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Water & Fire Mystery Competition

A few months ago, we launched our second competition, Forest Journey!  It was a huge success and a lot of people seemed really excited to participate.  The reveal for Forest Journey is coming up in April and we can't wait to see what people make.  When we started doing the challenges, we never wanted to do competitions.  Our goal was to inspire people to create and challenge themselves creatively.  But it seems as though the community that we've formed finds the competitions thrilling and invigorating.  The community that has emerged around the kits is one that we hold dear and is one that is both kind and encouraging.  When there's so much in this world that asks us to be divided, the kits are a reminder that we are stronger and better together.  To celebrate our community and to recognize and reward exceptional design, we decided to initiate another mystery competition: Water & Fire Mystery Competition.
Before I go further, I want to stress that while there is certainly a competition aspect of this particular challenge, the option to participate in that portion is completely voluntary!  We do not want people to be dissuaded from engaging in the challenge because they feel they're not qualified (for whatever reason) to be in the competition.  This is open to all skill levels and we encourage participation from beginners to long-time makers!  The biggest thing is that we want people to have FUN!

When we created the concept of this challenge, we thought about forces of creation and we instantly thought of the elements.  The more we pondered the powers of creation, we also thought of the role destruction plays.  Water and fire both have many beneficial attributes as life-givers and influencers of change, but they can also be harmful and detrimental to life.  Water and fire also cancel each other out.  As with all things, there's a balance.  And we wanted to make that balance the central focus of this challenge.

So... here's the deal:  Participants of the challenge must purchase at least one kit.  No one knows what's in the kits except for us.  But... there's a twist!  There are two separate kits.  And people who claim one kit may either get the fire kit or the water kit.  We will randomly select which one each participant will get.  (The only way to insure that you'll get a fire or water kit is to purchase two kits and we will include one of each.)  We'll send them out and folks will get a SURPRISE when they open the box!  Don't worry, it'll be a good one!  (I will say that the colors in the fire kit have fiery oranges, sizzling reds, and pops of luminous yellows.  The water kit has shades of watery blues with touches of green.)  Mystery Challengers will have several weeks to make something with one or both of the kits.  They can use as much or as little of the kits as they like and can supplement the kits with beads from their own stash if they so desire.  And then... on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 we'll share all the creations in our Facebook group.  Feel free to post however many pieces you were inspired to create from the kits!  CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook group just for our design challenges.

The Reveal date is Thursday, May 25th, 2017!

From May 25th to June 1st, all of the members of the Facebook group can vote for one of their favorite designs (but not their own).  Participants may submit one design (per element) for consideration. The judges will narrow down the top selections and award a prize to one deserving designer.  The prize is composed of a copy of "Exposed Bead & Wire Jewelry" Margot Potter, Fernando DaSilva and Katie Hacker AND "Designing Jewelry with Semiprecious Beads" by Kim Glover!  The winner will also receive a prize package including vintage plastic, vintage seed beads, a luxury bead blend, Czech glass, a hand-dyed silk ribbon, wood beads, waxed Irish linen, a ceramic piece by Earthenwood Studio, a ceramic piece by Gaea Cannaday, and a few strands of stone beads.  The prize is worth over $150 retail!  (And like all good mysteries, there might be some surprise prizes for other participants who don't snag the grand prize!)

Judges' deliberation concludes and the winner will be announced Saturday, June 3rd, 2017!

Now, here's the fine print:  There are only 40 Design Kits available!  There are 20 water kits and 20 fire kits.  Participants will not be able to pick what kit they get unless they get both kits and then they will get one of each.  (Unfortunately we can't make more if we sell out, because some of the components are vintage and are hard to find.)  Once we receive your order, we will process your kit and send it out within TEN business days.  Usually it's faster than that, but we like to make sure that there is plenty of time to make the kits perfect.  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 Priority mail.  This can take anywhere from one business day to ten.  For international orders, it may take longer!  If you know 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 kit out as early as possible, but unfortunately I 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.

CLICK HERE to go directly to our online store to get your very own kit!