Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cultured Sea Glass Design Team Take 2

Even after the January Cultured Sea Glass Design Team reveal, we had quite a few more Design Team members roll out their inspirational designs. Yesterday was Memorial Day here in the U.S. and it always feels like the (un)official kickoff of Summer. Since summertime often means time by the seashore, today seemed like the perfect day to share these cultured sea glass creations.
BR Kuhlman
Andrea Trank
Andra Weber
Lisa Lodge
Karen Williams
Cynthia Riggs
Cynthia Machata
Klaudete Koon
Jane Haag

Here's the complete list of blogs to visit for this reveal so you can see ALL of the designers' sea glass pieces.

A few designers didn't include their cultured sea glass designs on their blogs, but you can check out their albums on the ZnetShows Facebook page.
Amy Severino (to see more of her work here's Amy's blog)
Barb Fernald (more of her work can be seen on Barb's blog)

Jane Haag included a shot of her designs on her own Facebook page.

Thanks to all the design team members for your lovely creations.
Now, who's ready for some warm breezes and time in the sand?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough Winners

The results are in for the top winners in the "Diamonds in the Rough" Challenge. As you may remember, we narrowed down the entries to the Top 20 designs and let the ZnetShows Facebook fans vote by Liking their favorites. Here are the winners, drum roll please. . .

In first (and second place) is Christina Miles as the following two pairs of earrings received the top number of likes.

Banana Split

Next is Kay Thomerson with her 'Sweet Sixteen' necklace.
Sweet Sixteen

Finally, is Becky Pancake's bracelet.
Adventurine Cube Bracelet
Congratulations to these three designers as well as all of our Design Team. They made some fabulous jewelry with our wholesale beads and we couldn't be happier with how well they highlighted the beauty of the beads.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Diamonds in the Rough - Challenge Reveal!

In April, we challenged our design team from Tucson to pick out some of our older wholesale beads and pendants and revitalize them with new designs.  Our intrepid designers took up the challenge! See the initial blog post here: April Stone Challenge.

I sent out a massive file with all the items in our warehouse we thought could use a little more exposure - some of them perhaps overlooked in the past few years.  The designers picked some items they felt comfortable using and a few that were more challenging.  I threw in a few more just in case it wasn't challenging enough.

Here are a few examples of what the designers got.  Thanks for the pictures Charlie and Lisa!

And of course, it would be downright Un-American not to make this into a competition, so we chose 20 of the top designs we felt really brings out the beauty of these diamonds.  These are posted on our Facebook page and we will allow our fans to vote for the winners. 

VOTE for your Favorites
Join the ZnetShows Facebook Page and Each LIKE counts as a vote with the top three winners after 2 weeks receiving Gift Certificates to our website, Znetshows.com.

Blog Hop List

It is a misnomer to say that these are the top 20 designs - because there are many many designs that are absolutely gorgeous.  These 20 are just the ones we felt best represent our items and show off the products the best for us as a business.  I'm sure you are now itching to see more, so without further ado, I give you the list for the Diamonds in the Rough Challenge!

Please check out all the cool designs and read how they came up with all the designs.  It really is amazing for our staff to see all the transformations - from a strand in a bag on a shelf into these marvelous creations.

Interested in These Products?

We wouldn't be a business (well, a very good business) if we didn't do a shameless commercial plug here.  If you are interested in making the jewelry featured here, check out each designer's descriptions.  Those are the product codes you can use to find the items on our site.  Some designers have gone the extra mile and added links directly to the items.  Also, we've added a few of these designs to our jewelry gallery, which has links to the products as well. 

If you want to buy the actual piece, you'll have to ask them directly.  Check out their Etsy shops or find a way to convince them to part with their creations!