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A showcase of work from the four winners of the September 2017 Facet Design Challenge
Harvest Moon winners
Summer ends and we bring in the harvest. Fruits, berries, and sunflowers fill our tables. For the September Design Challenge, we asked our readers to celebrate the autumn! They explored the colors of fall in their jewelry, browsing the farmer’s market and basking in the golden autumn sunlight for inspiration. 
Falling Leaves Cheryl Giffen
Our first winner of HARVEST MOON is Cheryl Giffen, of Hooksett, New Hampshire. Her piece, FALLING LEAVES, was inspired by watching the red, gold and yellow leaves falling on her deck and front walkway.  

The Soutache piece uses a copper LunaSoft cab as a focal point. The rest of the piece is made up of miracles beads, duo beads, colored glass pearls and seed beads. The clasp is two inter-locking metal leaves.
The Cycle fo the Season Felice TrotterWanner

THE CYCLE OF THE SEASON copper wire pendant has an ammonite center piece. Designer Felice Trotter-Wanner of Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada, has woven three flat-backed Swarovski crystals to one side, representing the jewels found in a harvest. From there, there are several paths for the eye to follow, but they all lead back around to the endless fibonacci spiral in the ammonite.

Felice has many similar pendants available in the her Etsy store, Felice's Jewelry. You can also learn about her business, My Own Collection, on her Facebook page. 


This is the second time that Dawna Gillespie has won our Design Challenge, and this time she is our READER'S CHOICE AWARD winner!

Her HARVEST MOON submission is called AFFLICTION. Made from copper, brass, wire, pipe, washers, and velvet ribbon, it is hand-fabricated using techinques including etching with ferric chloride, cold connections, hammering, and piercing.  

Dawna writes to us from her home in Lubbock, Texas: "This piece evokes the feelings of autumn through the motifs that are reminiscent of fall foliage, rich fall colors, and the variety of textures that can be seen and felt during this magical time of year."

Check out this interview with Dawna from last year, when she won our ASCEND Design Challenge. And be sure to visit her website to learn more about her jewelry!

Daisy Days patricia Parker

This stunning work was submitted by Patricia Parker of Quakertown, Pennsylvania. DAISY DAYS features herringbone chain for the lariat. Autumn shades of purple, red, orange, and green echoe the colors of the berries and amaranth, while accenting the yellow of the peyote-stitch flower.

Learn more about Patricia's other award-winning beadwork by reading her blog,

Congratulations to all of our winners! We're so glad that you shared your stunning work with us. 

Getting ready for Halloween? Combine your love of all things spooky with your love of jewelry and enter our October Design Challenge, A BUMP IN THE NIGHT. 

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Something wicked this way comes … are you frightened? Amulets can provide protection, and black cats, bats, snakes or spiders can be friend or foe. Evil eyes and hamesh hands: they can serve as comfort, or signify mischief. The moon, the stars, the pentagram, the skull, the jack-o-lantern: what inspires you in October? 

Our Design Challenge A BUMP IN THE NIGHT will run from October 3 till the stroke of midnight on All Hallows' Eve (October 31)! Submit a photo of your work, the materials that you used, and a brief description of how your piece fits the theme. At the conclusion of the contest, the Facet editorial staff will vote, and our favorite pieces will be announced.

And don't forget to vote!! Help us choose the next Reader's Choice Award! Voting opens on Friday, October 20, and runs through midnight on Sunday, November 5.