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Art Clay®,Metal Beads, Wirework & Chains
Jewelry-Making Contest 2009
Contest is Closed

Now Closed!

Be the next Grand Prize Winner and Internationally Published Designer-Artist in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Metal Contest. Push the design envelope with metal creations, including Art Clay®, jumprings, metal beads, wirework and chain.

You'll find everything you need to create your masterpiece using metal clay, metal beads, wirework, jumprings and chain. Use each medium separately or combine them all to design your winning piece.

View contest details and entry guidelines below and get started designing today!

Design Idea C746 by Sheila Schwede

What's Happening!

Closed! 2013 Metal Contest

Thank you to all the participants, official result letters are in the mail.

See the winners of the 2012 Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework or Chain Jewelry-Making Contest here.


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Win Valuable Prizes!

Gold Medal GRAND PRIZE Winner $1,000.00 gift certificate
Silver Medal GRAND PRIZE Winner $750.00 gift certificate
Bronze Medal GRAND PRIZE Winner $500.00 gift certificate
Gold Medal Prize Winner, each category $200.00 gift certificate
Silver Medal Prize Winner, each category $150.00 gift certificate
Bronze Medal Prize Winner, each category $100.00 gift certificate

Jewelry-Making Contest Categories

Necklace: Let your ingenuity and creativity shine. The sky's the limit on the number of strands, length or techniques used. As long as you can wear it as a necklace, it qualifies.

Bracelet: Showcase your best work with an innovative bracelet design and take this classic accessory to a new level.

Home Décor and Doll: Bring jewelry-making into the home with throws, pillows, beaded chandeliers or centerpieces. Give porcelain, clay or soft dolls radiance as you dress them in beaded elegance or create from scratch with Kato Polyclay™.

Wedding and Holiday: Go beyond the traditional to create over-the-top wedding jewelry. Celebrate your holiday spirit through jewelry—any holiday is included (Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day, etc.).

Fashion Accessories (including rings, earrings, brooches, hairpieces and accessories): There's no such thing as too much embellishment. Incorporate beading into clothing and accessories with beaded embroidery, crochet, adhesives, knitting and more.

Contest Details

You supply the creativity, we supply everything else®

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads is looking for your entries that showcase your designer talents.

There is no limit to the number of pieces you may enter. However, the judging committee reserves the right to reclassify the category of an entry where appropriate.

Design entries must be comprised of at least 50% of products carried by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads. Each entry must include at least 50% of metal clay, metal beads, wirework or chain products within the design being submitted. This can include any combination of the suggested materials. All designs must be original. Winning designs from another jewelry-making contest may not be submitted.

The panel of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' judges looks for level of difficulty, relevance to the contest in which it is entered, technique, originality, wearability and the overall aesthetic appeal of the design. Contest is for entrants ages 15 and older. Employees of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads are ineligible.

Gold Medal prize winning designs in each category will go on to compete for the Grand Prizes and may be showcased in and on the following:

  • Jewelry Maker's Comprehensive Catalogs and Flyers
  • Online Gallery of Designs
  • Full-page advertisements in leading jewelry-making magazines
  • Featured in email newsletter campaigns and press releases
  • Artists are invited to join the Jewelry Artists online showcase

Your designs will be seen by hundreds of thousands of beading enthusiasts worldwide, along with your name and website information (with a reciprocal link) if you desire.

If you have a question regarding a contest, please send an email to: beadingcontest@firemtn.com

How to Enter

There are two ways to enter the Jewelry-Making Contests: Online and By Mail. All entries must be received by the contest closing date. Please keep in mind that all correspondence will use the title of your design as a reference.

Contact us at (541) 956-7700 or by email at beadingcontest@firemtn.com if your address or contact information changes.

Enter Online

You can now enter the Jewelry-Making Contest online during the contest open dates. Simply complete the online form, then for each design entered please fill out a material list and upload a color photograph. For more photography and image upload information, see below.

Enter by Mail

Download the entry packet, complete the required information and mail it in, along with an 8x10 color photograph or digital file on a CD/DVD disk, of each contest design you wish to enter. For more photography and image upload information, click here.

Please note: Entrants will be asked to sign a release form which will allow Fire Mountain Gems and Beads unlimited use of the photographs of the submitted design(s), submission will constitute agreement.

Download the Entrance Packet here:  Download the Entrance Packet

Send your Entry Packet, Photograph or CD/DVD to:

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads
ATTN: Jewelry-Making Contest
One Fire Mountain Way
Grants Pass, OR 97526

Photography Information

Please photograph the entire design, including clasp or closure if applicable. Additional detail shots are permitted. It is not recommended to photograph your design on a person. Pictures and/or CDs become the property of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads; do not send the actual jewelry design unless requested.

Resolution for mail-in digital files must be at least 300 dpi. Images uploaded for the online format must be 800x1000 pixels and not greater in size than 2MB, maximum of 3 images.

For more photography tips click here.

Contest is open to all artists. Employees of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads are not eligible to enter.

Finalists will be notified by mail and email and asked to submit their actual design(s) for further judging. Design(s) will be returned upon completion of all judging and photography, approximately three months after receipt date.

We recommend shipping your design(s) via a trackable shipping method with delivery confirmation, and insuring for the value of contents. Any boxes or packaging materials will not be returned.

We look forward to receiving your incredible creations!

If you have a question regarding the contest, please send an email to: beadingcontest@firemtn.com

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