Sunday, January 27, 2013

Cultured Sea Glass Design Team Winners!

The votes have been tallied and all 150+ designs have been carefully scrutinized.  The standards we used for these votes are a little different from what would be just a plain "gorgeous" vote.  We wanted pieces that really showed off the sea glass, used it as the focus and most importantly, helped us sell the sea glass at our booth in Tucson.  The decisions were very tough and the top 7 designs were so hard to whittle down that we ended up making a new category: Honorable Mention.

And finally, here are our top winners (drum roll please):

First Place: Michele - Shelly's Shelf

Seashore Necklace and Earring Set

Gypsy Rodeo Necklace

 Embroidered Sea Glass Pendant

Honorable Mentions

In all, we chose over 40 pcs to take with us to Tucson.  The entire list will be posted along with pictures of our booth starting at the beginning of February.  Keep posted and please congratulate all the winners on their great designs.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun, we have another design group starting in February for our March newsletter.  Please send us an email with a link to your blog page and some examples of your work.  We will send out notifications to chosen designers in the new few week.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tucson Cultured Sea Glass Design Team Reveal

A big thanks to all the designers, artists, crafters, and enthusiasts for agreeing to help out and participate in our Cultured Sea Glass design team.  The response as been amazing - my inbox was bursting with beaded awesomeness.  Two weeks is a very short turnaround but many of our team members were able to get things done in just a few days after receiving their samples.  I barely had time to post my blog entry announcing the challenge before I received designs sent in from excited members.

Members each received a randomly selected bag of mixed sea glass and crystal beads.  Some had pearls, base metal and other products but the sea glass was our main focus this time.  Here is a sample bag from Hope

Their instructions were simple: create pieces focusing on the cultured sea glass while trying to incorporate as many of our samples as possible.  This was particularly difficult since they didn't get any say in what color, shapes, materials or how many of each they got.  But with no exaggeration do I say they rose to the challenge and dove right in with relish.

Here are a few designs examples from our submissions.  To see all of them organized by designer, please check out the ZnetShows Facebook Page

Special Thanks to these designers who submitted their works.  Please take a look at all their blog pages and check out their designs.

Bobbie - Beadsong Jewelry

 Charlie - Clay Space

Cherrie - En La Lumière
Christina - Wings N Scales

 Christine - Sweet Girl Design

 Cindy - Live to Design

Donetta - Simply Gorgeous
 Gretchen - Gretchen Nation Collection

Heather -  The Crafthopper
 Heidi - Heidi Kingman Jewelry

Hope - CraftyHope

Kelly - Traveling SideShow 

Klaudette -  Only Road
Suzette - Ellie's Bijoux

To get the design juices flowing and give everyone a little push, I sent out these pictures threatening baby teasing if they didn't make the deadline!  Seemed to work as we got everyone's designs!


We will announce which designs were chosen for our Tucson booth and also which designs are the winners of our top prize soon. 

Stay tuned....

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tucson Sea Glass Design Team

Cultured Sea Glass Design Team Challenge

A group of designers, artists, and hobbyists accepted our challenge: design some jewelry with our newest sea glass items with a deadline only 2 weeks away! Here's the story of those brave enough to accept the challenge!

 We made all the sample packs to go out with the idea of giving each designer a theme and seeing what they come up with. View it like a one way bead soup exchange. We are so excited to see what everyone comes up with. No everyone got the same colors, so it'll be very interesting to see what happens.

Each designer will submit photos of their completed works and we will then select the designs we feel really represent our products and mail them to Tucson to display at our booth!

In addition, all designs mailed to Tucson will be judged by our staff and customers at Tucson for a prize drawing of up to $100 Gift certificate to our website. 

Winners of the first round will be announced on this blog and on facebook soon.