Beer & Beadz – January 2015 UPDATED


What a great time we all had at Joanne’s beer & beads!  Earlier in the day the weather was just awful and is what I think held some people back from coming out but we still had a good turnout.

Joanne demonstrated coldworking of glass beads using various equipment.  Her demonstrations included using a flat lap to grind the glass flat as well as how to make your own grinding area using a piece of window glass, sanding grit and water. She then moved on to the sanding belt which is used for smoothing and polishing the glass.

Sandblasting was also demonstrated.

Other methods of cold working your glass beads would be to carve them.  I made a large bead with a number of layers of different colored glass which was in the annealer when I left.  The plan is to carve it so the various layers show through in certain areas.  That picture will follow as soon as the carving gets done.

Don’t miss the next Beer & Beads which will be held at Debbie’s studio.  Stay tuned for details.

Mark your calendars for January’s beer & beads …

January’s beer & beads will be hosted by Joanne Andrighetti of Andrighetti Glassworks.  Things start at 6:30 so don’t be late!  The theme is …

Coldworking your Beads.

Joanne will demonstrate how to alter your cold beads with faceting and cutting using the lap wheel and belt sander at the co-op. There are commercially available smaller versions of the equipment suitable for home studios and of course, the equipment is accessible to co-op members after a brief orientation.

Remember to bring some goodies to share.

Cya there!

Date: January 23, 2015

Terminal City Glass Co-op
1191 Parker St. (1 block west of Clark Dr. and 1 block south of Venables)
Vancouver, BC
Joanne’s phone: (604) 731-8652

Christmas B&B 2014

The Pyros annual Christmas party and December Beer & Beadz was held at Kerry Caron’s home on December 19.  There were 17 attendees coming in from all directions including Vancouver Island and Chilliwack.  Sorry for the poor pictures, lighting wasn’t great!

We started the evening with the themed bead exchange.  This years theme was Caribbean Christmas so the beads had to be inspired by the beach, Christmas and warmer weather.

As usual the gift exchange was a pick and steal with any one gift being stolen a maximum of twice.  Kirsten and Rosa opened what seemed like all the gifts and kept having them stolen.

The last gift of the evening was a group gift for Kerry for her birthday.  Several beadmakers made special beads for Kerry and Naaz put all the beads together in a beautiful mahogany box she’d purchased.  The gift was very well received 🙂

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Beer & Beadz – November 2014

Novembers Beer & Beadz was held on November 28 at Ken & Silvia’s Surrey studio.  The threat of snow didn’t hold back loyal members from attending although it did start snowing as everyone was leaving.

Ken demonstrated fuming with silver and gold and Maria demonstrated the Double Helix glass “Ossa”

See you at the next Beer & Beadz