2010 Flex Your Creativity Beading Contest

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We recently announced our big, beading contest for 2010.  

As we move toward becoming a greener company, we encourage recycling – even in your jewelry designs.  Design entries must include exposed beading wire.  All beading wire must be one of our Soft Flex Company brands – Soft FlexSoft TouchExtremeMetallics or Econoflex. You may use any color or diameter in your design.  There is no limit to the number of designs that you may enter. We encourage you to feature beads and findings from your local bead shop as well as create your beads and findings from found materials – clock parts, gears, washers, screws, bolts, bottle caps etc.  Lampworkers, recycled glass from bottles, made into parts and components are encouraged too.  Flex your creativity!  If you use beads or findings from your local bead shop, let us know who they are when you submit your design so that we can credit them too!

If you aren't quite sure how to incorporate the steampunk concept into your jewelry design, I suggest checking out the book shown above called Steampunkery by Christi Friesen.  I met her at CHA and she was loads of fun.

From Christi's website: Well, start with 'steampunk'. 'Steampunk' is a look-- a sort of Victorian-era mad scientist-adventurer look- all clockwork gears and brassy bits, leathery straps, and even the occasional bit of lacey filigree. Now apply that look to polymer clay creativity and you have 'steampunkery'! a wonderful way to combine polymer clay sculpting tricks (like making a miniature leather strap complete with wire buckle and tiny little fake stiching) with embellishments of vintage pieces (like watch parts), found objects (like old pen nibs), and stuff you've got in your craft stash (like beads and paper scraps). Doesn't that sound like fun?!

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