What's the next step for 2017 BeadDreams finalists?

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Here's a quick overview of the journey accepted pieces will take while in the Bead&Button office and at the Bead&Button Show.

When entries arrive in our office the box will be opened and checked to make sure there was no damage during shipping. An email will be sent letting the designer know that we have received it.

After all the entries are in the office, the judging will begin for first, second, and third place ribbons, and for Best In Show and Runner Up Best In Show ribbons. The staffs of Bead&Button and Facet Jewelry will judge the pieces. Examples of what the judges will be looking for are:

  • Originality
  • Craftmanship
  • Mastery of major techniques
  • Sturdiness/longevity
  • Finishing touches
  • Unique artistic voice

Entries will be on display at the Bead&Button Show Thursday, June 8 from 4 – 8 pm during the Preview Shopping Eve and all day Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11. Look for the BeadDreams banner hanging from the ceiling, and listen for all the oohs and aahs as people admire all the beautiful artwork.

On Friday, at noon, Bead&Button magazine editor Julia Gerlach will present the first, second, and third place ribbons, the Best In Show and the Runner Up Best In Show ribbons to the winners. If you're attending the show, make sure you're in the BeadDreams area at noon for photo ops and to congratulate the winners.

Don't forget about the People's Choice award. Voting will take place both online and at the show. Visit the Bead&Button blog the week of May 1 for a link to voting. The link will also be in the May newsletter and on the Bead&Button and Facet Jewelry Facebook pages. If you're attending the show you'll find a ballot box in the BeadDreams area with instructions for voting. And yes, you can vote both online and at the show. A great big THANK YOU to Fire Mountain Gems and Beads for sponsoring the award. A $500 (US Dollar) gift certificate for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads will be awarded to the winner. The winner will be presented with a ribbon on Sunday at noon. The gift certificate will be send directly from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads after the show.

We can't wait to share with you all the wonderful artwork that was juried into the 2017 BeadDreams competition.

We hope to see you at the show!

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