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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 – 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 – 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!

 

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.

 

Beer & Beadz – August 2016

A great time was had by all that attended August’s B&B.  This outdoor social event was hosted by Joanne and Dave Carter at their home affectionately known as “Carterville”.   Wondering around their property was a treat.  Aside from garages full of fabulous antique cars, Dave’s train motored along the winding tracks laid throughout the gardens.

I was extremely envious of Joanne’s cute cabin studio.  It was nicely laid out to display many of her finished jewellery pieces and tiny flowers in vases.  It has a large picture window bringing in all kinds of natural light.  A perfect showroom for inviting in customers!

Members were encouraged to bring their spouses and many did.  It was a great afternoon just sitting by the pond chatting.