Think Spring OOAK Contest - Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted designs for our Think Spring Contest! We received some beautiful designs which has made our choice very diffucult, but we've made our decision!

And the Winners are...

1st Place Winner - Wings of Spring

Necklace created Judy Larson ~ Designer OOAK Cabochon: Jade

Story Behind the Creation: Spring comes a bit later to us than much of the U.S. as we live on a river that separates Minnesota from Canada and it is spring when the robins and all the seagulls and water fowl come back. My neck piece, Wings Of Spring, reminds me of those birds in flight.

Judy Receives: $200 Gift Certificate to PLUS 1 DVD Series of her choice.

The 10x30mm marquis and the 15mm round jade OOAK cabochons are the focal pieces in the neckpiece I wove using silver wire. The two end sections with 8mm round jade beads are based on a Nicole Hanna tutorial that I changed/reworked so they became part of the neckpiece, not separate links. The chain is made of double 2.5mm 20 gauge jump rings. I used 3mm and 2.5mm silver beads as accents. A 3 inchextender makes the piece more versatile to wear.


2nd Place Winner - Wrapped in Spring

Necklace created by Olga Teague ~ Designer OOAK Cabochon: Green Howlite

Story Behind the Creation: Inspired by the green cabochon, the necklace "Wrapped in Spring" represents the new vine that twists and spirals with laced buds, holding the promise of beauty and a new beginning that is Spring.

Olga Receives: $150 Gift Certificate to AND either an assortment of 1 gross (144 pieces) Swarovski beads OR 2 individual DVDs of choice.

Wrapped in Spring by  Olga Teaque

3rd Place Winner - Nouveau Flourite

Pendant created by Rhonda Chase ~ OOAK Gemstone: Faceted Green Flourite

Story Behind the Creation: While in Italy I was deeply inspired by magnificent art nouveau buildings from the early 1900's. There were many botanical patterns, which led me to design this art nouveau flower pendant. Nouveau Flourite is a play on words, combining the art style and the gemstone, and sounding like "nouveau fleur" which means "new flower" in French.

Rhonda Receives: $100 Gift Certificate to AND either an assortment of 1/2 gross (72 pieces) Swarovski beads OR 2 individual DVDs of choice.

Nouveau Flourite by Rhonda Chase

Congratulations to all of our Winners - and thank you to everyone who submitted their beautiful creations to our contest!