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Annual BeadDreams International Jewelry Artistry Awards

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Welcome to the Annual BeadDreams International Jewelry Artistry Awards presented by Bead&Button. For 2019, the categories are Finished Jewelry, Objects and Accessories, and Young Beader. Please read the following rules carefully. Finalist entries will be displayed at the Bead&Jewelry Expo from Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, 2019, on the third floor of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI. Award ribbon placement will take place on Friday, June 7, 2019.


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Finished Jewelry

Submit jewelry of any kind or an ensemble of jewelry. Materials can include, but are not limited to, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, semi-precious stones, found objects, or other bead-related media.
Sponsor: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Grand Award: $1,000 Gift Certificate
Sponsor: TBD
Honorable Mention $500 Gift Certificate


Objects and Accessories

Submit non-jewelry items or accessories, including, but not limited to, sculptures, purses, shoes, wall hangings, dolls. Materials can be any bead-related media.
Sponsor: TBD
Grand Award: $1,000 Gift Certificate
Sponsor: TBD
Honorable Mention: $500 Gift Certificate


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People’s Choice

Vote online or in person at the Bead&Button Show for your favorite entry. Visit BeadandButtonShow.com for details.
Sponsor: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Award: $500 Gift Certificate


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Young Beader

To qualify for the Young Beader category, you must be 25 years of age or younger.

Submit jewelry, accessories or objects including single pieces or ensembles, sculptures, wall hangings, purses, shoes, dolls.
Materials can be any bead-related media.
Sponsor: Swarovski
Award: $500 Product Package


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.  
  4. The preliminary jurying will be based on the images provided during the entry process. Please do not send the physical entry until notified by the jurying team.
  5. Bead&Button reserves the right to reclassify the category of an entry.
  6. Entries can be the work of a single person or collaboration by two or more people.
  7. The deadline to enter is April 5, 2019.
  8. Maximum size (including any necessary display structure): 24W x 16H x 32L inches (61 x 41 x 81 centimeters). Bead&Button reserves 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.
  9. Bead&Button will notify you of your acceptance status via email by April 19, 2019. At that time, we will provide the shipping address and ask finalists to send entries. All accepted pieces must be received no later than May 3, 2019. Although we encourage you to send display materials with your entry, Bead&Button reserves the right to display pieces as best suits the needs of the Bead&Button Show.
  10. 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 shipping return label must be included in your shipment. (For more information, please consult your nation's customs officials.) If you are unable to provide a return shipping label, you will need to provide a credit card to pay for shipping before entry is returned. International entries will not be returned if no shipping label is included with shipment or you do not have a credit card to pay for shipping.
  11. Include suggested instructions for display, special handling, or shipping requirements inside the shipping box.
  12. It is the entrant’s responsibility to provide any required insurance to cover the entry shipment to us, the return, its display at the Show, and its time at the Kalmbach offices. While Bead&Button will use every precaution to protect and safeguard each item while in our offices or at the Show, Bead&Button is not responsible for any damages.
  13. Kalmbach Publishing Co., the Bead&Button Show, and Bead&Button magazine retain the right to use 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 entrant.
  14. Items are scheduled for return by August 30, 2019. If you need to have your accepted entry returned before then, email beaddreams@beadandbutton.com.

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 2019 Bead&Button Show, a team of judges will select up to 15 preliminary winners in each category. Finalists will then be asked to ship the physical entry to Bead&Button for display and final judging.
  3. Finalist entries will be displayed at the Bead&Jewelry Expo from Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9, 2019 on the third floor of the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, WI. Artists retain all rights and ownership of their work and do not need to be present to win.

Questions?

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