In many of our posts we mention in passing that we are busy filling a loose bead order or making beads for Paulette. Paulette of course is Paulette Walther of Kazuri beads and thanks to her energy and vision, our range of bead designs has grown steadily. We love making our slider beads which we make in several patterns including the Wild Things range and our beautiful dappled Winter and Golden Brown tones.
These are usually teamed with leather and worn as bracelets but we are looking forward to seeing lots more creative uses of our beads as people submit entries to the Handmade Slider Bead Jewelry Design Contest which starts today (28 July) and extends until 28 August. Three winners will be selected by a panel of jewellery designers: Pearl Blay – who was responsible for helping us with our Modahaus Photography tent and wrote a wonderful post about that on her blog here; Kerrie Slade; Sandra Francour and Paulette herself.) Winners will be announced in September and can win terrific prizes.
For design inspiration see some of Pearl’s fabulous designs here. This photo shows one of her designs using a version of our giraffe bead! She has also made designs that don’t use leather. Read all about the contest here and get cracking.
We can’t wait to see what you do with our slider beads!
And, strap yourselves down because we will be publishing progress shots of the second storey later this week. It’s all happening!