The meeting was called to order with 16 members present.
Lisa gave the Treasurer’s report.
Discussion of the upcoming National teacher’s workshops. Both workshop events will be held at the Settle Inn at 108th off of Dodge.
Gail May will create and distribute a map and directions on how to get to the Settle Inn. The Judy Walker workshops will be as follows; Saturday Aug 20th is the Triple Tassel. Sunday Aug 21st is the Bargello hearts necklace.
The Diane Fitzgerald workshops will be as follows: Saturday Nov 12th will be the Moorish Tile beaded beads. Sunday Nov 13th will be the Gingko Leaf necklace.
Supply lists have been previously posted on our website.
Lisa Dryden has emailed the members with a current count of open spots for each workshop. If you would like to reserve a spot for any of these please give Lisa a $25 check per class. The check will be returned to you when you show up for the class.
Linette has wire for the Viking weave July project. You can use artistic wire or Para wire. A bracelet will take one spool of 24 gauge wire or dead soft silver wire. You will need 2 spools if you plan to make a necklace.
Julie will be sending us a more complete supply list prior to the July meeting.
The meeting was adjourned.
We had show and tell and Gail May lead the project on faux dichroic glass technique that was very fun. Thanks Gail!
The meeting was called to order by President Chris Johnson.
The minutes from the last meeting were approved.
Treasurers Report: Lisa had no current balance because the bank statement hadn’t been sent yet. She had added $30-50 in the account from new memberships. From the Bead Bazaar we got $970.54. If you have need of the account balance. Please contact Lisa.
Discussion regarding the national teachers. August 20 & 21, 2011 will be Judy Walker – Triple Tassel and Bargello Hearts Necklace. On November 12 & 13, 2011 the national teacher is Diane Fitzgerald. The projects will be Moorish tiles on Saturday and Ginko on Sunday.
Joni advised us that the finish donated Edna Perkins project was delivered and distributed to VA hospital. The people were thrilled.
The monthly projects were switched between the May and June projects. Christy will be doing the watch project in June.
Joan will bring our fused glass next month.
For the July and August, Viking Weave bracelets kits will be available for $7 plus tax. In June let them know if you want a kit. For the bracelet you will need to use 24 gauge artistic wire. Julie will make a list of what we need.
The meeting was adjourned followed by Show and Tell and a safety pin project taught by Lisa.
Our project for May 24, 2011 will be the Safety Pin bracelet or Safety Necklace.
Julie Overby and Lisa Dryden will be our instructors. Julie says, ” I went thru the ones I made and heres’ what I used:
Choker Necklace – I made 2 different ones – I used 1 ½” safety pins. On one I counted 127 safety pins, the other one I used 150 pins. Obviously the number of safety pins used will depend on whether you put beads between each safety pin (I didn’t that’s why I used so many safety pins) and the sized of your neck and how loose/tight you want it to fit.
Bracelets – I have different ones and they all vary
One I used 15 ¾” safety pins this one I had larger beads between each pin and ON the pins I used size 8 seed beads
One I used 22 1 ½” safety pins
The other two bracelets I used 1” safety pins – one had 26 safety pins, the other I used 22 safety pins
SO you can see there is a wide variety in what I did and used.
I spoke with Lynette (hope I spelled your name correctly) from Beads Etc. and here is what she has:
1000 1 ½” safety pins
400 approx. 1” (or 1 1/8”) safety pins
She will bring these to our meeting and would ask for $1.00 for your purchase (I apologize we didn’t discuss if this would be for bracelet or necklace SO maybe a little more if you need LOTS for a necklace). Please email ME not Lynette with what you need so I can keep track of if she has enough or if people will have to go out and get their own.
SO you will need beads to put ON the safety pins (not every pin needs to have beads on it) and then IF you want beads between the pins. SO bring your bead stash! The would be a GREAT project to use up the odd beads you have.
The bracelets I used stretchy cord (I know that’s not the actual name for it) to string – you COULD put it on wire but you would need crimps and clasp. For the necklace (I made mine MANY years ago before I would have considered myself a beader) I just strung mine with colored elastic cord and tied a clasp on!
I will bring all my samples for you to see on Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday!
The current economy seems to have driven many jewelry makers to go for mass produced, imported beads. While they have their place, quality jewelry must start with quality beads.
I have become a “cyber friend” of a magnificient lampwork bead artist, Joan Prichard.
I asked if she would do a “Guest Artist” article for our organization. I am delighted that she accepted the opportunity to share her knowledge of beads with us.
Let me introduce Joan to you. Several of you may be acquainted with her if you subscribe to either Art Jewelry or The Flow magazines. She was featured as one of Flow Magazine’s Women of Glass for 2010 and her work was published in Art Jewelry’s January, 2011 edition.
The Quest for the Perfect Lampwork Bead
by Joan Prichard
First it’s important to understand the artistic process behind making a quality bead. While there is an abundance of inexpensive beads on the market, be aware that you do tend to get what you pay for.
Some of the more complex beads that have intricate designs, use foils, special reactive glasses or murrini may command a higher price due to the cost of materials as well as the skill level and time involved.
If you are buying a bead set, check to ensure the beads fit nicely against each other and that they are all basically a uniform size and shape. Often when a lamp worker uses a mold or press to shape the bead, the molten glass meeting the cold surface of the mold can create a pattern of ripples on the surface of the bead called chill marks. An experienced lampwork artist will “heat polish” these marks away with the heat of the flame.
Look for cracks especially around the bead hole, and also make sure the bead is free of nicks and burrs. Jagged edges around the bead hole can fray or even break beading materials. Also check the bead hole to ensure that all bead release has been removed.
Lampworkers use a coating of bead release on the mandrel. The release keeps the bead from sticking to the mandrel so that it can easily be removed. After the bead is cooled, the lamp worker should remove all traces of bead release. Otherwise, this substance can coat your stringing materials and flake onto clothing.
Evaluate the bead’s overall appearance. If it is round is it balanced? Granted, lampwork beads are handcrafted. However, the bead should be pleasing from all sides and the design should be symmetrical.
More experienced lampworkers tend to concentrate more on the finished elements of the bead such as a pleasing shape. Beginning lampworkers are more focused on the overall mechanics of operating the torch and are less focused on the finer details.
Ask if the bead has been annealed. Why is annealing important? The annealing process involves heating a bead in a kiln to a specific temperature and allowing the bead to slowly cool and relieve internal stresses. You are basically changing the internal structure of the glass to improve its durability. Glass beads that have not been annealed are more likely to crack or shatter when subjected to small temperature changes. Therefore, annealing is critical to their durability. It is an important sign of a quality bead that it has been annealed. And if you think about it, a reputable artist who has spent hours making a beautiful bead should want to improve the lifespan and durability of their miniature work of art.
Hopefully these few tips will make your venture into finding the perfect bead less stressful and more productive. No matter if you’re spending a small amount of money or large, you still should pursue quality beads. After all, you not only have money invested, but also your time in creating beautiful jewelry.
About the Artist
Joan Prichard’s love for glass started close to 20 years ago when she took a stained glass class in Columbia, SC. She later became intrigued with glass beads while attending the Glass Craft and Bead Expo in Las Vegas.
A demonstration by a glass artist at the show was her introduction to these delicate works of art and she began her own venture into crafting her own art glass beads. In 2008 she expanded her love for glass to enamels and began creating cloisonné as well as lampwork beads and jewelry. In 2010 she launched her online website for Sand and Surf Beads. Joan lives in Navarre, Florida with her precious kitty Havana.
Her work is published in Art Jewelry Magazines January 2011 Gallery and in The 2010 Flow’s Women in Glass.
Joan, thank you for sharing this information and your lovely work with us. If you would like to see more of Joan’s work, visit her here:
The meeting was called to order by President Chris Johnson with 12 members present. The November minutes were approved.
Old Business: Discussion of the April 9th Bead Bazaar. Joan asked for volunteers to help with promotion of the event. Lisa offered her list of media contacts.
Judy Citta gave her report on possible national instructors for this year’s workshops. Judy Walker will teach the weekend of Aug 20th and 21st. Judy C. will email out the projects for us to choose from.
Judy mentioned Diane Fitzgerald as a possible teacher for spring classes and read a list of her fees. Lisa made the motion to hire Diane as the spring class instructor. Julie seconded it and the motion carried. Suggested dates are April 2nd and 3rd, or April 30th and 31st, 2011. Judy will confirm dates with Diane and send out pictures of class offerings.
Chris reminded us to be working on pieces for the Edna Perkins project for May. Bring your pieces to the April meeting so they can be delivered to recipient in May.
Bead Bazaar: Joan Duggan Chair, Lisa will help with contacts.
National Teachers: Judy Citta Chair, Gail will assist. Julie will help with contracts.
February Denise will teach beaded earrings. Instructions on website.
March Barb will teach peyote necklace
April Joan, fused glass
May Christy, beaded watches with interchangeable bracelets
June Lisa, safety pin jewelry
July Julie and Lisa, Viking knit
New Business: Virginia reported that there is a new bead store opening on Febr 5th in Fremont called “One of a Kind”.
Judy Citta announced that she and her husband will be moving to South Dakota very soon. We will miss you greatly Judy! Good luck in your new home…and don’t forget that you invited us to come and visit!
The meeting was closed and followed by show and tell.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from one of my Beading Heros, Margie Deeb. I thought it was a perfect article to start the New Year.
I enjoyed her message so much that I wrote to her and asked if she objected to my sharing it on my blog and beading club web site.
As always, she responded promptly and consented! So here it is:
Discovering the Treasure in Failure
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” -Scott Adams
As a creator, I’ve learned a lot about destroying. In order to create, we must destroy. It is a part of the creation process. Destroying makes the space for new creation.
We destroy a hank of beads so that we may order its pieces into a necklace. We destroy old ideas to make way for new. We destroy empty space to fill it with a new painting. We destroy a design that doesn’t work in order to create a new one that, hopefully, works.
I was faced with this last dilemma recently. Off and on, for the past 8 months I’ve been working on an intricate piece. I’d made prototypes out of rope that indicated that my idea would work and I was so excited. However, to see if it actually worked, I had to weave it together. After 60+ hours I realized that what I had created would not work like the vision I had in my mind’s eye. So I had to rip it apart. Did I mention it was 60+ hours of work over 8 months time?
I’ve come to realize that destroying is as much a part of creating as the act of creation. I used to resent having to destroy my failed beadwork, regarding those precious hours spent making it as squandered and meaningless because they lead to failure. I saw it as a waste of time. As I’ve matured, I realize that time is only wasted if I refuse to learn from the errors I filled it with.
When possible I save my beaded failures to refer back to what made them fail. In this case, I’d woven together a costly amount of beads that I needed to un-weave so I could use them. I spent hours pulling apart lovingly crafted rows of weaving.
For the first time in my 20+ years of beading, the destruction process fascinated rather than frustrated me. I felt I was watching portions of my life in rewind. As I unravelled, I relived the hours spent weaving while watching a Frank Zappa concert DVD with my husband. Then came memories of my trip to San Diego as I tore out loops made during the summer. Backwards I wove through the section of rows completed in July when we lost our Greyhound. Then the part I’d made during the last weeks of our Dalmatian’s life in March. I deconstructed the parts that I’d shared over lunch with two bead artist friends at a French restaurant. And finally, the very first rows I’d made (while my head spun with excitement) became shreds of thread and loose homeless beads.
As I ripped, cut, and pulled, I experienced-in the most tactile way-my methods of ensuring my work for posterity. I also cursed them. Overkill here and there, as I sawed apart six and seven passes of thread through one bead.
From this destruction emerged not only the space for my revised design, but also (and this came as a surprise) a more compassionate view of myself. Unwinding months of my life captured in thread and glass offered me a broader perspective of myself. As if watching a film, I saw a woman – in between the mundane and sublime moments of her life, the peaks and valleys, the joys and losses – quietly, methodically building something of beauty. Small and striking. Maybe not a masterpiece, but a creation that would mean something to her, and hopefully to others. I saw someone wanting, from the depth of her heart, to create beauty: beauty that will last and adorn and inspire others to create more beauty. Each fragment of thread and released bead illuminated that part of me that thrives on inspiring beauty, creativity, and excellence in the world.
It was an enlightening time of destruction. And at the end of it I felt wiser, more confident, and more excited about rebuilding my vision in a new way. Not a moment has been wasted!
I do hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did. Should you like to see Margie’s work, sign up for her newsletter, buy her kits or books, take an on-like course, read her blog, please visit her website. Here is the link:
President Virginia Woods called the meeting to order.
Lisa showed a watch that had been left at a meeting a few months ago. She will bring again as no one claimed it. If it is your watch, contact Lisa, or come to our next meeting.
A motion was made and seconded that since we have lots of money, we should have 2 out of town instructors next year (2011) – one more in spring and another towards fall. A vote was taken and passed.
Projected Fall Workshop
Judy Citta presented info she had obtained from Judy Walker and she will be the guest instructor for next fall (she is out of country and very busy during spring). Judy will contract Judy Walker and see if she is available any of the 4 weekends in August.
We would do 2 classes – pictures were shown and people put their names on the backs of their 2 favorite projects. Anyone who hasn’t voted in August will have a chance in Sept.
Decision on the 2 projects will be decided based on votes at Sept. meeting.
Judy Walker charges $300.00 per day – most instructors charge more like $500.00 per day. Group is responsible for Judy’s airfare – we will ask her to make her own reservations as that’s easier than trying to have someone make them for her.
Judy Walker doesn’t have a contract but the group felt we needed one so Julie Overbey volunteered to put one together based on the one we have for Nancy Meinhardt.
Since Judy Walker and Judy Citta are friends, Judy Citta offered to have Judy Walker stay at her house. Group agreed that was OK. A motion was made, 2nd’d and passed that group would pay for Judy Citta to entertain Judy Walker while she is here in town.
Judy Walker will make her book (The Beaded Sphere) available to group members for $26.00 – regular price is $36.00.
Checks need to be given to Treasurer (Christy) by the September meeting as order will be placed following the Sept. meeting. Please make arrangements to get your check to Christy if you won’t be at the Sept. meeting as this will be the only time to take advantage of this special price.
Judy Citta will find out whether Judy Walker requires that we buy our supplies from her and also ask her if she will be bringing any kits for other projects that she offers.
We have 11 of the 12 spots for each of the 2 classes Nancy Meinhardt is teaching in Sept. filled. The group decided we weren’t going to open up any more spots beyond 12 – that way we can all get the attention we need/want. Class will be 9-4 each day. We will order Jimmy Johns to be delivered for lunch. The class is at the Ramada Inn (NOT the Holiday Inn) at 72nd and Grover Sept. 25th and 26th.
Use of Committees
Lisa suggested that because we have added several new members and the group has gotten bigger, when we have items (ex. out of town instructors) that we have a committee handle all the details so we don’t waste time with so much discussion and time taken away from doing our projects during Tuesday night meeting time. Group agreed.
Lisa also reminded group that the VP is responsible for securing the projects/instructors for monthly meetings and we need to not take time away from meeting for working on this.
Nominating Committee Report
Joni told results of nominating committee’s meeting. List of candidates for officers for 2011-2012 term are: Pres – Chris Johnson, VP – Julie Overbey, Treasurer – Lisa Dryden, Secretary – Denise Stahl
If there is anyone else who would like to be considered for an office, please let Joni know. Vote will be at October meeting.
The treasurer presented the Treasurer’s Report. Anyone with need of the information regarding financials for the organization should contact the treasurer.
Denise asked for input from the group on what places people used for shopping online. Responses were:
Fire Mountain – good for bulk and has $5.00 shipping
Shipwreck – big supply
INM – good for crystals and only charges $6.00 shipping
Ecclectica – good for just about anything – especially hard to find items
IJS (Indian Jewelry Supply) – good for sterling silver
(Webmaster Note: Links for these suppliers have been added to this site under “Featured Suppliers).
Show and Tell
We had show and tell. Items will be added to the Gallery of Members work. The Show and Tell item of our new member, Jennifer Kaspar, was selected to feature in this post.
The group asked Diane Miller-Grulke to be our instructor for Sept. meeting with her Lightening Bolt Peyote stitched earrings. A separate post contains the supplies you will need to bring to the meeting.
Hope I caught it all – it was a good meeting with lots of “stuff” to record.
Submitted By Lisa Dryden
(Acting Secretary in the Absence of the Secretary)
Left: Presidential Nominee Chris Johnson Right: Out Going Treasurer Christy McAndrews
Nominating Committee Report
The Nominating Committe was made of Joni Stinson, Chair, Lisa Dryden, and Julie Overby. The Nominating Committee met on August 11, 2010 to prepare a selected slate of officers for the coming Beady Bunch year. The slate of officers suggested by the Nominating Committee is as follows:
President Chris Johnson
Vice President Julie Overby
Treasurer Lisa Dryden
Secretary Denise Stahl
This slate will be presented at our August meeting. Please know that nominations will also be accepted from the membership at large at the meeting should there be those who would like to nominate others. In the event that no other members are nominated from the floor, a motion will be made to elect this slate by unanimous consent.