Friday, September 4, 2009

Be a Winner!

If you get the Friendly Plastic blog, I apologize for the duplication - but I just want everyone to have a shot at this! I won one of the categories last year and I just can't begin to tell you how much fun it was. While some of the prizes have changed (even better!) - this is the last year to support the Butterfly Project. If you get to Houston to see this - be sure to look for my piece!!!

Here's a
link to the poem
I wrote for my piece

And I did add my personal notes to the official rules - so take them out if you are going to post this somewhere else! LOL!!!


Butterflies - over age 15
Butterflies - under age 15

Mixed Media - OPEN - this means anything goes...well...almost anything...
Mixed Media - Jewelry


Each design must be made of 50% Friendly Plastic (sticks or pellets) and the other 50% can be almost anything else!

Butterflies should be two dimensional and no larger than 8 x 10 inches. The means it needs to be flat.

Please do not use glitter or anything perishable on butterflies (including macaroni) Macaroni??? I'm thinking of my childhood jewelry box....did you make one of those?

Friendly Plastic CHA '09 winners are ineligible to win prizes this year, however they may enter a piece for display purposes - that would be me! And yes, I'll be making something but no idea what at this point!

This is an open challenge - ANYONE may enter one or more pieces - ok, let's all make 10 butterflies! How cool would that be?

Deadline for Entries: NOVEMBER 6, 2009 - and it will be here "tomorrow"!!!

This is necessary to be able to have names etched into awards to be presented - and let me tell you, getting a crystal etched award is just amazing!!!

Entries will not be returned to entrants. Butterflies will be donated to the Holocaust Museum Houston and other entries will be retained by AMACO or donated to charity. - You know, it's worth it just for the challenge alone!!!

Display and Prizes:

All entries will be published in an on-line gallery at the website and will be displayed at AMACO's booth at CHA 2010 Aneheim - ok, your chance to say you've been published and cross that off your "bucket list"!

Winners will be presented with an etched crystal award at AMACO booth at CHA Winter 2010 - this is so cool!

Winners will receive $100 personal check from AMACO - YEAH!

Winners will receive a matching $100 check payable to favorite charity of choice - and it can be any charity in the world! I had my winnings donated to the Red Cross in Israel.

Winners will receive a gift basket including a variety of AMACO products and other suprize products (products subject to change) - the gift pack last year was enough Friendly Party for 8 people. So translated into my terms - it was more like enough plastic for 3 parties for 10!!!

Prizes will be given for the four categories mentioned above along with

Peoples Choice on-line voting
Best of CHA Show

For more information or questions regarding this challenge, please contact our challenge coordinator Helen Bradley at and please put "Friendly Plastic CHA challenge" in the subject line.

About the Butterfly Project:

The Butterfly Project at the Holocaust Museum Houston is seeking 1.5 million butterflies for an installation honoring the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember. All Butterfly entries will be contributed to the museum.

Additionally, AMACO will be accepting butterflies made up of any medium and will forward them to the Butterfly Project for you, provided that they are brought to the CHA show.

Even if you have never entered a challenge like this...what have you got to lose? Your work will be on display for magazine editors, manufacturers and a host of others related to the craft industry. It is a great opportunity for you to get your work noticed and get some exposure...and it's free! So, please think seriously about his challenge. Everyone is a winner!

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