Name That Beadwork: Win a Kit of Vintage Beads!

Welcome to the new Beading Challenge blog here on Beading Daily! This is where you'll be able to come up with a name for my Challenge pieces in Beadwork magazine – and win a free beading kit!

Come up with a name for this beaded necklace, and you could win a free beading kit!

In the February/March Beadwork, we were supplied with a beautiful kit of vintage beads and components from A Grain of Sand. I've always had a thing for vintage beads, so I was all over this kit. I knew right away that I wanted to do something with the vintage tortoise colored rings, but I didn't know what. At first, I thought maybe I'd connect them with the matte green metal chain that was included in the kit, but couldn't figure out how to do it.

I looked at the seed beads that came with the kit. They were in my favorite colors of mustard yellow and transparent brown. Holding them up against the green and yellow striped seed beads, I had a flash of inspiration and dug out a bag of green cylinder beads that I've been hoarding in my stash. Eureka!

This beading kit includes vintage aluminum chain, vintage seed beads, a Miriam Haskell brass fan stamping and a beautiful Swarovski crystal clasp!

After I stitched and embellished the peyote stitch bands to connect the rings, I knew I needed a neck strap. For me, this is always the hardest part of designing a necklace. I was totally stumped until I started playing with the corrugated metal beads and the seed beads. What this piece needed was a simple multi-strand neck strap! I finished it with a hammered gold hook and eye clasp from my stash.

Now that I've done the beading, you get to do the naming! Come up with a name for this piece and leave it as a comment on this blog. You'll have until February 29, 2012 at midnight EST to leave your comment. After that, I'll enlist the help of Beadwork magazine editors Melinda Barta and Danielle Fox to choose the name that we like the best. (The winner will be notified by email, so make sure that you have an updated email in your Beading Daily account!)

The winner will receive the beading kit pictured here from A Grain of Sand that I used as the inspiration for this beaded necklace! (Unfortunately, due to customs regulations, we can only send this beading kit to winners who reside in the United States.)

Get your friends together, take a good look at this beaded necklace, and come up with your best names for this piece! You could win a free beading kit from A Grain of Sand!

Bead Happy,


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