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Use the Muse IV Contest sponsored by Artbeads®

The big reveal in Scarlett Lanson's Use the Muse IV contest is here! Visit Facebook Photo Gallery to see the mystery muse components as well as the winning designs. You'll discover the many ways this muse inspired designers from across the United States and around the world.

A grand prize winner was chosen as well as a winner from each of these four categories: beadweaving, embroidery, handmade and stringing. Contestants for the Use the Muse IV contest had the choice to enter their designs in a particular category or to have them judged at large. Entries were judged by Scarlett Lanson, along with special guest judges Cynthia Thornton, Marcia DeCoster and Sherry Serafini.

This unique contest asked designers to create a wearable piece of art inspired by a mystery muse component. This time around, the muse component came in a kit with an assortment of TOHO™ seed beads, Swarovski 5301 crystals, gemstones, leather, roundels and wooden links. Contestants could use as much or as little of the kit as they chose. was proud to once again sponsor this wonderful beading competition which provides inspiration for so many jewelry designers. The Use the Muse contest is the brainchild of Scarlett Lanson who has a regular column in Beadwork magazine and has won some prestigious contests herself. She placed first in the 2009 KGI Worldwide Design Contest and fourth place in the 2007 Swarovski "Create Your Style" competition. Scarlett's goal was to create a competition with a shortened timeline that would offer a big payoff for beaders, stringers, bead weavers and embroiderers.

For a list of the components used in the last "Use the Muse" contest, click here.

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