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Bead Star 2008 Contest Winners


Presenting the winners of the Bead Star 2008 contest! View the prize-winning pieces and meet the designer-artists for creative inspiration.

The Bead Star contest kicked off in April 2008 with a call for designs made with simple stringing, crimping and wire-working techniques. Over 1,000 unique Bead Star entries were received this year in nine different categories including: crystals, heart designs, glass, metals, pearls, plastics, seed beads, stones and under $25. The editors of Stringing and Beadwork magazines narrowed the entries down to 180 finalists--20 per category. From there, it was up to Beading Daily readers to select the winners that ultimately made it into the all-star publication. Fire Mountain Gems and Beads reviewed the nine category winners before choosing the grand-prize project by Valerie Aharoni, this year's Bead Star cover piece.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads was the proud $5,000 Grand-Prize Sponsor of the Bead Star jewelry-making contest. The grand-prize winner received a $1,500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and an all-expense-paid trip for two to Bead Fest Santa Fe to accept the award. All winning entries were published in the Bead Star magazine, the first-ever publication comprised entirely of prize-winning designs selected by beaders worldwide.
Bead Star 2008 Contest Winners

Photo by Joe Coca

Photo by Megan Greenlee Photography

View the prize-winning piece for creative inspiration here and read more about Grand-Prize winner, Valerie Aharoni, in her Jewelry Artists success story.

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Kirsten Salem Necklace
2nd Bonnie Hjerppe Necklace
3rd Tiffany Quint Necklace
Honorable Mention Kristal Wick Necklace
Honorable Mention Abi Collins Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Samela Dorey Necklace
2nd Susan Shannon Ring
3rd Andrew Thornton Necklace
Honorable Mention Erin Strother Necklace
Honorable Mention Patricia Dugmore Bracelet

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Lisa Liddy Necklace
2nd Heather Powers Necklace
3rd Debra Kallen Necklace
Honorable Mention Cassie Donlen Bracelet
Honorable Mention Tracy Van Voorst Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Ann Marie Hodrick Necklace
2nd Jennifer Cunningham Necklace
3rd Ann Marie Crosmun Necklace
Honorable Mention Susan White Bracelet
Honorable Mention Melissa Fortner Bracelet

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Christopher McLachlan Earrings
2nd Steph Kexel Necklace
3rd Mary Dawn Necklace
Honorable Mention Heather Powers Necklace
Honorable Mention Samantha Kilgore Bracelet

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Bonnie Hjerppe Necklace
2nd Darlene Jones Necklace
3rd Doris Coghill Bracelet
Honorable Mention Carina Moreno Necklace
Honorable Mention Amanda Klimek Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Valerie Aharoni Necklace
2nd Kelly Jarvis Necklace
3rd Lola Surwillo Bracelet
Honorable Mention Susan Shannon Necklace
Honorable Mention Carrie McMahon Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Ann Marie Hodrick Necklace
2nd Wendee Brandenburg Bracelet
3rd Meredith Duers Necklace
Honorable Mention Marcella Austenfeld Necklace
Honorable Mention Lucille Hendrickson Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Myra Fierro Bracelet
2nd Christina Rondeau Necklace
3rd Darlene Jones Bracelet
Honorable Mention Erin Beutel Necklace
Honorable Mention Lori Mendenhall Bracelet


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