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Beer & Beadz – October 2017

October’s Beer & Beadz was hosted by Kirsten at her Ladner home studio.  The turnout was once again good and the appy’s plentiful.

There was no theme this time instead Kirsten asked people who attended the recent Ablaze event at the Terminal City Co-op, to bring their purchased and created beads with them for Show & Tell.

Kirsten also did a Show & Tell on her “recycled beads”.  These are beads made from wine bottles and other used beverage bottles.  Al demonstrated how he cuts the bottles to make usable sizes for lampworking and Kirsten demonstrated making a bead.  While we’re not sure of the COE, these beads will be annealed the same as 104 for now.

It was also an opportunity for members to pick up Bling postcards to handout for the upcoming event.  They look great!  Thanks Susan O. for your time and efforts creating these cards and the other advertising media for this event.

As always, we had a bead exchange.

Because we have our Bling event in November, we will not be having a Beer & Beadz.  Our next B & B will be our annual Christmas party hosted by Kerry Caron.

 

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

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 – 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 2

SAVE THIS DATE!!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

for the 2nd annual

Bling! Wearable Art Sale

This event will be held at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main St, Vancouver, BC
 
more details to follow …