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Introducing a new award for metal and wire artists


March is for the luck of the Irish, signs of spring, and teasers for warmer weather. March also means that it’s finally not too soon to start thinking about our June Bead&Button Show! 

If you’re familiar with the Bead&Button Show, you probably are also familiar with our annual BeadDreams competition, which showcases exceptional bead and jewelry artistry from around the world.

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"Galaxy" by Kaska Firor was the first place winner in the Wirework category of the 2015 BeadDreams competition.

What you may not know is that there’s a brand new competition dedicated solely to metal and wire artistry! That’s right – all you metalsmiths out there will have the opportunity to submit your handmade jewelry, accessories, sculptures, and much more in this prestigious new competition: The International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards.

Seeing as this is a brand-new award, let’s go over the basics. The categories for this competition include:

  • METAL: Sponsored by Contenti, this category will allow submissions in handmade jewelry, accessories, sculptures, and more made predominantly with metal.
  • WIRE: Submit jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects, and sculpture predominantly made with wire. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and Micro-Tools are sponsoring this category. 

In addition to the Metal and Wire categories, we are launching a third special category, STUDENT METAL AND WIRE! The Student category is open to any student enrolled full-time or part-time in any educational program with the intent to obtain a degree or certification. Sponsored by Santa Fe Jewelry, submissions can be 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.

The Student category will encourage young artists and visionaries to contribute to the jewelry-making community, and we are thrilled to give them an opportunity to showcase their work. For complete rules on all categories, and instructions on how to submit to the International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards, visit the official site.

"Draco Volanti" by Daryl Adams won first place and the People's Choice Award in the 2017 BeadDreams Metalwork category!

If the inaugural International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards is anything like our BeadDreams competition, we expect nothing less than some outstanding creativity and a great turnout! And there is still time to throw your hat in the ring. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 6. After that, we have the fortunate job of going through the entries, ooh-ing and aah-ing over clever creations and jaw-dropping workmanship as we, along with a panel of qualified judges, select the finalists for the exhibit. The finalist judges panel includes some amazing names from the art jewelry community! We're so pleased that James Carter, Michael Sturlin, and Hazel Wheaton have agreed to help us select the final prize-winning pieces. 

We are so excited to see what stunning work is taking place in today's metalsmithing and wirework community. Consider submitting your work TODAY!

Here's a look at some of the other pieces that have taken some prizes in the Wirework category of our BeadDreams competitions in years past.

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