2009 Bead Challenge

Put That Project on Steroids!

You must be a member of the Indiana Bead Society to enter.

The Challenge:

Make a beaded piece that is all your own based on one of the IBS meeting projects, a Spring Workshop project or a Visiting Artist project sponsored by the Indiana Bead Society during 2008 and 2009. Listed below are projects offered to the members of the Indiana Bead Society over the past two years. Choose one project or combine several to make a piece Libarace or Birdman (depending on your generation) would be proud to wear. Change the materials used, the scale of the piece, the complexity, the size, or whatever … Your finished work must be substantially different from the project that was taught. Just changing the color will not cut it. Kick it up a notch! You must label your submission with a title and list the project(s) referenced in its creation.


Judging and voting will be done at our December 16th Holiday Party meeting.

There will be four prizes awarded:

1. Best Interpretation of the Theme There will be one judge for this category. First prize will be free tuition to an IBS Visiting Artist Workshop class.

2. Emeril Would Be Proud – You really put the BAM! into this one. A team of judges will award a prize appropriate to the category.

3. Really Outside the Box Your imagination will be rewarded by a tribunal. A prize appropriate to the category will be determined later.

4. Peoples Choice The popular vote of the members present will determine the winner. Third prize will be tuition for one class at the IBS Spring Workshop 2009.

Past IBS Projects

Feb 2008 : Bead-It-Forward - Peyote Rose Square
Mar 2008 : Tibetan Treasure Wrap Bracelet
Apr 2008: Needle Felted Pin
Spring Workshop 2008:
Swarovski Chain Maille Bracelet – Cheryl Beckage
Hollow Lentil Bead – Marti Icenogle
Thimblina – Terry Brown
Wire Crosswrap Earrings – Connie Weber
Oglala Butterfly Lace Bracelet – Francie Broadie
Inside Out Bracelet – Susan Thomas
Potawatami Weave Necklace – Jan Johnson
Wire Wrap and Beads Long Necklace – Jan Johnson
Beaded Fringe Scarf – Bobbie Vance
Woven Squares Bracelet – Susan Thomas
Wedgy Widget Earrings – Francie Broadie
Visiting Artist
Tatiana Van Iten
Master Class for Necklace
May 2008: Flip Flop Earrings and Pendant - Peyote
Jun 2008: Techniques for Photographing Your Work
Jul 2008: Vintage Pendant/Broach
Aug 2008: Color/Creativity Activity
Sep 2008: Swarovski 3D Holiday Wreath Pendant
Oct 2008: Origami Earrings
Visiting Artist
Kris Buchanan:
Great Wall Necklace
Leafy Garden Necklace
Free Form Macramé Necklace
Nov 2008: How Do You Organize Your Workspace
Dec 2008: Bead Challenge
Jan 2009: Bead-It-Forward - Bead Embroidery Heart
Feb 2009: Polymer Clay Heart Pendant
Mar 2009: Eye Candy Necklace - Triangle Weave
Spring Workshop 2009:
Netted Fringe on Hand Dyed Scarf – Bobbie Vance
Wrapped Necklace Double Coil – Jan Johnson
Right Angle Weave Bracelet – Francie Broadie
Fabric Bead Earrings – Judy Ireland
Tiny Bubbles Wire Necklace – Jan Johnson
Flippy Flashy Fiber Fun Bracelet – Francie Broadie
Trizantine Bracelete – Susan Thomas
Apr 2009: Swarovski Spiral Rope Earrings
Diane Fitzgerald Workshop in Frankfort
Termari-Inspired Beaded Balls
Celtic Trefoil and Pointed Oval Links
Chandelier Pendant
May 2009: Bring Your Unfinished Objects
Jun 2009: Silver Fused Earrings
Jul 2009: Dying Silk Scarf
Aug 2009: Beading Fringe on Silk Scarf
Sep 2009: Cowboy Lariat Necklace
Oct 2009: Bead Crochet Choker
Visiting Artist
Leslee Frumin
Crystal Elements
Crystal Lace
Variations Necklace
Nov 2009: Button Captured with Chain Mail Pendant

Carol Marlin 2008 Bead Challenge Winner and Education Chair


Deadline for the Bead Challenge is the December 17 Meeting

Past Bead Challenge Photos


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