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Entering competitions

I’ve always loved making beads for competition entries as it stretches my imagination to come up with something to fit the theme.

I am busy making one for the annual Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK) competition which has themes of either ‘Famous Artists’ or ‘Feeling Blue’. Googling either phrase produces a wealth of imagery for inspiration, but sometimes I’m a little too ambitious and imagination outstrips ability! Nothing wrong with aspiring to those heights though, so I usually set to and have a go.

To date I have only won once, when I made a set of glass fruit pastilles for the theme ‘Confectionery’.

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This was the theme of ‘Flora and Fauna’ in 2012.


The bottom was last year’s entry, with the theme ‘The Final Frontier’,which eventually got raffled off in aid of the Northamptonshire Air Ambulance at the 2013 Flame Off event.  All this year’s entries will be available for viewing at this year’s event, at Uttoxeter Racecourse on 11th & 12th April.