February Contest Rules

Kansas City Bead Society

2015 Contest Rules

1. You must be a paid member of the Kansas City Bead Society in order to participate in the contest.
2. Contest beads will be selected by blind drawing at the October 10, 2014 meeting of the Bead Society. No one will be allowed to pick through the beads for the "best" one. Contest beads will be available at the monthly Bead Society meetings until the January 10, 2015 meeting or until the supply is exhausted whichever comes first.
3. A record will be kept of everyone who receives a contest bead. Anyone who failto turn in a finished contest piece will pay the Kansas City Bead Society $5.00.
4. You must use the bead provided for the contest and at least 5 additional beads of your own choosing.
5. The contest bead must be visible in the finished design.
6. Your contest piece must be an original design.
7. You may use any technique including, but not limited to:  off-loom bead weaving, loom bead weaving, bead stringing, bead embroidery, bead crochet, bead knitting,macrame, kumihimo, wire work, metalwork, polymer clay, and mixed media, just to name a few possibilities. Regardless of the technique used, you must comply with all other contest rules.
8. You must name your contest piece.
9. Contest pieces must be turned in at the February 13, 2015 Bead Society meeting along with a completed entry formIf you are not able to attend the meeting, you may still enter the contest by submitting your piece and a completed entry form to a member of the Program Committee prior to the meeting.
10. Only paid members of the Bead Society will be allowed to vote on contest pieces.
11. Prizes will be awarded as follows:  
                      1st Prize: $50.0
        ​2nd Prize: $25.00.           
                       3rd Prize: 1 year membership dues for KCBS
12. All contest pieces will be held by the Kansas City Bead Society after the February 13, 2015 meeting to be used for the following:
• Display in locked cases at the Gem & Mineral Show in March
• Display in locked  cases at Bead Blast in May.
• Photographs to be published on KCBS website and/or Facebook page.

Contest pieces will be returned after the close of Bead Blast on Sunday or at the next KCBS monthly meeting. 

About the bead:


This year’s contest bead is purple dumortierite. The beads were purchased from Dakota Stones, one of our Bead Blast vendors who graciously donated two of the strands. Dumortierite occurs in Brazil, Sri Lanka, Canada, Malagasy Republic, Namibia, the U.S., France, and Poland. (I do not know the origin of these beads.)


Dumortierite has a Mohs‘ hardness rating of 7 which means it is a relatively hard stone. For those not familiar with Mohs‘ rating, a diamond would be 10 on the Mohs‘ scale, and talc would be 1. This makes it good for bracelets and other jewelry which would receive a lot of wear.


The metaphysical properties associated with dumortierite are said to enhance order, self-discipline and patience. It is also said to boost creativity by bringing order and clarity to expression. Dumortierite is also reputed to calm excitability and aid in concentration.