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.



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.
by Donna P. Ryan-KocunBling Bling Ring

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

Ronnie Lambrou Wins Bead Museum Competition!

Member Ronnie Lambrou has won First Place in the Bead Museum’s First Annual International
Juried Jewelry Design Competition.  Her necklace, designed with hollow lampworked beads made by member Jeri Warhaftig, won for the glass division of the competition.  Her necklace will be on display in the Museum until December 31, 2008.

The Bead Museum is located at 400 Seventh Street, NW, Ground Floor, Washington, D.C.  Their website can be found at

Jeri Warhaftig in ISGB Journal, “The Glass Bead”

Jeri Warhaftig’s sandblasting technique is featured in the International Society of Glass Beadmaker’s Journal, “The Glass Bead.”  Also featured is a bead by former member Patti Woods Whiteley, who learned the technique from Jeri.