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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 – 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 – 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.

Bling 2016

BLING was a wonderful success.  All of the Pyros that participated had a wonderful time – Debbie Armstrong, Stephanie Dieleman, Tammy Mercier, Kerri Fuhr, Trudy Nichol, Ikuyo Yamanaka, Kirsten Rankel, Melanie Graham, Wendy Maurer, Cathy Beaumont, Melanie Rowe, Barb Fukusaka, Ken & Silvia McIntosh, Janice Blair, Maria Keating, Julie Coster, Elisabeth Owre and Heather Konschuh.
This year our BLING event was held at the Heritage Hall in Vancouver.  The venue is well known for hosting weddings and craft fairs throughout the year.  The area is busy with boutiques and bistros which allows for alot of walk by traffic.

Because of the success of this event we decided to rebook the hall for 2017 and so …

KEEP THE DATE:  NOVEMBER 26TH, 2017

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!