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Thank you to everyone who competed in Potomac Bead Company's 2016 Design Challenge! With over 100 different entries, there were many fantastic original designs, and we love seeing the creativity that each of you have developed. More than half of our entries were from those who had never previously created their own designs, and we love supporting that increase in originality. Most of the winning designs will be turned into YouTube tutorials over the next few months, so this is a great opportunity to purchase the supplies you will need.

With so many great entries, determining winners is never easy. We had three different designers judging (Gianna Zimmerman, Gina Moody, & Carole Ohl). Each designer submitted their list of top 15 designs to us. We then assigned point values to each design, compared numbers, assessed the value of the Potomac Bead Company exclusive beads to the design, and created a basic algorithm to determine the winners. Although each designer can only have one design place in the top 7, someone who had multiple designs nominated received extra points towards their top design.

So... here are your winners for 2016!

#1 - Eva Rushton
Molecules Necklace/Bracelet set
RounDuo, RounTrio, DiscDuo, Potomac Crystal 3x4mm rondelles, Potomac Crystal faceted buttons, Czech daggers, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads
#2 - Marissa Vallejo
RounDuo Daisey Bracelet
RounDuo, SuperDuo, 4mm bicones, 11/0 seed beads, 8/0 seed beads, cup button


#3 - Kathy Hobbs Stones
Knight's Diamonds
Potomac Crystal Rivoli 14mm, Potomac Crystal Rondelles 3x4mm, DIscDuo, RounDuo, RounTrio, Crescent beads, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads

#4 - Tracy Whitfield
Hollywood Squares
DiscDuo, O beads, 2-hole bar, 11/0 seed beads, 8/0 seed beads, cup button
#5 - Linda Skander
Miner's Gem
RounDuo, DiscDuo, Potomac Crystal Rondelles, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads, cup button, crescents.
#6 - Theresa Savo
Midnight Sun Bracelet
RounDuo, DIamonDuo, Fire Polished round, Rose Montee, O beads, Crescent, 11/0 seed beads

#7 - Susan Sassoon
Trifecta Necklace
Faceted RounTrio, Crescent, 11/0 seed beads, crystal briolette
#8 - Bridget Cook
Discs n' Diamonds
DiscDuo, cup button, 11/0 seed beads, 2x3mm rondelles

#9 - Phyllis Brunson Sutton
Hidden Rainbow Necklace
RounTrio, POtomac Crystal 3x4mm rondelles, 2x3mm rondelles, One beads, 14x8mm crystal tear drops, 8/0 seed beads, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads



#10 - Erika Lopez
Lovely Crystals
DiscDuo, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads, 4mm bicones, 3mm bicones, cup button


#11 - Rene Wilson
Flowering Aztec
RounDuo, DiscDuo, MIniDuo, 11/0 seed beads, 8/0 seed beads

#12 - Johanna Christina Lilja
Flowers & Pebbles
RounDuo, DiscDuo, SuperDuo, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads, cup button
*Note, Rene Wilson has an almost identical necklace design from March called "Sedna Blossoms"
#13 - Becca Scott
Penny Pincher
DiscDuo, Potomac Crystal Rondelles, Pinch beads, O beads, SuperDuo, 11/0 seed beads, 15/0 seed beads, Cup Button

#14 - Lisa Dooley
Dazzling Duos
Potomac Crystal rivoli, potomac crystal rondelles 3x4mm, DiscDuo, Cup Button, 11/0 seed beads, 11/0 delicas, 15/0 seed beads



You can browse all of the entries (or see larger images of the winners) by searching the "Beading and Jewelry Making" facebook group for the hashtag #PotomacBeadChallenge2016


Thanks again to all who participated!