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  • 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.

  • 07 Mar 2017 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 4th, several of our members attended the Chevron Earring class with Ginger Shockey to learn wire wrapping techniques.  Everyone had a great time, and some were even challenged to work out of their beading comfort zone.  BSNM member Mary Ellen Merrigan has written a wonderful blog post about her experience in the class here:  Be sure to check it out!

  • 07 Mar 2017 2:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At our February 27th meeting, BSNM member and accomplished jewelry designer Geri Verble gave a fantastic presentation about the elements of design.  Geri noted that "Most of us start out making jewelry by following instructions or copying ideas from books and magazines.  The next step is to learn how to design jewelry that is truly your own design".  During her talk, Geri showed examples of the fundamental principles of design, including color, shape, texture, line, and space, and then she explained how each design element enhanced the jewelry.  After her presentation, we all had the chance to put what we learned to the test!  We divided into several groups, and each group was given the same selection of beads.  Geri charged us with creating a strung jewelry piece that demonstrated the techniques we had learned.  The resulting pieces were all unique and beautiful!


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