2019 Summer Design Challenge

Put your jewelry design skills to the test, have some fun, and maybe win a Design & Adorn gift certificate!

How to play:

  • Register in-person, over the phone (520-209-1900) or online and pay the $20 per round non-refundable entry fee.  Each round is limited to a maximum of 12 contestants.
  • Make your choice of a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings using at least some of the secret ingredient and return your entry to Design & Adorn by the deadline for your round.  You will get a $20 Design & Adorn gift certificate when you turn in your entry on time.  Late entries will not be accepted and you forfeit the $20 non-refundable entry fee.

How to win:

  • Beaders’ Choice:  Every round there will be a one-week in-store voting period.  A person may vote up to one time per day during the voting period.  The maker of the jewelry entry with the most votes at the end of the voting period wins the Beaders’ Choice.  The prize is a $25 Design & Adorn gift certificate and a high-resolution digital file of a professional beauty shot of your entry.
  • Judges’ Pick:  Every round Rebecca Combs & Richard Swanborg will judge the entries and independently award points on craftsmanship (up to 5 points), use of the secret ingredient (up to 5 points) and overall jewelry composition (up to 10 points).  The points from each judge will be added together to create the final score for each entry.  The entry with the highest number of points wins the Judges’ Pick.  The prize is a $50 Design & Adorn gift certificate and a high-resolution digital file of a professional beauty shot of your entry.

Timing:  We’ll play in five rounds over the course of the summer

  • Round One:  Pick up your secret ingredient on Saturday, June 1st and return your completed entry by 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 8th.  Voting takes place in-store from June 11th – June 15th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, June 17th.  Pick up your round one jewelry entry between June 17th – 22nd.
  • Round Two:  Pick up your secret ingredient on Saturday, June 22nd and return your completed entry by 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 29th.  Voting takes place in-store from July 2nd – 6th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, July 9th.  Pick up your round two jewelry entry between July 9th – 13th.
  • Round Three:  Pick up your secret ingredient on Saturday, July 13th and return your completed entry by 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 20th.  Voting takes place in-store from July 23rd – 27th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, July 30th.  Pick up your round three jewelry entry between July 30th and August 3rd.
  • Round Four:  Pick up your secret ingredient on Saturday, August 3rd and return your completed entry by 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 10th.  Voting takes place in-store from August 13th – 17th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, August 20th.  Pick up your round four jewelry entry between August 20th and 24th.
  • Round Five:  Pick up your secret ingredient on Saturday, August 24th and return your completed entry by 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 31st.  Voting takes place in-store from September 3rd – 7th.  Winners will be announced Tuesday, September 10th.  Pick up your round five jewelry entry between September 10th and 14th.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to buy the secret ingredient?  No, a serving of secret ingredient (1 strand or 1 tube) is included with your entry fee and will be provided to you on secret ingredient pick up day.
  • Do I have to use the entire quantity of secret ingredient provided?  No, use as much or as little as you like, but keep in mind that the judges will be awarding points on how well you use the secret ingredient.
  • What if I need more of the secret ingredient?  While supplies last we will have additional tubes/strands of the secret ingredient available for purchase.
  • What other materials may I use to create my entry?  You may incorporate whatever other beads, findings, or materials you like.
  • Do I have to use a specific beading technique?  No.  You may use whatever beading/jewelry making technique you would like.
  • Do I have to enter every round?  No.  You can enter as many or few rounds as you like, but each round is limited to 12 contestants so be sure to register ASAP to ensure your spot.  There is $20 non-refundable entry fee required for each round you choose to participate in.
  • Is it possible to win both Beaders’ Choice and Judges’ Pick in a single round?  Yes!  Good luck!
  • I’m not in Tucson, can I still play by mail?  No, I’m sorry.  Because of the quick one-week turnaround time of each round it’s not possible to participate by mail.

Round One

The secret ingredient was 6mm White Round Czech Glass Pearls.  Karen Crandall won both the Judges’ Pick and the Beaders’ Choice Awards!

Round Two

The secret ingredient was Transparent Aqua AB Long Magatama.