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Welcome to the 2017 jewelry design challenge from Potomac Bead Company. This challenge helps you to enhance your creativity for original design AND provides fabulous prizes for 12 different contestant.

Winners will be chosen partially based upon social media posts/likes/shares/responses, and partially by a team of designers and Potomac Bead Company staff:
1st Prize: $250 Potomac Bead Company gift card
2nd Prize: $175 Potomac Bead Company gift card
3rd Prize: $100 Potomac Bead Company gift card
4th Prize: $75 Potomac Bead Company gift card
5th Prize: $50 Potomac Bead Company gift card
6th-12th Prizes: $25 Potomac Bead Company gift cards

How to Enter
There are a variety of ways that you can enter this contest. When you enter, be sure to mention your name, and which exclusive Potomac Bead Company products you used in the design. Enter by:
  1. Upload a photo using the gallery below
  2. Tag a photo on Instagram with hashtag #PotomacBeadChallenge2017
  3. Post your submission in the comments section of the Potomac Bead Challenge 2017 Facebook post.
  4. In addition to one of the following, you may also want to tag a photo on Potomac Bead Company's Facebook group, using hashtag #PotomacBeadChallenge2017
  • Each participant can submit a maximum of 3 designs.
  • Each design must be a 100% original, created by the participant and no one else
  • Each design must prominently use Potomac Bead Company products to be eligible. These can included RounDuo®, DiscDuo®, RounTrio®, Faceted RounTrio®, AVA® Beads, Cup Buttons, Potomac Crystal Rondelles (either size), Potomac Crystal Round 4mm, Potomac Crystal Rivoli, & Potomac Crystal Buttons.
  • The following criteria will be used when picking winners (in addition to social media responses/votes)
    • 25% Creativity and originality
    • 25% Artistic composition & quality (use of colors & neatness)
    • 25% The percent (of the project) that uses exclusive Potomac products
    • 25% Overall impression (effect of the design as a whole)
  • Potomac Bead Company may choose to remove a photo from the competition at any time at its own discretion
  • You must be at least 18 years or older to enter
  • The Potomac Bead Company gift cards are good for one year from the date of issue.
  • Contest opens for submission March 30th 2017, and closes for submission April 30th 2017.
  • All decision by Potomac Bead Company and designer assistants are final.
  • Participants agree that any of their designs submitted to the contest can be selected to be used in Potomac Bead Company YouTube videos. Any pattern chosen from the contest to be featured on Potomac Bead Company's YouTube page will also feature the name of the original artist and links back to them (if desired). No PDF patterns will be created.
  • Any submitted designs must have been created and made March 30th or after. Any designs created before this contest began are ineligible.

Thanks for playing, and being creative!

2016 Winners:
#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!