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GRBS Newsletter – November
Lots to talk about this month! 

  • Coming Meeting November 17 with Marilyn Gardiner
  • Jewellery Show and Sale – success!
  • Past meeting with Zulekha in October
  • Ancaster Gem Show
  • Discount for members
  • December meeting and classes

November Meeting
Chain Mail Class with Marilyn Gardiner

  • Date: November 17, 2018
  • Time: 7-9 p.m.
  • Cost: $7 for members - $12 for non-members
  • Location: Hampton Inn & Suites (Beside Galaxy Cinema) in Guelph

Ever tried Chain Mail?  Careful – this technique it could be the next addiction in your jewellery-making passion.    

Zipper Pull

Join us for a fun class with Marilyn Gardiner – the Queen of Chain Mail.  You will learn the Orchid Weave chain mail pattern to make a cute little zipper pull to clip onto your purse, jacket, or sweater—or onto a necklace as a dangle.  A great introduction to this very versatile technique.   

Marilyn GardinerMarilyn Gardiner is the owner of Gardiner Design.  Along with her husband Brad, they design, create and package chain mail jewellery kits in Waterloo.  

Visit Marilyn’s Website to see her other kits, buy supplies, tools and of course to see Marilyn’s new book called Fabulous Chain Mail Jewelry: Creating with components.

Your kit will include all of the necessary materials, plus step-by-step instructions to make your zipper pull.  This is a Beginner level project—a great introduction to chainmail.

To Register:  Send an email to Mary Anne Helmond, Programming at

Bring 2 pairs of pliers suitable for opening and closing jump rings.

Also at this meeting

Register for the December Techniques Night
One of the most popular nights of the season – Techniques Night!  A chance to learn a new technique with another member in a small group.  Sign up for the classes on offer in December tonight. 
Sign-up sheets and samples will be available.    There will be several classes for your selection.

Bead and Jewellery Show

Thanks to all those who volunteered for the annual Bead Show.  Many hours to organize this event were paid off by the success of the weekend. 





Christmas Ornament Fundraiser

Ornament Sale at the Bead Show was a hit!   We sold almost 60 ornaments with all funds going to the Guelph Women in Crisis Centre.  That’s hundreds of dollars to this women’s cause, close to our hearts.  That’s what the holiday season is about!

Due to the generosity of our members there are still some ornaments left which will be available for sale at the November and December GRBS meetings. Thank you all for supporting our charity project for 2018. 

If you missed the October Meeting...

You missed Zulekha Noormohamed and The Healing Power of Gemstones
We thank Zulekha and her family for rushing from the Montreal Bead Show in time to make this presentation to the GRBS group.  They all participated in the presentation!
Very informative and entertaining!  (Especially for those of us who slipped their special stone into their bra as suggested!)  Sorry - you had to be there.
Thanks for all the info on the special healing powers of crystals. 

Also in October – Ancaster Gem and Mineral Show

Thanks to our volunteers for attending our GRBS table to talk about the Bead Society.  We often recruit new members at this show – plus – lots of bead shopping!
Check out the show for next year and remember to volunteer!

Benefits of Membership in the GRBS

Have you rejoined?  Your membership card has many benefits including discounts with some of our favourite vendors!  These are listed on our Membership page.

In addition – here’s an additional discount for GRBS Members from one of the Jewellery Show and Sale vendors.
Argus Collection wishes to thank all GRBS members for tremendous support at our very first show in Guelph. It was a great two days and we had a wonderful time meeting so many GRBS members. In appreciation we want to offer all members 20% off anything on our Etsy site,

Just take a look and send an email about what you want to
Not everything is posted on Etsy so if you remember anything you saw at the show and would like to order, the 20% also applies. The sale is good until November 22 only as we are on vacation after that. 
Argus Collection is the exclusive Canadian distributor for Mag-lok Magnetic clasps.

Save the date – December 17 – Techniques Night

A chance to learn a new technique from another member. 
Plus – treats – please bring a treat to share!
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