It's time for BeadDreams 2019

"Golden Tassel" by Ellen Solomons took first place in the Objects and Accessories category in 2017. 

Now in its 20th year, BeadDreams is our annual juried competition showcasing exceptional bead and jewelry artistry from around the world. The pieces continue to inspire awe and amazement every year at the Bead&Button Show exhibit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Thanks to our generous sponsors, finalists will compete not only for bragging rights but they will also vie for some really amazing prizes!

This year, BeadDreams will feature four categories of competition. 

The YOUNG BEADER AWARD competition is open to any jewelry maker under the age of 25. Submissions can be jewelry, accessories or objects including single pieces or ensembles, sculptures, wall hangings, purses, shoes, or dolls. Materials can be any bead-related media. The Young Beader Award is being sponsored by Swarovski. 

The FINISHED JEWELRY AWARD submissions can be 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. A Grand Award and an Honorable Mention will be announced. The Finished Jewelry Award is being sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems. 

The OBJECTS & ACCESSORIES AWARD is comprised of non-jewelry items or accessories, including, but not limited to, sculptures, purses, shoes, wall hangings, dolls. Materials can be any bead-related media. A Grand Award and an Honorable Mention will be announced. The Objects & Accessories Award is also being sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems.

The PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD is decided by you, our readers. Online voting will begin in late Spring, and there will also be in-person voting at the 2019 Bead&Button Show, June 2-9, 2019, in Milwaukee.  The People's Choice Award is sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems. 

The third place finisher in the Finished Jewelry category in 2017: "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by Regina Krawets (Australia).

Seeing as the talent in the bead world is absolutely astounding, we are expecting another spectacular turnout this year. And now is the time to throw your hat in the ring! Applications open today, and are being accepted until April 8, 2019. After that, we get to start going through the entries, ooh-ing and aah-ing over clever design details, gorgeous color palettes, and jaw-dropping workmanship as we select the finalists for the exhibit. It is always a truly humbling experience to see the amazing creativity and dedication that goes into the submissions. Thanks to all the talented designers who take part in this friendly battle every year – you are an inspiration to beaders and jewelry-makers everywhere!

Please consider applying for the contest! Check out this gallery of the other lucky winners from last year. 

Metal and wire artists now have their very own competition with its own categories and prizes. We look forward to seeing handmade jewelry, accessories, sculptures, and more made predominantly with metal, and jewelry, accessories, handmade beads, jewelry-related objects, and sculpture predominantly made with wire in this prestigious competition. 

The International Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards will also include a category especially for young jewelry makers.

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