March Jewelry Maker Madness Tournament

Get in on the fun as different jewelry-making techniques battle it out on Facebook!

Feeling left out when all the college basketball madness happens every March? If you're like me, you don't really know much about the actual sport aspect of it or the teams involved, but love to watch the brackets and guess what teams will advance. (confession: I choose my brackets based on uniform colors and cool mascots.)

So let's make some fun of our own on a subject that we actually know something about; something that we all love: JEWELRY MAKING!

Welcome to Facet’s own tournament: MARCH JEWELRY MAKER MADNESS!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be doing our own competitive brackets to determine our readership’s favorite jewelry-making technique. We have four divisions that will compete in the tournament:

The Bead Stitching Division The Wire, Clays, and Mixed Media Division 
The Fiber and Cord Division
The Metalwork Division

We’ll ask you to choose between different techniques, and the favorites will advance through the tournament! Will St. Petersburg stitch win out over square stitch? Do our readers prefer to bezel-set stones or etch metal? In the ultimate showdown between clay, resin, and wire techniques, who will emerge triumphant?

All of the voting will take place on Facebook, so if you're not following us yet, click here to join in the fun! Every day you'll be able to vote in our Facebook polls to help us choose a champion!

In this first week, the Round of 64, we’ll have lots of polls as we narrow down to a field of 32. Keep checking back to make sure your favorites advance!  

Want to see the entire bracket, or print out out to keep track of the progress? Download the PDF (that won't quite fit on our page!). We'll update it at the end of each round of voting, timed (somewhat loosely!) to match the actual NCAA tournament. 

Stitching division

Bracket Number One is the STITCHING DIVISION!

Are you a jewelry maker who only works in beads and thread? Whether it's seed beads or two-hole beads, we want to know your favorite stitch.

Will the dark horse #14 seed Hubbell Stitch be able to knock off the heavily-favored #3 Bead Embroidery? I know Julia's rooting for #4 Daisy Chain to advance, but does it stand a chance against the #13 seed Netting??

Wire and clays Division

This division is a bit of a catch-all as far as techniques goes, but that's what makes it so exciting! What will rise triumphant in the WIRE, CLAYS, AND MIXED MEDIA DIVISION?

We're going to see a lot of favorite techniques get knocked out very early in this division, it's pretty competitive!  Who do we think will survive the first round?

I know I'm rooting for the #6 seed Using paper, fiber or fabric in jewelry to have a strong showing here, but do we think it will be able to beat an obvious favorite, #15 Chain mail if they were to meet in the Elite Eight??

Fiber and Cord division

OK, all you people out there working in leather, soutache, embroidery and macrame! Can you knock the mighty Kumihimo out of contention?

Take a look at the pairings in the first round of the FIBER & CORD DIVISION!

Do we think that the time for #3 Making tassels has finally passed? Are we ready to see the breakthrough in the #11 seed, traditional Cross-stitch or thread embroidery, making its way into jewelry? I think yes!


Metalwork Division

You metalsmiths are tough to predict. For every jewelry maker who swears that sawing is relaxing, there are two more who swear that a metal shears is the only way to go. There's the soldering camp v. the cold connections camp. What technique will triumph?

THE METALWORK DIVISION match-ups are as hot as a torch! But COME ON #9 KILN ENAMELING! Let's get to the Big Dance!


Don't forget: Polls will be running on all of our Facebook pages over the next few weeks. Be sure to like us on the pages that best suit your jewelry-making interests!

The Facet Facebook page covers every type of jewelry making. This is the home of our monthly Design Challenge, our occasional Facebook Live videos, and the very best place to learn more about the vast variety of content that the Facet website has to offer. 

The Bead & Button Facebook page, in addition to being the social media home for the print magazine, is where we promote the stitching projects on Facet! We post projects at every level, utilizing both two-hole and seed beads.

The Facet: Stringing Facebook page is where we promote beading projects with larger beads and components, and also many wire and mixed media projects. This is a great space for the beginner jewelry maker to learn some of the ins and outs of our craft!

The Facet: Metal & Wire Facebook page is for all you people out there working in copper, silver, brass, bronze and even gold and platinum! Projects, techniques, gallery exhibitions, and more all find a home on this page. 

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