequins, gemstones or other shiny bits are glued on, sewn on, bezel-set, wire-wrapped or embedded in clay, we love when a piece of jewelry truly glitters. So we chose BLING IT UP! as our Design Challenge theme for July, and were blinded by the results!

Check out the four lovely pieces of jewelry that were the favorites this month. And be sure to check out all of the entries from the July contest... but maybe put on some sunglasses first?

Night Shine
The piece that received the most votes from our readers is the absolutely stunning NIGHT SHINE, created by Roxanne Brown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! 

This rhinestone bib necklace has a Silk Duppioni padded base, hand-stitched with individual rhinestones in silver-plated, prong-set cups. The rhinestones are randomly stitched with the exception of a few hidden patterns within. The back has a hook-and-eye with snap closure that has the rhinestones arranged to make it completely hidden.

Roxanne shows off her jewelry on her Facebook page, and it's a lot more than rhinestones! Be sure to take a look at her lovely etched and enameled pieces as well. 
Wired in Flight
Kimberly Newman of Urbana, Ohio, sent us the delightful WIRED IN FLIGHT

Per Kim: "This butterfly was hand-formed and hammered. In person, it has a 3-D effect with the wings being layered with a step-up wire weave. It includes teardrop crystals and Czech firepolish for an amazing sparkle."

Clearly a talented designer, Kim was also a finalist in the Wirework category in the 2016 BeadDreams contest! Learn more about her work on her website, Kim's Creative Designs. 
Golden Sunset
Julie Malcolm of London, England, worked in a completely different medium to bring out the bling in her piece, GOLDEN SUNSET. 

She tells us, "I made some shimmery, shiny polymer clay beads, and decided to bling them up with glass pearls and fire-polished beads." The color and shine that she achieved here is remarkable!

And finally, Dizzy Di (Dianne Cracknell), also of London, brought out some serious crystals in this stunner, ICE. 

Made from Swarovski bicone crystals, mainly 4mm with size 11 seed beads as stopper beads, she also peyote-stitched some larger Swarovski bezels, then decorated with various sized Swarovski bicone crystals. The technique that Di used most was bead embroidery stack stitch.

Di's Facebook page can also connect you with her appearances on the Hochanda home shopping channel, where she sells her beading kits. 


This month's Design Challenge, A Day at the Beach, runs until August 30. Voting opens on Friday, August 18, so be sure to log on and choose your favorite piece for our Reader's Choice Award!

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