Monday, February 23, 2015

Kazuri West's $75 Giveaway for Kazuri Necklaces and Sammunat Nepal Beads

By on Monday, February 23, 2015 72 Comments

I've never really been involved in a product development before. But I am always curious. So when Paulette Walther, founder and owner of Kazuri West asked me to test if her idea of a ceramic disc with holes would work as wired tree of life design foundations,  I just had to say yes.


Experimenting and playing in my workshop is irresistable!  Kazuri West is the US supplier for not just Kazuri beads but also Samunnat Nepal polymer beads, polymer clay products and so on.

We decided to test a couple of different sizes. The well known fair trade collective in Kenya which provides vital employment to many women (and men) then made up the samples below for me to work on.   The series of holes along almost one half of the disc's edges became my anchor points in the making of the beaded twisted wire tree.


Ceramic discs have some heft.  So I felt the larger 2 ½"discs were a little too big and heavy to be pendants. The completed design shown at the top makes for a great ornament once I find or make a small stand for it!  It is amazing what a difference ½ " makes. The actual two discs now available from Kazuri West are shown below the ornamental tree of life one.



The smaller 2" discs do make good focals as you can see from my necklace design below.  I used copper wire with turquoise chips on the lovely mosaic colored disc. The tutorial for this is available here.





Paulette also asked if were possible to make whimsical people jewelry with Kazuri beads.  So here is what I whipped up!  These little bead and wire people are doing a happy dance because of this awesome giveaway from Kazuri West!

Giveaway

If you'd like to win $75 worth of Kazuri necklaces (note : NOT loose beads) or Samunnat Nepal polymer clay beads, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  March 2, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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72 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love Kazuri beads, so I'm sure I would love to have anything from this giveaway. Thanks

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  2. Wow, what a neat idea, I would love to win these!!
    Glenda

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  3. What a fantastic finding those discs are, and the polymer beads are simply gorgeous, I'd absolutely love to win this!!!
    Happy email subscriber: deb_oro@yahoo.gr, and FB follower: Despina Vnt

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/DESPINA_VNT/status/569861356884758528

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  4. I've never seen their beads. These look really cool.

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  5. Would love to win these beads...and find out how to order a dusk. Alpert.amy@gmail.com

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  6. These are beautiful beads and dics. I would love to win the discs. I live making Trees of Life.

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    1. Please note these ceramic beads are not part of the giveaway. I am just featuring this new items!

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  7. What fantastic beads!! I have seen the tree of life pattern done using a round wire hoop but this disc makes such a cool background. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. I am a blog follower and would love to win these fantastic beads!!

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  9. I have never used polymer clay beads before. I have been wanting to try them. I have even thought of making some. Obtaining them free sounds a lot better than making them myself. I can't wait to incorporate them in my bead embroidery work!

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  10. That's exquisite. Honestly I had never thought about such a ceramic disc and the way it can be used :D

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  11. These are very cool beads would love to win

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  12. What great designs you have come up with Pearl!

    Would the larger disc be too big to become a brooch? I could see that with all of them actually - attaching a pinback on ceramic isn't all that hard.

    I'm in!

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    1. Yes, I think the larger trial disc I worked on is too big and heavy for a brooch. It is a possibility with the the 2 inch ones with a glued on pinback.

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  13. I love the Kazuri beads and would enjoy winning a necklace of their beads or some Samunnat Nepal beads I am a blog subscriber. Louise

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  14. I'm gonna give you my contact info shuga217@gmail.com. Thank you

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  15. Lovely contest and great idea from Paulette ( and she made her idea real), sure would be happy to win and create with these beads and forms from Kazuri West. Love being a blog subscriber. Thank you for the lovely ideas.

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  16. How Beautiful! These original, textured designs are perfect for customizing clients' jewelry.

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  17. These are fun and frolicking. I would love to win!

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  18. Dear Pearl, I know of Kazuri beads and the fantastic project they represent. Seeing the combination of that humane project with your creativity and skills is awesome. thanks for sharing .
    Of course I'd be delighted to have some of the beads, and I shall spread the word as this is such a worthwhile project. I am a blog subscriber and really appreciate your writing and your jewellery.

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  19. I would love to win this gift from Kazuri West! This is a wonderful idea for tree of life pendants.

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  20. These are beautiful and offer so many possibilities for creating!! I would love to win this prize, thank you for giving us all the chance.

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  21. I love these necklaces and beads would love to win.

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  22. That would be great to win. What a super idea.

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  23. Yet another fantastic giveaway Pearl! Thanks!
    I am a blog follower and post this on my Pinterest contest and giveaway board. Would love to win this one.
    Thanks

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  24. What great beads! Thanks for a great giveaway. I hope I win :)

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  25. I also subscribe and follow.

    Rileypark2@gmail.com

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  26. Would love to win these. What a ideal piece of jewelry.

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  27. Thank you for this giveaway !
    I am a blog subscriber.

    voltzia@gmail.com

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  28. How cute! Love those little people!!!
    grinchswoman@hotmail.com

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  29. i am a blog subscriber n i'd be doing a little happy dance like the earring men above if i won! (retro-grrl@hotmail.com)

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  30. What a wonderful giveaway! Love the tree of life you created as well as the whimsical people - they would be great as a pendant or possibly a brooch! Love your blog posts...keep up the great work!

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  31. Would love to win. I am a subscriber.
    andree.caron@yahoo.ca

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  32. How extra-ordinary these necklaces are!! Please enter me in the giveaway for such beauty!

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  33. I'm following you both on twitter and Facebook as well as being an email subscriber I'd love to win this as the beads could give me a great design challenge once I've worn the necklaces out

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  34. Your tree of life pendants creations are gorgeous Pearl! And the happy dance earrings make me smile. How delightful! Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to win a necklace or beads.

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  35. I subscribe to your blog via email. Thanks again!

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  36. Hi Pearl,

    Thanks for the chance to win some fantastic beads - I've used Kazuri beads in the past and they feel beautiful and are a joy to work with. The Tree of Life discs are a great idea.

    BTW, I like the new look to your website!

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  37. The little folk are adorable! I'd love to win the necklace giveaway.

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  38. WOW-WOW-WOW!! Honestly, I'd grown rather weary of the Tree of Life in a hoop design (sorry, but they're just everywhere these days) - BUT these gorgeous disks have revitalized the whole concept and design!!! They're GORGEOUS - what a FABULOUS idea!

    Who says you can't reinvent the wheel - Paulette DID! Ha!

    And your design and execution have given new LIFE to the Tree of Life! BOTH your creations are STUNNING - those Kazuri's are such an interesting backdrop for your gorgeous bead- and wirework.

    I did an immediate DOUBLE-TAKE at the sight of this post - I've been "glazed-over" at Tree of Life designs (again, sorry) for the last couple of years, but THESE made me sit right up and gaze and gaze….

    And the whimsical people are ADORABLE and so FUN! They look so happy and make me want to whip up a dozen and spread them and their JOY all over the world!

    Bless you, Pearl and Paulette, for working together so brilliantly to further such a worthy company - KAZURI !!!!!

    I'd be thrilled to win this giveaway (I've already picked out the stunner: #5162 Benin Deepwater 18"), but even if I don't win - thank you BOTH for your work and this giveaway!

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  39. MICHELLE COOK 02/23/2015e
    would love to win. Absolutely love the tree of life on the discs. Facebook follower Email mishelly9000@sbcglobal.net

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  40. WonderfuL jewelry. I would love to wear any of these! Newlynn01@aol.com

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  41. I sure could use the Samunnat Nepal polymer clay beads,

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  42. I have always loved Kazuri beads! Have made some gorgeous earrings & necklaces with them. Would love to win!
    mnludvik@earthlink.net

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  43. Pearl, beautiful designs start with great components, love these.

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  44. I love Kazuri and Nepali beads not only for their beauty, but also because they provide gainful employment for people who otherwise may not have any.

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  45. What a great opportunity to 'play' with some new designs! I'd love to have some to experiment with.

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  46. Oh Honey Hush......R U kidding me.....Of course I would Love be a part of this amazing giveaway.....plz plz plz throw my name in the hat....ty so much for this awesome opportunity.....

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  47. Oh my goodness, I am drooling over the Kazuri pendant and the Nepali beads. I have shared this giveaway on Pinterest, Google+ and Twitter. Fingers-crossed that I win one of these gorgeous prizes! Thank you for the chance. Love ya' Patricia B

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  48. They are so pretty, who doesn't love the tree of life pendents. They would be nice to make and give as gifts.

    tanyabroeckx@gmail.com

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  49. I would love to win, I ordered two of the 50mm discs this morning. I am going to use Pearl's tutorial to make the Tree of Life discs. So Pretty. I would like to order more colors for gifts.

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  50. Wow! Came looking for info about the giveaway but discovered a fabulous new website and blog!

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    1. :-) Welcome to this community, Sherilyn!

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  51. Would love to win this contest. I love this site and all the beautiful products. It would be a real pleasure to have some of the jewelry.

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  52. Okay, let's let the third time be the charm for actually getting this posted. I'd love to win these beads!

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  53. Greta Marullo gdmar@comcast.netFebruary 27, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    I go to this site often to drool over the incredible components. Would be so cool to win this. I am a blog subscriber.

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  54. These are very beautiful, and I am sure everyone loves them! A great new idea. Thanks for sharing. Lynn

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  55. I would love to win whatever beautiful things you are offering. Pat, of CreationsbyPat@att.net

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  56. Beautiful pendant. I am subscribed to Beading Gem. I would love to win this giveaway. S Richardson. Sherich54@gmail.com. Thanks.

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  57. What beautiful necklaces and I just love those polymer beads! I tend to pick up ceramic beads from Africa but didn't realize there were also polymer beads.

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  58. I shared on FB

    https://www.facebook.com/sShaiha/posts/10205939446514780?pnref=story

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  59. I shared it on Pinterest

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/40039884163412511/

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  60. Shared on twitter.

    https://twitter.com/Shaiha_/status/571893530509119490

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  61. The most unique tree of life pendant I've seen!

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  62. The tree of life is a favorite of mine cool beads!!! ty

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