Friday, May 01, 2015

Endless Sky Challenge...

I'm thrilled to present the latest Design Kit Challenge: Endless Sky! If you're not familiar with the challenges, they're a really cool way to play creatively and push yourself to work with an assortment of pre-selected components.

To participate, you must purchase a Design Kit.  This kit features a selection of premium Czech glass (both new and vintage), vintage lucite, quartz rock crystal, vintage glass, waxed Irish linen, 3 feet of hand-dyed recycled sari silk ribbon, aquamarine chip strand, vintage Venetian seed beads, and a Luxury Bead Blend.

The Luxury Bead Blend is an airy mix of Japanese Miyuki seed beads, Toho seed beads, Japanese Matsuno seed beads, vintage French seed beads, vintage Venetian seed beads, vintage Czech seed beads, freshwater pearls, glass pearls, Czech glass (both old and new), LOTS of aquamarine, agate, chalcedony, sodalite, stone, vintage sequins, German glass, jade, Swarovski crystal, vintage Japanese glass, vintage lucite and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

But wait... that's not all!  Each kit also includes a special, handmade Mystery Component!  The component is a secret until it arrives at your door!

The Mystery Component will publicly be revealed on Monday, June 29th, 2015!

Lately, I've been turning to gemstones for the initial inspiration.  In the last kit, I turned to watermelon tourmaline.  For this challenge, I sought the creative spark in aquamarine.  When I looked at the stone, I thought of the sky... an endless sky, studded with lazily drifting clouds.  It's easy to say, "the sky is blue".  But in reality, there are lots of colors represented above; there are shades of pale gray, subtle purples, and even tinges of green.  The stone aquamarine has all of these colors.  In pulling together this kit, I wanted to draw from various skies from memory... from the bright tropical skies of Hawaii, to the cold wintery Northern skies of Pennsylvania, and the clear crisp desert skies of Arizona.  This kit attempts to capture that ever-shifting blue.

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 assortment of beads included in the kit, but the (endless) sky is the limit with what you can make!  Feel free to use beads from your own stash to augment the offered selection.  Whether you use a little or a lot of the kit, make sure to keep your project SECRET until the reveal date!

The reveal date is set for Thursday, July 16th, 2015!

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 Endless Sky Challenge will end in a blog hop, sharing all the gorgeous things made with your kit with your fellow participants.

There are 30 Design Kits available this time (with one set aside for myself)!  I got a lot of requests the last time to add a few more kits and I thought I'd give it a try.  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it off within seven (Allegory Gallery) business days.  Hurry!  Even with the extra kits, 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 (sold in the US) will be shipped out with Priority 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 our shop in Southwestern PA), please place your order 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.  Sorry!

And on that happy note... we hope you have an awesome time playing with the kit and makes lots of pretty things!  We can't wait to see what you make!

CLICK HERE to get your Design Kit!

4 comments:

ChristinaMarieH said...

I adore the color palette of this kit! It's my favorite so far. So glad I was able to snag one. Happy Beading :)

Kathy Lindemer said...

Really pretty!

Shaiha said...

I couldn't resist as aquamarine is one of my favorite stones to work with.

Dolores Raml said...

I got my kit last week and it is more awesome up close than the pictures were, can't wait to play.