Monday, April 19, 2010

Steampunk Inspiration from Belle Armoire

Belle Armoire Jewelery - March/April 2010

We are so excited about our 2010 Flex Your Creativity Beading Contest.  Now, it feels like everywhere I look, there is something steampunk-y.  The folks over at Belle Armoire Jewelry were kind enough to let me share the design shown above with you.  Pippi has quite a few designs in the March/April issue of BAJ. So if you need a little steampunk inspiration, I suggest you pick up a copy soon.  Have you started to think about what your entry might look like?  Entries are due September 1st, 2010.  

6 comments:

Claire Goverts said...

That design is really cool.

I've been pondering over ideas for the contest, thinking what steampunk means and how I can interpret that into a jewelry design. I picked up some findings from Rings and Things already, and some from my local bead store. Depending on what I decide for the design I may use one of the trios I've purchased already, or I might buy more (there are so many Soft Flex colors out there).

Softflexgirl said...

Yay! I am so excited to see the creative entries that we are sure to get this year.

TesoriTrovati said...

Question for you... do you have to use all three colors in the Trio? Or just any three colors? I have a great idea to use that bright green from Egg Hunt...but the other colors just will not work at all. But, the bronze and black that I have from Sophisticated last year would be perfect! Would that be a way to enter the piece? If not, I will have to start over with my inspiration (and it would be something to consider for future challenges!). Thanks, Sara. Enjoy the day! Erin

Softflexgirl said...

You can use whichever colors you prefer, 1 color or all 3. :)

maneki said...

I'm really fond of the steampunk style, but I have to admit I've never actually made anything remotely "steamy" myself. It's like with books: I enjoy "gritty" urban fantasy, but could never write like that myself. My own stuff is so different. So I'm seeing this contest like a challenge to try making something steamy. A hopefully very fun and inspirational challenge.

Have thought of a few things I'd like to include (colours mainly), but so far not begun making or sketching anything yet.

Softflexgirl said...

That is exactly what we were hoping for. We want our contests to challenge designers to try something that they wouldn't normally do. There are tons of steampunk-y designs out there but very few that use beading wire. Lots of them use chain. So it will be neat to see this new generation of designs that are bound to be totally different than anything that we've seen before. :)

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