Monday, February 1, 2016

Kazuri West's $75 Kazuri Beads Giveaway

By on Monday, February 01, 2016 76 Comments

Ceramic beads by Kazuri in Kenya are handmade by probably one of the oldest craft collectives in Africa. The fledgling business began in 1975 - an idea of Lady Susan Wood. She had started a coffee plantation on what was once Danish author Karen Blixen's (Out of Africa) land.  She also wanted to do something about abject poverty she saw particularly among severely disadvantaged single mothers who had no other source of income.  From that small beginning, the Kazuri beads are renowned and are sold worldwide.


That international trade is more vital than ever before.  In the past, Kazuri could also count on tourist sales as they are located near where safari tours take place.  But the country has lost 25% of the tourist trade in 2015 alone due to the terrorist attacks. These have had an impact on Kenya's investment climate and contributed to job losses.

Kazuri is Swahili for small and beautiful.  And that they are. Paulette Walther of Kazuri West sent me the beads you see above. Such rich and glossy colors!  She actually asked me if I could make her a particular and very popular style of necklace using her favorite beads. And so I did. As you can see, it is very easy to put together using rings and wire wrapped bead loops.

For Paulette

The style is a loose variation of the sautoir (French for long necklace), a classic design which has been around for well over a century. They date back to the Belle Époque era (1871-1914). There are actually 2 styles of sautoirs - a rope kind with tassel ends which is simply knotted in the front and the single focal usually with tassels. The popular Downton Abbey series have several examples of sautoirs designed by Andrew Prince.


I actually made my own patterned wire for the gold version.  The tutorial for this design and how I patterned the wire for the round frame will be out later this week.  I used a tool which allowed me to mark the wire in just 1-2 seconds.  What was it?  Hint : no hammer was used.




Giveaway
If you'd like to $75 worth of Kazuri Beads from Kazuri West to make your own jewelry designs,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

SPECIAL OFFER! There are also free beads for every order! Leave a note to say where you saw this special offer in the comments section of your Kazuri West order and get  6 free beads ( 20.00 value) of Paulette's choice. Minimum order of $25.00. This offer expires on February 15, 2016.

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, February 8 , 2016. 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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Photography
The final photographs were captured on my iPhone 6S with the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 photo studio in natural light.  Tutorial photographs are taken in artificial light in my windowless basement studio.  In- app photo editing as well as quick use of Adobe Photoshop Elements were used for final tweaks.  Find out more about my How to Photography Jewelry Webinars. 

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76 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to win!
    pstaveley@roadrunner.com

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  2. What a wonderful addition to anyone's bead collection! Thank you for the offer.

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  3. Those beads are gorgeous. I would love to win some.
    tinareabob@gmail.com

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  4. They are very beautiful!! I would love a chance to win these!!
    Glenda
    pglenda@yahoo.com

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  5. Such beautiful beads. Would love to have a go at making something with them. Thanks.
    g_bollivar@hotmail.com

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  6. Pearl, I hope I win these beautiful beads. I am looking forward to seeing your new tutorial and what tool you used. Thanks, Pat S schwabmom@gmail.com

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  7. Whenever possible,I try to buy from these types of businesses. There is a store in our city that sells nothing but items made by groups like this. Please continue to let people know about them and please enter me in the giveaway.

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  8. I love Kazuri beads. I have been using them for years and I have return customers because they want to support the women of Kenya. Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  9. What gorgeous beads. I don't know if I've ever seen them. Would love to win some to try.

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  10. I tweeted about your post and giveaway.

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  11. Beautiful beads! I traveled to Ethiopia and know first hand the importance of embracing and purchasing locally designed and created artwork. These beads are truly works of art! - amytich@gmail.com

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  12. Would love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  13. Some of the loveliest ceramic beads I've seen! Would love to win n try them. Am blog follower and subscriber and can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com-fingers crossed!

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  14. I love the colors and varieties of Kazuri beads. The pieces I make mean so much more to me and to those who purchase them knowing it helps support women's business.

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  15. Wow, those beads are beautiful. Would love to get my hands on some. Jana - skladan1980@gmail.com

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  16. I have been beading with Kazuri beads for a couple of years and love them!!! Most recently I ordered the ones with the holes to make the Tree of Life--really enjoyed making them and they are so attractive! Contact me at pkw1409@verizon.net.

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  17. Fabulous beads and offer. Count me in. Thank you Pearl.
    Cburman@telus.net

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway! I really like your necklace designs. The Kazuri beads would be great fun to design with. I am a blog subscriber and your blog is totally amazing. I will share this on FB and pinterest.
    msd.katz@hotmail.com - Debra

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  19. Beautiful! Would love the opportunity to work with these:) Contact me at cb.burke@rogers.com

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  20. These are amazing beads I have been given some in the past and I loved them they are a pleasure to work with

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  21. I am just beginning to make pins and brooches to go with the scarves and shawls I crochet. These beautiful beads would go so well with my creations!

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  22. These beads are amazing!! Would love working them into a design!!

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  23. Carla Allen ybliku2@hotmail.comFebruary 1, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    I love, love, love these beads. I have never seen any that are so beautiful and vibrant. Would love to play into something beautiful with these. It truly would be an honor to own these.

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  24. These beads look beautiful and original. Please enter me in this giveaway. suzy068@gmail.com

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  25. Beauties! Who would't love these beads?
    I am a blog subscriber, FB follower and pinned this on my contest board.
    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/365987907198829990/
    Thanks for the chance pearl!
    zanc@att.net

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  26. Lovely beads, great contest. Thanks
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  27. Very beautiful beads. I would love to win some of these !
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  28. blog subscriber, thanks for the chance to win some of these beautiful beads

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  29. Kazuri beads are so pretty and soft to touch. I have several at home but would love to win some more. Thank you for you this giveaway!

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  30. I LOVE Kazuri beads. I would love to win. Thank you

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  31. I absolutely love Kazuri beads. Not only are they beautiful but they support others who do not have much. I would love to win these and I will continue to buy them when I can. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    kathy
    kathy (at) kurke (period) net

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  32. Great giveaway....love these beads.
    smamabird@aol.com

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  33. Thank you Pearl for the chance to win some gorgeous beads. They are beautiful! Can't wait to see what make with them

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  34. Absolutely stunning beads and love your sautoirs!!

    Now - is that tool the one that crinkles metal when you roll it through the tool? Hmmmm.....I don't think I can hold my breath until you reveal my friend!! :0)

    Chuck my name in there Pearl. I think I can keep my fingers and toes crossed until the drawing.... I think I can - I think I can....

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  35. Beautiful beads...and a great giveaway!
    Judy@rosewind.ca

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  36. These beads are so beautiful, and thank you for a chance to be gifted with such beauty.

    Cathy

    thesauciestwench@yahoo.com

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  37. Greta gdmar@comcast.netFebruary 1, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    I do love Kazuri Beads so much.

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  38. Greta gdmar@comcast.netFebruary 1, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    I am a blog subscriber. Sorry, forgot to say that.

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  39. What a nice givaway ! I am a follower , and I think this is another great discovery ! I would love to try these original beads !

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  40. Wow beautiful beads. I love beads and it would be fantastic to win this giveaway. Thank you for giving me a chance to win.

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  41. They do have some beautiful beads. Angela - Blotch is my favorite. They even have multiple holes in them for dangles! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. I have worked with these and they are fabulous. Thank you Pearl, as always for the opportunity to use more.

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  43. Ah, gorgeous - both the beads and your simple, and yet elegant designs. Love it - and thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  44. Mickee97@gmail.com

    Wow! This looks like a great prize package. I would love these wonderful beads. I'm just getting to jewelry after a number of stops and starts. So creative!

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  45. Hi Pearl,

    These beads are glorious! Thanks for the chance to win

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  46. Hi Pearl. Your wire is gorgeous, and so are these beads! And I appreciated the background information in the post. Thanks for the chance to win these special beads.

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  47. Hey Pearl, oh my those beads are fantastic. I love bead collections that are hand made, and these are for such an amazing cause too! I also loved your design. Thanks for the chance to win, Patricia B

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  48. Beautiful beads and a wonderful giveaway chance!
    karlynr@gmail.com

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  49. These would make interesting pendants for my Kumihimo braid necklaces.
    Dots-Dangles@pullman.com

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  50. Absolutelely gorgeous beads!Thanks very much for the chance to win. Greetings!

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  51. I'm subscriber of your wonderful blog :) Greetings!

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  52. Love receiving your blog, Pearl. Also, love the beauty of Kazuri beads and the cause that their sale supports. Thanks for an absolutely sensational giveaway. tigers628@hotmail.com



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  53. These are very beautiful beads. I would absolutely love to use them in a project.

    Myfoundobjectsjewelry@gmail.com
    Myfoundobjects.net

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  54. Absolutely beautiful beads!! Thanks for the chance!
    I'm a blog subscriber - love your blog!
    cstonefield6@gmail.com

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  55. What a beautiful lot of beads. The story and cause even more beautiful. I would love to win and would most definitely cherish these beads. I am a follower of your blog. Off to learn more about these beads and see how to support this worthwhile cause.

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  56. Oh, my goodness! These are lovely! I am breathless. Please pick me.

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  57. These beads are so beautiful and there are so many variations! Love the cluster necklace, especially the detail with the tube bead on top! I am a blog follower.

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  58. These beads are beautiful! It would be so fun to design with these. I enjoy following you using Feedly. Thanks!

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  59. Hey.
    Wow! What a beautiful array of beads. It would be such an honor to win your beads. My email is faythotieno8@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks

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  60. Oh I love to make jewelry! These beads are gorgeous.

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  61. Oh, I love making tribal jewlery and also using 'exotic' beads. These are so earthy! Thank you for the chance to win! klarushja@centrum.cz

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  62. What beautiful beads they create! I would make something gorgeous if I won and donate to a local charity auction as one of their auction items. I also signed up for your newsletter while browsing your site.
    suelacroix@gmail.com

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  63. I love these beads they are so beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win them.
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  64. I am an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
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    pinterest.com/sally0630
    Facebook
    Sarah Scott Oswald

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  65. Thanks for another great giveaway! Already have some ideas of what I would make for a fundraiser! deborah.collyar@gmail.com
    http://collyarpics.smugmug.com/CollyarCreations

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  66. Would love to win some of these beads. I have heard of them before. Thank you for the opportunity to win them.

    Carolyn
    Carolynscreations@live.com

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  67. Beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  68. Oh my, these Kazuri Beads are gorgeous!Thanks for the chance to win some!

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  69. Wow...Beautiful, I am in love with the earth tone beads!
    pinkpearlgems@yahoo.com

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