April Membership Meeting - Hands On - April 16

The April hands on will be with Debbi Simon. She is a local award winning artist, teacher, and author. Her designs have been published in national and international magazines and books. Her first book Crystal Clay was released in 2008.

We will be working with epoxy clay with pictures, crystals and molds. We will learn Debbi's techniques and benefit from her years of experience. There will be a kit with materials to work with a bezel and Debbi will be bringing other materials for students to enhance their project.  We will be able to make a pendant with a picture and/or a mold like the cameo above.  Click here for the Apoxie Clay instruction sheet.


May Membership Meeting May 21

Soutache Workshop
Our presenter for May will be Rita Briant from Prairie Flower Beads in Portage. She will be teaching us the techniques for working with soutache braid similar to the item pictured. We will not complete a project but Rita will have kits available for purchase after the workshop. Each member will receive some beads and soutache braid. There will be no charge for guests.

Please bring a needle, thread and scissors. The thread color doesn't matter.

Location and Time:  Better Business Bureau (Summit Office Building), 10019 W. Greenfield Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53214 and will start at 6:45pm.

May Table Talk will be:  Your project(s) from the Retreat or something you recently finished.

June 11 Membership Meeting


I don't have much information about the June meeting except below:

June Table Talk will be:  Pearls - the birthstone for June

July 16 Membership Meeting


I don't have much information about the July meeting except below:

Another fabulous demo table presentation is planned.

July Table Talk will be:  Your recently completed project.  Show everyone what you've been working on!

Community Service

Veterans Project May 2

Our next Veterans project is Wednesday 2May18 at the VA Center.  We'll be assisting veterans in making a paracord bracelet per the picture to the left.  This is always a very popular class.   All jigs and supplies will be provided.   If you'd like more information or would like to volunteer, please contact Pat Harvey at communityoutreach@loosebeadsociety.org.

BTW, we received a nice thank you letter from the VA for our last project on 17Jan18.  Read it here.

Upcoming Events

Bead and Button June 3 - 10, 2018

You can find a complete schedule and more details here.

The Bead&Button Show takes place at the Wisconsin Center, 400 West Wisconsin Ave, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Classes are also held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Milwaukee and the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Layered Colored Pencil Pendant June 11, 2018

Mary Karg will be giving us a class on Monday, June 11 on her techniques for creating jewelry using colored pencils on copper and brass. The class will be held at the Polish Center, 6941 S. 68th St. Franklin, WI 53132 Here is the complete description of the event and Mary's bio. Use this document to sign up for the class.  Instructions are on the form.

Loose Bead Society is now on Pinterest

Check it out, add to it, follow along. There's a lot to browse and you can be involved. Here's how:

If you have an account simply follow "Loose Bead Society".
If you don't have an account sign in using: debdunn2817@gmail.com Password: lbsmember and search for 'loose bead society'
Questions to vpprogramming@loosebeadsociety.org 

Kalmbach Magazines Online

Did you know that Kalmbach, our corporate sponsor, has a free member access section of their website to their Bead and Button Magazine. By subscribing, you get even more content.

Facet is the new online home of Bead&Button magazine, and will also serve customers of the former Art Jewelry and Bead Style magzines

What's New on our Site

Check out the following:

April Membership Meeting in Member Insights

2018 April Beadin Photos in Member Insights.

UWM Scholarship Recipient in Member Insights/Community Service.

2018 Retreat article by Maureen Bartz in Member Insights.

2018 Retreat Pictures by Maureen and Carol on Member Insights/Member Photos.



May 2, 2018
  • Veteran's Project - Cobra Stitch Paracord Bracelet

    May 2, 2018  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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May 7, 2018
  • LBS Board Meeting

    May 7, 2018  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Brookfield Public Library 1900 N Calhoun Rd Brookfield, WI 53005

    LBS Members are invited to attend today’s Board Meeting.  Please e-mail  president@loosebeadsociety.org to let us know you’ll be attending.

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May 10, 2018
  • Special Events Committee Mtg

    May 10, 2018  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Panera Bread, 15040 W Greenfield Ave, Brookfield, WI 53005, USA

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