Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fire Mountain Gems Beading Contest

I love to share jewelry contests that I find as I surf the web. One of my favorite sites for beads, findings, gemstones, etc is Fire Mountain Gems. They have a huge supply and they promote their employees, wearing their own creations, in the catalogues they send out in the mail. I think this is a nice touch and that it indicates what kind of people the owners are.

They are currently running a beading contest. They are looking for design entries that showcase the design talents of the participants. The grand prize winner will receive a $1000 gift certificate from their site. They also state that the winning designs in each category may be featured in the following places:
  • 2010-2011 Jewelry Maker's Comprehensive Catalog
  • On their website
  • Full Page ads in top industry magazines
  • Supplemental catalogs

One of the rules of the contest is that the designs must be made with at least 50% of the supplies purchased from their site. Full rules of the beading contest can be found here.

There are dozens and dozens of categories, so if you are a beader or jewelry maker, I'm sure you will find a category that suits you. There are categories from gemstone, to glass, to jump ring, to acrylic to wedding designs and many more!

Last year, they received more than 1300 entries from all the categories and chose the cute lizard pictured here - designed by Tania Begg. Brush off your beading skills and enter today! The deadline for the design entries is April 15, 2009. Finalists will be notified by the May 30 and they will need to send a finished design by the end of June. Winners will be announced during the summer.

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