Browse entries from our previous Lanyard Design Contests held in 2011 and 2012. Thank you to all who participated! To enter your custom lanyard in the 2016 Lanyard Design Contest, you must enter the contest by Friday, October 28, 2016

FIRST PRIZE WINNER
Desert Hues
By: Cynthia S.

Turquoise, Red and Silver Lamp-work Focal bead. Turquoise beads and two Turquoise Flower beads and three sets of Turquoise tube beads. Sterling silver beads, Carnelian Agate Faceted Cut Gemstone beads. Silver plated magnetic clasp and lobster claw clasp and sterling silver toggle to clip the badge on. I drew the colors from the Focal bead to match the lanyard and the sterling silver toggle has leaves to match the leaf pattern in the focal bead. You can also wear it as a necklace too. Thank you for looking.





SECOND PRIZE WINNER
Dancing at the Bottom of the Sea
By: Norma S.

The lanyard features beautiful lampwork beads in white and deep blue swirls, like the waves of the ocean. In between you will find fringelike tentacles in white with accent blue tips swaying in dance-like movement as you move throughout your day. Solid white square beads represent the coral reef. You can't help but imagine yourself in the ocean with this one!Blue seed beads finish this one off as it hugs your neck. It also has a swivel hook for a variety of attachments.





Sea of Blue
By: Ashley E.

Made with beaded links of translucent, size 11/0 navy and light blue toho beads. I used silver Artistic craft wire, and hand-wrapped around 4mm light sapphire round glass beads, 4mm light blue faux pearls, and 6mm sapphire matte AB faceted glass beads. Also weaved the starburst-like motifs with 11/0 blue seed beads. A wave-like beaded rope tops this lanyard, and is finished with a hook for a badge.





Perfect Imperfections
By: Pam S.

Made with yellow-dyed agate, yellow bicone crystals, pale yellow beads and golden yellow glass tubes, this lanyard is formed asymmetrically and has a hook-clasp to one side so it can be easily removed. It supports Spina Bifida and the wire wrapped around the agates represents both the spinal problems these children are born with as well as the complex journey they and their families will take through life.





Cotton Eye Candy
By: Guadalupe M.

This lanyard was designed with Polymer Clay beads, Moonstone simulated stone-glass beads, Beadalon stainless steel bead stringing wire (.015 in.), czech beads and spacers, metal spacers, metal round beads, pink rhinestones, seed beads, and Jewelry Essentials clasp (swivel). It measures approximately 17 1/2 in. long.





Bitter Oriental
By: Guadalupe M.

This lanyard was created using Beadalon Satin Silver bead stringing wire (.018 in.), Polymer clay, transfer image (from Lisa Pavelka), Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos, glitter, czech beads, seed beads, metal beads, china glass beads, and Jewelry Essentials Lobster clasp (swivel). This lanyard measure approximately 17 in. including clasp.





Sweet Butterfly Dreams Lanyard
By: Catherine C.

A delicate blend of pink seed beads, fiber optics, freshwater pearls, and crystal cubes. Butterfly pressed glass beads adorn throughout the lanyard. The centerpiece is a handmade beaded butterfly, made with wire and seedbeads.





Red and Black Lampwork Beaded Lanyard
By: LeAllyson M.

This lanyard features three wonderful square lampwork beads. Notice the refreshing swirls of color on these beads. The background of each bead is a dark red at the top and black at the bottom. This is overlayed with swirls of soft lavender, soft green and buttercream yellow. Soft golden yellow faceted Czech glass rondells, sparkly red round faceted Chinese crystals, black round beads, and garnet red seed beads complete the strand. These lovely beads are complemented by silver spacers. The clasp is a silver magnetic clasp.





Honey Bee Summer ID Lanyard
By: LeAllyson M.

Honey bees and flowers are sure signs of summer. This beaded id badge lanyard is created with cute little silver honey bee beads embedded in a strand of lovely early summer colors. The lanyard contains aquamarine rondelles, peach colored freshwater pearls, small purple freshwater button pearls, lavender round glass pearls, tiny green Swarovski crystals, nuggets of pink and blue Czech glass beads, small silver daisy spacers, and sparkling aquamarine colored seed beads. The badge hangs from a round of silver flower petals and a silver lanyard clip. The clasp at the back of the neck is a silver magnetic clasp.





Bead Amigas Lanyard
By: Allison M.

This lanyard was made by Fatima Medina of Nicaragua. She lives in a very poor village and is part of group of women called Bead Amigas who make beautiful jewelry out of recycled paper. The sale of this paper jewelry is returned back to their community in the form of fair wages, education, and community development projects. This lanyard was made using handpainted, recycled wallpaper, a water-based wood glaze, glass seed beads, professional-grade beading wire, and a sterling silver swivel clip.





Tending Roses
By: Christine M.

This lanyard was made for a friend who just starting working with the Salvation Army and deals with difficult family situations. Strung on .15 7 strand beading wire, I used a combination of pink rocailles, lampwork beads, round and heart shaped cats eye beads, metal spacers, green and black bicone beads ending with a magnetic clasp on one end and a heart shaped keyring on the other.





Cats Meow
By: Alison P.

Cats eye beads of many colors make this lanyard a Beauty for Springtime. This colorful mix will go with anything and brighten up every work day.





Brazen Black
By: Chrissy D.

Two strands of beading wire. Warm Hematite stone with fancy swarovski crystals. The silver, gives it just the right polish and gleam.





Revolving Rings
By: Chrissy D.

Cool combo of simple split rings fastened together. Hint of free flowing swarovski crystals add a combination of texture and dangle.





Arabian Nights
By: Sara S.

This lanyard is crafted using bead crochet. I chose these rich beautiful colors as they remind me of exotic charming places.





Roaring 20's
By: Sally O.

Pink pearls and glass seed beads woven into star pattern at bottom using white bead-weaving thread with a 10 lb. break. Doubled for added strength. I wanted something that looks delicate but is really quite durable. I hope you like it, and thanks for looking.





Splash of Color
By: Frances K.

Mostly larger black seed beads. Large beads with a splashes of green an purple.





Lovely Lavendar
By: Frances K.

Large pearlized lavendar seed beads. Deep lavendar marbled with white stripe. Clear lavendar.





Work Hard, Play Harder
By: Theresa S.

This Lanyard could be used by a man or woman. I made it with wooden beeds and gold rings. It's very simple yet very functional. Like myself, I've always worked hard and played harder.





Dog Gone Badge
By: Naomi S.

Started with my husband's beautiful lampwork beads. Bones are ivory glass that gives off a brown hue on the bones, paws are ivory with black paw prints. The dog houses are picture jasper as well are the accent stones. Black onyx rondells in 3 different sizes. Finished off gold jump ring and lobster claw hook.





Let's Get Ready to Fiesta
By: Norma S.

This fun and colorful lanyards features beautiful and colorful pinata shaped glass beads in a variety of colors, accented by red glass beads and blue 6/0 seed beads. The featured beads are hugged by pewter bead caps to accentuate. This lanyard has a swivel hook for a variety of attachements. You can't help but smile wearing this beauty.





The Brandy
By: Deidra C.

For this lanyard I have used a variety of colors and I put them in order using the colors of the rainbow. I've used a mixture of types of beads (glass, wood, plastic, etc.) I made it for a friend who wanted simple, colorful, and something she could wear with any color.





Every Diva Loves Black
By: Patricia M.

Every Diva Loves Black will compliment any outfit - black matches with everything! This spectular crystal sparking lanyard is the last piece of jewelry to make your outfit perfect. Made with 8mm black/silver faceted crystals, 11/0 black Czech glass seed beads, lobster claw, magnetic clasp, and finished with crimp covers as well as wire guards. This lanyard is made with 49-strand beading wire making this a sturdy and strong lanyard. I've used a strong break-away magnetic clasp as many businesses require this for safety purposes.





A Beautiful Cross to Bear
By: Laura G.

A green turquoise cross on gold tone wire accented by bronze metal beads, light smoky rondelles, chocolate pearls, gold seed beads, and brown glass spheres - 30 inches in length.





A School of Fish
By: Elva H.

Necklace has a mix of glass and silver beads with small glass fish bead accents. Clasp card holder has a larger fish made of seed beads. Made exclusively for a tropical fish society member.





Better than Basic Brown and Black
By: Katie H.

A large, silver-plated lobster clasp securely affixes an ID to a strand of smooth black glass beads and exotic tiger-eye chips, accented by small, silver-plated rounds.





Pray in Color
By: Regina M.

Made/w Accu-Flex Gold plated 7-Strand Beading Wire. Silver Plated Rosary Connector, mixed color Acrylic beads, round black acrylic beads and corrugated crimp beads for finish.





Brickhouse Blues
By: Lissa D.

I used mostly recycled beads and a recycled goldtone circle. There are a few new beads and they are all joined with spring rings to insure longevity and durability.





Vegas Baby
By: Jennifer M.

Made with Beadalon stainless steel beading wire, 6/0 black glossy seed beads, acrylic cube dice beads 6mm and 12mm in size. Double crimped and glued for extra security with silver metal bead caps to cover the crimp beads, to give it that polished completed look. Lanyard measures approximately 39'' from the back of the neck to the focal bead.





Chaotic Confusion
By: Jennifer M.

Great mix of miscellaneous beads. Beads are in no particular order, lots of different shapes and sizes of metal, plastic, acrylic, glass, beadlettes, seed and bugle beads, Cezch, Murano glass etc. All one of a kind, no two lanayrds are alike. The lanyard that goes with any outfit - fun and unique.





Serenity Lanyard
By: Julie M.

This lanyard features beautiful lampwork beads in shades of green and blue with a beautiful leaf design. The other beads are diamond shaped Czech glass beads that are green with a picasso finish. This lanyard is set on a copper chain. I hope you feel as peaceful looking at this lanyard as I do!





Sea Shell
By: Tammy M.

This lanyard is made from all sea shells from Florida. It has a gold ring at the bottom. It measures 22 inches.





The Deep End of the Ocean
By: Julie M.

This lanyard features lampwork beads that are black with blue, green, and white spots. The beads also have a green dichroic square in the middle. The lampwork beads are accented with blue crystal rondelles. The lanyard is on gunmetal chain and also has hematite and blue irridescent beads.





Animal Instincts
By: Andrea R.

Hematite colored beads, with glass tube beads, smokey glass, and frosted orange, smoke, clear glass beads. Can be worn as either a badge holder/lanyard or a necklace.





Mardi Gras Mama
By: Andrea R.

Silver, faux pearl and glass beads. Tiger wire. Multi-purpose...can be used for badge holder/lanyard or eyeglasses. Fun, bright design.





Golden Shells on Black Sand Beach
By: Susan C.

300 pc 4mm rd black beads, 1 pc 6mm rd black bead, Czech glass 8/0 E beads-crystal S/L Czech glass 6/0 E beads-metallic gold, 10 and 15 lb monfilament - 3 1/2 yds, 'silver' lobster clasp, 3 crimp beads, Woven in RAW (right angle weave) style 36". Includes 10" single beads so be more comfortable around the neck.





Toffee and Chocolate
By: Audra W.

This stunning, exquisite lanyard is made with a 13x18mm pietersite stone focal piece, 10mm rondelle shaped and 10x12 oval pietersite stones, 6mm antique bronze freshwater pearls, 3mm copper glass, light topaz glass seed beads and gold plated spacers. It has a large split ring for keys, charms and other attachments for your ID badge.





Cotton Candy at the Circus
By: Audra W.

This fun, yet stunning lanyard made with a 12x22mm barrel shaped pink fused glass focal piece. Complimenting this unique and beautiful focal stone are an array of beautiful colors including 8mm rondelle shaped Zambian aquamarine stones, 8x10mm rondelle shaped aurora borealis pink glass beads, 4x6mm faceted rondelle shaped amethyst glass, 3mm faceted aurora borealis yellow czech glass, silver seed beads, transparent lilac glass, teal seed beads and silver plated spacers.





At the Disco
By: Yolanda D.

This lanyard is made of black "disco ball" beads and black seed beads. It has a clock face attached so you can keep track of time while on breaks and lunches. Very functional and a favorite to most customers.





It's Greek to Me
By: Jo Ann C.

You can find this Greek motif as decoration in the U.S. Senate building. I adapted this simple yet modern design for my own fun and functional lanyard for work. It includes 3,059 seed beads sewn in a square stitch one bead at a time.





Bead Soup Lanyard
By: Mandy D.

I wanted to use up some of my ever increasing bead soup and decided to make a lanyard for my volunteering badge. The lanyard contains various size Japanese and Czech seed beads (15 through 6), bugle beads, and small glass pearls. I used two antiqued metal end caps attached by wire to the circle end of a toggle clasp. It works great and I get tons of compliments!





Black and White and Red All Over
By: Maggie E.

A variety of bright red vintage beads go well with Black Onyx and black vintage beads and white vintage diamond shaped beads. They are each separated with shiny silver seed beads.





Midnight and Pearls
By: Rebecca L.

Assorted colored and sizes glass seed beads. Long black glass bugle beads, freshwater pearls in black and white, silver findings.





Spring Green
By: Amanda H.

An assortment of leftover green glass beads and Swarovski crystal beads as accents. Fancy art swirled glass beads are the focus in rectangles and a heart shape to finish it off.





Red and Black Badge Lanyard
By: Sarah B.

Teachers! School colors black and red? Wear this red and black badge lanyard on spirit day. Red quartz beads are nestled between white round rock quartz glass beads. Black glass beveled beads are used at the hook that measure 1/4 inches long. Tiny black and silver beads are used as accents in this simple pattern. The round silver ball spacers add sparkle to this lanyard. The lanyard measures 17 inches long and would be a lovely teacher, business professional or nurse holiday gift.





Purple Black Bead Chain Lanyard
By: Sarah B.

It's back to school time and why not make a good impression on your first day with this purple, black and silver chain lanyard? This lanyard can also be worn as a necklace if you take the ring off. So you're getting 2 accessories in 1. Deep purple agate stones are the focal point on this chain. Silver textured chain is used to add interest and lighten the look. Purple and lavender pearls are used as well to add contrast. Nestled between a variety of white and purple lined glass beads are round black beads. The iridescent bicones really pick up the purple from the agate.





Polka Dots and Rainbows
By: Amanda H.

When asked to create something for my Mom that would liven up her all black wardrobe but not draw attention, these polka dotted beads with the AB finish caught my eye. When pair with black Swarovski crystals and Black AB glass seed beads - well it was a hit. The best things about it are it matches everything and it's lightweight :)





Crystal Ball
By: Yolanda D.

I made this lanyard of crackled glass beads, silver plated bead caps, and opaque seed beads. This lanyard is not only functional but it is sure to compliment any office attire.





Diamond Dreams
By: Tami C.

I used fishline for the string, plastic faceted beads in 3 colors and 2 crimp beads to hole them on, stringing the fishline thru the badge holder's holes.





Business and Pleasure
By: Amanda O.

All glass beads of various shapes and sizes on beading wire with a magnetic clasp and safey chain. No time to change your jewelry before you meet the girls for dinner? No worries, the badge clip is easily removed so it can be worn after work as well!





Precious
By: Laura T.

Handcrafted with light pink bi-cone Swarovski crystals, oval Botswana agates, dark blue opaque satin finish Druk Beads and clear seed beads. All strung on sturdy soft flex beading wire.





Lilac Dreams
By: Laura T.

Handcrafted purple glass bead mix, with matte, shiny and translucent finishes. All strung on sturdy soft flex beading wire.





Tropical Breezes
By: Suzanne G.

I used turquoise blue seed beads for the neckline. I used a combination of turquoise blue and bronze glass and metal beads for the design. I used 7 strand gold beading wire and an antique bronze large lobster claw clasp.





Fat Free Oreo
By: Suzanne G.

I used white seed beads and black glass beads for the neckline. I used a mixture of white, clear and black glass beads for the design. The clear beads have white flowers and the black round beads have white polka dots.





Ocean Angel
By: Lynette C.

Glass Beads strung on Nylon coated Wire with an Angel/Cherub Drop which is then attached to a Swivel Hook to hold Badge.





Earthy Topaz ID Badge
By: Elena K.

I used miyuki drop beads in dark topaz and translucent light amber for the accents of this piece along with dynamite silver lined seed beads. These were strung onto beading wire. Two option for your id badge: Silver plated toggle could be used to clip your id to or it could be hung from removable lanyard hook.





Crazy Love
By: Hollie C.

Three copper colored swirled hearts are joined with silver and gold colored squiggle noodle beads, copper colored barrel beads and crystal clear Swarovski crystals strung on 49 strand beading wire for strength with a strong magnetic clasp for safety.





Spring Fling
By: Hollie C.

Handmade lamp-work beads are complimented by classic glass pearls in white, pink and purple and separated with black glass disk and Tibetan silver spacers strung on 49 strand beading wire to help protect against breakage and a strong magnetic clasp for safety.





Zebra Nights
By: Hilary S.

Zebra print grosgrain ribbon is complemented by nickel plated keyrings and colorful large hole beads. The lanyard is also a bit longer than the usual length in order to help it feel a bit more like jewelry and not just a badge or key holder.





Time for Golden Sunshine
By: December T.

I made this using Natural Aragonite Chips, Golden Lampwork Glass Beads, Silver Plated Beads, Golden Topaz Crystal Beads, Silver Plated Geneva Watch with Golden Topaz Swarovski Crystals (6 on the face), Silver Plated Chain and Silver Plated Lobster Claw Swivel Clasp. It measures 38 Inches. The badge holder measures an additional 4.5 inches. It is strung on wire and double crimped for added strength.





Pink Photo Bliss
By: December T.

I made this using Multiple Sizes of Pink Fire Polished Czech Beads, Silver Plated Beads, Silver Plated Bead Caps, Silver Lined Seed Beads, Silver Plated Mini Picture Frames with Hearts and Pink Swarvoski Crystals (index card photos fit nicely in the frames), and a Silver Plated Lobster Claw Swivel Clasp. The Badge holder section is strung on wire and double crimped in mulitiple places for added strength. This takes me 2 hours to hand bead.





Autism Awareness Lanyard
By: Kim D.

Soft flex beading wire, light blue, aquamarine, yellow and red glass seed beads and Swarvoski crystals. Magnetic breakaway and a clip.





Princess Pearl
By: Kim D.

This lanyard was crafted with soft flex beading wire, white freshwater pearls, green tigers eye beads, magnetic breakaway and a clip.





9 to 5
By: Shonna G.

This 34 inch lanyard is made with black glass crystals, seed beads and pinched rectangle shaped beads. It has gold filigree beads and a solid gold plated ring that is 1.75 inches.





Ladybug Garden
By: Celeste B.

Keep spring in your life all year round. Adorable glass ladybugs visit frosty pink tulips and climb along vintage copper lined seed beads. Strung on 15 lb. test wire and sturdily crimped this lanyard is both fun and functional.





Under the Sea
By: Celeste B.

I love the look of the fish swimming along between the pearls, makes me think of snorkling and swimming in an azure sea. This lanyard is made with glass fish, freshwater pearls in both iridescent dark blue and cream, black puka shells, pewter spacers, swarovski crystals, also iridescent and sky blue glass seed beads. Strung on 15 lb. test beading wire and sturdily crimped this lanyard is both fun and functional.





Kitty
By: Sara N.

This lanyard is named after my Japanese grandmother, whose name was Kitty. It is perfect for the girly-girl who loves pink and black. Made of a variety of textures, pink and black colors and materials including various stones, faceted glass crystals, rhinestone spacers, glass pearls, acrylic and plastic beads. The black beads at the top are faceted acrylic beads. The acrylic beads are designed to lighten the weight of the necklace.





Rainbow Skinny
By: Sara N.

Made of a variety of colors, textures and materials including glass, jade, coral, wood, acrylic and plastic. The white beads at the top are faceted acrylic beads. The acrylic beads are designed to lighten the weight of the necklace.





Golden Royal Ruby Elegance
By: Karen R.

The beads and colors in this lanyard remind me of royalty. It has beautiful rich ruby red, cream, and gold colors. I used lamp work glass coin beads (18mm), red fire polished Czech glass beads (8mm), latte cats eye glass beads (6mm), golden brown cats eye beads (4mm), pearl Czech glass seed beads, silver plated beads (3mm, 4mm), a lead free pewter connector, silver plated lobster clasp, and lead free pewter braided ring. The lanyard is strung on 21 strand Accuflex beading wire.





Pink Ribbon Flower Garden
By: Karen R.

What a beautiful way to show your support for Breast Cancer. As a Breast Cancer survivor, this lanyard is very special to me. This beautiful lanyard is made using lampwork pink ribbon beads, pink cats eye glass beads (8mm), olive green Czech glass beads (6mm), white Czech glass beads (4mm), gold lined pink pearl seed beads, silver palted beads (3mm, 4mm, 5mm), lead free pewter connector, silver palted lobster clasp, and a lead free pewter ring for attaching your ID tag to. The lanyard is strung on 21 strand Accuflex beading wire.





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