The 2024 Bead Challenge

Call for Entries!
“The Four Elements”

View the four challenge entries and then vote for your favorite using the form after the last entry.

Artist: Alone Larsen
Title: Shifting Layers
Size: 10.75″ x 8.75″
Description: Fabric, paint, embroidery thread, glass beads, two layers of carved glass, wood frame

Artist Statement: I have always been fascinated by the changes in the ocean floor and the beauty of coral reefs. Snorkeling is one of my favorite pastimes.


Artist: Dawn Biskar
Title: Swimming in Beads
Size: 18″ long, 1″ wide
Description: Beading wire, semi-precious stones, glass beads, pearls, sterling silver fish beads, and hand-made silver chain and hook clasp.

Artist Statement: I was inspired by the variety of beads in my collection in blues and greens with fish in their midst. The three strands represent ocean or river currents.


Artist: Kristina Dendinger
Title: Looking for Return
Size: 7.5″ high x 5″ wide
Description: White Ghost coral, polyester matting, polymer beads, buttons, feathers

Artist Statement: The largest body of water is the sea. The theme was to use flotsam, trash made by humans. I ultimately chose the coral, which is shown climbing and searching further for other oceanic survivors.


Artist: Nancy Joy Tooley
Title: Earth, Wind, and Fire
Size: Earrings, 2″ long; Pendant, 27″ long
Description: Pendant and Earring set—The glass beads and pendant are red and black bull’s eye glass with copper wire and chain fused inside. The brown beads are eucalyptus seeds. The pendant is strung on a red cord.

Artist Statement: The earth made the Eucalyptus tree that grew the seeds. The wind blew the seeds down to the ground, where the vendor I bought them from picked them up. He punched a hole in each seed so they could be strung. The beads are very primitive and straight from nature. They are also the most wonderfully earthy colors of brown. Earth also provides the materials to make the bull’s eye glass, which is what I use for my fused glass. Copper is an element found in the earth’s crust. I use fire to fuse my glass and the copper under the clear glass “second.” The entire piece took multiple firings.

Now, Vote for Your Favorite!