Sunday, February 20, 2011

Jewelry Challenge - That Special Bead - Winners Announced!

The Fire Divas want to congratulate the winners and the participants of our Jewelry Challenge - "That Special Bead".

Our 1st Place Winner is

The beautiful necklace by Scott Bjorge featuring a bead by Ashlyn Design and some stunning wire work.
Entry #1
In The Garden

Designer Info: Scott Bjorge. Gallery 
Designer's Description: As we enter the heart of winter it is nice to think of our beautiful Spring gardens to escape the cold and snow. This lovely focal bead by Ashlyn Design inspires that feeling with it's blend of an array of lovely colors. Designed with a sterling silver 's' hook accented with two more beads from Ashlyn Design brought around to the front to become part of the design.

2nd place goes to

This beautiful set by Helen Aresik which mixes pearls, crystals, pressed glass and seed beads with a floral focal from Holly's Folly .
Entry #5
Romance in pink
Designer Info: Helen Aresik / Helen's Atelje
Designer's Description:  Romance in pink. This design is based and inspired on the beautiful and wonderful, handmade lampwork bead made by Holly's Folly. When I look at the Focal bead I think of a beautiful garden with pink flowers. I’ve chosen beads and other findings to match the pink and green tones in the focal bead. I made some beaded beads myself with pink beads with a green bead inside, inspired of the deep green color inside the focal bead. I also used chain and findings in sterling silver, some swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and other glass beads and leaves. The necklace is 80 cm long excl. the pendant, which is 10,5 cm. The focal bead is almost 4 cm long. The bracelet is 21 cm long and the earrings are 3 cm long without the earhook.

3rd place is

This fabulous necklace by Gretchen Coats - a double spiral of Swarovski crystals with a hollow heart by Holly's Folly. 
Entry #4
Twisted Heart detail
Designer Info: Gretchen Coats Etsy Blog Gallery  
Designer's Description:  This 24" necklace is made up of close to 600 3mm swarovski crystals in a double spiral. The Focal bead is made by Holly of Holly's Folly Glass, and the crystals and seed beads match the blue and pink of the focal bead perfectly! Heart is actually hollow, and upon closer inspection you can see 
the smaller beads run through the center of it!


Now let's see the rest of the fantastic entries:

An "eye catching" necklace by Michelle Plumb featuring an eye bead by Holly's Folly and natural and metallic beads.
Entry #2
Eye of Horus focal
Designer Info: Michelle Plumb Gallery Contact: maplumb1 {at} wowway (dot) com
Designer's Description: Eye of Horus necklace, with focal by Holly Dare of Holly’s Folly and eye murrini from Janel Dudley Beads. I’m fascinated by ancient Egyptian history, so this bead called me immediately. The necklace was made with Holly’s Eye of Horus focal, graduated lapis lazuli rondelles, turquoise rounds and gold-plated rounds. Fit for a Pharaoh!

This piece by Mary Elam is rich with silver and glass baubles from Janel Dudley Beads
Entry #3
Designer Info: Mary Elam / Stella's Blossoms
Designer's Description:  Boro Blues is inspired by the beautiful blue fire within each of these lovely beads by Janel Dudley. The brilliant shades of blue and aqua truly radiate goodness from within. Each Boro bead is accented with Bali Sterling silver beadcaps. I've included my favorite Bail sterling silver focal bead in a unique oval shape to compliment the design. Swarovski crystals add extra sparkle. A thai silver toggle closure is included.

Thank you so much to each of the creative designers who entered our challenge and to all the fans who voted. We look forward to the next challenge!


  1. They're all so gorgeous! Congratulations to everyone!

  2. Congratulations! It's so much fun to se Fire Diva beads used in this beautiful pieces of jewelry.

  3. Congratulations to Scott, Helen, and Gretchen! Everyone who entered did such a wonderful job too! *Ü*

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  5. Congrats to Scott and Helen! I love entering the Fire Divas jewelry challenges! I always end up getting such beautiful beads for prizes! Cant wait for the next challenge!