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Kaleidoscope Mystery Competition

We've been having so much fun with the competition challenges recently!  The Forest Journey and the Water & Fire Mystery Competitions were all huge successes and we saw so many amazing things!  It's sort of surprising, because when we started doing the challenges, we never really 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.  To celebrate our community and to recognize and reward exceptional design, we decided to initiate another mystery competition: Kaleidoscope 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 I was a child, I remember laying on my back, looking through a kaleidoscope and thinking that it was pure magic.  I loved how the colors and patterns were constantly shifting and forming new combinations.  I loved the ever-shifting rainbow and spent hours playing with it.  When we were coming up with concepts, I knew that I wanted to play off this memory.  We pulled together a confetti of colors, shapes, and materials.  The assortment is very "bead soup" reminiscent, with clear beads as a foundation.  When I'm working, this is one of the ways that I draw inspiration... from spilling everything out and sort of seeing the patterns and relationships develop between components.  It creates unexpected results that I would never have dreamed up without seeing them first.
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.  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!  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, September 14th, 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, September 14th, 2017!

From September 14th to September 21st, we will be conducting voting.  Participants may submit one design for consideration. The judges will narrow down the top selections and award a prize to one deserving designer.  The prize is composed of vintage plastic, dyed agate, amazonite, pressed glass bicones, dyed pearls, mixed stone fancy grade faceted briolettes, Czech glass druks, waxed Irish linen, amethyst large chips, dyed shell, a porcelain pendant by Andrew Thornton, a Diane Hawkey porcelain word bead, a selection of ceramic components by Marsha Neal Studio, and Czech glass flowers.  The prize is worth over $175 retail!

Judges' deliberation concludes and the winner will be announced Saturday, September 23rd, 2017!

Now, here's the fine print:  There are only 30 Design Kits available!  (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!
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