Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Dark Bloom Challenge...

This is the newest Reader's Challenge for my blog!  If you're not familiar with the challenges, it's a fun and informal way to play, create, and challenge yourself with a pre-selected set of components.  Let's see what you can make!

To participate, you must purchase a Design Kit.  This kit features a selection of Japanese hex-cut seed beads, premium Czech glass (both vintage and new), iron corrugated rounds, an iron filigree bead, lampwork glass, Irish waxed linen, a gunmetal toggle, vintage moon-glow lucite, and recycled African glass beads.  The kit also includes a Luxury Bead Blend.

The Luxury Bead Blend consists of Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads, Czech glass, charlottes, African glass, rose quartz, jasper, quartz, Chinese crystal, Swarovski crystals, vintage sequins, German glass, vintage Japanese glass, glass pearls, freshwater pearls, marble, Matsuno seed beads, bugles, and labradorite.

But wait... there's more!  The pictures show a gorgeous mix of materials, but what isn't shown is the Mystery Component!  Each kit will come with a special, handmade component that will remain a mystery until it arrives at your door!  The Mystery Component might actually be more than just one bead or pendant.  It's always a surprise.

The Mystery Component will be publicly revealed on Monday, July 7th!

We have been having so much fun with the kits and people have been asking for more, so we're going to do a trial run and start offering them on a monthly basis.  You'll still have about two months to work on your project, but we'll be opening up the opportunity to work with them.  In selecting the components for this challenge, I imagined a garden at midnight under the light of the moon.  I imagined luscious purples and pale pink flowers all the more intense engulfed in shadows and moonlight.  I blended a selection of silky blacks, steely grays, gleaming silvers, and cool gunmetals.  They mix perfectly with pops of rosy pinks and deep purples.  

If you're seen the challenges before, then you know that there are a lot of different design choices that can create unique pieces, and a single kit can produce several pieces if one desires.

With your kit, using as much or as little of it as you like, create a piece that showcases your creativity, individuality, and artistic expression.  Ideally, your creation will spotlight the great selection of beads included, but the sky is the limit with what you can use and make!

Keep your project secret until the reveal date!  (Of course if you want to post teasers, please do!  It'll add to the excitement!)

The reveal date is set for Thursday, August 7th, 2014!  Post a picture on your blog or send one to me to post on your behalf (if you don't have a blog of your own).  The Dark Bloom Challenge will end in a blog hop, sharing all the lovely creations with your fellow participants!

There are only 20 Design Kits available (with one set aside for myself)!  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within seven business days.  Hurry!  Supplies are limited and are on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis!  (Sorry, no exceptions!)

I also wanted to mention that all the Design Kits will be shipped with First Class mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to fourteen.  For international participants, it may take longer!  If you know that it takes a long time to reach your destination (from Southwestern Pennsylvania) please place your orders early!  I will do my best to get your kits out as early as possible, but unfortunately can't be held responsible if it arrives late due to the postal service.  All sales of the Design Kits are final and there are no returns or exchanges.  With that all being said... I hope you have lots of fun and I can't wait to see what you make!

CLICK HERE to get your Design Kit!


Ann Schroeder said...

I got my kit for the Good Earth challenge today. I had been on the fence about whether to join the Dark Bloom challenge, but then the Good Earth kit was so beautiful, I knew I couldn't pass this one up! Thanks for such a fabulous kit chock full of goodness.

Jeanne @ Gems By Jeanne Marie said...

I love your challenges, Andrew!
Happy to say I've sold both pieces from Deep Waters!