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 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Announces the Winners of the 2008 Annual Beading Contest 

(Grants Pass, Oregon)--Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®, America's favorite beading and jewelry supply company, announces the winners of the 2008 Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Annual Beading Contest.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads received more than 1,300 entries in over 20 main contest categories from designer-artists around the world. This year's categories included cabochons, jumprings, metal beads, briolette/glass, dolls, clothing, home décor, holiday ornaments, freeform jewelry, Kato Polyclay™, Art Clay®, metal chain, pearls, organics, seed beads, Swarovski, turquoise and wirework.

The panel of judges selected 380 finalists from the entries received. Many of the winning pieces will be showcased in future Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalogs and in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gallery of Designs.

Winning Designer-Artists in Each Category
Gold Medal Winner
Silver Medal Winner
Bronze Medal Winner
Art Clay® and Metal
Dianne Sims
Gwen Bernecker
- Tie -
Kim Rausch
Ruth Baillie
Lana May
Suzanne Neve
Nicole Miller
Louisa M. Meece
Crystal Probst
Lenny R. Talmi
Freeform Expression -
Lorna Dwyer-Carfano
Tamara Allison
- Tie -
Maria Teresa Caballero
Nancy Hall
Freeform Expression -
Clothing and Accessories
Sarah Mock
Michela Verani
Susan Terese McKechnie
Freeform Expression -
Home Décor
Tania M. Begg
Salli Weigert Rathburn
Barbara D. Rakovec
Freeform Expression -
Jennifer Jane Buck
Natalie Laurijsen-Kopra
Keith Pearson
Freeform Expression -
Dawn Arnote
Dawn Grogg
C.D. Shannon
Sunshine O'Neal Qualls
Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
Mary R. Griffin
Janice C. Hernandez Cordova
Susan Terese McKechnie
Mary Carter
Rachel Savage
Cathy Beal
Barbara Johns
Kato Polyclay™
Susan Bailey
Kaaren Poole
- Tie -
Julie Anstaett
Eugena Topina
Metal Beads and/or Chain
Suzanne Doyle
Jo Frost
Rachel Flemming
Cyndi Lavin
Deborah Weaver
Rachel Rose
Shell, Wood, Bone
Natalia Walton
Jamie Cloud Eakin
Melissa Reid
Seed Beads
Susan L. Crisfield
Sherral McGrail
- Tie -
Claire Pelletier
Carole E. Marlin
Debbie Lawrence
Diane Baas
- Tie -
Nydia Diaz
Sara Veronica-Ramones Freites
Caito Amorose
Kate Buchta
Christy Cleary
Turquoise and/or Coral
Caryn Hall
Deirdre Taylor
Sarah McGuire
Marianela Freites
Catherine Ross
Kristi Snyder

Due to the limited number of entries in the acrylic and/or resin bead category, this category was not judged. The entries submitted in this category were given consideration in the next closest fitting category. Thank you for your understanding.

This year's winners will receive Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gift Certificates in the following amounts:

Gold Grand Prize Winner: $1000.00
Silver Grand Prize Winner: $750.00
Bronze Grand Prize Winner: $500.00

Gold Medal Category Winner: $100.00
Silver Medal Category Winner: $75.00
Bronze Medal Category Winner: $50.00

Congratulations again! Thank you to all the talented designer-artists who participated in this year's Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Annual Beading Contest. For more information on how to enter the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2009 Beading Contest, click here

For over 35 years, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads has been known for their exceptional customer service and product selection--over 116,000 hot jewelry-making supplies available to wholesalers, retailers and designer-artists alike. Order your free copy of the Jewelry Maker's Catalog or browse a full year's worth of catalogs online with the catalog flipper for all the fun of the catalog with the ease of the web!

Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists;
children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.

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