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GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

WELCOME TO OUR FIRST
PROFESSIONAL ARTISAN TEAM
GIVEAWAY
Once a month, on the first Wednesday,
We will give away some beautiful creations
from our 
Professional Artisan Team.
Handmade Porcelain, Stoneware and Earthenware
Beads and Pendants



These Very Generous Donations are From:
(Left to right and top to bottom)

Gerry Lee Cruthird - http://www.etsy.com/shop/ClayDesignsbyglee
Sheri Mallery - http://www.etsy.com/shop/SlinginMud
MaryAnn Carrol - http://www.etsy.com/shop/artisanbeadsplus
Janel Goolsby - http://www.etsy.com/shop/JeraLunaDesigns
Lisa Boucher - http://www.etsy.com/shop/Clayworksnh
Marti Conrad - http://www.etsy.com/shop/MartiC51

Well over $100 in value!!!!
All for ONE lucky person.
Would YOU like to win them???
All you have to do is comment below,
 what you would make with these awesome pieces!


**Only 1 comment per person will be counted**
We will use Random.org to choose a winner on Tuesday, June 12th. 




Good Luck!!!!!!!!


And please visit our Beads of Clay Team Member Stores
 to see more of their fabulous work!


ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED



81 comments:

  1. Really lovely beautiful beads and focals! Thank you for the chance! butterfliesawaitme@yahoo.com

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  2. Each one has me thinking what I would do with them, they are all lovely in their own right, thanks for the opportunity.

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  3. Oh wow what an opportunity ya'll are so very generous...I have never owned any ceramic beads...I would make bracelets or necklaces I guess. I Have always wanted to try my hand at creating with these beads. I would probably maybe try to design something bohemian with them.... I thank you for this fabtabulos giveaway event opportunity...you all rock ty ty ty

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  4. Good morning, amazing artisans!! I've got a unique opportunity coming up as I'll be deploying to Afghanistan, but the job I'll be doing is in "MWR"...that's morale, welfare, and recreation. My intention is to introduce some hands-on crafting and art classes (in addition to the library and the gym) once I'm there. These gorgeous pieces would be a perfect seed to start my preparations so I can teach folks to make beautiful things in a place that isn't all that beautiful sometimes. :)
    Thanks! Jen

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  5. What couldn't I do with these gorgeous beads? Wow, what a generous giveaway. I know what I would do, I would donate it all to Jen to take to Afghanistan for her crafting classes with our fighting men and women.

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  6. Wow! *Crossing my fingers* They're lovely-lovely-lovely!!! :D

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  7. Oh wow! Very generous indeed! I would likely need to hoard them for a little while, let the mingle with other parts of my stash and once they've found new best friends - release them back into the wild as jewelry of course

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  8. OH, I love the 3 little owls. I can see a necklace and earring set with them. Plus the set on the bottom left and top right are just calling to me to be bracelets. They all look like so much fun. Would love a chance to win.

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  9. Beautiful pieces. I would love to win and if I did I would be making numerous necklaces with perhaps some sari ribbon for some and some leather. There would probably be a bracelet or two in the mix also. I would have a grand old time.

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  10. Wow! They are all so beautiful! I would love to make a necklace with the cute blue bird pendant for my bff who just graduated college. I'm so proud of her and she would just love those beads!

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  11. I'd add those to my mountain of ceramic pieces and see which ones would like to play together....

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  12. To win these would be a great honor.

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  13. O.M.O!!!
    I hope I'll lucky enough to win all of them. So many projects can be make with those gorgeous beads =)

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  14. Those are so beautiful. I love owls, those would sure be something for me!! Mmmmm, I see some beautiful bracelets, earrings, and use of leather cord..............man oh man, I see lots of possibilities. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

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  15. These are awesome pieces! I would make pretty necklaces - some with with Sari silk, leather cord, or metal links. Right now I am going to go back to staring at the screen at this beads - yummy!!

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  16. Oh, I'm so in. I wish I may, I wish I might!

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  17. Well, I'm not sure about what I'd make, yet. I know I'd open the package they came in, spread them on my table and just handle them for (at least) a 1/2 hour. Then, I'd start pulling open drawers and matching this, tweaking that, moving things around, adding and/or subtracting a chain or ribbon or clasp until I found the perfect complements to these gorgeous beads and focals.

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  18. Lovely giveaway -- thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

    I'm not sure what I'd do with them. Perhaps I'd rummage through my stash of cords and threads and do some knotting and wrapping. Something simple and clean for the bird focal (either cord or add some chain) and then just "go with the flow" with the other components, just adding what feels right at the moment (wood components, seed beads, novelty yarn, balled wires, anything that feels right). I'm into patinas and hand-coloured metal at the moment so I'd probably want to include patina'd brass, copper, bronze and/or steel components.

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  19. I love all those blues/turquoises! I'd make many necklaces, because I'm on a huge necklace kick lately. Though I suppose I'd need to make matching earrings with the owl set. Wonderful beads :)

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  20. Oh wow! I would love to these glorious beads!

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  21. Oh I love to play the "What would I do with THAT bead?" game. The lovely little bluebird set would find themselves connected into a necklace with a skinny herringbone chain made from a bead soup of various blues. The shell pendant would become the centerpiece of a bead embroidered bracelet surrounded by tiny sea shells, pearls and beads in the colors of the ocean, beach and sky. MaryAnn's assortment could become part of a chunky freeform net of lapis chips and topaz size 6/0 seed beads. Janel's set would make a great bracelet spaced with little bali silver and cobalt blue beads. Lisa's beautiful leaf pendant would be the centerpiece of a spiral rope necklace embellished with czech pressed glass leaves in colors to complement the pendant. The owls would nest, almost hidden, in a fringed necklace of woodland colors. What a lovely lot of eye candy.

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  22. These beads are all beautiful - I love the rich colors of teal and green but also the pendants would adapt nicely with some sari silk, leather, other stones and maybe some filigree or brass or copper wire heavily textured and wrapped. Would love to win this group of beauties!
    Katherine

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  23. All really beautiful beads, I think I would be making necklaces, necklaces and more necklaces!

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  24. I would use these fabulous beads to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I could make some amazing items with them. I love ceramics.

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  25. Ummm, wow. This would be an awesome prize because I would love to be at bead and button! I see so many posting about it, and this looks like a wonderful selection of what could be found there!

    I would use the beads and make a few jewelry pieces for myself, a few to send to my consignment stores, and a a few to giveaway myself (pay it forward!) :)

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

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  26. Lisa Staten
    lastaten@embarqmail.com

    I have NO idea what I would make with all those beauties! I would just put them in a pile with all my other beads and see what happens. Necklaces and earrings, for sure!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  27. All of these beads are just beautiful, I would love to win them. I'd be making necklaces and earrings (I am matchy matchy).

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  28. I would make at least seven One of a Kind gorgeous works of art with those beads, that's what I would make! These are all lovely and a generous gesture from the artisans!

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  29. Wow, what beautiful beads and focals! I would love to make some necklaces and bracelets!

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  30. What a gorgeous giveway prize! I see some pieces that would make great necklaces and some that would make great bracelets. I love the earthy colors! Crossing my fingers that I win.

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  31. I would create pieces for each season; the bird and matching beads would add a sweet element to a spring design, the seashell is perfect for a summer necklace maybe with the addition of sea glass, the leaf pendant reminds me of a walk in the woods on a crisp autumn day and the owl pendants makes me think of a snowy owl perched on branches in the silent snow. I would create a necklace and earrings with those pieces. I would also add the gorgeous spacer beads throughout the four designs.

    AWESOME giveaway! Thank you for sharing these beauties.

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  32. I would play with the Beads, enjoying their textures and colors. Then, I would sit & stare at them off and on for hours, trying to understand what they are telling me they wish to become.

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  33. Ohhh how generous! I would love to try and incorporate my seed beads with these lovelies and see what I can come up with :)

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  34. I'm not sure if you care for specifics, but these thoughts immediately come to mind!

    The first two on the top row would be Spring/Summer pendants. The 3rd one on the top row, I would either save to use in various pieces as accent beads (to hang along with pendants or to use as part of a bracelet clasp, for example)...or they would make just a fantastic bracelet mixed all together!

    On the second row...the one on the left would make a lovely bracelet (or it would also go wonderfully with the shell pendant (top middle)! I've been trying to save a few nice pieces for Fall as I find them--this middle piece is a beautiful example for a pendant! A couple of clay beads in the lighter leaf color, or fossil beads in the same or lighter color would look lovely with this, and draw attention to the piece without competing with it. Bottom right--the owls! I'm just sure I know who made these! I know she makes beads that would coordinate, but I might go for a lighter white clay bead of hers instead so that the whole piece would not be monochrome. (Ooo, or maybe something with yellowish tones for the accent beads!) I'd have to play a bit here to see if the smaller owls should be earrings to match a pendant, or be part of the necklace. Think I'm leaning toward a necklace at the moment--more unexpected!

    See, I have great plans already! Obviously I NEED to win these! :-)

    Well, okay, so it's random... (ha!) The items are lovely, and thanks to all for offering this great giveaway! It's been fun "imagining" they were all mine anyway! :-)

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  35. First of all - Thank You very much for such wonderful giveaway !
    I don't make jewelry , but I would use them to decorate rustic style pillow,pocket of bohemian purse, maybe put some on Avant Garde style cuff bracelet...Imagination has no limit !
    All the best to You !

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  36. I love all these beads! Nothing compares to unique handmade beads! Thanks fr the giveaway!

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  37. They are all wonderful - I would make some lovely jewelry with all those pieces! Thanks for the generous giveaway!!

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  38. Beautiful array if beads and focals. I see so many things with these, I see bracelets and necklaces for sure!! :) Thank you for the opportunity to win these fabulous items!! :)

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  39. holy crap! those are all so gorgeous! I'd have a hard time making myself part with any of them ;)

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  40. The better question is what wouldn't I make!! lol I would certainly make magic! That's what the beads dictate!! Great mix! Love them all!

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  41. I can see at least one necklace and bracelet right away. Wow, what a great assortment! I think it's really interesting how some of the beads actually play off of each other. What an exciting giveaway! --Diane V

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  42. What would I do if I won these beads? First I'd jump up and down and scream! Then, I'm not sure....but I'd definitely have fun figuring it out! :)

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  43. What a treat to be able to design with these beautiful beads. I have lots of ideas for pairing these with my handmade polymer clay beads. What a great giveaway!

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  44. I am thinking the red and gold leaf one would look sooo lovely with an hand-made bail... And cherry creek jasper beads ! Oh, yes~ The others are just as lovely, of course <3

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  45. Great looking beads and a great idea!

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  46. Oh, I can think of lots of things to make with these beads and pendants! Lovely!

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  47. Hmmm, let's see? Well I would feel very lucky of course, if I win. Then, I would mix and match and make "marvelous" jewelry!

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  48. Make happiness! these beads make me want to create some fun jewelry with some metal work and sari ribbon.

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  49. There are so many possibilities with these lovely beads! The leaf focal is creaming for some sari silk, the blue bird would look great with some lovely silver branches I have in my stash. I'm sure there are some shells and pearls that would be perfect for the sea focal. Then, I just was gifted a whole stash of vintage beads that would be amazing thrown into the mix. What fun to play with all of these!

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  50. Oh wow!! The beads/pendants in this give-away are fabulous!! I see making a beautiful peacock bracelet with the set on the bottom left. A necklace & earring set with the owls on the right. Probably a wire wrapped necklace with the beads on the top right. Depending on the size of the shell pendant, I'd probably pair it with a brass seahorse I'm getting ready to patina. The blue bird set would make a cute necklace & I'd make a necklace pulling all the colors from the beautiful fall pendant. alicia coats jewelry (at) g mail (dot) com.

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  51. First I would like to let you know that this is such a generous giveaway of some amazing art. I have just recently caught the bug on clay beads and all you amazing artists. I would love love love the opportunity to see how these would all play with my precious seed beads. I think they would be an awesome match! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  52. Wow - those are so gorgeous. When they arrived, I would probably just sit and giggle and wonder how I could be so lucky. I would but them on my table and mix them up, play with them and then get down to serious work. The owls would definitely be something for my granddaughter as she loves owls( a big Harry Potter fan). I see some wonderful long summer necklaces to wear with T-shirts and some bracelets in the works. Thank you for the chance.

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  53. What would I make? Hmmmmm. . .what WOULDN'T I make? These are all awesome. I would definitely hoard them for a bit before I could force myself to make something with them. I know there would be several necklaces from the pendants and a few bracelets from the beads. And then there are those little owls. I can't decide if they would be earrings or focals for a bracelet or two. Hmmmm...I guess you'll just have to send them my way to find out! ;)

    Thanks so much for the chance to win these beauties!

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  54. mmmmm, let's see. I would definitely be making some absolutely gorgeous necklaces and earrings. How could they be anything but gorgeous. Great craftsmanship and expression of each designer's gift of artistry! So hope I win.

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  55. Oh what gorgeous pieces! Earrings, bracelets, necklaces...my head is spinning with design ideas.

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  56. Oh I would make all sorts of gorgeous things with these...they will all compliment my bronze components beautifully so I would be in heaven if I won. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  57. OH so lovely! I would pair the top center with dark Mother Of Pearl round or square washers with a pale crystal in the center as a necklace.... that one speaks to me right away!!

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  58. Gosh these are so nice, and so many of my favorite colors~ I think I might actually use them to make something just for ME! It's been a long time since I made something for myself, without thinking about selling it. I think these lovely artisan beads would be my special treat to myself.

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  59. Very beautiful and so generous, these would lead to bracelets and necklaces!! Anyone who wins will be skipping for joy!! I am crossing my fingers and toes!!

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  60. ohhh my they are all beautiful pieces...Thanks for offering this fantastic giveaway!

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  61. I love each of these pieces and I see a necklace and earring set with the owl using some of the other beads and copper as accents, bracelts, and a beautiful beaded and chain necklace combo with the pendent.
    This is a fabulous opportunity, and thank you for hosting this.

    Cheri

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  62. They are beautiful!!! I could make some nice anklets with them!

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  63. I'm seeing some stacking bracelets! Thanks for having this giveaway!

    Christine

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  64. It'll be beautiful to own these beauties from fellow clayers!

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  65. Wow! What an awesome giveaway. To win this would be like hitting the jackpot. I would make jewelry - but to know specifically what I need to hold them in my hand and spend some time with them. Of course, the owls would make a great necklace and earring set. Mary Ann's would make a nice bracelet. Necklaces with the pendants. Wow!

    jeanawells@kc.rr.com

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  66. I see earrings, necklaces and bracelets, each set would be a different item! They are all fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  67. Those are awesome pieces! I would love to mix them with some silk ribbons.

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  68. what a great mix of beads!!!!!! count me in:)
    staci.louise@hotmail.com

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  69. I would love a chance to win! So beautiful!! Love the colors. stepha78@gmail .com

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  70. Well all I can say with all that awesomeness I would shirley make something stupendous ..... I would love to win and thanks to each and everyone one of your for generously donating all of these amazing creation... YAY!!!!! For handmade !!!!!!!! xox

    Lana Kinney

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  71. I'm seeing a set of four seasons jewelry - the owls for winter, the leaves for fall, the shell for summer, and the blue bird for spring!

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  72. Wow - how generous of the "Beads of Clay" team !
    I am imagining a series of designs themed around a secret garden enclave tucked away in a woodland....lively with owls, birds, flora fauna. And what could be perfect for summer than a mixed palette of pastels and earth tones !!
    Some wire-work and faux leather and I already have my designs dancing in front of my eyes...
    p.s. - And of course I will add a lovely enameled key from my collection to hide the enclave from fairies and elves :)

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  73. Lmbo@ Shirley haha where is Laverne :p

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  74. What a wonderful giveaway! I would make many wonderful items with these: necklaces, earrings, and bracelets!

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  75. I would make some fab summer bracelets and maybe a necklace and earrings.

    Beautiful work!! sandi@sandivolpe.com

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  76. I learned so much at the B&B show about handmade, art beads! I would love an opportunity to play with these and make several necklaces and bracelets. I'd also love to turn a bead or two into some lovely rings!

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  77. Oh my! The gorgeousness! I'd use the beads in macrame bracelets. The small owls would become cutie earrings. Also together with some fiber. And the pendants I would combine with rustic style in necklaces. Maybe even try macrame there again. Yes I think so. Waxed cotton in some kind of sand/beige color. Beach feel for the summer. Awesome giveaway!

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  78. Oh how I would love to win these....they are all so beautiful
    Sonya Stille

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  79. I'd make some necklaces for myself for a change.

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  80. Dah, if I sign in as Anonymous, how will you know where to send to goods! lol susan@susansaddedtouch.com

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