Design Contest Winners!

Posted on July 17 2017

The results are in! And we have a winner for the Polynesian Party Jewelry Contest. But everyone who shops at JJB is a winner, which is why we have a special one day sale just for you! Scroll to the end to find out more (psst - 20% off storewide!).
Choosing the winner of our Design Contest was no easy task! The entire team at Jesse James Beads had a blind vote on the winning design, and two entries for runner up. Scroll to look at all designs from the contest, plus the Secret Sale at the bottom!
Our grand prize winner! Ms Tracy McMonagle Sparks, with a beautiful tassel style necklace featuring JJB's Vintage Black Wood Turtle and Hibiscus Strand #2. Tracy notes that "the silk she used for this tassel she'd been saving for 2 years!just waiting for the perfect piece." Just beautiful!Tracy has won a $100 shopping spree at Way to go, Trace!
See more of Tracy's work at her Etsy Shop, Sparkles-A-Lot2
Our two runner ups are Christiane Ross and Lesa Steele. Take a look at their work!
Christiane Ross: "Here's my entry...dubbed 'Atomic Jellyfish' by my husband. Focal is JJB Shimmering Abalone shell bead. I cut off the top to make a vessel then drilled the top and bottom to make beaded trim and fringe. The necklace is all antique brass chain and wrapped loop Jesse James beads from the collection. Oh, and I also included the Mermaid 'dream' charm adding a little bit of color with Alcohol Inks. 
This was a lot of fun. Love Jesse James Beads!" Thanks so much, Christiane! Christiane is receiving a box of goodies from JJB for her prize as runner up.
Lesa Steele: "I used the following: Cicada Carved Stone Bead, Macadamia Nut Design Elements x 2, Macadamia Nut Artisan Bead Strand x2, Glistening Round Seashell, and Longwood Geometric Beads. I also incorporated some of my own beads. This I title "Under the Sea". It was a joy to make and design." Thank you so much, Lesa! Lesa wins a surprise box of JJB goodies as her prize for winning runner up.
We received so many amazing entries - thank you for everyone that participated! Here is a look at all entries submitted for the JJB Polynesian Party Design Contest:
Abby Acre: " This is a micro macramé necklace. I used Bora Bora Blue small mix, with a stone focal bead. I used turquoise C-Lon cord to make the knots. There are approximately 250 knots on each side of this necklace, totaling 500 knots for the entire piece."
Arlene Freska: " My entry for the Polynesian Party. I used the beautiful beads from the Macadamia nut collection"
Barb Tabaka Tetzlaff: " I created this bracelet ( my daughter does the earrings) and named it "Mariposa"( butterfly)...I love the tropical colors of pale greens and yellows...the charm is a Vintaj solid brass butterfly!"
Carmen M Crenshaw‎: " Long necklace using JJB Macadamia nut collection , using freshwater pearls and Howlite lights coin Pearls & smokey crystals with matching tassel earrings."
Corin Deloge made with Carved Stone Cicada Pendant Bead and Macadamia Nut Inspiration Bead Mix
Jasmine Hicks: "Boho sari silk/fairy ribbon tassel❤️I can't wait for some Jesse James seed beads❤️"
Kate Enniss-Reid: "A 6 foot long strand with multiple styles and interchangeable pendants."
Kim Lee's beautiful tassel pendant necklace made using the Bora Bora Blue Inspiration Bead Mix, Macadamia Nut Inspiration Mix and JJB Chain
Lucinette Alvarado: "My contribution for the contest. This is a 22" three to two necklace and I used the Polynesian Collection hazelnut acrylic chain, dark wood arrow pendant mounted with a real sea glass component using 24 gauge copper wire, macadamia nut mini mix throughout the piece, three to one silver floral connectors and mother of pearl chips. I really got inspired by the Polynesian Collection. Thanks for the opportunity."
Marilyn McAllister: "Just had to share this necklace and earring set that I finished the other day with your carnelian semi precious stone links and tropical flower basket metal charms and acrylic chain."
Mary Catherine McElhatton: "I made this using the Hibiscus Flower Large Bead Mix. Added a few other beads and findings, made a wire wrapped bail for the Cowrie she'll that came in the mix as my focal."
Melanie Lemen Swope: " Lost Paradise : Wire Crochet featuring JJB Hibiscus Flower Mini Mix. I added some Pretty Freshwater Pearls in green, gold & white. The Focal is a repurposed Vintage brooch, circa 1985."
Phyllis Sherman: " I had made these resin Geckos many years ago and no one ever wanted to wear them as jewelry, so what better than on the earrings made with the Polynesian bead collections. Yes there are Geckos in the Polynesian islands."
Quiarrah Rieder: "Here is my entry with a little fish clasp!" Made with Bora Bora Blue Strand #2 and fabulous Teal Enamel Dangle Chain
Robin Polizzi: "My new favorite colors, Teals and turqs. This is from three Bora Bora kits (Bora Bora Inspiration Mix and Bora Bora Blue Mini Mix are still available!). 
I hope you enjoy."
SaraBeth Cullinan: "Reading about Nefertiti while I was making my entry for the Polynesian Party Jewelry contest inspired this Egyptian themed parure. I used beads from the Bora Bora Blue strands #1 & Bora Bora Blue Strand #2, the Bora Bora Blue Mini Mix, and a few treasures from my own stash."
Sherri Hattori: "My work with and glass and seed beads real bone and ivory necklace sets, wire wrap ring" -- This entry does not feature Polynesian Beads, but we still love Sherri's work! Thanks for checking us out, Sherri!
Stephanie-Marie Garcia‎: "My offering for the Polynesian Party 🎉! Hope that you like them. 😊" These gorgeous earrings were designed using the Bora Bora Blue Inspiration MixBora Bora Blue Strand #2 and the Bora Bora Blue Mini Mix
Wow! What a treat to see all of this beautiful jewelry art. Jesse James Beads fans are so incredibly talented, we are so lucky to see our beads turned into these fantastic masterpieces. 
GIVEAWAY! Want to win a special prize? Comment below your favorite piece from the contest. All comments will be reviewed and posted at 3:30pm EST today, and the winner announced at 4!
SECRET SALE! As a special thanks to our blog readers, we have 20% off storewide! Save 20% on your $35+ order when you enter the code ILOVEDESIGN at checkout, bulk excluded. Ends Tuesday 7/18/2017 at 11:59pm PST! Click here to save 20% and Shop the Site Today!
All Heart,
Your Friends at Jesse James Beads

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  • Carolyn: July 20, 2017

    I really like Barb’s bracelet – I am retired so don’t have occasion to wear necklaces as often. Butterflies were my mom’s favorite and the colors sre perfect!

  • melba dobson: July 20, 2017

    i love carmen’s style of necklace . the colors blend to make a dainty classy necklace that can be worn to work or a great night out on the town. i can see how hard this contest was with all the gorgeous styles these ladies made. congratulations to all these talented ladies !! you are all winners !!!

  • Lisa King: July 19, 2017

    They are all really pretty,but I liked Leesa Steele’s entry the best

  • Kathy: July 19, 2017

    Ijust love all yhe colors and designs so I really can’t make up mt mind

  • Susan Ziegler: July 19, 2017

    I absolutely love the grand prize winner’s design. I love rainbows and the mixed media of it all really intrigues me. :)

  • Dee Mahoski: July 19, 2017

    I loved Arlene Freska’s Polynesian necklace. It was refreshing to see something different. I thought it was great.

  • Kate : July 19, 2017

    Hi. Love the Abby Acres neckless is beautiful am in love .

  • Cathy M: July 19, 2017

    Jasmine Hicks! That necklace is beautiful…all of the above creations are..also love Stephanie-Marie earrings. Just lovely

  • Mary Hilt: July 19, 2017

    Melanie Lemen Swope – I love her design because it is unique. This is a great example of “design”. There is also some difficulty involved and this piece took time to make. I love, love this design.!

  • Robin: July 19, 2017

    I really love Robin Polizzi’s necklace. I am not her, but Robins stick together!

  • Vicki T: July 19, 2017

    All the entries are beautiful! I especially like Christiane Ross’s jellyfish. With her artwork, I can imagine the sea creature drifting and shimmering through the ocean waves. Gorgeous.

  • Norine Okano: July 19, 2017

    I absolutely love Abby Acres’ micro macrame necklace. She did a great job in balancing the various bead shapes with the macrame. The end result is a beautiful, classic necklace that can be worn dressed up or casual. Awesome job Abby!

  • Julie Schmidt: July 19, 2017

    I love Kim Lee’s necklace. It’s beautiful!!!

  • Sue Pell: July 18, 2017

    Loved Kim Lee’s necklace!

  • Malka ESsock: July 18, 2017

    i really like SaraBeth Cullinan things

  • Mischelle: July 18, 2017

    I love Kare Ennis Rieds necklace. So gorgeous and can be worn several ways.

  • Shelly: July 18, 2017

    So hard to choose just one design!! I love the turtle one with the silk ribbon. I do have to say that the “Atomic Jellyfish” is an absolute showstopper. The colors just work very well together and the design is well thought out and put together we’ll. Great job to all who entered.

  • Marilyn McAllister: July 18, 2017

    Kim Lee’s necklace is my choice. Love the style and colors used. And all of the entries were great. There are some awesome designers out there!

  • Jennifer Moore: July 18, 2017

    I love Tracy McMonagle Sparks tassel necklace with the turtle. Such a beach, boho vibe that I gravitate toward!

  • tammy craven: July 18, 2017

    I like Robin Polizzio design.

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