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  • 16 Dec 2018 3:29 PM | Deleted user

    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.

    Third: Jeanette Easley, for her bottle combining beads and spirals of copper wire that were grouted in place. The lid of the bottle was decorated with copper foil tape and a cabinet knob.

  • 12 Apr 2018 8:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    1.   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
    Most Outrageous
    Most Sophisticated

    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)

  • 08 Feb 2018 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our January 2018 meeting was our annual BSNM party.  This year, the theme was "A Night at the Academy Awards".  Our members dressed in red carpet style and wore their best jewelry. We enjoyed fabulous finger-food provided by BSNM members.  Each table was decorated in the theme of an award winning film, and our members had a wonderful time playing movie themed games and winning some great door prizes.  
  • 15 Sep 2017 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the August general meeting, Cael Chappell, founder of Baskets of Africa (, 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. 

  • 07 Jul 2017 6:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We had a full house at our June meeting!  Three of our own beading experts, Geri Verble, Sandy Johnson, and Linda Davis were on hand to answer all of our toughest questions about how to finish jewelry.

    Linda Davis demonstrated a variety of innovative techniques for finishing seed bead projects.  In particular, she provided some excellent tips for how to finish chunky cellini spiral ropes.

    Geri Verble is an expert in stringing finishing techniques, and she gave a great demonstration for how to properly use tricky crimp beads.

    Finally, Sandy Johnson gave us all sorts of tips for those times when all else fails, including some great ideas for how to make professional looking knotted jewelry.

    Sandy and Linda have generously written down some of their tips. You can download them by clicking here and here.  Thank you Geri, Sandy, and Linda for sharing your expertise - our members appreciated it!

  • 14 Jun 2017 2:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bead Time on June 7th featured a 16-person capacity-crowd for Mary Ellen Merrigan's "Knot to Unknot" class. New member Mary Jo Baucom was first to complete her project.

    One person said, "I find it fascinating that the simple act of tying a knot stopped my monkey mind in its tracks and forced me to go to a different place. It was both humbling and illuminating."

    Another said, "I never knew knots could create such beauty."

  • 12 Jun 2017 3:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Member Kenny Halstead did a fabulous job setting up our display booth!

    A close up of some of the gorgeous work that was entered:

    Fran teaching about lampwork at the education booth:

    Kenny and Laura Sandison, winner of the first place bead embroidery prize for her piece, "Love Blue"

  • 02 May 2017 1:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The winners of the "Elements and Principles of Jewelry Design Contest" sponsored by Mama's Minerals were also announced at the April Meeting.  11 BSNM members submitted pieces to the contest.  The three winners each received a gift certificate from Mama's Minerals.  Congratulations to the winners!  

    Coming in first place, Margo Yee for $25;

    in second place, Maryellen Merrigan for $15; 

    and third place Sandy Greenfield for $10.   

    The winning pieces are currently on display at Mama's Minerals in Albuquerque, so go check them out!  Thanks to all members who participated in the contest.

  • 02 May 2017 12:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The April BSNM meeting was hosted by Mama's Minerals, and featured guest speaker David Mueller (aka "David The Geologist" on Facebook).  David gave a fascinating talk to a full house of BSNM members on the formation of gemstones in the earth, how they are mined, and the chemistry that generates their unique colorations. (Who knew garnets = Ca,Fe,Mg,NF,Al,Si,O3?)


    With a B.S. in Geology from UNM, David specializes in mining and petroleum geology. His research includes the Rio Grande rift, Colorado Plateau, and geomorphology of the Grand Canyon. He is passionate about geology as well as sharing his information, inspiring a number of us to go rock hunting locally!

  • 13 Apr 2017 2:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring has definitely sprung here in Albuquerque, and the members of the Bead Society have been busy!  

    The end of March brought BeadFest to Santa Fe once again.  Everyone had a blast taking classes and (of course) buying beads at the expo.  Below is a lantern made by one of our members during a metalworking and enameling class with instructor Steven James:

    A few of our members also taught classes at BeadFest this year!  Kenny Halstead and Margo Yee taught their fabulous beaded bird class:


    On March 29th, the talented Susan Lenart Kazmer taught a class all about different techniques for using resin in jewelry making.  Our members really enjoyed themselves!


    We also learned how to make this beautiful beaded rope with Kenny Halstead during the April Bead Time.

    Last but not least, we spent our March meeting making memory wire bracelets that will be sold to benefit Susan's Legacy at the 2017 Fiber Arts Fiesta.

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