Tuesday, June 15, 2010

BAO Challenge, "A Novel Idea."

Our first ever challenge has five impressive entries. The challenge was to create a piece inspired by a work of fiction. Read about the inspiration for each piece on the links below! (Comment here before June 22nd to place your vote AND a reader will be selected at random to win a fabulous prize, a beautiful pendant from SandFibers! *See a picture at the end of this post.))

The first entry is from time2cre8.

Our second entry is from thejadedog.

The third entry is from triz.

And the fourth entry is from thebeadedlily.

And the fifth entry is from smadarstreasures.

The winner of the drawing from the pool of blog comments will receive this fabulous pendant from SandFibers!


Carol Dean June 15, 2010 at 7:52 PM  

All five of these pieces are wonderful and their creators should be proud. Having to choose only one, however, I have to vote for The Triadic Circle.

Well done, ladies!!!

jenjasmine June 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM  

Fantastic work!

I like them all, but Jade Dog's is my fav, if I HAVE to pick.

tinybeads2004 June 15, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

it's hard to choose, but I vote for the Triadic Circle.

topaz08 June 15, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

Those are are wonderful! The color of entry #5, by smadarstreasures, caught me, so that's who I have to vote for.

Artisan Clay June 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM  

The Jade Dog has my vote!

Such beautiful work from everyone!

Melody Marie Murray June 15, 2010 at 8:37 PM  

They are all wonderful. But the one that is both wonderful and made me laugh with delight is #4. So I vote for The Beaded Lily.

Julie June 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

I love all of these pieces - but would have to vote for the Triadic Circle as I love the movement and color in that piece.

gina /aka / wing June 15, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

oh, this is a tough one, they are ALL deserving to win. but since i can only chose 1, i love Smadars.
the sweetness of the pendent, and ruffles give it an old fashioned look, but a really cool look.
the colors match so awesome, and i just love the edging around the beads. all of you who entered did better than good, you all did the highest level jewelry art. so forgive me for only getting to choose one. ♥

Erika June 16, 2010 at 2:31 AM  

They are all beautiful - however, my favourite one is Smadar's entry. I love the roman Anna Karenina too, and I think this piece would be perfect for her :)

Blauwe Lotus June 16, 2010 at 2:59 AM  

It's a close call, but in my mind Smadar's entry wins. It's almost a tie with the Jade Dog, though. Wonderful beadwork, very beautifully done.

lumina June 16, 2010 at 3:49 AM  

It's not easy to choose one of these buties... I think I love Smadar's necklace the most.

moonsafari June 16, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

so beautiful, all of them! my favouvite one is Smadar's necklace though :)

Maddy Richardson June 16, 2010 at 8:13 AM  

All gorgeous, but my favourite is jadedog's. Very hard to choose though!

Bobbi June 16, 2010 at 9:49 AM  

Hi, Wowww I just love all the pieces, but if you want me to pick just one...hmmmmm...well...I love cuffs, but then my favorite color is purple...oh my this is very hard but I vote for: Triz!
Thanks so much for this opportunity for your Giveaway! I hope that you have a wonderful day. Bead Happy!
Hugs and happy beading...

Laura June 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

I don't WANT to choose! I ADORE Triadic Circle and Plum, Burgundy and Rose Gold Pendant Bold Necklace, and I am going to have to go with Smadar's necklace because it is purple. Beautiful pieces, everyone!

Jean Hutter June 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM  

I love every entry - so hard to choose - well here goes number 5 - I like the colors of this one but like I said everyone is a winner in my book.

Dolphina June 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

I love them all but my heart falls for Triz!!! It's a delight to check your new creations Patrizia!

Morwyn June 16, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

"Triadic Circle" by The Jade Dog has my vote.

Carol June 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM  

Hard to pick one, but I choose Triadic Circle!!

Zsuzsi June 16, 2010 at 2:19 PM  

I hesitated a lot as all entries are amazing, but my absolute favourite is Jade Dog's "Triadic Circle".

Jessica June 16, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

Absolutely LOVE "Triadic Circle" by The Jade Dog - hands down my favorite!

Christine's Beadworks June 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

This is a very hard choice. They all have excellent design, color choice and difficulty levels. I do have to choose Triadi Circle by Jad Dog. It's visual impact snared me immediately. Great design.

Mary T Designs June 16, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

Wow! All the entries are spectacular. I vote for Red Poppy by Triz. Great work by all! Congrats ladies.

Releases by Rufydoof June 16, 2010 at 9:21 PM  

What a gorgeous selection of pieces - they are all winners in my eyes.

However as I am forced to choose one I will pick the pendant by The Jade Dog.

This piece really caught my eye. I love the overall design of the piece, the intricate beadwork and the striking colours.

Well done everyone!


Las Creaciones de Boricua June 16, 2010 at 11:33 PM  

I love all these pieces!!!
They are beautiful!!!
My favorite is from "thejadedog"

cjvierow June 17, 2010 at 1:09 AM  

All of the entries are really unique, but #5 by smadarstreasure is the one that immediately "spoke" to me. I wish we had more than one vote! CJ

Anna June 17, 2010 at 2:26 AM  

They are all so beautiful if their own ways, but having to choose one, it would be "Triadic Circle" by The Jade Dog. The flow, the colors and the design just speak to me!

Rebecca June 17, 2010 at 2:39 AM  

I genuinely love them all...so hard to choose. The Triadic Circle is stunning but I think my vote has to go with time2cre8 as I just love it's slightly avante garde nature! All BEAUTIFUL pieces though.

Anonymous June 17, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

All five works r gorgeous!! but since we have to choose- Smadar is my choise. Dalia Engelstein

tspanjer June 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

All beautiful but The Jade Dog has my vote! I love the colors and of course the design!

rockcreekcreations June 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

I love the pendant from thejadedog! That is totally my vote!

Beading Butterfly June 17, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

The Triadic Circle by The Jade Dog is my favorite!!

kassie (at) beadingbutterfly (dot) com

Cristina June 17, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

My vote is for the fantastic work of Triz Design....

Chris Maj June 18, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

LOVE the purple from smadarstreasures! Great work by all!

Jan June 18, 2010 at 1:25 PM  

Hard to make a decision, but Jade Dog gets my vote. I love the way each section of embroidery has different textures, and the bold colour scheme which can be tricky to pull off well.

VanBeads June 18, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

Boy, this is a hard one, but there's something about that piece by the Jade Dog that just calls to me. I love the colors and the textures and the lines. It's just so different. But all of the entries are gorgeous!

Shirley Cook - Jumping Jack Glass June 18, 2010 at 2:29 PM  

This is just wrong... I cannot vote for just one, they're all wonderful!

OK, OK, if I must... I have it narrowed down to two. And that was really really difficult.

So having to choose between those two, it's going to be...

sweating here, trying to catch my breath... all right, here goes... I'm going to vote for Smadar's necklace. Phew!

Barbara June 18, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

I vote for the second entry from jadedog. Love the look of the graduated bead sizes.

Sally Hershberger June 18, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

I have to vote for Jade Dog's--extremely unique. Although...all of them are just beautiful

Forsiranje June 18, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

My vote goest to Jade Dog's..such a mix!

Rosita Pisarchick June 18, 2010 at 6:17 PM  

My vote goes to the Triadic Circle. It is outstanding.

AnnieBeeBeads June 18, 2010 at 7:53 PM  

Oh, these are all quite wonderful....but Smader's necklace is astonishing!!

Lynn ॐ Berry June 18, 2010 at 8:35 PM  

They are all absolutely gorgeous!!! As difficult as it is to choose, I must go with Smadar's Treasure!! <3

Catalina Voroneanu June 18, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

All of them are gorgeous, really difficult to pick only one. I'll chose Triz's bracelet, it is something I would love to wear myself.

Sharon S. June 18, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

Love all of them! My pick is the paisley trio circular necklace.

welshbeader June 19, 2010 at 5:32 AM  

How wonderfully talented, all are exceptional but can only vote for one so my vote is Smadar's treasure. Love the colour choice and it just looks so wearable. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pieces.

Terre June 19, 2010 at 1:03 PM  

Really spectacular -- ALL of them. But if I have to vote for just one I am choosing Smadar's.

Tündrüs (Jákóiné Klárik Tünde) June 20, 2010 at 5:30 AM  

It's not easy to choose...Well, my favourite is Smadar's necklace.
All jobs are fantastic, congrat!!!!

Miri Agassi June 20, 2010 at 11:49 AM  

All are so beautiful!!
If I have to choose I vote for Smadar's treasure.

Denise June 20, 2010 at 3:47 PM  

The Jade Dog's pendant is beautiful. It has my vote. They are all amazing and the beading is inspirational!!!
Cheers, Denise

Marianne June 20, 2010 at 5:43 PM  

I like the one from the jade dog.

Sylvia Kubilus-Elam June 20, 2010 at 7:25 PM  

I am absolutely enthralled by ALL the entries...such astounding art! My favorite is the Triadic Circle however. It is unique, Colorful & so difficult to accomplish. Her skill is extraordinary.

Sylvia Kubilus-Elam June 20, 2010 at 7:26 PM  

I am absolutely enthralled by ALL the entries...such astounding art! My favorite is the Triadic Circle however. It is unique, Colorful & so difficult to accomplish. Her skill is extraordinary.

Cath Thomas June 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM  

Wow... I am blown by the Triade Circle. It nearly never happens that I'd love to be the owner of beaded jewelry made by others... but I wish this was mine!

MAKUstudio June 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

They are all beautiful! If I must vote, I vote for thejadedog's triadic circle. It must be hypnotic...buy, buy, buy!...Very cute!

BeadJewelryShopGirl June 22, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

All pieces are truly works of art! Since we can only chose one, I'm choosing Triadic Circle. I think it best represents the novel behind its inspiration. Bravo!

Janice June 22, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

They were all such great entries . . . so hard to choose! I loved the story behind thejadedog's thoughtful hypnotic device. Buy, buy, BUY!