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Beer & Beadz – July 2017

July’s B&B was hosted by Joanne and Dave Carter in their beautiful backyard. The attendance was good once again even though the weather looked a bit threatening.

This event was a potluck social with many bringing their spouses. While there were no demos, there was lots of bead chatter and oggling of all the beautiful pink beads that were brought for the bead exchange.

It was a real treat to see Joanne’s newly renovated studio.   How about that flamingo pink door!!

Lasagna was the main course with several salads and oodles of baked goods and fresh fruit for desert.

The bead exchange was the largest I’ve seen yet.  So many shades of pink!  While some were left in their baggies you can see a bit of the fabulous pinks the participants used.

See you at the next Beer & Beadz!

Beer & Beadz – February 2017

This month’s Beer & Beads was hosted by Susan Otto-Bain at her little oasis known as the Tikki Hut.  It was another great turnout and we ate pulled pork sliders, a variety of salads and to finish off … chocolate, raspberries and cookies!  Thanks to everyone for your yummy offerings.

The theme was “Twisties”.  Basically we were to bring a bead or beads to show and tell our work with twisties.  Most members brought a piece of the twistie used to make their bead.  After show and tell Susan did a demo on how to make a twistie.

Susan also demonstrated how she engraves dichroic glass.  Ever wonder how she gets all those intricate patterns into her dichroic glass? well now we know.  I was surprised how much of it is free hand work.  She uses a small inexpensive battery operated engraving tool she told us is sold at Lee Valley. Working on the dichroic side of the glass she engraves shapes, lines and other art work on the piece.

The night ended with our bead exchange and this time a twistie exchange as well.

Beer & Beadz – August 2016

A great time was had by all that attended August’s B&B.  This outdoor social event was hosted by Joanne and Dave Carter at their home affectionately known as “Carterville”.   Wondering around their property was a treat.  Aside from garages full of fabulous antique cars, Dave’s train motored along the winding tracks laid throughout the gardens.

I was extremely envious of Joanne’s cute cabin studio.  It was nicely laid out to display many of her finished jewellery pieces and tiny flowers in vases.  It has a large picture window bringing in all kinds of natural light.  A perfect showroom for inviting in customers!

Members were encouraged to bring their spouses and many did.  It was a great afternoon just sitting by the pond chatting.

Beer & Beadz – February 2016

February’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Melanie Graham and there was a good turn out regardless of the nasty conditions outside.

Melanie gave us a tour of your studio and glass storage.  Wow is Melanie ever organized.  As mentioned in the previous newsletter, Melanie is now also selling frit and we got the opportunity to see “the stock”.

One of the things Melanie was very proud to show off was her new ventilation system built by Kirsten’s husband Al.  It is quiet, inexpensive and efficient.  She demo’d some new CIM colors she’s testing and discussed how she stays on task day after day now that she is making beads full time.

The evening ended with a bead exchange.  The theme was “love”, so we were challenged to bring beads that we associated with “love”.  There were plenty of hearts but there were also several “lovely” beads.

Beer & Beadz – January 2016

January’s B&B was hosted by Joanne Andrighetti of Andrighetti Glass and held at the Terminal City Glass Co-op.  It was a full house with 2 glass blowing stations in full use and a staff meeting being held at the other end of the building.

Once again we had a great turn-out by the Pyros membership.  I wish I could’ve gotten pictures of everyone there or a group photo but time and battery life got away from me.  Thank you Diane for your bead photos!

The theme was “round” and we were challenged to bring “round” beads.  We started the evening with a game called “Exquisite Cadaver”.  (here’s a link to the wiki that explains the idea behind this theme https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exquisite_corpse).  Each participant starts a bead and that bead gets passed around to the next participant to add to it and then pass it to the next participant.  The beads continue to make the rounds (LOL) around the table until each participant has added to each bead once.  This challenge sounded pretty easy until we were told we only had 60 seconds each time.  Round became a real challenge (LOL).  That said, the beads turned out really nice.

A good time was had by all.

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 & 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.

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.