Enter between April 15-May 15. Open world wide.
The purpose of the "Finish It!" challenge is to encourage the participants to extend themselves, their talents and creativity beyond the limitations of a single set of instructions and create pieces uniquely their own. Tutorials have been an integral part of my personal evolution as a jewelry artist, from such talents as Eni Oken, Iza Malzcyk, IMNIUM and Lonely Soldier. And my progression from the steps and instructions provided to me by others has been a worthwhile journey towards my own creative self-discovery. Tutorials need never represent a "cookie cutter" aesthetic, nor the only design possibility, but rather a gateway to limitless possibilities, and the entries received for these contests have proven, time and again, the truth of that statement.
Here’s the gist: At the bottom of this post is a link to a tutorial or, more accurately, the beginning of a tutorial, and ending abruptly less than halfway through the instruction. Your job is to create a piece beginning with the steps, as explained in the file, but ending with your own imagination!
While this is mostly intended to reward you with a sense of accomplishment, the “Group Favorite” will win my completed version of this project and any ten tutorials of their choice, plus $25 via PayPal (be sure to be PayPal ready!)
A “Judged Favorite”, chosen by a panel of four jewelry artists and three “consumers” (none of which will be participating in the contest), will also receive any ten tutorials of their choice plus $25 via PayPal.
Every contestant will receive the finished version of this tutorial simply for participating. This tutorial will arrive as a reply to your submission email, after the contest is closed to new entries, so check your spam folder if you do not receive it by May 22nd. Also, be sure your email host will accept incoming attachments. I've had many emails rejected because the mail box was full, or security settings did not allow attachments.
Note: Please access this file via a laptop or desktop computer. Some mobile devices are uncooperative with PDF downloads, and I may not be able to address requests for manual email delivery of this file in a timely manner (thus using up your submission time).
Good luck everyone and happy weaving!
4/15/2019 12:38:38 am
Ooohh! Perfect timing! It's the beginning of the school holidays and I'm off work for 2 weeks, one child is on a school trip in China all holidays and the other is away this week with friends. I do have a list longer than my arm of things I SHOULD be doing these holidays and things I'd planned to do but oooohhh, a Finish It Challenge is so exciting and I can do all those things I don't do these holidays next holidays, can't I???
4/15/2019 12:42:51 am
4/15/2019 11:04:46 am
Thanks Nicole. I knew I needed to take a break and I just got the best excuse to drop what I'm doing. This is perfect!
4/15/2019 09:07:39 pm
Ooh, can't wait to give it a go x
4/16/2019 06:06:19 am
Since it's about 6am for you, I'm going to assume it's okay to turn this project around for lefties? You might want to include that in the rules for next time. Just a thought.
4/16/2019 10:09:23 am
How exciting, can't wait to have a go 😀
4/16/2019 10:22:41 am
OOOO goodie. I learned so much about stretching my design choices, not so much through my entry as through the fabulous other entries. This one will give me another chance to think outside the box. Good luck to all the other entries!!! Fun!!!
4/16/2019 11:18:05 am
I just moved and my cabs and beads are somewhere in a box in my garage. 🙂 So this is perfect for me! I have been missing my wire for weeks now. 😍 Thanks
4/16/2019 05:32:20 pm
I am so happy that you do this—what an amazing way to encourage people to learn to trust their own instincts, and to learn to go with the flow. As basically a ‘newbie’ myself, I am genuinely looking forward to giving this a try. And I’d love to see past submissions for past contests as well. You are amazing, Nicole, and thank you for the opportunity!!
4/19/2019 08:53:24 pm
About going up or down in wire gauges...
4/19/2019 09:55:54 pm
Only two different gauges allowed, but where or when in the design you use them is up to you, once you've completed the required steps.
5/11/2019 07:30:25 am
Ok. Need more clarification cuz apparently I’m overthinking this, lol. So, Steps are completed with required gauges and my design is progressing and nearly done. Now I’d like to use 15cm of 16 instead of 14 and I was wondering if I could use 30g as an accent in two areas. Does that fall within your parameters? Or would I have had to use the smaller gauges consistently throughout my design after the tutorial?
5/11/2019 12:19:07 pm
Hi Lori! You would need to stick to the same gauge. So if you used 28 gauge earlier in the lesson, you would need to use that gauge again.
4/23/2019 11:15:41 am
Perfect timing Nicole! I have not been playing with wire much for the last 6 weeks as our precious dog passed away, and my heart hasn't been in it. Hopefully, this will give me an inspirational kick-start!
4/29/2019 10:55:59 am
I have my piece done, however I have reread the instructions and see that there is a jump ring in the materials.... do I really have to use a jump ring or is my bail that’s in my design ok?
4/30/2019 10:59:28 am
That's fine to leave it out if you've already finished the design!
5/3/2019 06:39:46 am
Dear Nicole, can I use a file or not to finish my piece? If I have read instructions cerrectly, I can use 14 or 16 gauge wire too?
5/3/2019 11:42:28 am
Yes, you can use either 14 or 16 gauge, but not both. And you can definitely use a file as long as it's use is for finishing purposes (filing a wire end smooth) and not in a way that would alter the overall size or shape of the design.
5/17/2019 06:50:37 pm
Oh man... I did complete something.... lol... and then forgot the deadline date... I can't wait to see all the awesomeness!!
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