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So Cal Flame Surfers – BOC Open Studio Update

Open Studio Update

  • Saturday, September 9, 10:00 – 4:00 (note extended time)
  • GooseFire Glass Center 15151 Goldenwest Cir, Westminster, CA

Happy August to all So Cal Flame Surfers!

Preparations for the September 9 open studio event at GooseFire Glass Center are in full swing. This newsletter provides an update on the event and information on ways that you can participate, have fun, and support Beads of Courage.

GooseFire Glass Center is in Westminster and provides a great setting for the event. The gallery area where we will have the public activities is air conditioned and we will be surrounded by displays of outstanding glass art (see example of one display case here). Adjacent to the gallery is a large studio and we will have access to four torch stations to make Courage beads and demonstrate flameworking to our visitors. The event runs from 10 am until 4 pm. I encourage you to arrive in the morning and stay as long as you wish. We will provide lunch for all members, as a thank you for supporting this effort.

Running the Open Studio event takes a lot of planning and effort, so we will not be having our regular Flame Surfer meeting activities during the event. But we will have lots of opportunities to network, play on a torch, eat with friends, and support a good cause. Here’s what we will be doing:

Open Studio Events (all day)

Torch Demos. We will be making beads for BOC all day long in the GooseFire Studio. Minor and mini CC torches will be available. We will supply 104 glass, please bring any tools/glasses that you will use. The gallery has windows overlooking the studio, so the public will be able to watch and learn. See below for instructions on how to reserve a spot on the torch.

Choice Raffle. We are collecting donations of glass art/jewelry from many great artists, both near far. The response has been great and we expect to have at least 20 signature items to raffle. More details about the raffle items will be come in the next newsletter. You will be able direct your raffle tickets to the specific items you hope to win. Winner does not have to be present at the 3:30 pm drawing. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Beads of Courage.

Polymer Clay Beads. A fun activity for all will be making polymer clay beads that you can take home or donate to Beads of Courage. We will be teaming up with a polymer clay club in San Diego, who will help provide supplies and give us instruction in clay techniques. Show up at 10 am to get a lesson in working with the clay and make some beads during the day. Many thanks to Flame Surfer Kathy Spignese for facilitating this special activity.

Carry a Bead. We will selling carry a bead kits that attendees take home to complete and return to BOC. Each kit contains a pair of matched beads, clip, and instructions. The beads participate in a journey or special event with the sponsor and then one of the beads is returned to BOC along with a note of support and inspiration. We have also purchased several “bead ready” versions of these kits (without the beads) for your personal use. You can purchase these kits from us ($7.50 each), add beads of your own creation, and then send them on an adventure! These kits will be available for you to pick up at the Open Studio event. We also need members to make the bead pairs for the complete kits we sell to the public (see below for details).

Sponsor a Bead. We will have a selection of beads made by our members on display for visitors to “sponsor” for a child in the Beads of Courage Program. Each of the beads that are sponsored will be used as an Act of Courage bead for a milestone in a child’s treatment journey. Participants can pick a bead that inspires them and package it with a note of encouragement. Remember to keep making courage beads to sponsor and donate to BOC.

Courage Clip. A backpack clip with a fun assortment of beads that the attendee chooses! Attendees can make one clip per person and take it home so they can show their support for BOC.

Refreshments. Lunch and drinks for all Flame Surfers will be provided as a thank you for your participation. We’ll also have some fun snacks at nominal cost for visitors.

Ways You Can Help Make this Event a Success

Volunteer to Help During the Event. We need 10 more folks to help set up, and supervise activities during the day. Just let us know what time period you are available (morning, mid-day, afternoon) and whether you have an activity preference, and we will set up a schedule for you. Please email Wendy Leys at firesinger1@gmail.com and let her know your preference among the following choices: 1) set up at 9:00 am, make beads at torch, welcome table, Sponsor a Bead activity, Carry a Bead activity, polymer clay bead activity, courage/backpack clip activity, refreshment table.

Make Courage Beads: Keep making beads to donate to Beads of Courage. We want to donate over 1,000 beads this year and can’t do it without you. Donating beads before the end of September is especially important, as those beads will count in our effort to be the top bead donating lab during the 2017 Bead Challenge. Don’t forget to try out the Painted Fish Bead tutorial included with the last newsletter.

Make Bead Sets for Carry a Bead: We need 20 pairs of matched beads to complete the Carry a Bead packages that we plan to sell during the Open Studio event. Beads of Courage has the following specifications for these beads:

For the Carry A Bead program, we request “donut rounds” approximately 9-10 mm wide (hole-to-hole) and 14-15 mm in diameter. I use 3/32 (2.4 mm) size mandrels. These are not small spacer beads. We encourage and welcome other shapes, as long as two beads will fit on a large safety pin (how we package them in our kits). The safety pins we use are 2 inches long for reference, but the useable space for the beads is 1 and 1/4 inch.

Use your skill and creativity to make some creative beads for these kits.

Help Raise Funds for BOC: The 2017 Bead Challenge includes raising money to support program functions and purchase of beads and other materials. We have set up a SCFS fundraising page to help facilitate receiving donations at the following link: https://beadsofcourage.z2systems.com/socalflamesurfers. I’ve made a donation and I hope you will also.

Please consider making a donation through this page and sending the link to others that might be able to support. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 through the end of September.

Spread the Word: Invite your friends and co-workers to attend the event or make a donation. Perhaps send the event invitation to your social media extended family, or post copies of the flyer at your place of work and local businesses. I have included links to the files for the invitation and flyer in this newsletter

If you can help with any of the above activities, please contact Wendy Leys at Firesinger1@gmail.com or myself at steveb@sccwrp.org and let us know what type of participation/help you want to provide. We will send you more information.

See you on September 9!






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