Design Challenge - Purple Rain

Purple Rain Design Challenge Winners are Announced!

The winner of our Purple Rain Design Competition is Kaitlyn Kliman who created the beautiful "Purple Rain on the Beach".

Kailyn's Inspiration:

I spent a year living on the Oregon Coast, and rain often conjures up memories of drizzly days on the beach. Those memories inspired my use of the sea star bead and purple drop charm. The beads are strung on hemp cord, which I love for its grounded, earthy vibe. I used one of my other passions, crochet, by utilizing a tiny crochet hook to chain stitch in the beads. Lastly, I wanted this piece to be versatile, so it can be worn as either a wrap bracelet or long necklace.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love how Kaitlyn built her design around her memories on the beach using the Lentil Lampwork Glass Bead: Starfish You can also find a lovely assortment of Czech Glass beads and stringing options including Hemp Cord in the shop!

The voting was VERY tight. Our very, very close second place winner is Audreyanne Covarrubias, designer of "Diamonds and Pearls in the Purple Rain".


Audreyanne's Inspiration: I have always loved the color purple, and I am a fan of Prince so this challenge really resonated with me. I took into consideration Prince as an artist as well as his body of work when I was choosing the beads: Purple Swarovski Pearls, and Black Swarovski bicones with black seed beads. The pearls have a green hue to them when viewed in bright light, which speaks to the depth of Prince as an artist: more than meets the eye at first glance. I also liked the sparkle of the bicones which represents the charisma and flare of Prince, the seed beads represent the many songs Prince wrote. He was a prolific writer not just for himself but his songs worked well for so many other recording artists. In these earrings I see Purple Rain as well as Diamonds and Pearls.

Bead Inspiration Notes: We love the way this artist uses Swarovski iridescent purple pearls and bicones along with seed beads from our shop to create an amazing pair of earrings.

Both of these talented artists were awarded $50 Gift Certificates for use on anything in our store. Congratulations to Kaitlyn and Audreyanne!

We would also like to give honorable mention to all of the artists that participated and shared their work with us.

Roberta Miller for Early Morning in the Purple Rain
Wendy George for Purple Rain with a Passion
Marlene Ma for With Love
Alma Owens for Purple Wraps
Janet Kornegay for Purple Cascade
Alane Friedrich for Purple Rain

Click on the image below to see all the entries and the inspiration for each:

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Love purple? Check out our Purple Rain Bead Collection.

Bead Inspirations' Design Challenge: "Purple Rain"
PURPLE Bead Inspiration beads & components!
Winner will receive a $50 Bead Inspirations gift certificate!
Submissions are due by noon (PST), Thursday, June 30, 2016.
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Our inspiration for this challenge is also a tribute to the artist known as Prince (1958-2016). Whether you would also like to pay tribute to Prince, just love the color purple, or are intrigued by a challenge, here's your chance to show your creative spirit with inspiring jewelry of your own design. Using ANY purple or garnet colored beads from Bead Inspirations including Amethyst, Ametrine, Garnet, Czech glass, Swarovski Pearls, Fresh Water Pearls, and Crystals (some examples are pictured below). You may also be inspired by other purple components or supplies like purple leather or purple patina paint! We challenge you to design your own piece of jewelry to enter into our contest. Grab your bead tray, tools, and findings, because it's time to start creating!

Blueberry Sunday Necklace
Lavendar Jasper Coin Earrings

To enter our Design Challenge: Email submissions to and include the challenge name in the subject line.
Submissions are due by noon (PST)
Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Voting closes Thursday, July 7, 2016.  Winner will be announced Friday, July 8, 2016.

  • Submissions must be your own original work and showcase a good percentage of Bead Inspirations findings and embellishments.
  • Designs must include purple beads purchased from Bead Inspirations.
  • Necklace, bracelet, anklet, ring, earrings -- any type of jewelry applies. Photos of jewelry sets (ie: earrings with a necklace) will be cropped to show only one piece. Only one submission & vote per person.
  • Email ONE good quality photo of the piece you wish to submit. Preferably photographed on a neutral background.
  • Include your name, title of the piece, and inspiration (see below)
  • JPG size should be under 1 MB, if you're savvy with resizing you can send your image between 250 and 500 pixels per direction.
  • *REQUIRED: We would love to hear the inspiration behind your designs. Share with us a short paragraph describing your design and inspiration. Many of our customers are interested in hearing your design thoughts and your inspiration will help them with their voting process. Please keep your description to around 50 words.
  • In the event of a tie, we will reopen the polls for a tiebreaker. Polls will be reopened for an extra day or two, thereby pushing back the posting of the Challenge Winner by a day or two.
    Your entry will then be posted on our blog and the poll will be open for 7 days (July 1 - 7, unless an extension is necessary). The Challenge Winner will be chosen on Friday, July 8. The winner of the challenge will be determined by viewer votes and will receive:
  • $50 webstore gift certificate (some restrictions may apply)
  • A posting on our blog and/or feature in our email announcement, with a link to their site or blog.
  • ***We reserve the right to deny a submission for any reason


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