even makes them a little uncomfortable. Because creative discomfort sometimes paves a beautiful path towards individual expression. And this contest was so full of gloriousness that I'm seriously considering more wire-only challenges in the future. While stones and beads are complimentary and lovely accessories, it's the wire work I fell in love with all those years ago when I made the first tentative steps towards my future, so I'm more than a little biased with my love of wire. And this contest, with these entries, just fueled that love even more!
There are two categories judged in each "Finish It!" Design Challenge. A group favorite, where only participants are allowed to cast a single vote for their favorite entry. And a judged favorite, reached by a consensus of 7 non-participants, including consumers and other wire-artists.
The group favorite will receive my finished version of this pendant, and any 10 Nicole Hanna Jewelry tutorials of their choice. The judged favorite will also receive any 10 Nicole Hanna Jewelry tutorials of their choice (not that any of the entrants need my help!).
And everyone gets bragging rights! Because I know this wasn't an easy challenge. There was an obscene amount of wire involved, and the focus stayed entirely on the design utilizing that wire, without the distraction of beads or stones.
So please.... take a look at the winners below: Penny Sanchez and Daune Price-Hannah, and give them the warmest and most-deserved congrats!
Group Favorite: Penny Sanchez
Judged Favorite: Daune Price-Hannah
And definitely stay tuned for more "Finish It!" Design Challenges. While I have no more planned for this year, I do already have them tentatively scheduled for next year, with some new approaches in consideration! And if, in the next contest, we break 100 entries, I'll be offering a few more goodies for our winners and participants, so definitely stay tuned!
Until then, beautiful souls, stay creative and happy weaving! Any many thanks to the truly amazing and talented folks who entered! By accepting the challenge, you filled these past few weeks for me with inspiration and joy.
10/16/2017 09:38:26 am
Congratulations Penny and Daune. Both pieces are truly beautiful and as Nicole stated amazingly inspirational.
10/16/2017 10:35:27 am
Congratulations to you both.
10/16/2017 10:43:31 am
Super congrats to the winners, and to all of the participants! You produced amazingly creative pieces. I love seeing your designs. Someday I may even put my toe into this wire water! Until then, I will revel in your joyous works of art!
10/16/2017 12:43:17 pm
Massive congratulations to the winners xxxxxxx
10/16/2017 01:13:09 pm
Thank you so much, Nicole Hanna, for the challenge that opened our imaginations. Congratulations to Penny and all that participated. Sometimes it is hard to step out of the box and try something new because one never knows how their work will be received. I am glad that I took that step. I am grateful for this group that Nicole Hanna has brought together. It is such a supportive and safe place to learn and grow. We all won because we created a new design to work with and won the newest tutorial "Hare Raising", by Nicole. I am very thankful for this chance to receive feedback on this journey with making art from wire.
10/21/2017 06:18:34 pm
Congratulations daune, your tree is soo beautiful, and I was so grateful for your kind words on my piece. Thank you too Nicole too for forcing me to try something new and completely out of my comfort zone xx
10/16/2017 01:34:36 pm
Bravo! Well earned! I love them both!
10/16/2017 01:58:28 pm
Congratulations Penny and Daune! Both beautiful creations!
10/16/2017 03:25:03 pm
Congratulations Daune!!! It is so wonderful to be a part of this amazing community of artists. I was so inspired by the many different styles and beautiful pieces that were submitted. From the whimsical to the elegant!! I have been hesitant to put my stuff out there, but this gives me the confidence to continue moving forward. The encouragement of everyone who participated and those that contribute to Nicole's Facebook group are what gives me the inspiration to continue to grow...thank you to all of you! I want to say a special thank you to Nicole Hanna for her amazing and generous spirit and soul. She was my original inspiration for starting down my wire weaving journey just over a year ago!!! Thank you Nicole!!
10/16/2017 06:25:01 pm
Wow! Congratulations to the winners! Very creative!!! Two very different designs yet started the same way incredible!
10/17/2017 02:22:40 am
Congratulations to the winners! Both designs are just stunning!! Thanks a lot for organizing this contest, I learned a lot through it and... I'm ready for the hare raising :)
10/24/2017 08:30:41 pm
Congratulations to both winners for the excellent pieces they have offered to us and congratulations to Nicole for the inspiration is giving to all of us.
10/25/2017 01:22:27 am
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