Melbourne Bead Expo Handmade Bead Competition 2016

Every year, I participate as an exhibitor in the BSV’s Melbourne Bead Expo. In previous years, the Bead Expo has been held in Moorabbin.  This year, it was held at Box Hill Tafe.  I really liked the new venue as it had wonderful natural light and felt light and airy.  Unfortunately the Tafe is restructuring early next year and the space we used is being turned into offices.  The hunt is on for a new venue.


As a member of the Bead Society, I’m entitled to enter their beading competitions. For the first time, I decided to enter their handmade competition where you can make handmade beads in any medium (being a lampworker, of course my medium of choice was glass). This year the theme for a single bead was ‘Oceans’ and the theme for a set of five beads was ‘Astronomy’. Many of the entries in other categories featured exquisite work using seed beads. I really admire the dedication and creativity the seed beaders put into their work.

Winners for all the competition categories are announced on the Friday. As the names were called, I was pleasantly surprised to hear my own. I had won the ‘Ocean’ bead category! All of my entry pieces sold over the course of the expo. I also received some wonderful compliments from visitors to the expo.

Naturally I left making my lampwork beads to the last minute so was in a hurry to post my entries to the expo organisers.  I never expected to do so well so I only took quick snapshots that aren’t very good but you can still get the idea of what the beads looked like from the photos. I’ll means sure to take better photos next time.

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I can’t wait until next year. I wonder what the themes will be?

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