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Design Idea C746
Grand Prize Gold Medal Winner: Sheila Schwede
"No! Really? Wow! That's terrific--thank you, thank you, thank you!"

With its organic shapes and mix of metals, Sheila Schwede’s Chain of Shells drew fascinated stares and exclamations. Each link of the chain was created from one of three metal clays, bringing silver, bronze and copper clay into harmony. Sheila lives on a houseboat with her husband and son, and each link in this necklace is a section of shell she's found, worn smooth by the water.

Chris held up the piece and said, "It's surprisingly light--I'd wear it in a heartbeat."


Design Idea C74L Necklace
Grand Prize Silver Medal Winner: Wanaree TannerGrand Prize Silver Medal Winner: Wanaree Tanner
Note: The fire agate can be removed from the setting through a hidden key and slot system.

Wanaree Tanner's complex necklace holds fiery secrets: the center pendant can shed its copper coat and reveal a copper phoenix. Remove the large fire agate from the copper sheath and place the copper back on the pendant to display the phoenix in a copper pyre. Each link in the pendant chain was also created using metal clays for a piece that’s almost too hot to handle.


Grand Prize Bronze Medal Winner: Rene Aguilar
Grand Prize Bronze Medal Winner: Rene Aguilar

Vintage styling makes Rene Aguilar's Hollywood Klieg Lights Verde a bold choice in jewelry design. Each component was handmade in BRONZclay, then selective cells were hand-colored with a verdant green enamel. The crisp edges and smooth, even enameling made it a judges' panel favorite.


Employee's Choice: Keiko Wada

When we saw Keiko Wada's Lace Flower Flora Bloom jewelry set, most of us could only say "Wow." We fell in love with Keiko's precise technique and lush use of beads, making it our pick for the Employee's Choice award.
President's Award: Stephanie Eddy

Stuart said he couldn't keep his eyes off of Stephanie Eddy's Flight of the Dragonflies necklace. When selecting it for the President's Award, he cited the complexity of the wirework, the mixture of techniques and pieces and the symmetrical precision of Stephanie's design as making his choice clear.


Grand Prize Winner Special Award: Rene Aguilar

The judges couldn't let Lyn Punkari's Merman Jewel pass by without notice, giving this historically influenced design Special Recognition. Drawing on designs from Renaissance Europe, the large baroque pearl chest and gem-set silver clay tail showcased craftsmanship fit for royalty.


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Gold Medal
Category
Name
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Grand Prize Gold
Bracelet
Fashion Accessories
Home Décor and Doll
Jewelry Design Sets
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads and Chain
Jamie Cloud Eakin
Wedding Sets


Silver Medal
Category
Name
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Grand Prize Silver
Wanaree Tanner
Bracelet
Karen Suarez
Fashion Accessories (Tie)
Fashion Accessories (Tie)
Catharine Temaluru
Home Décor and Doll
Jessey Ina-Lee
Jewelry Design Sets
Amanda Bielski-Wright
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads and Chain
Stephanie Eddy
Wedding and Holiday
Amanda Mizuno


Bronze Medal
Category
Name
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Grand Prize Bronze
Rene Aguilar
Bracelet (Tie)
Sue Beck
Bracelet (Tie)
Sarah Thompson
Fashion Accessories
Home Decor and Doll
Elena Mruz
Jewelry Design Sets
Necklace: Metal Clay (Tie)
Lyn Punkari
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads and Chain (Tie)
Taniruth Ranit
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads and Chain (Tie)
Joanie Whitehead
Wedding and Holiday
Dianne Melvin


Grand Prize Employee's Choice Winner
Category
Name
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Jewelry Design Sets


President's Award
Category
Name
View Winning Design
Necklace: Wirework, Metal Beads and Chain
Stephanie Eddy


President's Award
Category
Name
View Winning Design
Necklace: Metal Clay (Tie)
Lyn Punkari


Finalists

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