Beads Direct UK sent me a mix of dyed wood beads, magnetic clasps, and braided leather. They also sent some very cool large-hole wood beads with metal cores.
I decided to make a couple of pieces of jewelry and then gift a big bag of their beads to you! So stick around a few minutes and learn how to win!
The first thing I honed in on was, of course, the hot pink wood beads. Obviously, I love pink. I also had a short length of sari ribbon (or SOME sort of fabric ribbon) and I don't know much about sari ribbon design at ALL. This seemed as good a time as any to try it!
First, I strung the wood beads (love that they're lightweight, and evenly dyed!) on a 16ga bronze wire. The gauge gave me the freedom that memory wire doesn't give me -- the ability to "moosh" the bracelet to fit my wrist but not cling to it. Then I tied on the sari ribbon and added a killer clasp.
Then end of the ribbon acts as a "dangle", if you will. It's very simple, very lightweight, and I hope it finds a wonderful home.
Then I tackled the braided leather, a magnetic clasp, and the large-hole wood beads. I love movement in bracelets, probably why I make so many charm bracelets, so the interplay of the moving beads really makes me happy. I glued the ends into the clasp and BAM, done. Who could ask for easier, and styles like this are really popular right now.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the products, and I'd like to pass these along and see what you make and see what you think! So the only rule to this giveaway is you make something and review it, linking to http://www.beadsdirect.co.uk -- and yes, it's open to international designers!
Here's what you'll get:
Three large-hole wood beads and two magnetic clasps.
Lots of teal braided leather and dyed wood of various colors and sizes.
I will announce the winner on Monday!
So make a comment (be sure you can commit to making something and doing a review).
Extra points for Facebook, Twitter, and blog posts!
Thank you to Beads Direct UK for the opportunity!
Legalese: These beads were given to me free of charge for my honest opinion.
I was not compensated in any way for this review.
Lori Anderson creates jewelry and bead kits as well as collaborative mixed media art with her son, Zack. Visit her shops by clicking here. She is also the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party® and author of the book Bead Soup.
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