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March Meeting – another Techniques Night! 

Date:  Monday, March 18, 2019
Time:   7 pm
Location:  Hampton Inn, 725 Imperial Rd N (Beside Galaxy Cinema), in Guelph
Another chance to learn a new jewellery making technique from a talented member. 
Four classes for you to choose.  If you couldn’t decide in December on one of these techniques to learn, you have another chance this month. 

Select a class on Bead Crochet, Paper Quilling, Kumihimo, or Bead Embroidery.
Visit the GRBS website for more details.

If you missed last month’s meeting you missed Sam!
Demystifying Gem Stones with Samrat Kapur

February 19, 2019 meeting

Highlights of Sam’s talk – notes by Marilyn Gardiner
There are two main sources of gemstones: India & China. India is historically known for its skilled gemstone cutters, and their stones are charged by weight in carats. China excels in its technology to cut uniformly round stone beads (usually from inexpensive stones), and they charge by the strand.
Discussion about quality of stones, and grading.
Sam showed samples: tourmaline at $4000 and a strand for $30. The difference was that the high quality stones were pink with lots of light passing through, while the cheap ones were opaque and dull.
Discussion about using gemstones in your work to increase your customer base. A comparison was made between the cost of 1 Swarovski crystal and 1 good gemstone bead.
The examples talked about included a Russian who makes outstanding jewellery with rough stones, how to use tiny microcuts in your work, briolettes, about dyeing stones (agates are mostly dyed), and about stones that are heated and coated.
Sam showed several examples of the latest and hottest trend: a Silverite coating applied to many different stones, including citrine, labradorite, and more.
Visit Sam’s store in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Feb meeting

Bus Trip - Bead Extravaganza!

Crazy BusHow does a day of Bead Shopping in Toronto sound?  In a bus with a bunch of beady friends?  With a driver to take you from one bead store to the next?  With bead store treats and goodies?  Four different stores. 
If this is your idea of heaven – read on. 
If we can have 25 people commit to this trip we will be able to rent a school bus and the cost will be $30 per person.
Clear your calendar for Saturday, May 25.
  • Leaving at 8:00 am from Stone Road Mall, Guelph
  • Arriving by 10:00 a.m. at John Bead Outlet
  • Visit Bead Dynasty then, Mac Donald Wang - if possible   
  • Leave at 4:00 p.m. from BeadFX
  • Returning to Guelph at approximately 6:00 pm (depending on traffic)
The shops we will visit are: Payment - a deposit of $15 is due at the March meeting with the final payment of $15 due at the April meeting OR If you wish you can pay $30 in full on either of those days.  
After the April meeting we will know whether we can make this trip work.
We must pay for bus in advance. 
Payment can be made by cash, VISA/MC or bank e-transfer - payee
If the trip does not move forward, all monies will be returned. 

Next Year’s Charity Project?

Have you been thinking of a charity that is near and dear to your heart that you would like to nominate for next year’s GRBS charity efforts?  This past year it has been the local women’s shelter.  But we are looking for you input on the next charity. 
There will be a box at the monthly meetings for your nomination.  Winner will be announced at the June meeting. 
Choose your Charity

posterPhotos of Your Work Please

We are getting ready for next year’s GRBS Bead and Jewellery Show and would love some photos of your work to use in the promotional materials. 
Would you like to be “published”?
We are looking for clear, in focus, high resolution photos with a neutral background.  Please Send to Marilyn Gardiner by March 30.
Mark your calendars for next years’ GRBS Bead and Jewellery Show – October 19-20, 2019


Local Gem Shows!


Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society

Saturday April 6 and Sunday April 7, 2019
Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St., Paris. 
Adults $6, 12 and under free

Ancaster Gem Show

Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6
As many members know, the Ancaster Gem show invites the GRBS to attend to promote our group to show attendees.  We will have a table for volunteers to attend.  It’s a fun way to pass a morning or afternoon at a bead show.  (Wait –is there a non-fun way to attend a bead show??)

Ancaster Gem Show
Grand River Bead Society Website
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