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.


Turn glass beads into gifts – quickly!

I’m sure we are all up to our eyeballs preparing last minute gifts for family and friends – I know I am.  For future reference, there are some really good websites out there that offer help in turning beads (handmade or commercial) into lovely gifts of jewelry or home accessories. One of my favorite such sites is www.mcduckcreations.com which is the work of artist Mary Poineal.  Mary is a talented beadmaker, but her true flare is in the many many many amazing findings she has designed and had cast for her in silver. Check out the  versatile ways that beads can be displayed. I use a great many of Mary’s necklace findings to turn beads into jewelry. Because they have themed tops, you can really tie a pendant with a bale (or is it bail?) into an overall design.  I love her rings, and Mary is very flexible about giving you the combinations of finding and little screw on top that works best for you!

Another great site is www.karenthomas.us. Here is where you can find those beadable pens, letter openers and canape knives. In addition to selling on the web, both Karen and Mary sell at several major shows and so I have seen their merchandise first hand and can attest to its quality.

On a final note, the new Bead and Button catalogue arrived in my mail today, and registration for the show in Milwaukee in June opens January 15, 2008. It is worth getting just for the drool potential. If you have even a slight chance of getting to this show, check out the over 500 classes that have been amassed this year. It is truly incredible. I’m half-hoping they don’t fill my classes just so I can take some offered by other teachers!!  If you can’t attend in person, at least consider entering the Bead Dreams competition. www.beadandbuttonshow.com

I wish you all a happy and healthy holiday and a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Jeri