Wednesday, February 1, 2012

2012 Destash Beading Challenge

Destash Beads

With two year-long beading challenges finally wrapped up, it’s time to start a new journey in jewelry making. This year, I want to invite everyone to join in and share their ideas, inspirations and creations. For 2012, my challenge will be to finally use beads that have been languishing in my stash for far too long.

With tax season rapidly approaching, I’ve been busy going through my shops, paperwork and bead trays, making spreadsheets, and counting away. While I was at it, I prepared some beads for this year’s challenge. First, I needed an empty compartment tray to help me stay organized and focused, so I packaged up a whole bunch of beads from my acrylic collection, and I’ll be finding new homes for them in a series of giveaways over the next few months.

With the storage space free, I continued doing inventory on the last three years of beads, and set aside everything that has been hanging around for more than a year. I was actually a little surprised by how few compartments I filled, but there are still enough beads to keep me busy. The challenge will be to find a way to use each of them before the end of 2012.

I’m really looking forward to using up a few of these little treasures, including my last pair of heart shaped nut beads, and some vitrail rivolis. I’ll be posting each design here on Inspirational Beading to mark my progress on this destash journey. To make this challenge fun and a little easier, I’m not going to set any deadlines or quotas. I want to let the beads lead the way, and hopefully they will all find the designs that they were meant for. This also means that I can invite you to play along!

Acrylic Bead Collection

To join in the 2012 Destash Challenge, all you have to do is make a design using beads that you’ve had for more than a year - anything goes! Then post some before pictures of your beads, and after pictures of the finished design on your blog. Don’t have a blog? You can also send your pictures directly to me at InspirationalBeading@gmail.com and I’ll make a feature for you!

My first design for the Destash Challenge is already under way, using beads that I’ve been hoarding forever. I can’t wait to show you the results, and see what you come up with, too!

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6 comments:

  1. I love the challenge! Maybe it'll motivate me to use some of these beads that I've had since like... well, forever seems to be the best word.

    Waiting to see your results! Hope I'll have some results to show soon, too ;)

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  2. Brilliant idea to use up leftovers and up-cycle!

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  3. What a great challenge! I will definitely try to participate at least a couple times.

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  4. Great idea - I have way too many beads in my stash!

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  5. Love this idea. You have inspired me!

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  6. I definitely think I need to accept this challenge! I have soooo many beads just hanging around :)

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