Bead Star Winning Necklace

I’m a Bead Star!

by Lyn Foley on December 4, 2009

I received an Honorable Mention in the Seed Bead Category of Bead Star Magazine 2009! I’ve known for a while, but had to keep it under wraps.

I’m one of 45 prize-winning jewelry designers in the second annual Bead Star challenge. You can preview the new issue online here. The magazine, Bead Star, is a beading publication comprised entirely of prize-winning designs selected by beaders, and it will hit newsstands nationwide December 8th.

“Bead Star is like American Idol for beaders,” says editor Jane Dickerson. “Each year the competition is even more exciting, and this year’s challenge garnered double the entries and twice as many votes as the inaugural competition in 2008. We were thrilled by the response and are already looking forward to next year’s challenge. Be on the lookout for the call for entries at on December 16!”

The editors of Step by Step Beads and Beadwork magazines culled down the 2000 unique entries to 180 finalists—20 per category. From there, nearly 26,000 Beading Daily members voted online on their favorites in each category, which ultimately made it into this all-star publication.

Here’s the photo of my winning entry. If you want to make a necklace like it, the instructions are in the magazine, and you can purchase the lampwork beads from me here!
bead star winning necklace The necklace is titled “Aurora Borealis”, and the design was inspired by my memory of the night we sailed across the Gulf of Alaska under a dazzling display of northern lights pulsing over the icy cold waters of the Gulf.

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