Monthly Archives: July 2009

Minutes of Meeting: July 28, 2009

Barb Dewel’s Indian Corn Earrings and Brooch”]Barb Dewel's Indian Corn Earrings and Brooch

President Virginia welcomes Jan a visitor who heard about the club at the Bead Bazaar.

Julie told us about the Rose Basket class on 9-13-09. Class will start at 1:00 P.M. It will be held at St Andrews Church. Kits will cost $23 plus tax. Members are to bring scissors, bead tray or mat, lighter, needle, and any other item you will need to make your beading fun. The cost to members is $10, payable to out treasurer. The club will pick up the other $40. We will have to have Fred come to let us in the church, and close the church at 5:30. Lisa made a motion to give Fred a gift of $25 for his effort. Sue seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Workshop Project September 13, 2009
Workshop Project September 13, 2009

Barb out Librarian has made up pretty membership lists to hand out. She will submit a bill to the treasurer. There was fun discussion on members finding old library books.

Sue Harr told us about her bead shop in Fremont. It is called Main Street Bead Studio. She will send members a monthly newsletter for the shop.

Sue will be doing the project next month; we will be making Potato Chip beads. She will e-mail member a list of items you need to bring to the meeting. The bead is featured in the April/May issue of Beadwork magazine, page 65. The bracelet with the beads is called Rumba.

Gail reported for Joan on the project/contest due in September. Members can get a swatch of cloth (Made by Joan) and some Bahatma beads. Members are to make something with the items. They will be judged at the September meeting. Sue will give prizes of gift certificates from her store. Joan will offer beads as another prize.

Members had show and tell, followed by Barb teaching a beaded ear of corn class.

Barb's Indian Corn Brooch
Barb's Indian Corn Brooch

Respectably Submitted,

Pam Elledge, Secretary

Caring For Stones

 21white-buffaloFire Mountain Gems and Beads

Favorite Bead and Gemstone

Cleaning Chart 

Cleaning Gemstones
Gemstone
Toughness
Mohs Hardness
Steaming
Ultrasonic
Boiling
Soap
Untreated Cloth
Alexandrite
Excellent
8-1/2
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Amazonite
Poor
6 – 6 1/2
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Amber
Poor
2 – 2 1/2
No
No
No
Warm soapy water is safe. Do not use a brush because it may leave scratches.
Yes
Amethyst
Good
7
Risky
Usually Safe
No
Yes
Yes
Apatite
Fair
5
Never
Risky
Never
Safe
Yes
Aquamarine
Good
7 1/2 – 8
Usually Safe
Usually Safe
No
Yes
Yes
Aragonite
Fair – Poor
3 1/2 – 4
Never
Never
Never
Usually Safe
Yes
Calcite
Fair – Poor
3
Never
Risky
No
Cool soapy water is safe
Yes
Carnelian
Good
7
No
Usually Safe
No
Yes
Yes
Citrine
Good
7
No
Usually Safe
No
Yes
Yes
Coral
Fair
3 1/2 – 4
Risky
Risky
No
Yes
Yes
Cubic Zirconia (CZ)
Good
8-1/2
Safe
Safe
Safe
Safe
Yes
Diamond
Good
10
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Diopside
Poor
5 1/2 – 6
Never
Risky
No
Safe
Yes
Emerald
Poor – Good
7 1/2 – 8
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Fluorite
Poor
4
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Garnet
Good
7 – 7 1/2
No
Usually Safe
No
Yes
Yes
Howlite
Fair
3 – 3 1/2
Risky
Risky
Never
Safe
Yes
Iolite
Fair
7 – 7 1/2
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Jade, Jadeite
Exceptional
6 1/2 – 7
Safe
Safe
Safe
Safe
Yes
Jade, Nephrite
Exceptional
6 – 6 1/2
Safe
Safe
Safe
Safe
Yes
Kyanite
Poor
4 – 7 1/2
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Labradorite
Poor
6 – 6 1/2
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Lapis Lazuli
Fair
5 – 6
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Malachite
Poor
3 1/2 – 4
No
No
No
Safe
Yes
Moonstone
Poor
6 – 6 1/2
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
New ”Jade”
Poor
2 1/2 – 6
Risky
Never
No
Safe
Yes
Olive ”Jade”
Poor
2 1/2 – 6
Risky
Never
No
Safe
Yes
Opal
Poor
5 – 6 1/2
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Pearl
Poor
2 1/2 – 4
No
No
No
No
Yes
Peridot
Poor
6 1/2 – 7
No
No
No
No
Yes
Rainbow Moonstone
Poor
6 – 6 1/2
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Rhodochrosite
Poor
3 1/2 – 4 1/2
No
No
No
Cool Soapy Water
Yes
Rhodonite
Poor – Good
5 1/2 – 6 1/2
Safe
Usually Safe
No
Warm Soapy Water
Yes
Ruby
Excellent
9
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Sapphire
Excellent
9
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Serpentine
Poor
2 1/2 – 6
Risky
Never
No
Safe
Yes
Shell
Fair
3 1/2
Risky
Risky
Risky
Safe
Yes
Sodalite
Poor
5 – 6
Risky
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Spinel
Good
8
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Sunstone
Poor
6 – 6 1/2
Never
Never
Never
Safe
Yes
Tanzanite
Poor
6-7
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Topaz
Poor
8
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Tourmaline
Fair
7 – 7 1/2
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Turquoise
Poor – Good
5 – 6
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
 
Zircon
Poor – Fair
6 – 7 1/2
No
No
No
Yes
Yes

 


 

 

Minutes of June 2009 Meeting

Minutes for June 2009 Meeting
Minutes were recorded as follows by volunteer, Lisa Dryden, due to the absence of our Secretary.
Librarian report – LOTS of books are missing  – even 3  Kumohimo books.   We think maybe some are items that old/previous/not active members might have.   Suggestion was made to send letters to these people asking if they have them, we need them back.   Virginia offered to go pick up from people if they needed that.   Also talked about in the letter reminding people, we still meet and would love to have them back (recruiting means also).   Several peopld had old rosters that they were going to send/email to Barb and Gail.   Barb offered to do the mailing and Gail offered to followup with phone calls.
 
No Treasurer’s report as Christy wasn’t there
 
Joan had no update from the April Bead Bazaar as neither she or April Stevens (NE. Bead Society) had any info.  Might be due to the fact that the group has a new Treasurer and one person from the group who was heavily involved with the Bead Bazaar had her husband pass away recently.   So at this point we don’t have a date for next year nor do we know if the Westside Comm. Ctr. has gotten a reservation from us.  Joan tried to call them the afternoon before the meeting but no one was there to ask.
 
Julie gave an update on the Rose Basket class.  Class is $50 person.   8 people to a class – if we have more, Charlene can bring a 2nd instructor.   Class will be 3 – 4 hrs. in length.  Julie will check to see if we need to buy supplies from her.  Group decided club would pay $40 and members would pay $10.   If you pay and don’t show for the class, you forfeit your $10.   Julie did find out what we learn in the class is actually a small beaded basket and had a picture to show.  A sign up sheet was passed around for people interested but we did not collect money as Treasurer was not at meeting.
 
Joan had no updates on Diane – instructor she was checking on bringing it to teach a class.
 
Joan brought up the fact that she and Sue Haar had discussed putting together a bus trip for Bead & Button in Milwaukee next year.   Lots of group discussion on this.   Sue was going to check into prices and sizes of buses.  After much discussion we decided group would pay for the bus.   If we didn’t fill bus from our group, we would open it up to othere (including Sue opening it thru her store) and charging those.     We decided even if people joined Beady Bunch now, they would have to pay price charged to non-members as we wouldn’t let people join now for $18.00 (or prorated amount) just so they wouldn’t have to pay the approx. $100 per person for non-member to go.   We thought leaving Omaha EARLY Friday AM, shop once we get there, one night in hotel (maybe 4 to a room to keep cost down), shop Saturday and then leave Saturday night to come back so people were only paying one night hotel and could recoup/be with family Sunday.  We all talked about how expensive classes were at B&B so for most people this would chance to just do shopping. 
 
Joan offered a challenge to the group.   She gave everyone a packet of white “pearl” teardrop beads – I think she called them Bahatma beads – (she has more if you need more) and we got to pick a piece of hand dyed fabric (Joan did the dying) and we are supposed to make something with it.    Projects are due in Sept.   Sue offered a gift cert. to her store as a prize and Joan will offer bead(s) as another prize.   Joan will bring fabric and beads to July meeting for those who weren’t at June meeting.
 
Barb showed the beaded ear of corn she will be teaching as July project – VERY cute I might add.   She will provide the leather/suede for the husks so the supplies everyone needs to bring are basic beading kit and then small amount of seed beads for the corn.  Beads can be delicas, size 11, size 8 – just depends on how big/small you want it to be.   Barb had samples showing yellow ear (had just a few gold beads to look like bad kernels) and also one in multi colors to look like Indian corn.
 
I (Lisa) told the group about Firemountain email I got that had Gem cleaning chart and “what’s the new colors that are in” article.  I said I would forward to everyone (haven’t done that yet SO I attached it to this email).  (Web Master Note: Article will be posted separately for easy reference at a later date/time)  I also put in a “plug” for Sue’s store having a Girls Nite Out on June 25th.   I also told the group that when I had gone to Sue’s store recently (actually the same day Joan did a couple of hrs before her!), we talked about different non-jewely ideas for the group to do .  I said I would send that list to the group (again didn’t do that yet so I just copied my list below and you can include in the Notes).  People can “take” from this list if they want to teach but don’t have an idea/project.

  • wine glass markers
  • keychains
  • plant stickers/sticks decorations
  • wire wrapping
  • quilt fabric square embellishments
  • embroidery/beaded clothing
  • slumped wine bottles
  • beaded/bead wrapped serving pieces (silverware)
  • beaded glassware:  bowls, glasses, vases

Here’s the schedule for teachers/projects that we know so far
 
July – Barb Dewell – beaded ears of corn
August – Sue Haar – Potato Chip bracelet
Sept. – Diane Miller-Grulke – Bead Embroidered Cards
Oct. – Joan Duggan – color theory workshop/class
Nov. – Lisa Dryden – undecided on project
Dec – no meeting
Jan – Christmas party/food/show & tell/bring unfinished project to work on
Feb – Chris Johnson – Circular Square Stitch
 
Submitted by Lisa Dryden