Win Big Prizes in Our Best Beading Contest Ever!

Jan 16, 2013

The Bead Star contest is back and better than ever! Read more about the contest below, including how you could win an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia in August. Find more details at, then enter to win. Complete rules can be found here.


  • Beadweaving projects will now be accepted (and are encouraged)!
  • The Bead Star contest will now be conducted by judges selected by the staff of Beadwork andJewelry Stringing magazines.
  • We will now charge an entry fee to cover the expenses of administering this competition


One grand-prize winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Bead Fest Philadelphia, our most popular Bead Fest event, which will be held August 23 to 25, 2013.

More than $4,000 in Cash Prizes!
5 First Place Awards: $500 each
5 Second Place Awards: $250 each
5 Third Place Awards: 1 one-year subscription to Beadwork or Jewelry Stringing magazine

Plus, the Emerging Artists Category (Open only to entrants who have never had their jewelry published in a magazine or book, including online magazines and books. Entries submitted in this category can be made with any material or technique.)

First Place Award: $150 each
Second Place Award: $75 each
Third Place Award: 1 one-year subscription to Beadwork or Jewelry Stringing magazine

All winners will be published in Beadwork AND Jewelry Stringing magazines. They will also receive recognition at Bead Fest Philadelphia.


The Bead Star contest consists of the following 6 categories. Entrants may submit as many designs as they wish in each category; however, the same design cannot be submitted in more than one category. All designs must be the original work of the entrant and must be handmade jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, or earrings) that meets the criteria for each category (see below). Remember, you may now use seed beads and beadweaving techniques to create your entries for any category!

Crystals: Designs created using predominantly* crystals 

Glass: Designs created using predominantly* pressed-glass, fire-polished glass, sea glass, lampworked glass, and/or any other type of glass bead.

Metals & Wireworking: Designs created using predominantly* metal beads, components, and/or wire. Metal can be of any type or mixed.

Pearls: Designs created using predominantly* pearls of any shape, color, type, etc. Faux pearls (including crystal and glass pearls), shell, and mother-of-pearl can be used in your entry.

Gemstones: Designs created using predominantly* stones of any type. We will consider coral a stone.

Emerging Artists: Open only to entrants who have never had their jewelry published in a magazine or book, including online magazines and books. Entries submitted in this category can be made with any material or technique.

*By predominantly, we mean that when you look at the project, it should be obvious that the category material plays a starring role in the design. Beadwork and Jewelry Stringing editors reserve the right to reclassify or disqualify projects not meeting these guidelines.



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RMBO wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 9:05 AM

What a great prize!  I have one question:  Will the judging be based on the photos only or does the entry have to be physically submitted to the Bead Star 'office' for a closer look?

Thank you!

on Jan 19, 2013 11:11 AM

I have Been reading the rules for 2013 bead star and was a little curious, they do not mebtion or say anything about having to write a description of how to make the piece if it wins.  I was wondering if anyone knows if this means that they are assuming that we will know that we will have to do this or dose this mean that it will no longer be required if you win? It dose look like the work will be on display in Philadelphia as well as in the winter issue I think that is very exciting.  

Just wondering if someone could clarify that because it seems that you can make work that is far more complicated if you are not required to describe its execution in a short description.

I also noticed that it dose not seem to list techniques that you can or can not use just that bead waving is excepted and encouraged I just ordered a copy of the 2012 magazine to see it looks like it is required but the new rules did not make that clear

Over all I think the changes are great  I, am hoping to enter a few things I think the entrance fee will help support the contest, LOVE that you can enter more then once in each category but not in more then one category for each piece!!  

on Jan 19, 2013 12:02 PM

I am just curios. I this contest just open to US Residents , or worldwide ?

DanielleF@9 wrote
on Jan 22, 2013 4:47 PM

Thanks for all your great questions.

RMBO: Yes, the judging will be based on photos only. Make sure to send in one photo showing the whole piece of jewelry, then details, if desired, to give us a better look at the piece.

Magickal Hands: You can use stringing, basic wireworking, and/or beadweaving techniques.

NightfairysDreams: Yes, this contest is open to international participants. Just make sure entering is not prohibited in your country. Also, please note the the grand-prize airfare to Philadelphia is capped at a certain amount, meaning you may need to contribute to your own airfare if you win.

Cath@17 wrote
on Jan 26, 2013 8:24 AM

still not open to 'foreigners' ?

I would like to participate one day...

on Jan 26, 2013 9:37 AM

I'm so glad they changed the judging format! In gerneral, I like the new rules.