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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 – 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 – October 2014 – Updated

Updated!

Another great turn out for our monthly Beer & Beadz!  Kirsten and Al were awesome hosts.

Kirsten demonstrated her “Armadillo” bead and several of us got a chance at the torch to try her technique.

The bead exchange was amazing.  The theme was “black & white” and the challenge was to bring your black & white inspired beads for the exchange.  All I can say is WOW!! The level of imagination was unlimited.

There was no shortage of beautiful beads to look at.  Kirsten has a fabulous table top cabinet where she stores her large collection of beads and Naaz added a few more beads to her collection when Melanie brought out some of her new beads for Show & Tell.  They were a beautiful dichroic blue.

 

 

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October’s Beer & Beadz will be hosted by Kirsten on October 24 at 6:30/7pm.

The theme is Black & White and we’ve been challenged to think outside the box for this theme. Of course you need to incorporate black & white into your bead but that’s the easy part. This should be fun!

There will be plenty of torch time with plenty of the themed colors available. Is black & white even a color? These colors do not have to be the only colors you use but need to be dominant in the bead.

Bring a snack to share and your themed beads for the bead exchange and don’t forget your diddy’s.

Address details can be found in the event list

Beer & Beadz – September 2014 *Updated*

UPDATED

.. September’s Beer & Beads was hosted by Stephanie Dieleman.  Her bright and beautiful studio was the meeting place for a large gathering of Pyros members from Vancouver Island to Chilliwack.  It’s great to see these events so well attended and not just from members in the direct local area.  We even had a new member join this night.  Welcome Jean!

The theme this evening was BUY, SELL & TRADE.  Stephanie had a large amount of glass working tools for sale from presses to shears.  She also layed out oodles of glass, frit and powders for us all to play with during torch time.

She demonstrated her large glass ring beads. She makes it look so easy!  I demonstrated a hot pink bead.  It was the first time I’d ever worked with natural gas rather than propane.  You’ll really have to work at it to get a muddy bead as natural gas burns so clean.

 

Thanks Stephanie for hosting this months Beer & Beadz!

September’s Beer & Beadz will be held at Stephanie Ann’s studio. If you haven’t been there before YOU MUST see it. It’s awesome! She also teaches art classes, so painting, sewing, and so on. Her B&B will be held on Friday, September 19 at 7pm and her theme is BUY, SELL & TRADE. So if you still have stuff you want to buy, sell or trade bring it.

Stephanie, like Melanie has not yet decided on her demo. I’m sure we could offer suggestions so feel free to send me your ideas and I’ll pass them on.

Bring a little something to share and bring your diddy’s.

Check the Events page for address details.

See you there!

Beer & Beadz – August 2013

August 3, 2013, Steve Kristensen’s studio, Chilliwack, BC

While I wasn’t able to attend Steve’s B&B, it sounds like it was well attended and his studio has been described as everyone’s dream.

As most of you know Steve is also a tool maker and has oodles available.  If you’re looking for those great big hole mandrels, contact Steve.