Fueling The Passion

January 2008 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

We hope that the new year finds everyone healthy and happy. And not too exhausted from the busy holidays! Now it’s back to the “norm”…whatever that may be to you!

Our December meeting was a HUGE success! Thanks to all who joined us (over 50 in attendance!) Sharon Peters was a delight to have as our guest artist, demoing not just one, but four different beads. I know many of you who went home and practiced your sculptural skills right away! We had a TON of raffle prizes, including a Paragon Blue Bird bead kiln (generously donated by John @ PAG and Paragon Kilns)….which LUCKY Linda Gillman took home….along with many other prizes.

We sincerely thank all of our sponsors, including our newest Mike’s Brass for Glass and Via Murano. Be sure to check out the sponsors page on our website and please, give them your business! And be sure to thank them for helping out the club!

We asked members to bring beads for Beads of Courage and I have to say, it was overwhelming the amount of beads we were able to send off to BOC. We also sent a cash donation of $250 ($150 from SCFS and $100 generously donated from Sharon Peters) We will be doing this again in 2008…more details to come.

There is a tutorial on the Beads of Courage website for the butterfly bead Sharon Peters demonstrated during the meeting. Check it out at www.beadsofcourage.net/art/ButterflyTutorial.pdf. The bead she sculpted during the meeting was sent to BOC as well.

Our first meeting of the year will be at Pacific Art Glass on March 22nd, beginning the usual time of 10 am for social. We will let you know the bead exchange theme and pot luck in the next letter. As always, you can check the website for updates and info.

A few fun things are happening this month:

January 11th -13th GemFaire in Del Mar
www.gemfaire.com

January 17th – 20th
The Pasadena Bead & Design Show
I wanted you to know about this bead show since a majority of SCFS live in the Los Angeles and surrounding area. I just found out about it myself. If you plan on attending, you can preregister on the website. www.pasadenabeadanddesignshow.com

January 25th and 26th.San Gabriel Bead Company is having a semi-precious trunk show (stones and pearls)
www.beadcompany.com

February:
TUCSON! Shows all over the city first week of February. Visit all your favorite glass artists and vendors!
www.colored-stone.com/tsg

If you can’t make it to Tucson, you may consider this class:
Kate Fowle-Melaney will be teaching her “Is this Glass?” workshop at The Mandrel on February 9th and 10th. Kate has been working with glass for years and is a wealth of information and techniques.
www.themandrel.com

We have an Ott Light that is MIA. The light belongs to Heidi Bond and was left with another member at the LA Bead Show…it has been passed along to others to give to Heidi, but now it’s MIA. If anyone has the light or any info about it, please email Heidi immediately. Much appreciated. dnhbond@aol.com

On behalf of the So Cal Flame Surfers Board, we wish you all the best for a wonderful, prosperous new year filled with lots of time to make beads!

Cheers~
Judy Carlson
President
So Cal Flame Surfers

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