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Happy Spring 2017 to all So Cal Flame Surfers!

We are off to a great year sharing our love for making glass art, learning, and giving to others. My thanks to all that participated in our March meeting and May Beads of Courage Flame date at Pacific art glass.

Our March meeting featured a wonder demonstration by Joy Munshower of her jellyfish bead. The actual demo bead is shown here. Joy made the bead as a plant stake and it is happily residing in my planter box. Several of you were interested in the tools that Joy uses to sculpt her beads. She has provided us with the tool list that she uses with her students (below); they can be purchased from Craig at Arrow Springs.

Joy Munshower Required Class Tools and Materials List:

Our May 13 BOC Flame Date was also a lot of fun. 14 SCFS members and friends came to PAG to make a variety of courage beads and also donated many beads that were made in advance.

Here is a sample of the creativity on demonstrated by our members. We will share more details about this event and discuss ideas our next special BOC event at our June 10 meeting. Our goal is to be the top group in California in terms of beads donated and we are well on our way towards that goal. Thanks for your support of this worthwhile cause.

 

 

 

June 10 SCFS Meeting

  • Saturday, June 10, 9:30-12:30 (note new start time)
  • Coatings By Sandberg, Inc (CBS), 628 N Eckhoff St, Orange, CA
  • Featured Artist: Adam Teller

We are looking forward to returning to CBS, in the city of Orange, for our June meeting. CBS has a nice torch studio is a source for many unique products for fusing. They will be having a large sale on the following day, so we may have an opportunity to preview some of the items available.

Demo. Our June meeting demo will be by local artist Adam Teller. Some of us have taken classes with Adam and it will be great to learn from him again. Adam will be making a dragon head bead, similar to that shown here.

Raffle. We can’t have a meeting without a raffle, and this one will be no exception. As before, we will be selling tickets at the meeting ($1 each or 6 for $5). Prizes will include gift certificates, tools, and supplies.

Small Glass Treasures Exchange. Remember to bring a wrapped flame worked bead or sculptural item for the gift exchange. All skill levels and themes are welcome. This is a great opportunity to get a unique piece made by one of our many talented members.

Beads of Courage Donations. Remember to bring in your bead donations for Beads of Courage. A 3/32-inch mandrel size is preferred, and the beads should not include sharp edges, delicate parts, or metals/reactive glass on the surface. Any style or theme is welcome; even simple beads that are large and colorful make excellent donations. For inspiration, I’ve included a link to a BOC tutorial at the end of this newsletter. We will be offering a prize for the best response to the tutorial theme (either in number or quality of beads).

Show and Tell. Remember to bring by some of your latest creations to share with the group. It’s a great way for all of us to learn more about the creative possibilities in this art form.

Food, of Course. During the meeting, we will be providing coffee, water, and pastries for you to snack on. Please bring any other brunch-type items you wish to share. After the meeting, we hope you will join us for lunch at the nearby King’s Fish House.

Happenings

CBS Classes. Josh Mazet will be teaching two two-day marble classes at CBS on Oct. 12-13 (with dichroic glass) and Oct. 14-5. (advanced techniques). Please see the CBS web site for details:
http://www.cbs-dichroic.com/classes.asp

 

Pacific Art Glass Classes. Patti Gray will be teaching two multi-day workshops in November/December. Please see the PAG web site for details and information on other classes: http://www.pacificartglass.com

BOC Tutorial

In honor of Spring, here is a fun tutorial that includes a variety of useful techniques, bead shaping, making canes, and adding  enamels. Of course, you don’t have to replicate these beads, but hopefully they will give you some ideas. The tutorial includes the use of simple canes that can easily be made without the use of an optic mold. Or you can add flowers using other techniques. I hope to see some spring blooms at the next meeting!

These tutorials are made possible by the generosity of Diane Woodall and Soda Lime Times http://www.sodalimetimes.com is a great monthly publication for all types of flame workers and is also a major supporter of Beads of Courage. I encourage you to check out this publication, I’m sure you will find it engaging and valuable.

 

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