Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dry Gulch Fall 2016 Shows Recap

We had a blast this Autumn show season!   We traveled all over the Midwest; from Oklahoma to Missouri to Arkansas.  Besides offering our beads and handmade jewelry for sale, we also had shabby hats, recycled boot belts, handmade bags and much more.

Some photos of our booth - we adapted our booth layout to each show.


We also created custom creations at each of our shows.  We worked on leather message bracelets, pendants and chains, and charm necklaces.  Take a look at some of the neat designs below!

We also hosted our Funky Wire Links class at the Tulsa Bead Market in Oklahoma and our Winter Bead & Jewelry Trunk Show in Arkansas.  Our students learned how to work with copper wire and made fabulous funky earrings with their wire links.  We had a blast!

Don't forget to come see us this December 9-10 in Oklahoma for the Tulsa 2 Friends & JUNK event, our final show of 2016.  Visit our website at for more info on our next show!



Monday, November 7, 2016

Dry Gulch November 2016 Color Design Challenge

Design with color and inspire your creativity!

 Welcome to the
Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge!

 Every month Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry will be hosting a challenge for creative artisans everywhere.  Be inspired and unleash your creative talents!  What will you create?

Use our colors to inspire your creativity!  Post your project using the color palette above.  Your design will be eligible to win either a $50 gift certificate or a $25 gift certificate to Dry Gulch Beads.
Anything can be created for this challenge, including;  finished jewelry pieces, headbands, wearable pendants/pins, handmade cards, lampwork beads, seed-bead art, sewing design, metal-smithing/art, paper crafting, clothing/fiber art, leather work, painting, even your favorite culinary delights (like cupcakes), etc.  Your project must be finished and created newly and specifically for our current monthly challenge.  Your project must include all the colors shown in the palette. The project may have other colors in it, but the official palette should be the main focus.  The sky is the limit!  Show us how creative you are with our color palette.

For this challenge, Dry Gulch is offering a $50 gift certificate prize to the Winner and a $25 gift certificate prize to the Runner-up.  The judges will be looking first for adherence to the color palette, and then second for creativity of the project’s design and then thirdly for effort.  You may purchase and use Dry Gulch components in your project, but that is not a requirement to win.
First and foremost, the judges look for color adherence.  If your completed project has all of the right colors, but your photographed entry does not reflect those colors, then that creates a real dilemma for the judges and a possible disappointment for you since we judge for color adherence first, based on your submitted photos!  Secondly, we judge for creativity and then thirdly for effort.  Photographs are an integral element for showing the judges what the project colors look like.  In a previous challenge, we had a project that was submitted with three different photographs, and in each photo the colors looked completely different and only one of those photographs best matched the color palette!  Remember, your photo must show us all of the criteria that we look for, but especially the colors.  Of course, you may submit more than one photograph of different angles and lighting of the same project and the judges will select the best photo that best matches the current challenge colors for posting on our website.
Your judges (4 judges) will be the 3 generations of women who create at Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry.  The judges may create and post their own visions of the monthly color palette also, but for inspiration and presentation only.   

We’ll publish each created work on Facebook and on our official Challenge page on our website.  Add your photo to our Color Design Challenge Facebook Event or email us your photo to  When uploading, you may add a description of your work.  If also Facebooking and/or blogging your Dry Gulch Color Design project, please add a link to the Challenge on your page.  You may also use our official Color Challenge blog badge, which can be found on the right sidebar of our blog. 

Entries for the Dry Gulch Color Design Challenge may be turned in from now until midnight CST, Wednesday, November 30th, 2016.