The “Bead Star” contest is conducted once a year. The editors of Bead Star, Beadwork, Stringing and Step by Step Wire select the top 20 finalist in 9 categories. These categories include: Crystals, Seed Beads, Glass, Pearls, Stones, Metals, Plastics, Under $25 and Designs With Heart. The top 20 finalist in each category will be posted on Beadingdaily.com from May 19 – June 9. You will be given the opportunity to vote for your favorites during this time. The 5 entries in each category that receive the top votes will be featured in “Bead Star” 2010 magazine. This issue will hit the newsstand in December.
This year, I have submitted designs for all 9 categories. I will not know which, if any, designs have made the top 20 until the voting begins on May 19. Below are my designs featured in “Bead Star” 2009.
“Keys To My Heart” won 1st place last year in the “Designs With Heart” category. I love to design with pearls. I have been fascinated with the delicate gems since I was a child. When designing this piece, I wanted to create a statement piece of jewelry. A necklace that could be worn by both mother and daughter.
“Demi Marie” named after my St. Bernard, won 3rd place in the “Pearls” category. I know that it seems strange to name a necklace after a dog, but Demi is elegant, beautiful and brings great joy into my life. If Demi were human, I could see her wearing this necklace.
The last category is “Crystals”. “Serene Irene” won honorable mention. This necklace was named after my fabulous sister-in-law “Irene”. She loves to wear my crystal creations. The centerpiece is a vintage Czech glass and brass pendant circa 1930. Usually I do not cut or alter the back of an antique pin. This dramatically reduces the value of the pin. In this instance, the clasp was already broken, so I used the pin component as a head pin.
Although I cannot reveal my 2010 designs, I can tell you that 8 are brass and 1 is silver. My main goal this year was to push myself out of my comfort zone and design for all 9 categories. Is anyone else entering the “Bead Star” contest this year? If so, what categories are you entering? I would love to hear your stories!