Saturday, May 11, 2013

Toho Design Challenge 2013

   To help promote the Toho Design Challenge 2013, I made a few designs for the Bead & Button Show coming in June.
   I'm not one to enter design challenges. I just enjoy promoting great new products and playing with beads.  So when Joelle Nicholson, Creative Director of Marketing at Starman, Inc., asked me if I would like some beads to play with, of course I said yes! Well, she didn't actually say, "Do you want to play with some beads?" That's just what my mind heard. 
   These wonderful kits will be available to the public starting at the Bead and Button Show this June.
   Before I show you what is in the kit, I want to share a couple of designs I came up with using mostly everything in the kit. I tried not to use items from my own stash. For me, this way of designing pushed me to be more creative.

   This necklace incorporates magatamas, cubes, round seed beads, and large drops. It reminds me of pieces I've seen worn by in the 19th century.
The only beads I used from my own stash were an 8 mm Chaton and Toho Treasures for the bezel.
   I recently posted these earrings, but I wanted to show them again because they were also made using the beads from the kit.
    I hope this inspires you to request a kit and see what you can create. So, without further delay, here is what the kit looks like.

   Blessings and happy beading!

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