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Beer & Beadz – August 2017

August’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Leslie at her Squamish home studio.  It was a gorgeous day for a drive and this event was well attended.

The main focus of this event was bead photography.  Leslie discussed photographing beads and explained her setup and how and why it works.  She demonstrated this and discussed some of the finer points of taking a good picture for submissions to magazines such as the Flow’s Women in Glass.  She offered to take photos of a few beads brought by attendees.

Leslie is hoping to be taking photo commissions by the end of 2017.  Details about this will be released by her at a later date.

The event was completed with a bead exchange and a tool & glass sale

 

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 – June 2017

June’s B&B was another great get together with Tamara, Lynne & Paul hosting.  The weather was warm so the event was in their fabulous back yard.  Lot’s of yummy snacks were brought to share and pizza was ordered.
Tamara demonstrated her “paisley” beads which are created using a curved mandrel and her handmade latticino cane.
Aside from the demo, Lynne & Tamara were ready and willing to pass on their great wealth of knowledge on glass related topics.  One in particular was torch cleaning.  I wish I hadn’t missed this event.  I’d love to know if there is more to it than I’ve been doing.
There were lots of discussions about oxycons, troubleshooting, fixing, where to buy new ones.  It sounds like everyone is waiting to see if Susan new oxycon arrives ontime and is good.
Attendees were treated to Tamara’s glass stash where they spent several dollars reducing her glass horde.  Once again .. missed it! argg!
Fabulous beads for the bead exchange

Beer & Beadz – April 2017

April’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Susan Otto-Bain.

The theme – Your Favourite Things!  Members were asked to bring a tool, reference book or website, nifty diddies, findings, a bead or a rod of their favourite go to glass – something that they just couldn’t live without or part with for a show and tell.

They went around the group and each person showed their “favourite thing” they brought and talked about it.  Some were tools, bead rollers, or favourite beads.  At least 3 members felt their tungsten tweezers were their “must have” tool.

The menu was beef tacos and other goodies attendees brought to share.

The demo was Dichro Dots.  These have become a popular thing these days and Susan demo’d how they are used.  Between Susan and Melanie G everyone got a piece of dichro to take home and try.

The night ended with our traditional bead swap.

Beer & Beadz – October 2016

October’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Kirsten and once again we had another stellar turnout!  It’s great to see so many people turn out to these events and so many that come in from Chilliwack, quite the commute!

The theme was a continuation of the previous months theme.  In September Elisabeth challenged us to plan our designs and work with lots of color.  The inspiration was Desigual with all it’s great colorful patterns.

Several members paired up at that time to design their beads on paper and then follow their pattern when they made the beads.

While this was a tough challenge, it was also very inspiring for several members.  Melanie brought out her collection of fused glass she was inspired to make.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a closeup of her stuff but take my word for it .. it was awesome!

This B&B was also an opportunity to show off our new banner for Bling! as well as hand out posters and postcards for our advertising campaign. I think they turned out great!

 

Beer & Beadz – September 2016

Our September Beer & Beadz was hosted by Elizabeth Owre.  Once again we had a really good turnout, several coming all the way in from Chilliwack.  The weather held up so we were able to enjoy her beautiful garden patio.

The theme was to create colourful beads inspired by the designs from the spanish clothing brand Desigual.  It was a great challenge for some of us who just sit at the torch and melt glass.  For this challenge you were required to design your bead on paper from beginning to end before going to the torch.

There were very interesting results but what fun.

Our bead exchange was also comprised of bright colourful beads.

This theme will be carried over to the October Beer & Beadz hosted by Kirsten so bring your “designed” beads for show & tell.