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CABOCHON


CONTEST 

1st Prize

 

  • 50% of Cash Submissions
  • A photo and announcement in the newsletter
  • A feature on the website under the workshop section
  • A display on the BLMS table at the Paris Show displaying winning rank and your name
  • Glory of winning first prize in the first contest ever launched within the BLMS, become a true part of BLMS history

2nd Prize

 

  • 30% of Cash Submissions
  • A photo and announcement in the newsletter
  • A feature on the website under the workshop section
  • A display on the BLMS table at the Paris Show displaying second place rank and your name
  • Glory of winning second prize in the first contest ever launched within the BLMS
 
3rd Prize

  • 20% of Cash Submissions
  • A photo and announcement in the newsletter
  • A feature on the website under the workshop section
  • A display on the BLMS table at the Paris Show displaying third place rank and your name
  • Glory of winning third prize in the first contest ever launched within the BLMS


Who is Eligible to Participate?

 

  1. Must be a current BLMS Member and meet clubhouse age policies to use the workshop
  2. 100% of the work must be done in the new workshop facilities
  3. To promote fairness, Instructor and the Work Shop Administrator positions are excluded from contest, instructors in training are welcome to participate

 

How do I to Enter?

 

  1. No limit on the number of Cabochon Entries, each entry costs $5
  2. A picture of the rough or slab must also be taken and submitted prior to voting
  3. Purchase a box for $5 during workshop hours and place your name on the slip provided. Once your cabochon is complete, place the cabochon along with the slip in the box. Your box will be locked up awaiting contest close date. Cabochons being worked on for the contest will also be locked while progress is being made.
  4. You may change your mind on the cabochon entered and it may be swapped out for another cabochon. Please keep in mind we still require a picture of the rough for the new cabochon
  5. You may also place a piece of fabric, felt or colored paper behind your cabochon in the box to pop the color of your piece.

 

What are the Cabochon Requirements?

 

  1. The cabochon must fit in the box provided, there will be a test box available in the club house to see if your piece will fit
  2. The cabochon shape is freeform for this contest. The dome height is at the discretion of the contestant and is free to choose any height that matches their own aesthetic or preference for the stone. No inverted domes.
  3. The back of the cabochon will not be judged unless it is relevant to the front aesthetic of the cabochon, for example, a clear quartz or moss agate.

 

How and When will the Voting Take Place?

 

  1. The voting will take place during the December Potluck and the results will be revealed the same day. Voting will be done by blind vote and all BLMS members in attendance are welcome to vote even if you have submitted a piece. You are welcome to vote for your own piece. Blind voting means no information will be disclosed on who the cabochon belongs to.
  2. The number of votes each BLMS member will receive will be determined by the number of entries. In the event of multiple votes per BLMS member, there is no requirement on how to place votes, ie/ all votes can be cast for a single piece, or spread out across multiple pieces. No requirement to write first second and third on votes
  3. Everyone will be asked to place their vote for their favorite piece, if there are too many favorites you may break the tie in your mind by looking at technical factors to disqualify:

 

Suggested technical factors:

 

  • Stability of the stone
  • Difficulty to work with
  • Mohs Hardness, how long did it take?
  • Dome evenness
  • Overall polish

 

What about a tie?

 

Maximum of two Cabochons per prize level, ties of greater than 2 will have a small elected panel to narrow down the cabochons to the top two.