Fueling The Passion

So Cal Flame Surfers Newsletter – March 2016

So Cal Flame Surfers Meeting

March 12, 2016  10am – 1:00pm

Pacific Art Glass

125 West 157th Street

Gardena, CA 90248

Potluck: Salads, Fruits and Cookies



Demo: The amazing Beau Tsai is our first Demo Artist for 2016!

Beau will demo off-mandrel work with Borosilicate glass, to create a gorgeous sea creature. You can enjoy looking at his spectacular work on his website beautsai.com.

Beau will be bringing some of his inspirational flameworked art to sell, so be prepared!

And please… refrain from drooling on the artwork 😉



Bead Exchange: Theme is Spring Flowers

Bring in a bead to exchange with another beadmaker in a drawing. We welcome all skill levels




2016 Annual Membership Renewal

$20 to become a 2016 SCFS Member!

There’s A NEW BENEFIT for MEMBERS in 2016!

Membership: $20 in cash, or as a check made out to the So Cal Flame Surfers. 

Here’s What you get :

• 4 General Meetings (including the 2016 December Holiday Bash) 

• A Live Demo at Every Meeting

• Participate in our Mini Workshop Classes

• Showcase a Sample of Your Work on our Website Gallery with a Link to your website

• Advertise That You Give Local Classes on our Website under our Resources tab

• Glassy Advice – Tips and Tricks, Technical Questions answered to the best of our ability

• Share Your Latest Work at Show and Tell and see what others are exploring

• NEW:  Participation in the Membership Big Prize Drawing at the December Holiday Bash!

• PLUS: Attend A Meeting = Earn A Ticket!  You could end up with a total of 4 tickets towards the Membership Big Prize Drawing! Our Treasurer will keep each ticket you earn for attending a meeting, write your name on that ticket, and when you attend the December meeting, you could have earned up to 4 chances to win in the drawing! You must attend the December Holiday Bash to be in the drawing.

• Have FUN, Get Inspired, and Network with other glass crazed peeps!

If you are Not An Annual 2016 SCFS Member, you Must Pay $6 to participate in a meeting, and $10 to participate in the December Holiday Bash.

Door Prize Tickets:

One Blue Door Prize Ticket for every attendee.

One Red Door Prize Ticket for ISGB members.

One Yellow Door Prize Ticket  for Beads Of Courage, Bead Donations of 5 or more beads.


Beads Of Courage Donations

Bring beads in for the kids!

You can make special Kid Friendly Beads, or you can contribute lovely beads where you feel the design wasn’t perfect, or the colors didn’t do exactly what you wanted. Place 5 or more beads in a baggie, slap your name on the bag, and you will earn a yellow ticket for entry into a BOC door prize drawing.

Read about the BOC program beadsofcourage.org  It’s a wonderful organization!

Beads Of Courage  Donations – Please Note

No: Sharp Edges, Broken Parts, Cracks, Bead Release, Delicate Parts, or Metals on the surface of the bead (like silver or reactive glass).

Show & Tell :

Bring in your latest favorite bead


Tips & Tricks:

What can you tell the rest of us that will help us become better, faster, or more efficient in our craft? Share a glassy discovery with all of us! The best one will win a prize.


Technical Question:

Are you stumped in a flameworking process that someone in the group might be able to help you with? Bring it on!



Mini Workshop:

We’ll send you a Mini Workshop update when we have finalized the plans for this Spring.



It’s Your Club

Volunteers Needed:  

Would you like to Demo or Teach a Mini Workshop? Email  Dee Frey, our new Education Coordinator:  deefrey@me.com


Volunteers Needed in the Following Positions:

If you would like to be an Associate to the Board, you can contribute by being a reliable assistant at every one of our General Meetings.  We would like you to commit to 1 year in the position.

Associates to The Board:

Librarian Associate (Help us get a SCFS library started for our members!)

Educational Coordinator Associate (Help out Dee at sign ups for Mini Workshops)

Hospitality Associate (Help out Wendy and take over if she can’t attend.

Our Board Members For 2016:   

President: Nina Dusedau

Vice President (& Educational Coordinator): Dee Frey

Treasurer (& Membership): Charlie Warner

Secretary: Steve Bay

Vendor Liaison: Dolly Libby

Hospitality (& BOC Liaison): Wendy Leys

Associates To The Board:

Webmaster: Susan Walter

Featured Artist Articles: Barbara Evans

Membership Associate: Judy Carlson


Our Next Meeting is June 11,  2016  10am – 1pm.  Location TBD

Bead Exchange:  Summer Fun.

Please also Save September 17th,  and December 3rd, 2016 for future meetings.


ISGB Gathering

The So Cal Flame Surfers is a Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB). This year, The ISGB Gathering is in New Orleans!  Sign up for members begins on February 17th, at 9am Pacific Time. Go to ISGB.org to download the Gathering Booklet and get all the superb class and presenter details. The Gathering dates are July 20th – July 24th. The first day of classes is July 19th. Make your reservations ASAP. Meet other devoted bead makers from around the country. Hear extraordinary presentations with a video demo, from some of the best Beadmakers out there, and hang out with the rock stars of our craft. Have a blast and get inspired for the whole year!

Glass Craft And Bead Expo, Las Vegas, at the South Point Hotel & Casino

Learn more about it at glasscraftexpo.com March 30th – April 3rd.

A great way to learn about what is hot in the world of glass products for hot, warm, and cold glass.

Watch live Demos, shop for your studio, and/or your glass jewelry and bead collection. Classes are given by many of the country’s best teachers, and for us, it’s close enough to drive to (the better to haul stuff back with).

Pacific Art Glass

Keep checking their website for new classes. Sign up at pacificartglass.com


Keep checking their website for new classes. Sign up at cbs-dichroic.com

Lisa St. Martin is coming to SoCal! She is an excellent and generous teacher.

Lisa’s beads are scrumptious and one of the things she will teach you is how to use Bling in your beads to make them pop:

Beginning Beadmaking, a two day class on February 25th & 26th.

Dichroic Exploration, a two day class on February 27th & 28th.

Check out our website, socalflamesurfers.org  Join us on FaceBook. On the website homepage, Click the FB button, visible on the top right-hand corner.

Keep those flames lit,

Nina Dusedau, President, So Cal Flame Surfers

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