2017 Schedule

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.

Saturday, December 9th - The 2017 Annual Holiday Party

The Bead Society Annual Holiday party Saturday December 9, 2017 at the Bowers Kidseum

Header Image Credits: Carol Webb, Mountain-Robbins, Annette Hernandez

Mark your calendar for Saturday December 9th for the Bead Society's Annual Member Holiday Party. The festivities begin at 10AM and continue until around 1PM. Be sure to turn in your Bead Challenge submission at the party for judging in different categories by your peers and presentation of awards. Above all, don't forget a nice bead for the bead exchange (around a $15. value) in a plain brown paper bag.