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The winners of the 2018 BeadDreams competition

Learn what took home the prizes at the 2018 Bead&Button Show
Swain Salomon Spirit House 2
SPIRIT HOUSE by Cliff Swain-Salomon, the winner of the 2018 People's Choice Award

We are so very pleased to announce the winners of the annual BeadDreams International Jewelry Artistry Awards presented by Bead&Button magazine. 

We had dozens of submissions to this juried contest that came to us from all over the world. Finalists were invited to send their pieces, which were displayed throughout the weekend at the 2018 Bead&Button Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Awards were announced live during the Bead&Button Show. 

Awards were given in four categories this year! 

Finished Jewelry 

Designers were permitted to submit jewelry of any kind or an ensemble of jewelry. Materials could include, but were not limited to, seed beads, crystals, glass beads, semi-precious stones, found objects, or other bead-related media.  

The Grand Award recipient was given a $1,000 Gift Certificate, sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
The Honorable Mention recipient was given a $500 Gift Certificate, sponsored by Kalmbach Media.

Objects and Accessories

Designers were permitted to submit non-jewelry items or accessories, including, but not limited to, sculptures, purses, shoes, wall hangings, dolls. Materials could be any bead-related media.

The Grand Award recipient was given a $1,000 Gift Certificate, sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads.
The Honorable Mention recipient was given a $500 Gift Certificate, sponsored by Kalmbach Media.

Young Beader Award

In order to qualify for our inaugural the Young Beader Award, designers needed to be 25 years of age or younger. They were permitted to submit jewelry, accessories or objects including single pieces or ensembles, sculptures, wall hangings, purses, shoes, dolls. Materials could be any bead-related media.

The recipient was given a $500 Product Package, sponsored by Swarovski.

People’s Choice Award

This award was selected by our readership, who was able to vote either online or in person at the Bead&Button Show. 

The recipient of the People's Choice Award was given a $500 Gift Certificate, sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. 

Please click through the gallery of images below to see the artwork that was chosen as winners in the 2018 BeadDreams competition. A sister competition, the Metal Jewelry Artistry Awards, also took place at the Bead&Button Show. Those winners can be found here. 

It is also a pleasure to acknowledge the finalists who had their work displayed at the 2018 Bead&Button Show. 


Finished Jewelry
Sue Horine (USA)  Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Ruxandra Anamaria Puscas (Romania)  Caprice
Monica Vinci (Italy)  Back In Black Set
Alex Roeder (USA)  Good Times, Good Friends and Into The Light (two separate entries)
Guzialia Reed (USA)  Dance Of Butterflies
Mariya Nazarkina (Russia)   Irises
Magali Palacio (Belgium)  Graphene
Natalia Smolkowa (Russia)  Mistress of Copper Mountain
Frieda Drymon (USA)  Spirit Of My Forefathers
Irina Oleinik (Estonia)  Necklace "Dragon"
Sabrina Maurer (USA)  Voncille
Erin Simonetti (USA)  Mermaid Bead Tole And The Story Lives On
Sonia Lidozzi (Italy)  Raflesia
Anna Barsukova (Russia)  Necklace "The Fight Of The Elements"
Tetiana Mykhalchenko (Russia)  Set "Pride And Prejudice"
Patricia Parker (USA)  Summertime
Kathy Bingaman (USA)  Moonlight 
Alena Abramova (Russia)  The Dream Of A Blue Rose

 

Objects and Accessories
Rose Rushbrooke (USA)  Triffid
Elena Malkova (Germany)  Evening Star
Larissa Borodich (Russia)  Age Of Elegance
Katie Dean (United Kingdom)  A Visit To The Beehive
Floor Kaspers (Netherlands)  Flower Fields
Kaori Nakakohji (Japan) Koihana
Olga Viktorovna Shumilova (Russia)  Royal Blue
Hiroko Yokoi and Masako Takahasi (Japan)  Japanese Armor
Anita Kozinko (USA)  Miriam's Treasure
Tetiana Panina (USA)  Matryoshka
Natalia Wiedenbeck (USA)  French Beaded Flowers Arrangement 
Carmen Falb (USA)  A Spartan's Will

 

Young Beader
Hsuan Chang (USA)  Fan Necklace

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