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March Gauntlet results

Voting is now closed and the results are in.
First, all of our wonderful entries again:

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And the winner is Shauna from Dancing Leaf Studios.  That makes 2 months in a row for Shauna.

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Thanks to all who entered again, and remember, the April challenge has been posted.

O-Beads

Have you seen our Czech glass O-beads?  They measure 3.8 x 1mm, with a 1.3mm hole, and come in a variety of colors. (we have even more on the way)  There is a LOT you can do with these, but we though we would give you a couple quick ideas.

 

obead First is a spiral shaggy loop earring using 20g 1/8″ BA rings and Lava red and white o-beads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

obeadNext up is a project given to us by Shauna over at Dancing Leaf Studios.

This project uses:

18g 1/4″ BA
19g 1/8″ BA
O-beads in   Lilac Vega luster, Emerald Celsian and Topaz
12mm SP lobster claw clasp

April Gauntlet challenge

Time to announce the Gauntlet challenge for April.  We’ve already done tiny, so this month we are going large.  We define large as 16g or 14g 1/4″ and larger.  Give us your best shot and send us your entries.

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March Gauntlet voting

Sorry for the delay, but with all the April 1 shenanigans going on yesterday we wanted to wait to post this for you.
The Gauntlet for March is now closed and voting is open here.  Go have a look and vote for your favorite!
Voting is open for 1 week, and we will announce the April Gauntlet challenge shortly.

On the Edge Designs

In our newest “On the Edge Designs” we give you a simple design that can be made several different ways with just a few minor adjustments.

First the original, Stainless steel orbital tube bead 2-2 chain

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19mm SS clasp

SS Tube Beads 

16g SS 5/16 jump ring (for clasp)

18g SS 3/16 jump rings (1 extra to attach clasp)

16g SS ½ jump rings

 

Basic construction- open one large ring, scoop two small, close all three, weave a second large ring through the two small rings and close.  Thread the two small rings through the center of a rondelle bead.  Open a large ring and weave through the two small rings without going through the rondelle.  Add two small rings to the large ring and close.  Weave a second large ring through the same path.  Continue on until chain is desired length.

 

For a little twist, literally, increase the 18g 3/16″ rings to 18g 13/64″, and you can mobius the large rings.
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And if you want a smaller version, we have that covered too.

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SS Rondelle Beads

1 20g 3/32 SS ring (to attach clasp)

20g ⅛  SS jump rings

18g 3/16 SS jump rings (1 extra for clasp)

 

Basic construction- open one large ring, scoop two small, close all three, weave a second large ring through the two small rings and close.  Thread the two small rings through the center of a rondelle bead.  Open a large ring and weave through the two small rings without going through the rondelle.  Add two small rings to the large ring and close.  Weave a second large ring through the same path.  Continue on until chain is desired length.

February Gauntlet results

The moment you have all been waiting for………….

Once again we had a bunch of wonderful entries.  Lets have a look at all of them again. (all thumbnails will open a larger picture)

 

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And the Oscar goes to……oh, wait, wrong show…….

 

chevronel_contest-sized  This stunning piece belongs to Shauna Simmons Taylor of Dancing Leaf Studios.  For those that are just coming into this, keep in mind this months challenge was tiny.  This bracelet is make up entirely of 20g square rings.  A whole lot of them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to everybody for your entries, and remember the March challenge waiting for you.

Now where’s that pizza guy, I’m hungry.

 

On the Edge Designs

At last, we bring you another installment of On the Edge Designs, and we think it’s worth the wait.

Lauren has come up with a multifunctional chain that we think is pretty cool.  Dubbed the Metamorphosis Chain, it can be worn as a belt or a lariat type necklace.

 

metamorphosys metamorphosys2  The available tutorial is 8 pages with step by step instructions, illustrations, and materials list complete with 2 sets of ring size suggestions so you can make it just the way you would like.

The Gauntlet, March challenge

Voting is still in progress for the February  Gauntlet, but it’s time to announce the challenge for March.

Are you ready?

Foreign objects……..

What’s a foreign object?  Anything that’s not a ring.  Give us your best crystal, bead, gear, bike chain, (or what ever else you can think of) creation.

 

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New to the Gauntlet?

A set of rules can be found here.

February Gauntlet voting

February is in the history books, and with it we get just a little bit closer to summer.  More to our point, the February Gauntlet is now open for voting.  Again, we had some great entries, so go have a look and vote for your favorite.   Remember, voting is open for 1 week.

We will be announcing the challenge for March very soon, so stay tuned.

 

And Remember, It’s in the Maille!

Starburst necklace

We have another neat little design for you, this time courtesy of Leayn at Anthelion Jewelry ( Facebook , Website )  She is calling this the Starburst necklace.

 

Materials list:

130—18g 5/32″ ID steel rings (or as shown 58 steel, 72 bronze—8 of the steel are connector rings to link chain to byzantine segments)
10—18g 1/4″ ID steel rings
4—Stainless steel tube beads 11mm
4 sections of Style 1 steel chain—3″ each
4 sections of Style 1 steel chain—7″ each (adjust to preferred total length, this makes about a 22-23″ necklace)
1 stainless steel 12 mm lobster clasp

 

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