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BeadDreams

Each year, the Bead&Button Show sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world.
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Cassiopeia by Tatiana Allieva 2016 Peoples' Choice Winner
Ribbons are currently awarded in 9 categories. The accepted pieces are displayed in our gallery area at the Bead&Button Show.



The outstanding piece among category winners receives a Best in Show trophy and a $1,000 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. 



How to Enter



Click here for the application.



The deadline for 2017 BeadDreams is March 24, 2017.





This year the BeadDreams exhibit will be on the Show floor of the Bead&Jewelry Expo. Pieces will displayed from Thursday, June 8, through Sunday, June 11. The placement judging will take place on Friday, June 9.

Rules and Eligibility
  1. The competition is open to professional and amateur beaders and jewelry makers from the U.S. and around the world. Bead&Button Show faculty and exhibitors may enter the competition. Kalmbach Publishing Co. employees and family members are not eligible.
  2. All work entered in the competition must be original.
  3. The non-refundable entry fee of $55 is required for each entry.  Do not send your entry until notified by the jurying team.
  4. We reserve the right to reclassify the category of an entry.
  5. Entries can be the work of a single person or a collaboration by two or more people.
  6. Entries must have been produced between March, 2016, and February, 2017. The deadline to enter in March 24, 2017.
  7. Maximum size (including any necessary display structure): 24-W x 16-H x 32-L in. (61 x 41 x 81 cm). We reserve the right to exclude large pieces (wider and higher than three feet) from the BeadDreams exhibit at the Show if space constraints, handling issues, and/or security concerns present an issue.
  8. We will notify you of your acceptance status via email by April 14, 2017. At that time, we will give you the address and ask you to send your entry. All accepted pieces must be received no later than April 28, 2017. Although we encourage you to send display materials with your entry, Bead&Button Show reserves the right to display pieces as best suits the needs of the Show.
  9. International participants are responsible for all brokerage fees, duties and taxes. Kalmbach Publishing Co. WILL NOT accept delivery on packages that require customs duty to be paid. For all International shipping and returns, a printed UPS return label must be included in your shipment. (For more information, please consult your nation's customs officials.)
  10. Include instructions for display, special handling, or shipping requirements inside the shipping box.
  11. You must provide the insurance to cover shipping your entry to us, the return, its display at the Show, and its time at the Kalmbach offices. While the Bead&Button staff will use every precaution to protect and safeguard each item while in our offices or at the Show, we are not responsible for any damages.
  12. Kalmbach Publishing Co., the Bead&Button Show, and Bead&Button magazine retains the right to use your entry photos and photos taken in our studio in any lawful way, including but not limited to, publicity, publications, electronic media, etc., with full credit to the artist.
  13. Items are scheduled for return by August 25, 2017. If you need to have your work returned before then, please inform the Bead&Button staff.
  14. Please include the retail value of your piece(s) in USD (US Dollars).
Judging and Awards
  1. The editors of Bead&Button magazine and a panel of qualified judges will select the competition finalists.
  2. Before the start of the Bead&Button Show, a team of judges will select first, second, and third prize winners in each category. A panel of judges will choose the Best in Show and Runner-up from the first-place winners.
  3. Finalists will be on display at the Bead&Button Show, June 8 - June 11, 2017.
  4. Artists retain ownership of their work and do not need to be present to win.
2017 BeadDreams Sponsors

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Fire Mountain Gems and Beads - Sponsorship of BeadDreams
We are pleased to announce that Fire Mountain Gems and Beads will again underwrite the top three BeadDreams awards in 2017.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads will sponsor the following prizes to the winners:
  • $1,000 Fire Mountain gift certificate for the Best in Show
  • $500 Fire Mountain gift certificate for the Best in Show Runner Up
  • $500 Fire Mountain gift certificate for the People's Choice

In addition, we have underwriters for each category in the competition. BeadDreams awards will be gift certificates or product from the underwriting companies unless otherwise stated.

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Crystal Jewelry
One piece or an ensemble of jewelry, including, but not limited to, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings predominantly made of machine-cut crystals. Jewelry made using fire-polished beads, or cathedral beads, should be entered in the Finished Jewelry category.

Sponsor: SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will award the winners a gift product package equal to or greater than the following:

1st Place: $450
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $100


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Finished Jewelry
One piece or an ensemble of jewelry that is made from materials such as, but not limited to, glass beads, crystals, semi-precious stones, wire, metal clay, seed beads (piece must be less than 50 percent seed beads), found objects, etc.

Sponsor: Rio Grande
1st Place: $450 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate
Place: $100 Gift Certificate


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Handmade Beads and Buttons (This category now includes lampworked glass.) A unified collection of four or more beads or buttons in any media including, but not limited to, lampwork, ceramic, raku, resin, bone, etc., but excluding polymer clay, metal clay, and beaded beads.



Sponsors: Soft Flex Company



1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate

2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate

3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate




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Metal Clay
Includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more metal clay.

Sponsor: Cool Tools
1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate


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Metalwork  

This category includes: handmade jewelry and sculptural objects that are made predominantly with metal. Some cast or prefabricated elements are permitted, but the primary methods used must be fabrication techniques. Please be aware of the size requirements indicated above.



Sponsor: Rings & Things

1st Place:
  $300 Gift Certificate

2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate

3rd Place:  $100 Gift Certificate




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Beaded Objects and Accessories
Pieces should be no larger than 24-W x 16-H x 32-L in. (61 x 41 x 81 cm); and be non-jewelry items or accessories, including, but not limited to, purses, shoes, sculpture, or wall hangings in any bead-related media.

Sponsor:
Rings & Things
1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate


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Polymer Clay
This category includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more polymer clay.

Sponsor: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate


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Seed Bead Jewelry
One piece or an ensemble of jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, or sets of beaded beads predominantly made with seed beads or bugle beads.

Sponsor: John Bead
1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate
2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate
3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate


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Wirework



This category includes: jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects, and sculptural objects that are made predominantly with wire or in which the primary techniques used are wirework techniques.







Sponsor: Beaducation



1st Place: $300 Gift Certificate



2nd Place: $200 Gift Certificate



3rd Place: $100 Gift Certificate








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