Jan 102013


Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks excellent photographs of original, contemporary beads in all materials to publish in a new juried, international collection in our 500 Series of books: Showcase 1000 Beads. This book is scheduled to be published in January 2014. The book will be juried by Kristina Logan.

We welcome and encourage submission of photographs of your handmade beads in all materials (glass, metal, polymer clay, metal clay, paper, fiber, plastic, stone, etc.) and design styles. All work must be made no earlier than 2010, and the more recent the work the better—we’d prefer to see your 2012 work over your 2011 work, and your 2011 work over your 2010 work.

We strongly prefer images of beads that have not been published previously, and please do NOT submit images of pieces that have been published in any Lark book. We can accept only high-quality digital images. Artists will receive full acknowledgment within the book and a complimentary copy. Artists retain copyright of their work. There is no entry fee.

All submissions must be submitted electronically through Juried Art Services. Note that there is no fee for using Juried Art Services. The entry page can be found at the following link: http://bit.ly/VTfT6E or, the full URL, http://www.juriedartservices.com/index.php?content=event_info&event_id=614.

Entries must be submitted by February 14, 2013. We strongly encourage early entries.



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MJSA Vision Awards

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Sep 202011

Deadline for 2012 Vision Awards Contest Set; New Distinction Categories Added

The deadline for entries to the 2012 MJSA Vision Awards competition has been set: Dec. 15, 2011. The annual competition, which celebrates outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design, will this year feature two new Distinction categories—Platinum Distinction, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, and Palladium Distinction, sponsored by Palladium Alliance International. The other categories will include:

Call for entry will be announced soon – get  more information

Get planning and GOOD LUCK!

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We have a winner!

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May 212010

For our Polish, Grind, Shine Giveaway —-

First a little renumbering for the ‘opt-out’ entries….which meant we had 12 entering comments rather than 14. Then off to the randomizer…

And that means ANISE SEVERT is the winner
of the Rotary Tool and Attachment Kit!

Anise said this about her favorite finishing item/ tool/technique:

“I use different grits of sandpaper, polishing cloths and compounds til I get a high shine. Mag polish gives the best shine”

We’ll send Anise an email and give her a couple of days to respond!

Stay tuned for our next giveaway.

See previous giveaways.

Want to sponsor a giveaway? Use the contact form above to let us know!

May 132010

Its Giveaway time!!

Not everyone can purchase a foredom flexshaft when they are starting out – or even when they are down the road a ways….and even if you can, or already have one, its sometimes nice to have a more portable unit.

So, for those who don’t have one or want an extra/backup/portable option… just leave a comment telling us what your favorite finishing tool/item/technique is at the present and we’ll send a brand new lightweight rotary tool kit.

We’ll leave comments open for 1 week and then we’ll have a random drawing for the winner! If you don’t want to enter but want to leave a comment re: your favorite tool/item/technique – PLEASE do so and just note that you’re opting out of the drawing!

The rotary tool is similar to this one:

Jewelry Artists Network Giveaway

Rotary Tool Kit


  • 16,000 RPM
  • 1/8″ collet
  • Spindle lock for easy collet changes

and comes with: 25 cutoff wheel discs, 1 mandrel for cutoff wheels, 4 polishing cloth wheels, 1 mandrel for polishing cloths, 1 carbide burr, 4 drill bits, 4 piece collet set, 2 sanding drum wheels, 4 sanding drum sleeves, 1 mounted nylon brush, 2 wire brush wheels (steel and brass), 10 aluminum oxide mounted grinding stones, 1 grinding stone, 20 diamond burr bits




Apr 302010

We have a winner!!

Its a beautiful day here, the sun is shining, the air is warm, and we have a winner!


The winner of the giveaway will receive a LOVELY Fretz Chasing Hammer compliments of Fundametals. Fundametals is a relatively new supply shop but is fast becoming a favorite of many. Jeanette, owner of Fundametals, offers her customers great service, attention to detail, competitive prices, AND she keeps her ears and eyes open for new tools and supplies to carry for the wire and metal jewelry artists. Fundametals has quickly become a fabulous resource for the jewelry community.

So, on to the drawing –

Unfortunately the comments were not closed right at midnight and there was a late entry this morning – we just didn’t feel right counting that one. SORRY!

AND, there was a duplicate commenter early on  so one duplicate for that commenter was deleted and then one comment came in as a reply to another and wasn’t numbered in the comments list, so we did a quick renumbering to give that one a number, trying to allow all who commented within the guidelines to be included. The renumbering starts right after 30 and goes through the end of the comments with the exception of the late entry and the last entry which was also from someone who had already commented. (confused yet?) It really does all make sense!

Here is a cut and paste of how the renumbering went so it makes sense. We will always do our best to keep things ‘straight’ and as fair as possible. 🙂

Then a Random Number Generator was used (Tara’s random number generator) and the result is shown below.

Then back to the list of comments to see who it was….

Congratulations Colorsmiths!

Colorsmiths said this:

“My favorite tool is my graph paper! I can’t imagine doing without any of the essential pliers and cutter, etc. But the design starts taking shape on my graph paper. Using graph paper makes engineering a setting and calculating measurements, for a new design or a new size of an old design, a lot easier than putting it together in my head and a lot thriftier than guessing measurements. When I start envisioning how a design idea is going to come together, it’s time to pull out my graph paper!”

GREAT tip for the rest of us! I’m going to be sure I still have some graph paper at home!

Colorsmiths, you will receive an email in just a few moments, but you can also use the contact tab above to get in touch with us. We will need to hear from you within 48 hours with your mailing address so we can ship the hammer to you or we will have to select another number!

Thanks all for participating – this was great fun!


Last Day to Enter!

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Apr 292010

Don’t forget!

Today is the last day to enter the GIVEAWAY!!!

It’s easy!

Just go to the GIVEAWAY post
and leave a comment!

Good Luck!

(oh, we did decide on a prize – its going to be the Fretz Chasing Hammer!)