The Jewelry Design Challenge: Winners!

December 23, 2010, 16:00 pm  Posted by Lark Jewelry & Beading

In partnership with the jewelry-making supplies company Rio Grande, Lark Jewelry & Beading is pleased to announce the winners of the Jewelry Design Challenge contest.

In the book Jewelry Design Challenge, 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). In this contest, jewelers and crafters were challenged to do the same: create an original piece of jewelry using some or all of the materials in the book, also with the wildcard option. The nine materials were:

  • 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

(Want to take up the challenge yourself just for fun? A kit of the materials can still be found at http://www.riogrande.com/MemberArea/projectItems.aspx)

The members of the Lark Jewelry & Beading team, joined by Jewelry Design Challenge author Linda Kopp, performed the judging. So, without further ado and with partner Rio Grande, here are the winners of the Jewelry Design Challenge:

Grand Prize Winner

Julie Sanford's Fireflies and Moon Shadows

Our grand prize winner is Fireflies and Moon Shadows by Julie Sanford of Julie Sanford Designs in Grand Haven, Michigan. Julie utilized all nine parts of the kit and added two Lite-Brite pegs from what she calls “a favorite childhood toy.”

Julie describes her piece this way: “A whimsical yet nostalgic necklace inspired by playful childhood memories. This piece features a multi-layered moonlit landscape beckoning beyond a copper-framed screen. The pendant is suspended by stick-like tube links, fanciful fireflies, and framed screen links with integrated leather cord.”

Julie has won a $1,500 Rio Grande gift card and a library of 10 books from Lark Jewelry & Beading.

Second Prize Winner

Necklace by Karen Olsen Ramsey

Our second-prize winner is Northern California’s Karen Olsen Ramsey, who created an aquatic-themed design.

She explains how she utilized the materials: “I used the silver sheet to form and forge the flowing, looping forms above and below the fish. I used the copper sheet to form the background behind the fish and hammer-textured it. I melted the scrap together into a sheet and formed the fish using chasing and repousse to fully sculpt them into dimensional form.

“I used the tubing on the backside to form aquatic tendrils that flow through the background. I used the washers as bubble elements (and hammer-textured them) in the chain and below the pendant above the pearl, and I used the wire to make the chain links.”

Karen has won a $1,000 Rio Grande gift card and a library of five Lark Jewelry & Beading books.

Third Prize Winner

Shirlee Grund's Jellyfish Earrings

Our third-prize winner is Shirlee Grund of Lichen & Lychee Jewelry in Seattle, Washington. She named her sleek, delightful piece Jellyfish Earrings, and she has won a $500 gift card from Rio Grande and a library of five books from Lark Jewelry & Beading.

Honorable Mention

Bernadette Denoux's Suspended on the Bridge

Finally, we are pleased to award an Honorable Mention to Bernadette Denoux‘s piece, Suspended on the Bridge. Bernadette, of Miami, Florida, used the materials in a pleasing way unlike any of the other entrants to make her piece, and in recognition we’re sending her a library of five Lark Jewelry & Beading books.

We received 30 exciting and original entries in all. It was so pleasing to see the rich creativity and vibrant enthusiasm prompted by the Jewelry Design Challenge — both the book and the contest — by jewelers and crafters across the country. Lark Jewelry & Beading is also pleased to acknowledge and applaud co-sponsor Rio Grande‘s support of this challenge and, ongoingly, of the entire jewelry-making community. Thank you all.


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