Beer & Beadz – May 2015

May’s B&B was held at Aimee’s studio.  Aimee makes the coolest glass straws!

Before going into Aimee’s studio for a demo, we enjoyed the warm “summer like” evening out on her 2 level patio.  We enjoyed guacamole & chips, various sweets, iced tea and of course beer!

The theme this month was a tool swap.  We also discussed the upcoming 40 bead challenge.  Melanie demonstrated a dot bead and Aimee demonstrated the Mandrel Spinner by Bearfoot Art.

In June the Pacific Pyros will be challenging the Calgary Molten Crew to this challenge.  All the proceeds of this challenge will go to the Beads of Courage.  In order to get the benefit of the actual 40 bead challenge each person will have to follow the rules of Heather Trimlett’s 40 Bead Challenge.  That means using on 2 colours of glass and NO tools.

Melanie Graham will be available to anyone entering this challenge to assist with colour selection if need be.  She can offer advise on what colours work well together or if you want to step outside of the box, she can suggest some interesting colour or glass combinations.   Want a real challenge??  try black and red !!

he had me at dichro …

… as told by Silvia McIntosh

There were approximately 25 people that attended Alexx Cheng’s Demo on May 16 at Terminal City Co-op.  Alexx was his usual charismatic self and it was a joy to see his talents at work.  Alexx, always ready with a quick joke was appreciated by all.

In the 2 hours he demonstrated his flower implosion cab which he makes for a ring that he is sells as fundraiser for a school in Thailand.  Many of the attendees, who were recently at the Whistler Molten Experience were wearing these rings.

Alexx shared some of his dichroic tricks as well as how he sets cubic zirconias in glass.  So beautiful!   He demonstrated a small jug with a handle that were made separately and then put together, all in soft glass.   We even had a lesson on the white board – not sure what it was about, but there some laughs and some interesting drawings!  Hmmm

He has promised to visit Canada more often as he will be retiring soon and has a beautiful granddaughter in Ottawa that has captured his heart.

 

WME 2015

Whistler Molten Experience

What a great event!! this year the featured headliner was Heather Trimlett and Beth Williams.  Heather demonstrated oodles of useful techniques such as laying down a perfect footprint of glass, making twisties,  hollow beads and her famous disk bead.  Beth demonstrated how to make beautiful, sparkly dichroic stringers.

Alexx came in from Thailand again this year and once again dazzled us with his not so standard bead making techniques.  You should have seen Heather’s face when Alexx pulled out a spritzer bottle and started spraying his hot bead with water.

Melanie Rowe demo’d mold making using Mold Mix 6, the mold making product she uses for making her beautiful faces.  Deb Tarry demonstrated how to use various molds with boro.

The weather was absolutely awesome!  no rain and lots of sun.  The temperature was upwards of 17C during the height of the day but dropping to zero at night.  Some attendees rented canoes and went paddling on the lake while others took long walks and hikes.  Some of us stopped in at the Spa Scandinav for a bit of relaxation therapy before getting to this WME event.

The schedule was jam packed with flamework demos, mold making demos, wire wrapping lessons, fusing lessons and an open forum on pricing your work.

Everything went very smoothly.  The food was great, the wine was plentiful, the rooms were comfy.  We’re all looking forward to another year of Whistler Molten Experience.

Beer & Beads – April 2015

April’s B&B was hosted by one of our new members Susan Otto-Bain.  She has the well equipped studio in behind her husbands “man-cave” which looks like a tikki bar.  Susan displayed her beautiful handcarved dichroic pendants as well as demonstrated a couple of CG Bead Rollers she recently aquired.


This B&B was very well attended even though it was the night before the Whistler Molten Experience.

The bead exchange that followed featured the theme of Spring, so spring colors and flower beads were swapped.