Bead & Jewellery Competition Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Bead & Jewellery competition which was shown at the 2011 Flame Off in Towcester

The winners are


Advanced Winner – Sue Webb with “Juggling Elephant”
Sue Webb with

Bead Heros
Juggling Elephant – a Lampwork bead inspired by Sharon Peters
I love the humour that Sharon Peters manages to instill in her beads and cartoon clarity they possess. I like to make use of the hole left in the beads if it is not being used in a piece of jewellery. This is a very clever circus elephant who has learnt to juggle.

Advanced Runner-up – Emma Mackintosh with “Water Dragon”
Emma Mackintosh with
Theme: Fire & Ice
“Water Dragon”
I love making dragons, which are by nature fiery. As fire and ice are opposites, I decided to make a water dragon that breathes ice. This dragon curls around the necklace as a freeform bead, surrounded by ice cubes.

Intermediate Winner – Ingrid Brunt with “Cats in Hats”
Ingrid Brunt with

Theme: Bead Heroes
“Cats in Hats”
My bead hero is Lesley Nixon. She set a challenge to have a go at cat beads, one of her signature styles.
In doing this she gave me the courage and approval to copy her style and develop my own style of cats.

Intermediate Runner-up – Dawn Price with “Pegasus”
Dawn Price with

Theme: Bead Heroes
My bead is ‘Pegasus’, shown about to take to the sky. Created in Effetre and D. Helix with a drop of silver. Measures 35mm x 27mm x 10mm, excluding bail.

Beginner Winner – Judith Hannington with “Troglodyte”
Judith Hannington with

Theme: Bead Heros
Inspired by Miriam Steger-Van Der Schrieck’s faceted window beads, I wanted to create a similar effect without cold-working techniques. My ‘Troglodyte’ bead is the result. My own handmade vine and murrini canes form the wrapped core and flower centre, and the window has a silvered ivory stringer frame.

Beginner runner-up – Jean Munro
Jean Munro

Theme: Fire & Ice
4 ss lentils size approx 25mm and 2 18mm ss lentils. The glass used is CiM Marshmallow, Effetre Caribbean Sea, Effetre Blue Lagoon, handmade sistringer and handmade twistie in the 3 colours.
I was aiming for the effect of a swirly sea with ice forming on the surface gradually increasing with the sea reducing as the ice forms.


Seed Bead Category Winner – Lynn Davy with “Molten”
Lynn Davy with

Theme: Fire
Flame themed lampwork set by Tania Grey, strung with charcoal-black seed beads and ‘lava’ beads interspersed with beaded beads and finished with a beadwoven toggle-and-loop clasp and a lush tassel. The piece is charred black at the ends and gets hotter and more glowing at the centre.

Seed Bead Category Runner-up – Vanessa Hearn with “Lava”
Vanessa Hearn with

Theme: Fire & Ice
Hot beaded bubbles of lava, from the furnace of the planet, capture beads from my flame. (Beads and Beadwork by Vanessa Hearn)

Wire work Category Winner – Gay Massender
Gay Massender

Theme: Fire
I took inspiration for this piece from the Catherine Wheel, still clinging to my garden fence. I’ve used reclaimed electrical copper wire and my own lampwork beads. I’ve tried to add depth and the illusion of sparks flying from the main focal point – fire works!

Wire work Category Runner-up – Judy Munford with “Fire Cracker Flame Off”
Judy Munford

Theme: Fire
“Fire Cracker Flame Off”
Featuring a focal glass bead by Dianne Cracknell, wire flames with crystal tips creep around the central fire, finished with hand-dyed silk ribbon – flaming up with crystals!

Strung Jewellery Category Winner – Anna Hayward with “Flickering Flames”
Anna Hayward with

Theme: Fire
“Flickering Flames”
41 of my own handmade beads. I have simply twisted, pulled and dotted my beads to create the flicker of flames as they die.
Strung on a silver beading wire with sterling silver findings and spaced with black seed beads.

Strung Jewellery Category Runner-up – Chrystal Adcock
Chrystal Adcock

Theme: Fire & Ice
My necklace combines one of my own beads – a focal which is silver foil-lined, with a flamey decoration – I have teamed this with co-ordinating crystals and seed beads.


Silversmithing Prize – Julie Haveland Beer with “Ice in my Belly, Fire in my Heart”
Julie Haveland Beer with

Theme: Fire & Ice
“Ice in my Belly, Fire in my Heart!”
The silver filigree heart and the hand-shaped lampwork “ice nugget” are made by myself in my little workshop in Devon. Nugget headpin by George Harper-East.