Contests

BeadDreams Competition

Each year, Bead&Button magazine sponsors BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world. Ribbons are awarded in nine categories. We display the accepted pieces in our gallery area at the Bead&Button Show.
Contests
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The exhibit cases at this year's Show are generously sponsored by Fusion Beads.
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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
The deadline for BeadDreams 2015 is March 23rd, 2015.
BeadDreams 2015 Entry Form »
View the winners of past BeadDreams competitions » 

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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 2015.

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 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 Prize: $450
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $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
Booths: Located in the foyer near the Silent Aucation and BeadDreams Display
1st Prize: $450
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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Handmade Buttons and Beads
A unified collection of four or more buttons or beads in any media including but not limited to ceramic, raku, resin, bone, etc. (This excludes lampworked, glass, polymer clay, metal clay, and beaded beads.)

Sponsor: Wild Things Beads
Booth: 343
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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Lampwork
Includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more glass made by the applicant. Entries that use someone else's glass beads or components will be placed in the Finished Jewelry category.

Sponsor: Soft Flex Company
Booth: 525
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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Metal Clay
Includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more metal clay.

Sponsor: Art Clay World
Booth: 509
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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Flower Beads
This category must predominately feature flower beads, Merle's signature supply, or a floral motif. Nature should serve as the guiding influence. View www.msmaddiesbeads.com for inspiration.

Sponsor: CJS Sales (Craft Jewelry Supplies) and the Berelowitz family.
1st Prize: $2,500.00
2nd Prize: $1,500.00
3rd Prize: $1,000.00

This is the only category that is offering a cash prize.
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Beaded Objects and AccessoriesNon-jewelry items or accessories, including, but not limited to, purses, shoes, sculpture, or wall hangings in any bead-related media.

Sponsor: Rings & Things
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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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
Booth: 409
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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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: Beadalon
Booth: 618
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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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
Booth: 534
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
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 days until the show

Important Dates:

Bead&Button Show 2015
January 6, 2015:
Online Registration Opens
May 27 - June 2, 2015:
Camp, Prelude, Fundamental in Techniques and Workshops
May 31 - June 2, 2015:
Master Classes
June 2, 2015:
Moonlight Madness
June 3, 2015:
Meet the Teachers Reception
June 3 - 7, 2015:
General Education Classes
June 5, 2015:
Lampworking Madness
June 5 - 7, 2015:
Bead&Jewelry Marketplace Shopping
June 6, 2015:
Bead Social and Auction Night
June 8, 2015:
Encore
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