Summer 2013 Contributor Guidelines Posted!

We just finished putting the finishing touches on our Summer 2013 Jewelry Stringing submissions guidelines, and we can't wait to see this issue come together! Read through the guidelines and submissions instructions here. (Note: We have made some changes in our submissions process, so even frequent contributors should take a minute to read the guidelines in their entirety.)

This time around, projects will be organized into three themed sections (details below), and one special mixed-media feature.

Modern Cowgirl

Each of the jewelry pieces in this section will represent a contemporary take on the western aesthetic. Whether it’s fringe or cord, leather will play a big role in the designs in this category. Round out your designs by incorporating rosy pink, turquoise, burnt orange, and/or cream materials, such as carnelian, pink coral, turquoise, and pearls. Design motifs that you might consider using are charm clusters, faux bone, silver accents, and geometric patterns.

See our Pinterest inspiration board for the Modern Cowgirl palette at:

Flower Market

There is a lot to love about summertime, but fresh-cut flowers from the farmer’s market always tops our list! This palette is an homage to the organic floral hues that pour out of corner flower stands and outdoor markets during the summer months. Sage green, lilac purple, marigold yellow, sky blue, and cherry blossom come together in this botanically inspired palette.

 See our Pinterest inspiration board for the Flower Market palette at:

Summer in the City

This season’s fashionistas are strutting through the urban jungle wearing energetic, saturated colors and balancing these vibrant tones by pairing them with black and metallic accents. Successful submissions in this category will utilize brightly opaque beads and findings assembled in bold, contemporary designs. Color, instead of design intricacy, takes center stage in this category.

See our Pinterest inspiration board for the Summer in the City palette at:

Special Feature: Mixed-Media Jewelry

Instead of focusing around a collection of colors, the projects in this section are technique-driven. We will be accepting 2-4 projects in each of the following technique categories:

·         Resin: Use resin to create custom components for your submissions in this category. Feel free to supplement your designs with additional beads and findings, but your resin components should feature prominently in the submissions for this category.

·         Epoxy clay: This category will highlight designs that are made using epoxy clay, a popular alternative to polymer clay. Unlike polymer, epoxy clay comes in two parts that cure after they have been combined and molded—no baking required!

·         Riveting: Cold-connection rivets are often used to embellish and connect metal design elements. Of course, since it is a flame-free method, riveting can be used with other mediums as well (fabric, paper, plastic, etc.).  This category will showcase projects in which riveting is a main design element.

·         Patina inks: Much like traditional oxidizing or patinating, patina inks are a great way to add some color (and character!) to metallic surfaces. Use patina inks to add some color to the metal components in your submissions for this category.

Can't wait to see what these themes inspire you all to create!


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