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International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards

The competition returns!

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Welcome to the International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards presented by Bead&Button. 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.

International Metal Jewelry Artistry Award application

For more information about our International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards, click here.

2019 Categories


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Metal

Submit handmade jewelry, accessories, sculptures, and more made predominantly with metal. Some cast or prefabricated elements are permitted, but the primary methods used must be in fabrication techniques.
Sponsor: Contenti
Grand Award: $500 Gift Certificate
Sponsor: Bead&Button Show
Honorable Mention $250 Gift Certificate


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Wire

Submit jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects, and sculpture predominantly made with wire.
Sponsor: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Grand Award: $500 Gift Certificate
Sponsor: Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
Honorable Mention: $250 Gift Certificate


Student Metal and Wire

To qualify for the Student category, you must be enrolled full-time or part-time in any educational program with intent to obtain a degree or certification.

Submit handmade jewelry, accessories, sculpture and more made predominantly with metal and/or wire. Some cast or prefabricated elements are permitted, but the primary methods used must be in fabrication techniques.
Sponsor: Bead&Button Show
Grand Award $250 Gift Certificate


Rules and Eligibility

  1. The competition is open to professional and amateur jewelry makers from the U.S. and around the world. Bead&Button Show faculty and exhibitors may enter the competition. Kalmbach Media 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 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 8, 2019.
  8. Maximum size (including any necessary display structure): 12W x 12H x 12L inches (30.5 x 30.5  x 30.5  centimeters). Bead&Button reserves the right to exclude large pieces (wider and higher than 12 inches) from the 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 Media will not accept delivery on packages that require customs duty to be paid. 
  11. All accepted entries (United States and International) will be required to provide a printed return shipping label included with your entry.
     (International participants, 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 or PayPal information to pay for shipping before your entry is returned. Entries will not be returned if a shipping label is not included with shipment or you do not have a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for return shipping.
  12. Include suggested instructions for display, special handling, or shipping requirements inside the shipping box.
  13. 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.
  14. Kalmbach Media, 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.
  15. Items are scheduled for return by August 30, 2019. If you need to have your accepted entry returned before then, email metalawards@beadandbutton.com.

Judging and Awards

  1. The editors of Bead&Button magazine and a panel of qualified judges will select the competition finalists. Finalist judges are Andy Cooperman and Linda Darty.
  2. Before the start of the 2018 Bead&Button Show, a team of judges will select up to 15 finalists 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 7, through Sunday, June 10, 2018 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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