How to Enter Jewelry-Making Contests

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by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Is entering a jewelry-making contest something on your to-do list, a New Year's resolution or a recent goal you've set for yourself? Whether you are a past winner or new to the world of jewelry contests, now is the time to show off your creative talents by entering Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contests. Here's information (and helpful tips) on becoming the next $500 Grand-Prize Winner.

The Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contests challenge and inspire jewelry artists worldwide to share their talents with the jewelry-making community. Every year, hundreds of designer-artists compete for great prizes and international recognition. And most importantly--bragging rights!

Multiple product-themed contests throughout the year allow artists to focus their design efforts and choose their favorite materials. This means more opportunities to see your name in lights.

Top 10 Reasons to Enter Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contests:

10) Compete in your favorite design medium: seed beads, Swarovski® crystals, polymer clay or metals

9) Be invited to submit your success story to the Jewelry Artists online showcase

8) No entry fees

7) Be part of a global jewelry-making community who inspires others by sharing your creations

6) It's easy to enter: online or by mail

5) See your winning designs featured on the back cover of industry-leading magazines

4) See your winning design(s) in the online Gallery of Designs

3) Gain international recognition--winning designs are seen by hundreds of thousands of beading enthusiasts worldwide in Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' publications, email and social media.

2) Prize money! Win a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Gift Certificate valued at up to $500. Some contests have an additional $500 worth of product to win, too.

And the #1 Reason to Enter Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contests is ... Bragging Rights!

How to Enter

The choice is yours--easily enter online or by mail to win. There is no application fee, no contest fee and no limit to the number of pieces you may enter. Design entries must be comprised of at least 50% of products carried by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads and each entry must include 50% of the contest's product theme (such as Swarovski crystal, seed beads, etc.).

Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Jewelry Making Contests

What We're Looking For ...

The first round of judging is based solely on a photo of your design--be sure we can clearly see all the details. If your piece is selected for the next stage of judging, we'll ask for it to be mailed in. Here are some Helpful Tips on Packaging Your Design Entry to ensure it arrives safely. Our panel of Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' judges compare each piece for level of difficulty, relevance to the contest entered, techniques used, originality, wearability and the overall aesthetic appeal of the design.

Here are some tips for success:
  • Ensure your entry meets the product guidelines. Is 50% of the piece made from the contest's product theme? Are 50% of the products used in the piece carried by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads?
  • Keep detailed notes of the products used in the design as you work (to avoid having to go back and figure it out after the piece is complete) for filling out the required materials list
  • Note contest dates and deadlines to ensure designs are submitted on time
  • Make sure your contest application is complete and includes all the necessary information
  • Submit a "picture perfect" entry with the following ''Photography Tips'' and additional resources:
  • Road test your piece by seeing how it looks on you and your friends and family. Some pieces drape differently when worn.
  • Remember the tiniest details matter as judges spend a lot of time looking at every inch of the piece
  • Show us your best stuff! We're always looking for fun, new and innovative jewelry-making techniques, styles and designs
Your Name in Lights

Gold medal prize-winning designs in each category will go on to compete for grand prizes and may be showcased in and on the following:
  • Jewelry Maker's Catalogs and flyers
  • Online Gallery of Designs
  • Full-page advertisements in leading jewelry-making magazines
  • Featured in email newsletter campaigns and social media
  • Artists are invited to join the Jewelry Artists Success Stories online showcase
  • The Jewelry-Making Contests hall of fame with previous winners

Winning designs will be seen by hundreds of thousands of beading enthusiasts worldwide, along with your name and website information if desired.

View the complete Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Contest details and be the next Grand Prize Winner!

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