2017 Schedule

September 23rd - Member September

Member September Sept 23rd


When: September 23rd - a Saturday
Where: The Annual Bead Society Member September
Time: 10AM until 2PM

Members can bring to sell or trade any items that can fit on a 3' x 3' card table or a 2' x 4' oblong table. Set up on first come first served basis beginning as soon as the gates open on Saturday. All is being held in the alcove area of the main Bowers Museum grounds. Please be considerate with your table size and keep within the specifications described. All members are responsible for their own sales tax collection.

Saturday November 4th - Dr. Rosanna Falabella - The Story of Imitation "African Amber"

Imitation Amber-November


When: November 4th - a Saturday
Where: Dr. Rosanna Falabella - The Story of Imitation "African Amber"
Time: program begins at 11 AM

Are Those Beads Really Plastic? Many vintage "African amber or "copal amber" are actually made of Bakelite. She will cover the history of imitation amber and how it was traded to Africa.

Dr. Rosanna Falabella has a Ph.D in Polymer Science and Engineering from U of Mass. She has been a beaded jewelry hobbyist for 20 years, and bead collector and researcher since 2009. Her current interest is phenolic resin beads made in Europe for the African trade. Our speaker will also conduct a hands-on training in plastic bead identification after the meeting. Members are welcome to bring their beads to identify various plastics by odor, using a bead reamer.


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