Ronnie Lambrou and Jeri Warhaftig Featured in New Bead & Button Special Edition

Congratulations are in order for members Jeri Warhaftig and Ronnie Lambrou.  Their collaborative work, “Santorini Eruption” is a finalist in the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s and Bead & Button’s joint project, “Convergence.”

Even more exciting, the project, with instructions, will appear in Bead & Button’s new special issue, “Jewelry Designs with Art Glass Beads.”

The necklace, shown below, was designed and made by Ronnie, with lampworked glass bead made by Jeri.



Spring Classes at the Newark Museum

newarkmuseum11Just received my catalog of classes for Spring 2009 at the Newark Museum and I am very proud to see that three of our members will be teaching classes.  Sandy Lupo, Mary Alexander and Marlene Kuser are teaching a variety of jewelry-making classes, as you can see here:

Wire Jewelry: A Comprehensive Primer
with Sandra Lupo

Create beautiful wire jewelry! This comprehensive course covers techniques and tools for working with a variety of wire. Weave, crochet, spiral, coil, hammer, fuse and solder wire, then embellish with beads, cabochons and found objects.

All Levels
Eight Fridays, March 13 through May 8, 10 – 3 pm
Members $315; Non-members $350; Materials $25

Beading between YOUR Lines Bracelet
with Mary Alexander

Experience freedom in design and create your own unique bracelet! Visualize simple ideas for a bracelet with flowing lines and color changes. No detailed designs needed since you can sketch just a few lines on a fullsized
blank “bracelet” diagram to guide your beading. You’ll work with one bead size/shape to make your bracelet. Advanced beginner thru Advanced; Experience with peyote stitch needed.
Saturday, March 7, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80

Loopy Hoops: Wire Working for Jewelers
with Marlene Kuser

Transform straight wire into beautiful earring designs in less than an hour. Design up to six pairs of hoop (with a number of loops) earrings from pierced through clip-on. Choose from a variety of shapes: hoops, drops, dangles,
coils and swirls, and decorate with beads. All Levels
Sunday, April 5, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80

Twigged ‘n Twined: Cold-Connections in Copper
with Sandra Lupo

Learn cold-connection techniques as you drill leaf stampings, form raduated wire leaf shapes, weave colored wire, create bead clusters and pattern components, including a leaf shape toggle clasp. Variations in copper jewelry can be made in this class as you design your necklace, bracelet, or earrings using the flexible shaft, hammers, and lots of hand tools and fun gadgets in the jewelry studio.

All Levels
Sunday, April 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Members $72; Non-members $80; Materials $35

Members of the The Newark Museum receive
a 10% discount on all workshops. To become
a member, call 973-596-6699 today.

Hillary Gross to Teach at Innovative Bead Shows

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

Our Own Hillary

I took a look at the website for the Innovative Bead Shows (they do some local shows in Mt. Laurel and Edison) and was surprised and delighted to see our own Hillary Gross will be teaching at some of the shows.  Below is the profile and pictures from the “Classes” page:

“Hillary Gross Hillary is new to the Innovative Bead shows but not to the beading community. Her involvement in the art world started as a young child, attending fine arts school at age 8. Her years of needle work and eye for color are evident in her meticulous work. Her great inter-personal skills and desire to help others shows in her teaching. She has taken numerous classes from some of the top artists in the beading and PMC® community. Always learning something new, she loves to pass on great tips and techniques to her students. Hillary has multiple certifications in PMC®. She currently works and teaches at Blue Water Beads in Manasquan, NJ. She also teaches at other venues in the Tri-state area and is currently the program co-chair for The Bead Society of New Jersey.”

Hillary will teach at the following Innovative shows:

Egg Harbor, January

Tarrytown, April

Allentown, June

Edison, August

Mt. Laurel, October

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XOXO Pearl Bracelet

Suzanne Hye’s Work Featured on New Product

Beadsmith has a new product in the works – “Silverline.”  Silverline is a knitted wire which comes in gold and silver color and different thicknesses.  It can be braided, shaped, embellished…there are lots of possibilities!  In fact, Beadsmith has agreed to provide us with Silverline for a future meeting where we can all play with it.

Some months ago Beadsmith sent me some Silverline and asked me to play with it.  I came up with a few ideas for it and brought them into Beadsmith to show them.  A few weeks ago I got an e-mail with an attachment of the new packaging for the product, and my projects and my name will be appearing on the packaging!  It’s very exciting for me.

Silverline Packaging

Silverline Packaging

Barbara Egnor featured in “Imagine the Uncommon Things”

Barbara Egnor delighted us with her polymer clay necklaces at the September meeting – they looked just like stones!  I called her “Barbara Rubble.”  Her necklaces inspired Kim Cavender, polymer clay artist, author, and instructor.  Kim also has a blog titled “Imagine the Uncommon Things: Musings on polymer clay, creativity, rocks and other things.”  Her blog can be seen at

The necklace shown below, made by member Barbara Egnor, inspired Kim and she writes about meeting and talking to Barbara in her October 1, 2008 blog post.

Barbara Egnor Necklace

Barbara Egnor Necklace

Donna Ryan-Kocun in Fall Issue of Step-by-Step Wire Magazine

Our own Donna Ryan-Kocun has a beautiful project in the fall issue of Interweave Press’ Step-by-Step Wire Magazine.   Stop by your local bookstore and get a copy! 

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Wire wrapped square crystal showpiece.
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Bead Society Members Teaching at the Newark Museum

Several of our members will be teaching classes this fall at the Newark Museum.  Take a look!

Wire Jewelry: A Comprehensive Primer with Sandra Lupo

Create beautiful wire jewelry! This comprehensive course covers techniques and tools for working with
a variety of wire. Weave, crochet, spiral, coil and hammer wire, then embellish with beads, cabochons
and found objects.

All Levels
Eight Fridays, October 17 – December 12, 10 am – 1 pm
Member: $189, Non-member: $210, Materials: $25

The Potato Chip Net Bracelet with Mary Alexander

This fun-to-make bracelet is a variation on the regular, three-bead-net stitch, but uses different size
beads, which causes the beadwork to develop hills, valleys and ruffles. Finish the bracelet with a hidden clasp.

All Levels
Saturday, December 6, 10 am – 4 pm
Member: $72, Non-member: $80

Wire Working for Jewelers: The Freeform Necklace with Marlene Kuser

Learn to bend, twist and forge wire to make a beautiful freeform necklace. Techniques covered include
making your own findings, bead wraps or clusters and superficial aging of the wire.

All Levels  Sunday, October 19, 10 am – 4 pm
Member: $72, Non-member: $80, Materials: Cost
of wire