October Component of the Month and Giveway!

October 2, 2014 , In: Blog Hops, Ceramic Clay, Clay

Yup. It’s time for our monthly giveaway for our Component of the Month challenge. This should be a lot of fun. Featured this month are my Spiral Fossil Discs – I love making these little gems and I hope you will love creating with them.

If you would like to play, here are the rules…
  • I will give away one Spiral Fossil Disc to each of 3 winners selected randomly from those who leave comments below this post. Your comment must included your EMAIL address so we can contact you should you win.
  • Please — only leave a comment if you can commit to creating a finished piece and blogging about it on the reveal date.
  • The names of the 3 winners will be announced on Friday, October 3, 2014.
  • This giveaway is open to US and international countries, but please be aware that international addresses will have longer postage times… sometimes up to 3 weeks.
  • The blog reveal will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Happy Creating!

Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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    Oh, yes please! (

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    I would be so excited to participate and work with one of your lovely pieces Karen! phantasmcreations @ gmail dot com

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    Oh would love the chance to work with one of these!

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    These are so cute, would love to create something with one and blog about it, ?

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    These are beautiful–oh the possibilities!!

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    Oh I would love to be a part of the hop and create using one of hte double shaded disks i nblue green or pink-purple. Thanks for the opportunity. mail me at jewelsofsayuri(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Oh Karen! Those are some great looking beads! I know I'm supposed to be thinking Christmas season, but those lime/aqua colors in there just jump out and yell Spring!! Yes, I would love to put my name in the pot. 🙂

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    Your spiral fossil discs are beautiful. I would love to play!

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    Oh my gosh, I SOOOOOO want to play this time!!!

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    Would love to design with your focal. Pick me!

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    Ooh, would love to have the chance to play with one of your components Karen! (melissa_trudinger at yahoo dot com)

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    Maybe this time!!

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    Oooh I would love a chance to use one of these in a piece of jewellery. pick me pick me
    (I love the yellow orange one at the bottom).

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    Those are so neat! I would love to have a chance to work with one, thanks! Slarosa25 at gmail dot com.

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    I want to play. Please put my name in the hat. Great beads!

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    I love your work, and would enjoy doing a beaded embroidery piece with one of your spirals!

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    Those are gorgeous components. I love all the color and texture. The way you finished them makes them look like they have real history.

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    Oops. I hit publish before saying, I would love a chance to win one and my email is paisleylizarddesigns (at)

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    :swoon: You know I'd love to create with one of these!

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    Would love to try my hand at designing with one of these.

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    Hi Karen your spiral fossil discs are wonderful. Thanx for the chance to win one and create with it. b(dot)pancakebeads(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Love the colors! Pick me! gracefulfireglass at gmail

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    I love them, I'd love to play along! (

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    I'd love the chance to play with these gorgeous fossil discs. All of the colours are sublime. Please add me to the pot.

    • Lynn
    • October 2, 2014

    Would love to win one of your beautiful spiral disks—love them all! Lynn Carling (

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    I love these, the colours are beautiful, I would love to work with one of them.

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    Oh I could almost eat them up! Would love the chance to play along please emma at apolymerpenchant . com

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    Such amazing opportunity with an awesome piece

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    Would love to have an opportunity to create with one.of.these

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    This sounds like fun, and this component is awesome.

  30. Just discovered this blog because of Kristi Bowman's wonderful artwork! I'd love to participate in this challenge…
    Lampwork artist since 2004 | Jewelry designer since the late 90's

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    Gorgeous. Would be perfect in a collage I'm in the process of making.

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    Love these. I would love to create something with this. Thanks for the chance..

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    I can already see these in one of my Bella Terra creations. I love all the colors and detail. – thank you for creating such beautiful pieces 🙂

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    Oh Karen! These are gorgeous! The colors are yummy and fabulous! I would love love love to participate! I think I have some WoolyWire in a perfect complimentary shade, too! Keeping my fingers crossed to be chosen! 🙂

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    Oops! so excited, I forgot to give you my email! or☺️

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    I would love to participate! My email is and my website is, in case you want to verify that I can commit to blogging. 🙂

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    These look so cool!

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    Ooh! Ooh! Ooh! This will look so nice with the fetish I haven't finished because I could buy all the components at BeadFest for a present but not for my own!

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    Seriously – who would not love one of these!!
    Hope I'm not too late to get my name in!

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    Yes! would love to play along

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    Beautiful, I'd love to make something.

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    I hope I am not to late to enter, Beautiful…..

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    I had commented yesterday but don't see mine listed. Must have done something wrong! Maybe it's too late, but anyway…I would so enjoy creating something happy & wonderful with one of these beautiful creations!

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    It would be great to create something unique & happy with one of these disks. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    My brain just kicked in create mode. As soon as I saw these rings it owned me.. Soo many things to make with these rings. Oh the possibilities !! It's so hard to chose just one color. They are so cute. But I'd have to say the demim blue has already left me a text saying " let's make something "….lol

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