Lark Crafts is teaming with an outstanding partner, the jewelry-making supplies company Rio Grande, to sponsor a fantastic challenge contest for jewelers that celebrates the great new book from Lark Jewelry & Beading: Jewelry Design Challenge!

In this book, 30 leading artists take up the challenge to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry using the same nine basic materials (with the option of adding a wildcard element). Top jewelers, including Todd Reed, Marlene True, Biba Schutz, Thomas Mann, and Davide Bigazzi, present their amazing creations, along with step-by-step instructions about how the pieces came to fruition. Jewelry Design Challenge is a beautiful volume of cutting-edge inspiration.

Now, we present you with the challenge: Use some or all of the following nine basic materials — and add a wildcard if you wish — to create your own original piece of jewelry:

  • 18-gauge sterling sheet, 3 inches (7.6 cm) square
  • 18-gauge copper sheet, 6 inches (15.2 cm) square
  • 1.6 mm sterling tubing, 6 inches (15.2 cm) long
  • six 5 mm black and white pearls (1/2 drilled)
  • 15 copper washers, various sizes from 1/4 to 1/2 inch (.6 to 1.3 cm)
  • 20-gauge sterling wire, 36 inches (91.4 cm) long
  • medium fine silver mesh, 6 cm square
  • 1.8 mm round Greek leather cord, 36 inches (91.4 cm) long
  • 20-gauge copper wire, 36 inches (91.4 cm) long

Need some or all of the materials? They can be found at http://www.riogrande.com/MemberArea/projectItems.aspx

Thomas Mann's piece in Jewelry Design Challenge

Why do it? You mean, beyond the pure challenge and wonderful fun? How about this prizing: The grand prize winner will receive a $1,500 Rio Grande gift card PLUS a library of 10 Lark Jewelry & Beading books. One second place winner will receive a $1,000 Rio Grande gift card and a library of 5 Lark Jewelry & Beading books, and one third place winner will receive a $500 Rio Grande gift card and a library of 5 Lark Jewelry & Beading books. Read all the details in the Official Rules; the contest is open only to legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry.

Candie Cooper's piece in Jewelry Design Challenge

Here’s how to enter: Send a good photo of your jewelry piece along with your name and email address to ahaffelt@larkbooks.com. Deadline for receipt of entry is November 30, 2010, at 9 p.m. EST. Winners will be asked to send in their jewelry piece for photographing at Lark Crafts for publicity purposes.

So take the Jewelry Design Challenge! We’re excited to see the jewelry design you create with your artistic vision and spirit.

Tod Pardon's piece in Jewelry Design Challenge

  • Anonymous

    This is so exciting. I can’t wait to see all the amazing pieces!

  • Shelby Foxwell

    This is such a fabulous book! I hope we get to see the finished pieces from the challenge.

  • Maria.

    I would LOVE to enter this!…but wait, US residents only? I have tons of Lark books on my shelves, how come we can’t play too?!
    Maria……sad UK resident, :-(

  • Wendy

    Why is this only open to USA residents?

  • katarina

    ..and once again, why just US residents only?!

  • Ray Hemachandra

    Maria, Wendy, Katarina, and all our non-U.S. friends, readers, and artists: As with our giveaways, I so wish we could extend participation to everyone, but we’re bound by the lawyers and governing U.S. contest laws. Whenever we can, we try to partner with non-U.S. publishers and distributors to do contests in other countries, as well. And we strive to create, and solicit, content for this blog that will appeal internationally. All best, Ray Hemachandra

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  • Rjewllrygirl

    Pity!! LOVE Lark Books!!! Always excited when new titles eventually filter down to us here in Cape Town,South Africa and I try to save up to buy as many of your publications as I can!!!! The best design inspiring books EVER!!! I am a jeweller as well and love design challenges, anyway good luck to all those who can enter!

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  • Latrice Jones

    i follow your blog

  • Angela B. Crispin

    Looks like another fabulous book and challenge ! Would love to take part, too bad I’m in France … did I really just say that ? ;o)
    I’ll be looking forward to seeing everyone’s work !

  • Helen Derici

    Hi there, would it be possible in future to include people from the UK and from other parts of Europe? I, for one, am feeling rather left out :-( I love all the Lark books (I have a library full of them!) I see that there are ‘rules’ that make the contest only open to US citizens so how about a separate competition for us Europeans? Helen Derici

  • Louisemccloud

    This jewelry is absolutely beautiful, unique, elegant, timeless.


    most enjoyable and very exciting.

  • Lisa

    HI- When we will see the jewelry from this contest? Would love to see the creative ideas everyone had!

  • kc

    they said they would post on or about dec 6th. seeing that this is the 9th? where and when are the results coming?

  • Elizabethkpayne

    I would love to see the winning entries….do you all have any idea when that will be? SO excited to see which projects won. Also, will you be showing other non-winning entries. :)

  • Kirkarcreates

    Any idea when the contest results will be announced???

  • Guest

    it would have been nice to at least get an email confirmation saying they’d received my entry and then another email to announce that they’ve chosen winners and that my piece hadnt been chosen. I know they got a lot of entries, but mass emails are easy to set up. I’m a bit disappointed in the lack of organization. I spent 3 weeks on my entry piece so a confirmation email would have been appreciated.

  • Dennis Lee Gomez

    A sunny day in New Mexico,
    I wanted to thank Lark Books for the opportunity and mentioned how much fun the Design Challenge was.
    I look forward to future opportunities.

  • kc

    I totally agree. It’s actually rude and Lark Books are in the professional business. It’s only professional to at least acknowledge they received the entry. . It doesn’t take a rocket science to take one moment to respond. you do that sort of behavior in any other business, you lose customers.
    And the whole cloak and dagger thing of well, we’ll let you know who won, makes you think, was this some sort of come on to get us to purchase more supplies at a tough time? Seriously! RUDE.
    I spent several weeks on mine as well, working in a very cold studio.