Thursday, 26 September 2013

Indian Summer monthly challenge projects and a winner!!

So we nearly had an Indian Summer after the 2 days sunshine, but now it seems to be drizzly and grey. So here are the lovely entries from this month's challenge to make you think of warm summer nights, bright colours and golden rays. Entrants were welcome to interpret the 'Indian Summer' theme in any way that they liked. It's now time for us to share our entries and, of course, announce the winner of the £15 voucher code for The Bead Shop Liverpool


A combination of crystal clay and gems to make this beautiful brooch to be worn on a sarong on a hot summers day.


it's inspired by the bright, rich colours of Indian Jewellery and is made with a Fuschia 14mm Rivoli, Galv. Gold Seeds and Gold Chain.


I used a metal elephant pendant along with acrylic yellow beads with red spots. I also used red beads as accents with gold daisy spacers.


I used a very colorful pendant that consists of a orange flower with stylized leaves and small blue beads. Accented with some glass rounds and e beads in similar colors to match the pendant, silver flowers and butterflies  I like to think that this represents all the colors of summer...going into fall.


A jewelled hair accessory made in glittering gold seed beads and accented with green and red beads. Finished with a stunning red crystal.


I used red Gudo lampwork beads, Red and orange natural stone beads and some gemstone chips 


It is a multistrand bracelet made with Rayher wooden beads connected with flower chain I have made myself. Its colours are warm: red, orange and pale salmon, the rings are copperish looking and the toggle clasp is definitely copper.

All the entries are absolutely stunning and we are so happy you all took part. The winner was chosen at random! and, at the top of the list is....

Vicki! Congratulations! Vicki, please e-mail us at, so that we can send your your voucher code!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Indian Summer {The Monthly Challenge}

On the 1st of each month we'll be posting a challenge theme to inspire your jewellery making - whether you're a seed beader, stringer, metal clay worker, kumihimo lover or an all round beadaholic! 

Here at The Bead Shop Liverpool we're hoping that we'll have a bit of an autumnal heat-wave! Who doesn't want the sunshine to continue? So, with that in mind, this month we'd like you to create something inspired by the idea of The Indian Summer. You're welcome to interpret the theme in any way that you choose, but your creations must be made especially for the challenge.

At the end of the month, we'll be sharing everyone's entries here on the blog and choosing one winner at random to receive a £15 voucher code for The Bead Shop Liverpool's new website.

Does It Have To Be My Own Design? 
Not at all. We are happy for you to use designs from books, magazines or tutorials - or include elements inspired by other designers. However, we do ask that you remember to credit the designers when sending us your entries. 

Do You Accept Entries From Outside The UK? 
The Bead Shop Liverpool mails internationally so, yes, we are happy to except entries from outside the UK! 

When's The Deadline For Entries? 
The deadline for entries is the 25th of September 2013. Entries received after the 25th September will not be counted. We'll be sharing all entries on the blog - and announcing the winner - on the 28th September 2013. 

And How Do I Enter? 
Please send an e-mail to and include your name, e-mail address, details of your design and, of course, a photograph!