Jun 14, 2013

The First Annual BEADALON Design Contest

Exciting news! Beadalon is hosting its first annual design contest, and the winner will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to Beadalon.

Designers may enter as many times as they wish, using at least 50% Beadalon beading wire in their original design. Any additional stringing materials used must also be by Beadalon.

Checking out the contest, I learned Beadalon has some very cool new German wire with five new distinct patterns.  They are beautiful patterns of wire! I most often use Beadalon German wire for my wire wrapping, and I'm very excited to try the new styles. Here is an example of Beadalon twisted square wire and half-round half-hard wire used in my wire wrapping: 

Larimar cabochons wire-wrapped using Beadalon German wire; with silver beads, Czech  crystals,
mystic topaz rondelles, and freshwater pearls on a chain of larimar beads, aquamarine squaredelles,
 mystic topaz, Czech rondelles, and Swarovski crystal embellished freshwater fancy pearls. 

I also use Beadalon satin copper, gold, and silver beading wire for my stringing. And I just learned there is also a new color of beading wire: satin antique brass in 7, 19, or 49 strands. Yippee! That is a color I'm really into using in designs right now! 

Here is a design I created using the beadalon Satin Copper beading wire with chainmaille. Fantasy faceted quartz crystal beads are strung between two chainmaille chains to create a cuff bracelet. The satin copper wire blends in with the tarnish-resistant bright copper coated metal jump rings beautifully:

Chainmaille cuff bracelet with quartz crystal fantasy (micro) faceted beads; made
with tarnish resistant bright copper rings and Beadalon satin copper stringing wire.

So, here are the design contest details:

This is going to be fun! Hope to see many of your designs in the contest. For complete information, go to Beadalon's website, and good luck!  

p.s. I wasn't asked to say anything nice about Beadalon, or the contest. I just saw the announcement at the Beads, Baubles, and Jewels group on Facebook and wanted to share :) 

Toltec Jewels is an author by day, jewelry maker by night. Her literary work is housed by the San Fransisco MOMA and is published internationally in popular magazines, literary quarterlies, and university publications. She has won a number of awards for literary and jewelry arts. She is happiest making handcrafted jewelry with her entire family, snuggling with her doggies and grandkids, sewing, singing, reading, and learning more jewelry techniques. She is the hostess of Jewel School Friends online, a community of expert and emerging artisans taking inspiration from each other and Jewel School. Join her on Facebook for networking, fundraising for Beads of Courage, jewelry making challenges, contests, give-a-ways and of course, cool beads and jewelry!


  1. Good luck.
    Can not wait to see what you enter in the contest.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing the Beadalon Design Contest information!


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