“Not only an inspiration and incentive, but wow, the chance to win beads made by Cindy too!” ~Tiffany-M
As many of you know, last Friday I requested some feedback about a bead give away idea I was thinking about launching. Well, as you can see by the comments below, there was an overwhelmingly positive response. So this fun initiative to kick off the beginning of 2010, is definitely a go! Hurray!
Hi Cindy: Any opportunity to win something made by you is incentive enough for me. ~Carol-C
Sounds like a great idea… to get some beads made by Cindy would be fantastic. ~Anna-S
I love it! I’d definitely participate, I’m always looking for feedback for my work. And if I managed to win some Cindy beads in the process, so much the better! ~Silverleaf
As for being interested in winning some of your beads, all I can say is “where do I sign up!” I can only imagine that yours will be fantastic! ~Arlene-H
Let the fun begin. Having your beads up close and personal would be a tremendous bonus. Seeing how you have things assembled would be of benefit to all who make jewelry. ~Illaya-B
I would LOVE to be a recipient of some of your beads. To actually hold a beautiful bead that I have seen you make on a video or have seen in a picture would be wonderful! ~Kim-M
I would love the opportunity to win some of your beads, Cindy. It might just be the push I need to try photographing my work. After all, my dreams of selling my jewelry online won’t be realized if I can’t show potential customers what the work looks like! Goodness knows why, but I have been afraid to even try. But with the extra incentive of winning a Cindy package… ~Sherry-L
That’s a great idea Cindy. I love sending pictures of my stuff to friends and hearing what they say. ~Bonnie-K
I think it is a great idea! Not only an inspiration and incentive, but wow, the chance to win beads made by Cindy too. I would love it!! ~Tiffany-M
The main objective of this event is to give you guys an incentive to spend more time actually applying the techniques you are learning about each week at the Polymer Clay Library.
My New Years resolution is to clay more instead of just watching what everyone else is doing. Like the others, this blog and Cindy’s lessons are what makes getting up early everyday worthwhile! It is the first thing I look for everyday! ~Maureen-G
I like the idea of taking one of your bead tutorials Cindy, and seeing what each of us could come up with as an application. ~Sue-W
Hi Cindy, I also agree that is a wonderful idea. Just another example of your caring and sharing on your site. I think its also another way to give those of us that need little extra nudge sometimes. ~Jackie-N
I think this is a wonderful idea, Cindy. This would give me, a somewhat new clayer, more incentive to jump in and try what I’ve learned. ~Linda-K
Great idea, this is a fun way to keep motivated. ~DJ
I want to practice each one of your videos this new year and as soon as I have my studio back (had lots of company for Christmas and it is still in guest room mode) I will start practicing in order to get a chance of winning some of your original beads. ~Catherine-R
I’m looking forward to making more of the beads in the videos I purchased. I see a future with a big container of beads. ~Rose-M
Aha lightbulb moment – the only way I’ll get better at creating with polymer clay is to create with polymer clay. ~Linda-D
So Here Is How It Will All Work:
1) For these contests, I’ll announce a Back Issue Volume number, so that you guys can get busy making beads or jewelry projects based on, or inspired by, the 4 videos in the specified back issue package. You must own the back issue package to play.
2) Then you snap some photos of your work and email them to me along with your first name, last name, city, state/province/region, country and a short caption or title for you photo. Each project or bead photo that you submit, counts as a separate entry into the draw. Multiple entries, increase your chances of winning the grand prize… a gift package of polymer clay beads handmade by me. By the way, if you do send in multiple entries, the photos can’t just be different angles or color variations of the same bead or project. You must actually make different items. If this is not clear, please ask for clarification in the comments section below.
3) I will then publish all of the entry photos in a follow up blog post. Number each one so everyone can easily identify who’s is who’s. And add your name, city, state/province/region, country information.
4) In the comments section of the blog post where your photos are published, you will then say a few words about your photo (photo title or caption, inspirations, challenges, tips to pass along and anything else creative that you would like to say). If you have multiple entries, make separate comments for each of your photos. The reason for this is because it is your comments that actually serve as your entry ballot(s) for this giveaway. So the more comments you make, the greater will be your chances of winning.
5) Now here’s where it gets extra fun. As you should know by now, this site is all about community. I love it when everyone supports each and offers encouragement. So… in the comments section of the blog post where your contest photos will be published, you are welcome to chat amongst yourselves to discuss the projects; Ask questions of each other; Exchange compliments; Offer suggestions; Etc. And each comment you make, serves as another chance for you to win.
6) And here’s where it get’s extra, extra fun. For those of you who want to post pictures of your entries on other photo sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket, Facebook or on your own blogs/sites, this will increase your chances of winning even further, especially if you include a link back to my site. By also including a few kind words with your link, about this contest, or about my tutorials in general, I’ll return the favor by providing you with a mini spotlight feature in a follow up post. But please remember to let me know about any links you publish, by emailing me with the details.
7) This point is actually just an extension of point #6, but it deserves a separate mention. It’s for those of you aren’t interested in posting additional pictures of your work at other photo sharing sites, but who do use social bookmarking sites like StumbleUpon, del.icio.us, Digg, and the many others social media sites that seem to be popping up every day. The same linking incentive applies here. If you provide a link back to my site with a few kinds words, it will increase your chances of winning. Each link can count as another entry into this bead giveaway contest, so be sure to let me know about any new links you set up, that point to my site.
8) When the contest wraps up, all of the entries go into a hat, so to speak, and one lucky person will win the prize… a gift package of polymer clay beads made by me, Cindy Lietz. If someone’s name is drawn who does not qualify to win (i.e. someone who was just being social by leaving a comment, but did not actually submit an entry photo), then a re-draw will take place.
Hopefully I wrote out those details in a way that makes sense to everyone. If not, you can ask for clarification in the comment section at the end of this article. But first, I’ll address the questions that came up as a result of last week’s contest announcement post:
Will we all be able to see the pictures that are sent in or just the winners? ~Freda-K
It would be really good to be able to see some fellow ‘students’ work. ~Cara-H
Love the idea! I am in as well. Would it be possible to display the photos sent by “the competitors”:) ? Ileana-B
My Response: All of the entry photos will be posted for everyone to see. See Point #3 above.
I’m very new to polymer clay but would appreciate the critique aspect of this contest concept. Would you focus on one video tutorial each month? Personally I think this would be a good idea – get us all on the same ‘page’ for each month’s contest. ~Carolyn-F
My Response: Instead of focusing on a single video for each contest, we’ll base it on a single back issue Volume. This will provide a bit more flexibility for everyone, as well as provide more chances to win if you end up working with all 4 videos in the selected Volume. See Point #1 above.
I’m still not sure how to post photos in a blog. I just recently got my gravatar photo up in place of the symbol by my name. That was a great accomplishment for me. Now what do we do to post in a blog? The whole blog concept is as new to me as polymer clay. ~Carolyn-F
My Response: No worries Carolyn. You will just email me the photos as attachments. See Point #2 above.
My biggest challenge in sending pictures is the picture quality. I am still struggling with glare on my photos and use a light box. I now have a small tripod and that has helped keep things more steady. ~Anna-S
I would also like to do this, but I’m not much of a photographer. I would appreciate some pointers from anyone that has photoed their beads. Thanks. ~Rose-M
It might be nice if Cindy put one video together demonstrating the bead photography techniques all of you have shared here prior to the start of the contest. ~Jocelyn-C
I just checked You Tube and there are a lot of Photography tutorials. Maybe as a group we can review some of those and make a suggestion to others. ~Anna-S
My Response: Let me start by saying this is not a photography contest. So if your photos are not up to professional standards, that’s OK. That being said, you will at least need to send photos that are in focus. I published a photography tips article a while back that should be helpful. And here are some links to photography tips provided by: Catalina; Malinda-J; and Tiffany-M. And as Anna-S suggested above, if anyone wants to let me know about helpful YouTube Photo Tips videos, I’d be happy to post them here at the blog as resources for everyone’s benefit.
Will it work if you scan the beads on your scanner? ~Maureen-G
My Response: Yes you can. The quality of your photos won’t be as good compared to if you use a camera, but it can work. Catalina provides tips and instructions at this link: Polymer Clay Beads and Jewelry Pictures from a Scanner
What if you are not a member and you have not seen your video’s so you could do the techniques? ~Lynn-W
My Response: Unfortunately that is going to be a problem for you Lynn. See Point #1 above. However, you are welcome to leave comments and hopefully pick up some tips along the way.
I guess I’m going to be the lone voice of dissent. Not for the first time! ;D. While I like the bead giveaway idea in principle, I’m enough of a control freak that I would only ever want “my” pictures presented “my way” (size, etc.). And “my way” doesn’t really fit in with the blog’s standards and technical limitations, so I’m a “thanks, but no.” ~Sue-F
My Response: I have to give a big thanks to you Sue, for voicing your opinion. It was your specific comment that caused me to think up Point #6 above… about providing the option to post your entry photos at your own site or at photo sharing sites like Flickr, Photobucket and Facebook. This may provide you with the control that you need.
It would make me start photographing again and put some polymer clay related items up on Flickr as well. ~Lawrence-S
My Response: Perfect!
I’ve covered a lot of ground here, but if you have other questions, by all means use the comment section below to get the clarification you need. I’ll be happy to respond.
And finally… I think for the first round of this bead give away contest, rather than me making the Back Issue selection, why don’t you guys decide. Let me know in the comment section below, which Back Issue Volume you would like to start with. The Volume with the most votes is where the fun will begin.