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.

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 !!

Beer & Beads – February 2015 – UPDATED!

Wow! what fun!  February’s Beer & Beads was a blast!  There were nine of us in attendance.

The theme was RED and everyone brought their “red inspired” beads.

Check out this stash of red beads .. this is what Helen brought!  She was so inspired by the challenge and made red beads until she used ALL of her red glass stash.

Melanie showed off her red toned fused work.

The bead exchange was great!  Everyone submitted their challenge beads and we all oooh’d and aaah’d at the variety of techniques used.

I demonstrated my red dotted bead and how I deal with heat control on my Bethlehem Bravo.  Kimberly had a chance to try out my torch and I think I may have converted another beadmaker to the Bethlehem torch family.

Thanks all for attending!  Don’t forget the AGM is on March 20 at Sunlight Art Glass.

cya there.


If you missed January’s B&B the next one will be held in my studio on February 25 at 7pm. That’s a Wednesday. You can arrive any time after 6:30 pm.

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The theme is RED. Bring your beads inspired by the color RED. They can be any shape, size or profile. Bring a picture or sample of your inspiration

Here’s a couple of inspirations I found while Googling and searching Pinterest!

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Bring your trade beads (they can be the RED beads you bring) and a snack to share. I’ll supply the coffee, tea and some yummy snack!

I’m open to suggestions on what to demo so feel free to share your ideas! Don’t forget your diddy’s like I always do! 🙂

Cya then