The latest Bead&Button Show Updates

New contest deadlines, new show dates

Hello, jewelry makers! How are you doing during this difficult time? We hope you are keeping safe and healthy! That's truly the most important thing for all of us right now.


We are happy to have some news that might make things a bit easier for you: Deadlines for the BeadDreams and Metal Jewelry Artistry awards have been moved back almost three months. The new submission deadline is June 29, 2020. In addition, we're making the process more convenient and affordable by switching to an all-online judging process. Artists who become finalists will not be asked to ship their pieces to the Show for judging as they have in the past.



Blue Butterflies by Svetlana Vladimirova of Sumy, Ukraine; the winner of the HONORABLE MENTION award in the Finished Jewelry category.

Updated rules and guidelines are available here (for BeadDreams) and here (for the Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards)


The new submission deadline for both competitions falls in line with new dates for the 2020 Bead&Button Show, which was rescheduled for safety reasons during the COVID-19 outbreak. The new Show dates are Aug. 23-29, 2020.


Our colleagues on the Show staff have been working hard to notify teachers, vendors and attendees and to update the Show schedule. If you have questions, your best bet is to watch the Show's email newsletter (or sign up here if you don't already receive it). Keep checking the Show website, too. If you have a specific question about your registration, you can email


We know that so many of us have turned to beading and other creative pursuits as a form of therapy in the past. It’s a practice that can center us and give us joy even in challenging times. We hope that the extra bit of time we have can give us a chance to pause and be grateful — and yes, pick up our beading mats, too.


Please remember that we at Bead&Button magazine, the Bead&Button Show, and are here for you! Keep in touch on Facebook and let us know you’re doing OK.



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