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[Welcome] New Members for December 15, 2013


Please welcome our newest members…

Michele m von Bergen
Hampton, TN. USA

I am a bladesmith, blacksmith,I make pattern welded steel
(damascus),jewelry, mokume-gane. I also do leather work, pottery,any
thing in wood, stained glass.

I am building separate rooms under a 35x65 foot shop on my mountain.

Alex Wasif
Largo, FL. USA

President of Alexis Diamond House in Largo, FL.

Nikki Aksamit
Chandler, AZ. USA

My name is Nikki Aksamit. In my “normal life” I am a children’s book
author and freelance writer from Chandler, AZ. With my five year old
daughter as inspiration however, I began to design a new children’s
jewelry line. I started browsing eBay, Artfire and Etsy to see what
was already out there and I realized how much handmade design talent
there actually is! Handmade designers put their heart and souls into
every piece and truly do create works of art! I wanted to create a
contest where handmade designers would not only have the chance to
win a cash prize, but where they could get some free advertising for
their online store or website as well. I reached out to some of my
favorite former Project Runway Designers (as well as a couple of NY
stylists and a two time Emmy Award? winning costume designer!) and
was lucky enough to get them on board as celebrity judges! Former
Proje ct Runway designers Jay McCarroll, Peach Carr and Suede
graciously joined me and voila, And the Design Winner is… was born!

Melissa Izquierdo
Hollywood, FL. USA

I have loved and collected vintage and antique jewelry for many
years. My collection got so large, I began selling it and now have
an online store. My latest addiction are the mid century plastic
clamper bracelets with embedded rhinestones (ala Weiss). But,
anything with bling is fine by me.