Beading Contest: In Honor Of…

In Honor of My Mom by Julie Bean

From Beadaholique designer Julie Bean: “With Mother’s Day around the corner, instead of picking a theme such as “May Flowers” or “Pretty Pearls,” we decided to create a contest with a more personal touch. For this beading challenge, we want you to create a piece of jewelry inspired by a loved one. Add little touches about the person into the design or create a piece of jewelry that captures their personality and unique style.
The photo above shows a piece I designed in honor of my mom for the very touching “Memories & Thanks Blog Hop” that renowned jewelry artist Lori Anderson did. I tried to think of all the things that my mom likes and then translated those items into design elements. The sewing machine has two meanings: one is that she likes to sew, and the other is that she makes dollhouse miniatures. The little steampunk gears are because she loves all things Victorian. She also collects antique lace so I added touches of old lace as well as a lace pendant. Behind the lace are images of French postcards which reminded me of a trip to Paris we took together. Finally, the little painted birds are because of the bird feeders she always kept in our yard when I was growing up.”
Now it’s your turn! We want to see your projects created in honor of someone special.

Rules/How to Enter:
Email us a clear, in focus, well-lit photo of a beading project of your own design which fits our theme and uses one or more products which can be found at Beadaholique. Email one photo, at least 500 px in width or height but no bigger than 1600 px wide and 1600 px tall, to (do not use this for questions; contact us here) with the following included in your email:

Subject line: In Honor of _______
Examples: In Honor of My Sister, In Honor of Melissa, In Honor of My Daughter

Body: Very important! In the body of your email, make sure to include the following:

  • full name—required
  • email address—required
  • country of residence—required
  • description—required
    For this contest, you MUST include a description describing who inspired your piece and how they are represented in your finished project. Your description should be about 100 words or less. We understand that we have many international participants and it’s okay if your English is not perfect.

Important Dates:

  • EXTENDED! Thursday, June 20th @ 4PM PT: Last day to submit
  • NEW – Monday, June 24th: Finalists will be posted on our Facebook and notified via email. Public voting starts.
  • NEW – Monday, July 1st @ 4PM PT: Voting ends. Winners will be notified via email within 2 business days and featured on our blog as well as in the next issue of The Beading Wire.

Other Rules—Updated 11/2012:
One entry per person. If you send more than one entry, you may be disqualified. If your entry does not meet the “Rules/How to Enter” stated above, you may be disqualified. Winner must respond to our email notification within 2 weeks to claim gift certificate. No one person may win more than once every 12 months (excluding Editor’s Choice). By entering, you retain the rights to your original jewelry design but are giving Beadaholique, Inc. permission to use your submitted photo(s) on our websites, newsletter, Facebook, blog and other properties. For consistency and fairness, watermarks and other text or logos will be edited out of photos. We encourage finalists to promote their business, store or website in the comments for their entry, though please limit it to just one link/promotional comment. The terms and conditions that apply to all Beadaholique contests and giveaways also apply here.


  • Send in a large, clear, and well-lit photo.
  • Try to use natural light to illuminate your photos.
  • Double check to make sure that your full name and email address are included in the body of your email. We continue to receive submissions with no contact information.