Bling 2


Saturday, November 26, 2016

for the 2nd annual

Bling! Wearable Art Sale

This event will be held at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver, BC
more details to follow …

Bling! Wearable Glass Art Sale

Our first annual “wearable glass art” show and sale was held at the Tabula Rasa Studio beside the Terminal City Glass Co-op.  The show was open from noon – 6 pm and the space looked and felt great with 18 glass artists participating.  We had coffee, cake and cookies along with hourly gift draws of donations from the participating artists.

The beadmaking demos by Janice Blair, Melanie Graham, Diane Thompson and Melanie Rowe had customers mesmerized for hours.

While we only had a budget for minimal advertising, we did manage to bring in 100+ customers.  Thank you to everyone for passing the word.  In 2016 this event will be at a different time and venue and more artists will be able to participate.  More details to follow later ….

Thanks to all who participated and to the customers who came in to support our first annual event.

Beer & Beads – December 2015

Our annual Pacific Pyros Christmas party was again hosted again by Kerry and her husband Steve.  Each year Kerry opens up her home for this event and 15 – 20 of us bring snacks, beverages, beads to trade and a gift to exchange.

This year the gathering was a little smaller but we all still had a great time.  The gift exchange, which is a pick & steal format, was a blast.  The most sought after gifts were one of Melanie’s glass faces and a beautiful fused glass plate.

Thanks again Kerry & Steve for hosting this year.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone.  We hope to see you all in 2016.

Beer & Beadz – November 2015

Novembers B & B was hosted by Susan Otto-bain.  She opened up the “Tiki Hut” and her studio where several of us enjoyed hot appetizers and a glass of wine.

Susan demo’d her new Jool Tool equipment.  This is a great piece of equipment if you want to clean up your bad bead ends or carve or facet your beads.

Before leaving I like to get a group picture of all the attendees so we tried our hand at a group selfie.  What fun!  Unfortunately my arms are too short for this function and trying to get us all in turned out to be a bit of a challenge.

We look forward to seeing more of you out to the next B&B at Kerry’s house.  For details check out the last newsletter.

Beer & Beadz – October 2015

Octobers B&B was hosted by Kirsten at her home studio.  The theme: show and tell.  Kirsten challenged attendees to bring a bead that had resonated with a person so much when you saw it that you had to buy it for yourself.

It was a great time.  All of the stories were fascinating to hear.

The tray is full of beads or glasswork that everyone brought to discuss as the glass piece that they had to own or the bead that ignited the fire to make their own beads.  The people that did not bring a bead gave their story of why they started to make beads.

The spread of food that people brought was amazing and I am surprised that we didn’t all gain 10 lbs each.

as written by Kirsten.

Beads of Courage 2015

Thank you to all the members of the Pacific Pyros that fired up their torches on September 19 to make beads for the Beads of Courage.  Our group produced all these fabulous beads that will be sent to hospitals where children undergoing cancer treatments will receive these beads as milestones in their treatment journey.

Beer & Beadz – September 2015

Septembers B&B was hosted by Carol Kostachuk and the theme was Falling Leaves.  She challenged us to think back to when we would press leaves in wax paper and add a little crayon shavings and iron.  For several of us that translated to making beads with beautiful fall colors.

Unfortunately there was no open torch due to technical difficulties but there was lots of great snacks, a studio tour, a few tools for sale and a bead exchange.

See you at the next Beer & Beadz.


Beer & Beadz – August 2015

This months B&B was hosted by Kimberley Anderson-Alexander.  Her theme was “historical recreation”.  It was a very informative meeting.  Kimberley explained her theme in detail and showed examples of her interpretation of a particular historic bead, the Hiberno-Norse bead.

While this theme was a bit of a struggle for some of us, there were those in attendance that showed their recreation of historic beads.

After a great lecture, Kimberley did a demo of a twistie and a blown bead.

Once again, a good time was had by all.

Beer & Beadz – July 2015

The time at Elisabeth’s was a blast.  It is always wonderful to be under the spell of Elisabeth’s wonderful house, studio and amazing hospitality.  The food and wine were all excellent and we all thank you for everything Elisabeth.

It was nice to see Kerri Fuhr rejoin the fold and we also welcomed a newcomer Tammy on the same night.  Later Kerri did a demo for us.

Kerri and Stephanie brought their new creations to show us and they were pretty awesome, Stephanie with her fish and Kerri with her owls.

We had 10 beads this time for the draw this time and as you can see every one of them was amazing.

See everyone next month!

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 !!