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Bead Star 2009 Contest Winners


Presenting the winners of the second annual Bead Star contest! View the 45 award-winning designs for creative inspiration.

The 2009 Bead Star contest was an outstanding success, doubling in entries from last year with over 2,000 unique submissions. Made with simple stringing, crimping and wire-working techniques, the winning pieces are featured in the 2009 Bead Star magazine, the only beading publication comprised entirely of prize-winning jewelry designs selected by beaders worldwide.

Entries were submitted into nine categories: Crystals, Heart Designs, Glass, Metals, Pearls, Plastics, Seed Beads, Stones and Under $25. The editors of Stringing and Beadwork magazines narrowed the 2,000 entries down to 20 finalists per category. From there, it was up to the 26,000 Beading Daily readers to select the 45 winning designs that ultimately made it into the all-star publication.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads reviewed the nine category winners before choosing Silver Icicles, a spectacular necklace by Sue Sater, as the 2009 Bead Star Best in Show.

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads was once again the $3,000 Grand-Prize Sponsor of the Bead Star jewelry-making contest. The grand-prize winner received a $1,000 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.
Bead Star 2009 Contest Winners

Photo by Stephen Martine Photography

View the prize-winning piece for creative inspiration here and read more about Best in Show winner, Sue Sater, in her Jewelry Artist success story.

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Renée McMeeken Necklace
2nd Amity Doolittle Necklace
3rd Diana Thomas-Willis Bracelet
Honorable Mention Lori Lopez Necklace
Honorable Mention Denise Yezbak Moore Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Mikki Ferrugiaro Bracelet
2nd Ann Marie Crosmun Bracelet
3rd Kate Purdy Necklace
Honorable Mention Lori Bergmann Necklace
Honorable Mention Kerry Bogert Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Denise Yezbak Moore Necklace
2nd Erin Prais-Hintz Necklace
3rd Amanda Posner Necklace
Honorable Mention Madalynne Homme Bracelet
Honorable Mention Lori Mendenhall Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Sue Sater Necklace
2nd Moira McEvoy Bracelet
3rd Liisa Turunen Necklace
Honorable Mention Erin Strother Necklace
Honorable Mention Jeanne Barta Craine Bracelet

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Solange Farah Necklace
2nd Susan White Necklace
3rd Denise Yezbak Moore Necklace
Honorable Mention Alice Bilello Necklace
Honorable Mention Jessica Tiemens Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Susan O'Neill Necklace
2nd Valerie Aharoni Bracelet
3rd Lorelei Eurto Necklace
Honorable Mention Gavin Pili Necklace
Honorable Mention Bridgette Jessen Bracelet

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Erin Strother Necklace
2nd Christina Dauenhauer Bracelet
3rd Gabrielle Doran Bracelet
Honorable Mention Lyn Foley Necklace
Honorable Mention Cindy Holsclaw Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Kathryn Burgess Necklace
2nd Valerie Rothert Necklace
3rd Heather Powers Necklace
Honorable Mention Mary Harding McCallion Necklace
Honorable Mention Chris Simmons Necklace

Place Name View Winning Design
1st Solange Farah Bracelet
2nd Glenda Paunonen Earrings
3rd Kristy Abner Ring
Honorable Mention Darlene Jones Necklace
Honorable Mention Pattie Smith Bracelet


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