Loose Bead Society 2014 Spring Retreat

Annual Spring Retreat in Racine

Friday, February 28th through Sunday, March 2nd

We can not wait for the Spring Retreat at the Radisson Hotel Racine Harbourwalk and hope you can join us!

The Special Events Committee has worked hard to put together an exciting schedule of classes taught by experienced artists/instructors. Whether you are new to the Society or one of our most experienced artists, there is something new for you to learn. From stitching to soutache, this variety of classes will add to your weekend of fun! Of course, the Open Beading room will be hopping with activity. If you manage to resist these offerings, we still want you to join us for the weekend or a day of creative camaraderie.

UPDATED Click here to see the new Brochure. Click here to see and print the registration form.

New Addition:The Loose Bead Society of Greater Milwaukee is pleased to have Robert Dancik join us for our 2014 Spring Retreat. He is offering two three-hour long workshops. Please keep in mind that the photos do not represent the completed project. Students will bring their own focal components, whether they are beads or found objects, to set into the setting or faux bone frame that you will be making in class. Please read the class descriptions for all the details. Robert has included his contact information should you have any questions about either workshop.

Important registration dates:
January 15:  Priority registration for members ends; non-member registration begins
January 31:  Retreat room rate expires; reserve today!
February 10:  Last day to register for classes and/or to receive a goodie bag
February 20: Final date for all registrations

Hotel Accommodations

Radisson Hotel Racine Harbourwalk (web site)
223 Gas Light Circle, Racine, WI 53403 (map)

$99 per night. For reservations, call the Radisson directly at 262-632-7777 and ask for "Loose Bead Society Retreat 2014". Reservations must be made by January 31st. Parking is $2 per ramp entry.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, February 28

    • Open Beading in the Harbourview Room. Open around 11AM on Friday and dedicated to open beading all weekend! Take breaks for excursions around town, supper, a visit to RAM (Racine Art Museum). Hobby Lobby anyone?
    • 5 - 7PM – Funky’s Glass Beadmaking Hands-On
    • 8PM - ? – Enjoy dessert and BUTTONS2BEADS with Susan Beal. Susan will demonstrate several techniques to combine wire, seed beads, and buttons into interesting "beaded" jewelry. Everyone attending this hands-on will receive some buttons and wire to work with, but you can bring some of your own that you just don't know how to use in a jewelry piece. Susan is full inspiration that she's always willing to share. Don't miss out on this one! And, don't forget to bring your chain nose pliers.

Saturday, March 1

    • ALL DAY – Open beading in the Harbourview Room
    • 9AM - NOON – Gazebo Bracelet – Patty Tiry
    • 9AM - NOON - Your Bead in 3-D - Robert Dancik
    • 12:15PM – Buffet Lunch, Zephyr Room
    • 1:30 - 4:30PM – Moonlight Necklace or Pendant – Doris Coghill  CANCELLED
    • 1:30 - 4:30PM - Spinning Bead Pendant - Robert Dancik
    • 5:30PM – Shopping and appetizers at Funky Hannah's. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of Racine's many fine restaurants.
    • 7:30 - 10:30PM – Stamped Dominoes - Traci Otte
    • At or about 7:00PM  Zumba class. Harbourview room. Come in layered, comfortable clothing and shoes. Bare feet not advised. Free for retreat attendees.

PLUS – An evening of open beading and fun in the Harbourview Room.

Sunday, March 2

    • ALL DAY – Open beading in the Harbourview Room
    • 9AM - NOON – Soutache Bead Soup – Jane Cruz
    • 9AM - NOON – Sun Cab Ring or Pendant – Doris Coghill  CANCELLED
    • 12:30PM – Lunch – On your own.
    • ? - 4:30PM – Open time to spend as you wish.
    • 4:30PM – CLEANUP


This year our classes cover stitching, soutache, metal work, and stamping.  All classes are optional and reserved on first-come, first-serve basis.  We do maintain a waiting list.  Some class photos may not be the actual color ways in the kits.  Project samples will be on display at the membership meetings through February.

REGISTER NOW: Click here to get the registration form

Gazebo Bracelet - Patty Tiry
Email: patty@beadprestige.com 
Website: www.beadprestige.com

Saturday, March 1  9am-noon 
Cost of Class: Members: $25; Non-members: $50 
Kit Fee: $20

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Boost your skills in right-angle weave and tubular herringbone in this simple, yet sophisticated, bracelet. You’ll actually have two bracelets when your project is completed.

Materials in Kit: 500-11/0 seed beads; 10 Tila beads; 1 Swarovski button (3015); 12-4mm crystals (color A); 6-4mm crystals (color B); 9-3mm or 4mm crystals in color A or B.

Supplies to Bring: All beads listed in Materials in Kit if not purchasing a kit plus: 2+ yards Fireline 6lb. test or beading thread of choice; #10 or #12 beading needles; side cutters or scissors; bead mat; task lamp; magnifiers if you use them.



Setting Your Bead in 3-D - Robert Dancik
Email – playcik@gmail.com
Telephone: 203-819-1446

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 9am-Noon
Cost of Class: $25-Members; $55 Non-members; $25 Materials Fee for all

If you want to show off your bead in all its 3 dimensional glory – this is the
workshop for you! No matter what shape, size or material your bead is, now you
can set it in metal to reveal the entire piece.

Using the metal of your choice (I will have copper and brass) you will learn how to
cut away a space while leaving tabs that will allow your bead to be set and appear
to be floating inside a metal frame. The outside can be cut to virtually any shape
you desire and more beads or other additions may be hung or attached with rivets,
micro bolts and nuts or any number of other cold connections.

If you have always wanted to learn how to cut with a jeweler’s saw OR if you have
tried a jeweler’s saw and got frustrated because you kept breaking blades – I can
guarantee that you will have success in this workshop! You will be amazed at the 
work you can do with this simple and easy to use tool. I will be supplying special
blades that are nearly unbreakable and can be used to cut almost any material to 
include with your beads. I will also have all the other tools needed to ensure you
can cut your metal with ease.

You will hang your finished piece on cord, fabric, wire, chain or any other material
you choose and you will also learn how to fashion a clasp from wire that can be
attached to any of these. You are also encouraged to bring along any other doo dads,
hoo haaas, bobbles and bangles to attach to your piece.

There will be a materials fee of $25 that will include everything you need to make 
your pendant with plenty left over to make additional work at home.

Dancik (1)

Spinning Bead Pendant - Robert Dancik
Email – playcik@gmail.com
Telephone: 203-819-1446

Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 1:30pm-4:30pm
Cost of Class: $25-Members; $55 Non-members; $25 Materials Fee for all

Showcase your favorite handmade or collected bead in a Faux Bone pendant that 
will allow you to see all sides of your treasure as it spins in the ivory-like carrier you
make for it. Beads of all materials including metal clay, glass, bone, and stone all
marry perfectly with the Faux Bone. The surface can be carved, filed, stamped with 
metal stamps or dimensionally embossed with rubber stamps. Color can be applied 
with paint, colored pencils, alcohol inks and dyes. The Faux Bone can be finished 
in any number of textures and patinas as well as having metal or found objects 
attached to it.

With few and simple tools you will be able to cut, shape and finish a Faux Bone 
surround for any bead or object with a hole in it. By running a wire through the Faux 
Bone and the bead, you will be able to spin the bead to reveal the design in 360°.
Attach a balled wire bail, and your pendant is ready to hang on any chain or cord. 
I will bring along all the tools and materials you need to finish your piece however, 
you are encouraged to bring any objects or materials you may wish to include on 
your pendant.

A materials fee of $25 will be charged that will include everything you need to 
fashion your pendant and have materials left over to make more at home.

Dancik (2)

Dancik (3)


Stamped Dominoes - Traci Otte 
Email: traci@creative-pursuits.biz
Website: www.creative-pursuits.biz

Saturday, March 1  7:30-10:30pm 
Cost of Class: Members: $25; Non-members: $50 
Kit Fee: $5

Skill Level: All levels

Class Description: Turn a plain Jane domino into a mini wearable work of art in a jiffy! Class covers general stamping, how to stamp on a slick surface, and working with alcohol inks to create unique backgrounds. There will be a number of stamps available but feel free to bring your own.

Materials in Kit: Four dominoes with pin backs or bails attached; use of stamps, inks.

Supplies to Bring: Your own rubber stamps if you’d like to use them.

Stamped Dominoes 1-200h

Stamped Dominoes 2-200h


Soutache Bead Soup - Jane Danley Cruz 
Email: Jmdcruz262@gmail.com

Sunday, March 2 9am-noon 
Cost of Class: Members: $25; Non-members: $50 
Kit Fee: $20

Skill Level: All levels; some knowledge of bead embroidery helpful.

Class Description: A little different twist on traditional soutache: rows of beads are suspended from zigzagging soutache braid. Get comfortable working with rows of soutache and learn to: stitch in the ditch of the braid to secure the beads to the braid; basic shaping techniques; how to end the braid. Basic bead embroidery techniques will be used to attach an Ultrasude backing to the end units and to secure a snap enclosure. This project uses a variety of small beads so no two bracelets will be alike. Other color options will be available.

Materials in Kit: Soutache braid; 60-70 gemstones: metallic, glass and pearl beads ranging from 8/0 seed beads to 5mm in a variety shapes; 1 gram #3 bugle beads; Nymo B thread; Ultrasuede; snaps.

Supplies to Bring: Beads in sizes and amounts listed in Materials in Kit if not purchasing kit plus: #10-#11 beading needles; Nymo B; sharp embroidery scissors; beading mat; task lamp; magnifiers if you use them.


Soutache 2


Artist Bios

Susan Beal
Email: casmic03@yahoo.com


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Susan can't remember a time when she hasn't played with wire or beads or stitched something! She has grown as a beader in the last 10 years thanks to the generous teachings of others. She also enjoys teaching others. She feels privileged to teach at several LBS Bead-Ins and is very proud to have had a piece auctioned at the Bead&Button Show in 2013. She feels blessed that her muses-Cassondra, Michael & Lu- are lovingly patient!
Jane Danley Cruz

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Jane Danley Cruz has been making jewelry since childhood, but became addicted to bead weaving in 2004. As a life-long crafter, she is always interested in how things are made and dabbles in many different arts and crafts besides beading, like weaving, knitting, crochet, polymer clay, wirework, and sewing. She has been teaching beading since 2005, first in Chicago and more recently in the Milwaukee area. As an associate editor for Bead&Button Magazine, she learned the art of soutache bead embroidery when she worked on a project with Amee K. Sweet-McNamara for the June 2012 issue. Soutache brought together several of her favorite things like jewelry, fibers, beads, and sewing!
Robert Dancik

Email – playcik@gmail.com

Telephone: 203-819-1446 

Robert Dancik holds a Masters degree in sculpture from Northern Illinois University, and a BA in fine art from Adelphi University. He has been an artist/teacher for more than 30 years and has taught people from kindergarten to graduate school while exhibiting his jewelry and sculpture in museums and galleries across the US and in Europe, Japan, and Australia. He teaches workshops at art centers in the US and abroad including Penland, NC; Arrowmont, TN; Metalwerx, MA; Touchstone Center for Crafts, PA; Victoria College of Art, Australia; Brookfield Craft Center, CT; Mid Cornwall School of Jewelry (UK); and Ravstedhus, Denmark to name a few. His work is in numerous collections including the Wustum Museum of Art, Boeringer- Ingleheim International, Schamberger International, Mitsubishi International, Japan and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design. He has artwork published in many books including, in the Lark series, “500 Pendants”, “500 handmade Books and “1000 Rings”. Other books his work is featured in are “PMC Decade”, “Fine Art of the Tin Can”, “The Art of Resin Jewelry,” “Zilver Klei” (Denmark), “Art Saves”. “Lark Jewelry Box Challenge”, and “Creative Metal Clay Jewelry” to name just a few. He has written articles and published his artwork in umerous magazines including “Niche”, “Art Jewelry”, “Lapidary Journal” and “Perspectives” among others. Robert is the originator of Faux Bone™, a new, wonderful material for artists involved in jewelry, artist’s books, sculpture, and many other artistic disciplines. His book “Amulets and Talismans: Techniques for Making Meaningful Jewelry” is published by Northlight Books. He lives in Connecticut, teaches around the world, is an avid cook (I didn’t say good) and collector of toys, maps, and compasses.

Traci Otte
Email: traci@creative-pursuits.biz
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An avid crafter her whole life, Traci Otte has been beading for over 15 years.  After moving to Milwaukee and joining LBS, her passion for making jewelry has flourished.  Her repertoire includes basic stringing, polymer clay, bead stitching, mixed media jewelry, and precious metal clay.  She loves working with unusual objects such as keys, washers, and differently shaped beads and finding innovative ways to incorporate them into her creations. Traci’s friendly approach puts students of all levels at their ease and helps to bring out the best in them.
Patty Tiry
Email: patty@beadprestige.com
Patty Tiry200x250 Three and a half years ago Patty retired from Network Engineering to follow her passion in Bead weaving. Inspiration for her pieces comes primarily from the Glamour of the Red Carpet and Hollywood Celebrities. Some would describe her jewelry has having a Victorian/Antique look. She loves to incorporate Swarovski crystals, pearls and seed beads into each piece, and also enjoys using traditional off-loom weaving techniques or combining multiple techniques to create intricate layers of color and texture into wearable art. Her favorite stitches are Herringbone and Right-angle Weave. Patty exhibits her wearable art to 35+ Art Shows throughout the year, traveling to many states. She also started teaching some of some of her designs three years ago at Midwest Beads in Brookfield, WI. In 2009, she won the Artistic Honorable Mention Award for her entry in the Bead Challenge at the Art Glass and Bead Show in Madison, WI. She also had two designs as finalist in the 2010 BeadDreams Contest. When she travels with her husband to the NHRA National and Divisional Races she takes her bead mat with her – one of the benefits of taking this hobby-turned-business with you wherever you go.
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