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The Ugly Necklace Contest – Enter To Win

Posted by learntobead on September 19, 2011

9th International  2012
The Ugly Necklace Contest
– A Jewelry Design Competition With A Twist

Deadline: mon, 3/15/2012

A jewelry design competition with a twist. The contest presents a challenge not often tackled – at least intentionally.   Here’s your opportunity to show your design skills, your visual acumen, your senses and sensibilities. Can you put together a well-designed and functional, yet UGLY, necklace?

It’s Not Easy To Do Ugly! Your mind and eye won’t let you go there. As research into color and design has shown, your eye and brain compensate for imbalances in color or in the positioning of pieces and objects – they try to correct and harmonize them. You are pre-wired to subconsciously avoid anything that is disorienting, disturbing or distracting.

And that is lucky for most jewelry designers.   We are pre-wired to avoid negative things.  This makes it easier to end up with something beautiful.   And more difficult to end up with something Ugly.     Ugly goes against our nature.  It’s hard to do.

To achieve a truly hideous result means making the hard design choices, putting ourselves in situations and forcing us to make the kinds of choices we’re unfamiliar with, and taking us inside ourselves to places that we are somewhat scared about, and where we do not want to go.

Join the Fun!   Learn Some Things About Jewelry Design!

 

Entering is easy.  Take three good color snapshots or scans of your necklace, and write a short poem about it.
Visit the website for the full listing of Official Rules, as well as a listing of special requirements for the 2012 9th International Contest.     Images of past years’ winners and submissions are posted.

 
Contact Info
Land of Odds
The Ugly Necklace Contest
718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123
Nashville, TN 37204
615-292-0610
warren@landofodds.com

 

Website
http://www.landofodds.com/store/uglynecklace.htm

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New First Dibs Sale

Posted by learntobead on September 13, 2011

New First Dibs Sale
at Land of Odds (www.landofodds.com)
thru Mon, 9/26/11
Support our Sponsor 

Our FIRST DIBS SALES.
Don’t Miss Them!!!!!
Get merchandise at wholesale prices before we begin to price, merchandise and store it!

HIGHLIGHTS :

AMBER FIRE AGATE YELLOW (dyed)

BLACK ONYX

BLACK VEINED GRAY AGATE

BLUE FIRE AGATE (dyed)

GREEN BROWN FIRE AGATE (dyed)

GREEN CARAMEL AGATE (dyed)

PASTEL GREEN AND BLACK BANDED AGATE (dyed)

PINK BANDED AGATE (dyed)

PURPLE BANDED AGATE (dyed)

RED AGATE (dyed)

RED JADE (dyed)

RUBY JADE (dyed)

WHITE AND BROWN FIRE AGATE

WHITE LINED BLACK AGATE

Sale found here:
www.landofodds.com/store/firstdibson.htm

 

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New Column Posted to “How To Bead A Rogue Elephant”

Posted by learntobead on September 2, 2011

New Column Posted
“How To Bead A Rogue Elephant”

Getting Started in Beading and Jewelry Making
Excerpts from this book on the following topics…
Click here 

– Catching the “Bead-Bug”
– What Can You Do With Beads
– Getting Started
– Finding Inspirations
– Shopping for Beads
– What To Look For In A  Bead
– How Not To Shop
– Be A Good Customer
– Buyer Beware
– Tips for Buying Beads At A Bead Show
– What Should I Create?
– Planning Your Necklace
– Anatomy of a Necklace
– Measurements You Need to Know
– Working from a Palette
– How Do You Learn?
– The Types of Things You Need to Learn
– On My Own, Through Books, or Through Classes?
– Reading Patterns and Instructions
– Self-Esteem — Making Choices
– Selling vs. Keeping
– Beading Aphorisms

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