Friday, April 16, 2010

Fire Divas Spring Jewelry Challenge - Voting Begins!

We have 14 incredible entries to share with you! Wow, are these beautiful! These breathtaking creations feature Fire Divas' lampwork beads and these jewelry artists really know how to accent the beads they chose. Take a look below at all the entries, read what the jewelry artists have to say about their creations, and then vote for your favorite on the right!

Entry 1:

These are Comet Z Dawg Custom Handmade Lampwork beads by Maybeads.
They are fun, fun, fun and they are inspired by my companion Comet - a border collie.

Entry 2:

African Helix stitch in closely graded shades of beads. The necklace's bead spine is a sage green bead.
This necklace showcases two lampworked beads by Lea Avroch, LA Jewelry Designs. The brushed silver bail for the lampworked beads is hand-forged.

Entry 3:

Information about the beads: The larger beads were all made but Barb Reed Etsy account RiversEdgeGlass, the thin big hole spacers were made by me.

Description of the piece: Using dapped and hammered copper rings, copper wire and 23 handmade lampworked beads I created a bracelet that is fun to wear and comfortable on the wrist. The bright colors make it perfect for spring.

Inspiration for the piece: We recently traveled to Florida where many of the homes are painted the wild colors in this bracelet. The copper represents the brick tiles cover so many roofs in the Florida area.

Entry 4:

Necklace handcrafted by Diane at The focal lampwork bead was made by Robin Weber.

Entry 5:

This necklace is long & gorgeous. The center piece is a handmade lampwork bead- made by fellow esty artist Lutrick, it is gorgeous. The necklace also features, Electric Blue Hydrothermal Faceted Quartz beads, turquoise, amazonite, labradorite, swarovski crystals, Czech crystals, Czech glass beads, fresh water pearls and sterling silver Bali Beads. I finished the necklace off with a silver plated hook & eye clasp for easy on and off. The measurement on the necklace is approx. 23" long, add 2 3/4" for the center bead & metal dangle design. I also have matching earrings & a necklace on the site check them out if you like this.

Entry 6:

I love charm bracelets that jingle on your wrist and have movement. Barb's beads were so detailed, they had to be separated on the bracelet. I made wire wrapped links with a small loop in the center to dangle crystals and sterling silver nuggets.

Entry 7:

My main bead is from Teasebeads, entitled "Dip"

"April Showers" is designed with bead from Teasebeads at the focal with a 'rain' of thin copper wire flowing through and over the top with 'drops' of glass beads at the ends of the copper wire. This is attached to a 'cloud' of thick copper wire. The necklace is completed with a satin cord with a lobster claw closure.

"Dip" was my inspiration. A beautiful bead with a clear glass outer layer that reminds me of water. Playing off the water feel came the idea for an "April Shower", cleansing, refreshing and bringing nature back to life.

Entry 8:

Information about the beads: by Amy Houston
Description of the piece: Silver wire, chain, lampworked beads
Inspiration for the piece: I really wanted something for myself! and now it's lost forever. so sad!

Entry 9:

Information & Description of the piece: Beautiful bead set from Amy Houston {of 2 Glassy Ladies}, violet swarovski, mother-of-pearl rounds, rose quartz rounds, jadeite rounds, green czech glass, sterling beads & findings, swarovski hook-n-eye clasp
Inspiration for the piece: The gorgeous spring colours of her beads!

Entry 10:

My necklace submission for the Fire Diva's Spring Challenge surrounds the MagikalGlassworks focal bead with amethyst beads, pearl and crystal dangles, and Vintaj brass components. It can be worn in any season to remind those who love spring and lilacs and purple that they will indeed arrive!

Entry 11:

The focal bead in this charm bracelet was made by Maybeads and was the inspiration for this fun and whimsical creation. We all know cats love milk, and Cat in Cow's Clothing is just trying to go straight to the source for his evening bowl of milk. What a clever cat!

Entry 12:

Cellini/Dutch spiral necklace made with size 6, 8, 11 & 15 seed beads, silver chain, beads and clasp and an amazing swirled focal by Fire Diva Lea Avroch of Lajewelrydesigns.
My inspiration is from the Bible. The first holidays of spring are Easter and Passover. I think of the flight from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. The focal and spirals are the seas parting in a huge vortex, and the silver chains are the broken chains of slavery.

Entry 13:

I made this necklace to go with one of Maybeads cute little turtle beads (check out those toes!). I was inspired by the colors in the turtle, and picked other beads in the same shades of blue and cream.

Entry 14:

Swosch copper necklace

I wanted to create a beautiful necklace to enhance the beauty in the wonderful, handmade lampwork bead made by Susanne at Babs Beads & Design ( I’ve chosen beads and other parts to match the blue tones and the glimmer of copper in the focal. I made the coiled rings myself and then added swarowski crystals, copper beads, 15/0 seed beads and copper wire in both natural and oxidized color to make this piece of jewelry.

The necklace is 86 cm long excl. the pendant, which is 7 cm. The focal bead is 3 cm long.


You can find all the submissions and the jewelry artists here. Thanks for looking; have fun voting!


  1. These beads are all mouthwatering beautiful! Every one of them!!

  2. So many beautiful contributions!

    I guess I should know this, but when does the voting end?

  3. Gorgeous contributions! I love the rich colors through out each piece.

  4. I think that #14 is disgusting. Using your boobs to win a contast is very shabby.