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Beer & Beadz – October 2014 – Updated

Updated!

Another great turn out for our monthly Beer & Beadz!  Kirsten and Al were awesome hosts.

Kirsten demonstrated her “Armadillo” bead and several of us got a chance at the torch to try her technique.

The bead exchange was amazing.  The theme was “black & white” and the challenge was to bring your black & white inspired beads for the exchange.  All I can say is WOW!! The level of imagination was unlimited.

There was no shortage of beautiful beads to look at.  Kirsten has a fabulous table top cabinet where she stores her large collection of beads and Naaz added a few more beads to her collection when Melanie brought out some of her new beads for Show & Tell.  They were a beautiful dichroic blue.

 

 

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October’s Beer & Beadz will be hosted by Kirsten on October 24 at 6:30/7pm.

The theme is Black & White and we’ve been challenged to think outside the box for this theme. Of course you need to incorporate black & white into your bead but that’s the easy part. This should be fun!

There will be plenty of torch time with plenty of the themed colors available. Is black & white even a color? These colors do not have to be the only colors you use but need to be dominant in the bead.

Bring a snack to share and your themed beads for the bead exchange and don’t forget your diddy’s.

Address details can be found in the event list

Corina Tettinger

Upcoming Event at Terminal City Glass Co-op

For all those pyros out there, check out the link below for the upcoming event at the Terminal City Glass Co-op.  Corina Tettinger will be giving a live demonstration on September 26 at 6pm.

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Registration is now open and seats are limited so check it out.

Members get a discount.

Check it out now!

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Beer & Beadz – September 2014 *Updated*

UPDATED

.. September’s Beer & Beads was hosted by Stephanie Dieleman.  Her bright and beautiful studio was the meeting place for a large gathering of Pyros members from Vancouver Island to Chilliwack.  It’s great to see these events so well attended and not just from members in the direct local area.  We even had a new member join this night.  Welcome Jean!

The theme this evening was BUY, SELL & TRADE.  Stephanie had a large amount of glass working tools for sale from presses to shears.  She also layed out oodles of glass, frit and powders for us all to play with during torch time.

She demonstrated her large glass ring beads. She makes it look so easy!  I demonstrated a hot pink bead.  It was the first time I’d ever worked with natural gas rather than propane.  You’ll really have to work at it to get a muddy bead as natural gas burns so clean.

 

Thanks Stephanie for hosting this months Beer & Beadz!

September’s Beer & Beadz will be held at Stephanie Ann’s studio. If you haven’t been there before YOU MUST see it. It’s awesome! She also teaches art classes, so painting, sewing, and so on. Her B&B will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7pm and her theme is BUY, SELL & TRADE. So if you still have stuff you want to buy, sell or trade bring it.

Stephanie, like Melanie has not yet decided on her demo. I’m sure we could offer suggestions so feel free to send me your ideas and I’ll pass them on.

Bring a little something to share and bring your diddy’s.

Check the Events page for address details.

See you there!

Beer & Beadz – July 2014

July’s Beer n Beadz was held at Elisabeth’s beautiful garden studio.

The weather was warm, the food was awesome and the turn out was large.

Elisabeth demo’d using enamels in glass bead making.  She sprinkled color on the bead she was making and melted the color in.   The result was a deep color in the middle of the bead and a fade of color to each end.

 

Beer & Beadz – May 2014

May’s B&B was held at Sunlight Art Glass studio where Tamara did a fused glass murrini demo.

The murrini was created by loading up a coated fireproof mold with glass rods such as stringer, small diameter rods and twisties and then heated up to melting point in the kiln.

The result is a mosaic style glass rod that was then cut into thin chips.  These chips were then added to a hot bead and melted in.

This technique not only offers a great design element but is also a great way to use up those rod ends (or shorts) piling up in your studio.

 

Whistler Molten Experience 2014

Wow! What an “Experience”!

For those of you who couldn’t attend this event, here are some pictures and as much explanation as I can provide.  Hopefully you enjoy them and can feel the experience.

On the weekend of May 2, beadmakers from the Westcoast, BC Interior, Washington, California and even Thailand congregated at the beautiful Edgewater Lodge in Whistler, BC for the 3rd annual Whistler Molten Experience.  The weather was good for the majority of the weekend and no bears were viewed this time.

Every year the event features a Master Glass Beadmaker to demonstrate their techniques and this year the feature glass artist was JC Herrell.  Wow! If you’ve ever seen her beads you’ll understand the Wow!  JC demonstrated a couple of her signature beads while 30+ attendees watched in awe and appreciation of her amazing talent.  I can’t imagine how much I’m going to have to practice in order to do the stringer work she does.  JC is also a very good speaker and she explained everything she was doing as well as why and how.  If you ever get a chance to take one of her classes you shouldn’t hesitate!

The other demonstrators for this event were Debbie Tarry who demo’d her skull marble .. whoa!  so cool.  Even if you don’t like skulls you would enjoy this demo.  Deb explains her techniques, tips & tricks without hesitation.

Terry Henry, a return attendee from California demonstrated Electroplating.  Once again, whoa! I am so going to try this.  Terry dazzled the group with her beautiful example beads while demonstrating the various steps of electroplating from start to finish.

Alexx demonstrated several techniques, one of the coolest – making twisties with a power drill.

Every night there was Open Torch time where the sign up sheet was always full.  Some of us trying the techniques demonstrated during the day.

The food was simple, tasty and well prepared with 3 planned meals a day and munchies available throughout the day.

As in previous years, there was a Show & Sell or Trade area set up as well as an auction table.

Many thanks to Andrea and the team that organized this event.  The T-shirts were a great idea, I love mine and thank you to all the volunteers that helped to make this a great event.

Beer & Beadz – April 2014

Ania’s son Alex made a great sign to welcome everyone at the door. The following people attended: Carol, Helen, Melanie, Silvia, Ken, Lynne and Tamara. It was a great potluck dinner with quiche, salmon, spinach salad, cheeses & meats, followed by some studio time.

We discussed colour matching techniques from two different perspectives:

1. Matching colours of glass that we’ve used in the past with new beads that we want to make. Melanie has a great system for this: she makes a sample, and puts it into a Ziploc baggie with a post it note, describing the glass she used. Melanie gifted these little samples to Ania for hosting – these were a great future inspiration for getting more organized with writing down our own specific bead formulas.

2. Matching colours of glass to current fashion:
Ania uses outfits from “The Style Basket” daily postings on FB as inspiration and matches up glass rods with the outfit colours, then makes her turtles in those shades. Carol has also tried this, making beads for an outfit she purchased to wear herself. It’s also useful to look up the upcoming Pantone season colours to make beads that match the current fashion colour trends. Helen brought three beautiful rods of the rare Lauscha Teal, and gifted to Ania for giving her a start into the world of lampworking.

Ken, Tamara, and Melanie took turns on the torch: Ken showed off his new calla lily technique, and Mel and Tamara worked on off-mandrel leaves. We had a great bead exchange with mainly hearts, flowers, and of course, a turtle.

Overall a fantastic, fun night filled with tons of laughter, food, and conversation with lovely company. Thanks to everyone who made it out to Mission 🙂

the Reach Gallery

the Reach GalleryThe Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford celebrated their 5th Anniversary with a swanky summer soiree.  The date was September 14, 2013.

The Pacific Pyros were invited to demonstrate glass bead making as part of the evenings entertainment.  We previously had our beads and jewelry on display in their gallery so to be invited back was a big deal.

Ania and Alicia spent the evening demonstrating the art of glass beadmaking.  Along with their demonstrations they also made sales and answered questions about glass beadmaking.

The music and atmosphere of the gallery was incredible and the food was lovely.

After Dark at the Reach

After Dark

The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford is celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a swanky summer soiree.  The date is September 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

The Pacific Pyros have been invited to demonstrate glass bead making as part of the evenings entertainment.  We previously had our beads and jewelry on display in their gallery so to be invited back is a big deal.  We hope to display their again soon.

More information about buying tickets and the evenings lineup can be found on their website www.thereach.ca

 

Beer & Beadz – August 2013

August 3, 2013, Steve Kristensen’s studio, Chilliwack, BC

While I wasn’t able to attend Steve’s B&B, it sounds like it was well attended and his studio has been described as everyone’s dream.

As most of you know Steve is also a tool maker and has oodles available.  If you’re looking for those great big hole mandrels, contact Steve.

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