Insider tips about the Bead&Button Show’s jewelry-making competitions

Learn what judges look for. Plus: More Show updates

Are you planning to enter one of the Bead&Button Show’s jewelry-making competitions? If so, you’ll want to check out this article about what judges look for when they choose finalists and winners. It will give you an insider’s insight into details that could set your entry apart.


And don’t forget: To mark the Show’s 20thanniversary, organizers are accepting any work produced since 2000! They have also reduced the entry fee by $20. So this is a great time to give it a try. 


The competition is open to jewelry artists working with beads, wire, or metal, in a variety of categories. Finalists are displayed at the Bead&Button Show, and top winners are given prizes valued at up to $500. The entry deadline is April 6, 2020.


In other Show news …

  • Do you know any jewelry artists who have recently started to sell their work and could use a leg up? If so, tell them about a brand new Emerging Artist Scholarship that has been launched exclusively for this year’s Show. The scholarship will give selected jewelry artists the opportunity to sell their original work at the Bead & Jewelry Expo, which is open during four days of the Show.  

Scholarship winners will receive a table in the Artisan Pavilion for a deeply reduced rate of $100. The application deadline is Feb. 29, 2020. This is a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming talent. Spread the news!

  • If you’ve been to a Show before, you know about the annual Show Pin. The design changes each year and lots of attendees collect them. At the Show, it’s not unusual to see pins displayed on totes and lanyards and lapels. If you have pins from past shows, think about snapping a photo and posting it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ShareYourShowPins. We want to see your collection! You could be selected as a featured photo.
  • New jewelry-making classes are added all the time, and some sold-out classes are adding seats. Check the Show website regularly to spot new opportunities before they disappear!

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