Bead Society of New Mexico
Wonderful presentation from NM Bead & Fetish at our April General Meeting.
Team learned more about turquoise, real and imitation.
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CLAY BEAD CLASS
taught by our own, Pam Troutman
Everyone enjoyed the class and learned yet another great skill. THANK YOU PAM for taking the time for our group.
WINNERS OF THE BSNM CHALLENGE
FOR FIBER ARTS FIESTA
The Bead Society Challenge was a wonderfu show of the talent in our society. To see all the entries, check out our news page for the South Broadway Library.
The winners are:
1st Place: Jeanette Easley's wall hanging
2nd Place: Nan Card's beaded mermaid
3rd Place: Pat Sylvester beaded iris
Most Bead-i-ful: tie between Nan Card & Pat Sylvester
Most Original: Mary Ellen Merrigan's colorful necklace
Everyone enjoyed the Rio Grande presentation on riveting.
THANK YOU Maria & Mark for sharing your talents with us!
Wonderful display from our members for the month of March. Thank you to everyone that participated.
Everyone enjoyed Barbara Lewis's Painted Gourd Necklace class. Here are a few photos of all their great work!
THANK YOU BARBARA for taking the time and making the class FUN!!!
BIG THANK YOU! to the creative members who shared their work with us.
The challenge was to create a piece of art using a Starbucks coffee drink bottle. There was quite a range of work, which is always the fun part. It was great to see the creativity and the wide range of materials and final results. The winners from our members voting were:
First: Jillian Maresco, for her bottle decoupaged with dark blue tissue paper and images of birds and butterflies. The neck of the bottle was encircled with rhinestone chain and seed beads.
Second: Jill Bartel, for her bottle covered in various beads, cabochons, rosemontes, crystals, chain, and rhinestone chain. The bottle was crowned with painted wood pieces and a winged goddess trophy top.
Members! Your bead challenge for April is to create a piece of jewelry (preferably a necklace or bracelet) that can be displayed at the Sunport this summer. BSNM will be providing a display entitled “Beads: A World of Color” at the Sunport International Airport from July 13 to August 24, 2018. Co-chairs Mary Ann Cordova and Mary Ellen Merrigan are coordinating the project. There is no “kit” for this bead challenge.
Rules1. Jewelry created for this challenge must fit predominantly into one of the following color choices:Red, Green, Blue, Orange, Yellow, or Purple
2. Jewelry will be judged on the following criteria:Best Use of Color
3. Create a necklace or bracelet (preferably). Earrings will be harder to display and see in the large display case at the airport.4. You can use any technique that you like to create your jewelry (such as stringing, wirework, kumihimo, loomwork, or needle weaving). If desired, you may also create some or all the beads you use in your jewelry (using such techniques as lampwork, fused glass, beaded beads, polymer clay, paint/decoupage, and/or epoxy clay).5. Your finished item must be brought to the May 2018 general meeting. Please put your piece in an opaque bag and you must include an index card with your name, the name of your piece, and the technique(s)/materials used. (This info will be used in the airport display.)6. Judging will be based in part on how closely the entries followed the rules. Members will vote and prizes will be awarded.
Tip: Here are some resources that may give you ideas or help you in creating your “World of Color” jewelry item (please, no copying someone else’s designs):
- The Beader's Guide to Color by Margie Deeb- Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes by Beverly Gilbert- Beading Inspiration: How to Use Color in Jewelry Design by the editors of Bead & Button magazine- The Art of Beaded Beads: Exploring Design, Color & Technique by Jean Campbell- Beading Basics: Color (Combining Colors Like a Pro!) magazine (December 2005/January2006 issue)
At the August general meeting, Cael Chappell, founder of Baskets of Africa (www.BasketsOfAfrica.com), gave a fascinating presentation on krobo glass beads, which are handmade in Krobo and Obumase, Ghana, West Africa.
Cael’s company deals in free-trade goods and buys directly from the bead (and basket) makers. A bead company that Cael deals with is operated by a famous bead maker, “Mr. Cedi,” whose full name is Ebenezer Cedi Nomoda Djaba. Mr. Cedi advertises his company as “A place where beads talk.” Not only does Mr. Cedi make these powdered glass beads, he teaches people around the world how they are made. For the Krobo people, Cael told us, their culture is based on beads.