Enter between September 14 - October 6. 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! (NOTE: Tutorial no longer available... contest closed)
I've decided this time I'll challenge you all in a different way.... no beads or cabochons may be used at all. This is a wire only challenge!
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.
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.
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 October 15. 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.
Happy weaving everyone, and I hope you have fun!
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!
9/14/2017 08:55:08 am
I love and think your jewelry is the most stunning pieces I have seen. I could look at your site all day and one day I am going to attempt to do some wiring (simple) and guess where I will go to learn....your site. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and if for some reason I should win, this piece would be one of my Pride and Joys!
9/14/2017 11:04:59 am
Thank you Debby! That is very sweet.
9/14/2017 09:53:18 am
Hi. We're in central Florida and thanks to Irma have no power until Sunday. I have my cell but no pc. Gonna try downloading PDF on here and see what happens. Love your work, tutorials and website blog. Thank you!
9/14/2017 11:06:12 am
I hope you were not too greatly effected by Irma! If you have trouble accessing the lesson, let me know.
9/14/2017 12:32:46 pm
Nancy, there's several apps that allow you to read pdf format on your phone! FYI, Pamela. Good luck! :)
9/14/2017 10:56:14 am
does this have to be a pendant or can it be something else like a bracelet or brooch?
9/14/2017 11:04:28 am
It can be anything you like at all! I'm so excited to see what everyone chooses to do.
9/14/2017 03:49:40 pm
Thanks for the quick reply as always! I hope I can come up with something that isn't a complete mess. I've never worked with this many separate wires at one time, but I like a challenge!
9/15/2017 08:06:31 am
What a great challenge! I can't wait to see what everyone does. I learn something new every time I visit your site. You are a great teacher and an inspiration to all. Thank you for sharing your talent with us.
9/15/2017 03:10:33 pm
Excited to try this one. Its been awhile. :) have a great time at your event.
9/15/2017 06:20:25 pm
I don't have enough 28g wire of one color, is it acceptable to use different colors in the weaving?
9/15/2017 07:41:06 pm
9/16/2017 09:31:14 am
9/16/2017 10:45:45 am
Hi Beth! As much of it should be used as possible.
9/16/2017 01:04:00 pm
This one looks challenging! Good Luck all!
9/17/2017 12:57:10 pm
Can we cut the 14 gauge wire into different lengths but still use all the amount? I have an idea but will rethink it if not xx
9/17/2017 03:22:48 pm
Yes! That's totally fine!
9/17/2017 05:46:35 pm
Thank you 😊
9/17/2017 05:16:08 pm
9/19/2017 01:32:22 pm
Hi Nicole are we able to use any other pliers at all. To twist the 14g wire. J
9/19/2017 02:01:47 pm
Another pair of needle or flat nose should be fine for the 14g wire.
9/20/2017 05:14:28 pm
This really made me think and I was so excited because I finished early and it was the first time that I ever used Liver Of Sulfur. I really liked how it made the wire look.
10/6/2017 09:37:37 pm
I am looking forward to seeing the different entries. Tomorrow is the day!! :)
9/30/2017 08:53:48 am
Hi Nicole, thanks for providing us with another Finish It! Challenge - I dare say this has a lot of people more stumped than before! I have a question in regard tp the initial part of the design set out in the Finish It! Tutorial - I would like to be able to attach one of the pieces of heavier gauge (14 or 16) to the back of the original design, when making the first and second runs of 10 rotations of 2/2 with the small loop in between. Can I do that or would you prefer that I attach the 14 or 16 in another way? Being able to attach it into the original steps would be much easier, not least because I have disability issues with my left hand, but I'll defer to your wisdom on it.
9/30/2017 12:28:03 pm
You can certainly do that! I look forward to seeing your entry!
10/2/2017 10:23:42 pm
I have a quick question. The closer I get to finishing the more I realize I'm going to need a jump ring to connect it to a chain...is it against the rule to add one and if so would it still be against the rules to make one out of the tails I have?
10/2/2017 10:29:15 pm
You can definitely make one out of the tails!
10/7/2017 06:13:33 pm
Didn't see this challenge in time to do it. Followed your Treasure Hunt and the tutorial for the Ocean Pendant which I then developed into a dragon head.
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