Challenge Sept 2022 -1 (4)

Join the Challenge

open to everyone!

ISGB would like to invite you to “take the challenge.” These are non-competitive challenges designed to help our members grow as artists. This month we are inviting everyone to join us, let's be Stronger Together in helping the Beads of Courage reach their goal.  They are currently in need of beads of all types to support their program.  Let's be stronger together and see how many we can collect together.  ISGB will collect all the beads and submit them on your behalf. You will be acknowledged as the donor for BOC.  By participating you will be entered into a random drawing from all entries to determine the winner of the challenge prize, over $150 value ISGB Package.


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Bead Requirements

Please have nice ‘puckers’ on the ends of the beads, sharp edges on the bead holes cut fingers and cannot be used. Overly frilly bits sticking out may break off and leave sharp edges on the surface, be sure that raised dots have solid connections (no undercuts) and that surface decorations are robust enough to take some knocking about.

We ask that you refrain from using reduction frit or glasses that give a metallic sheen on the surface due to heavy metal issues with these materials. We can’t send metallic reduction surface beads to the kids.

Anneal your beads properly in a kiln to ensure they don’t crack. Cracked beads have to go in the waste basket.

Please make sure that the bead release is cleaned out. Beads with the release still inside take more time for our volunteer staff to clean and this tremendously slows down turnaround time to the hospitals.

How to Participate


The challenge is “Stronger Together - ISGB/Beads of Courage” 

Create a minimum of 15 beads to donate to the Beads of Courage.   Send a brief statement on how you approached this challenge, along with one image of your bead or beads.  Fill out form and mail beads.

Submit your entry: Please send one photo and artist statement to

Mail your beads to Beads of Courage Stronger Together Bead Challenge by filling out form and mailing beads with the form.  download form HERE Address for shipping is on form

The window for submission is October 1 - November 15,  2022. The winner will be announced in the December Bead Release & email.


Win ISGB Prize Package

The ISGB Prize Package is valued at over $150:

  • FREE ISGB individual membership for 1 year up to $75 value (may be used as a renewal or given as a gift )
  • 2 1/2 Lbs of Effetre Glass
  • ISGB Water Bottle - $15.00 Value
  • Glass Bead Evolution choice of 4 digital back issues or Issue 1 print version.  Valued up to $36.00 value


Your are always welcome to Join us to participate in all our Creativity Challenges and you can win great prizes all year long sharing inspiration with our glass community.


Check out our Chapters HERE offering more ways to support Beads of Courage.

Learn More about Beads of Courage  HERE and how we are all winners when we support this amazing organization.