2007  - DEMO DAY

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Demo Day was really fun this  year with demos that were instructive, fun, and really had something for every bead maker regardless of level or interest.


Nita Van Til started the day showing us how to silver into gold.  Her technique and her beads were elegant as always. 

The beads on the left were made by Nita with silver foil - the ones on the right with silver leaf.  The process is simple to describe but a bit more difficult to execute as the Web Mama found out.  Oh - you won't find the recipe here - you'll have to come to Demo Day next year and maybe we can persuade Nita to show us again.


Setting Cubic Zirconiums (CZ's)

From gold to diamonds -- next on the agenda was Karen Barefield who not only described and showed us how to set  CZ's  into hot or cold glass but also gave us a handout with every detail that we could use to guide us.  Karen also sent the file so that we could post the tutorial in our tips and techniques section.  Click here to see it.


Above Karen describes what she is going to do before she starts the demo. She warns us not to try to hot set a CZ over 2mm. With larger CZ's it is better to create an indentation in the bead for the CZso that after the bead comes out of the kiln, the CZ can be cold-set, ie, glued in. 

Below are some of Karen's beads. While you can see some of the sparkle the CZ's bring to the bead, the impact is much greater than the photos show.



Brian Renaud showed us how to make two types of pendants using Boro Glass and off-mandrel techniques.. 

The first was a Murrini pendant (left) and the second was a flower implosion pendant (right).


 Brian works works on a Mirage torch and surrounds it with a work stand that he designed himself. It consists of a right angle torch marver and hand rest.


 Lunch deserves a whole section to itself because it was wonderful.  Gerry White, owner of Beads by Design, made two of her fabulous chili's  - chicken and beef -  as well as regular and jalapeņo corn bread, and home made oatmeal cookies.  YUM.  Gerry never fails to amaze us with her generosity and culinary skills.   After we ate we gathered in groups to share our own beads.


Only one beadmaker we know, would make a heart bead and then decide to paint a beach landscape on it - sand, sky, clouds, a palm tree, and a coconut! That would have to be Marcy Lamberson whose sense of whimsy is limitless.  Did we mention that the final bead was 4 feet by 6 feet -   We can't show it here because it will be in the kiln until December.  

Left: Marcy in Dydinium  Glasses     Right: Portrait of an Artist as a Bead


Some of Marcy's other beads including two of her winged hearts.


When Marcy makes a heart, she starts with a cone, flattens it, then adds shoulder pads of glass at the top to give the heart a puffy shape.


 Our Co-President Diane Kovach makes and sells a wide variety of beads and jewelry.  She also teaches many classes in the area and you can find her booth at many of our local glass, bead, jewelry, and community craft shows.  On Demo day she showed us how to make a hollow bead and then turned it into a fish.  If you want more information about where she will be, check out her website.

In the photo below the hollow bead has been decorated with dots and Diane is in the process of adding and shaping the fins. 

Below are photos of two of Diane's Loveable Fish Beads. The one on the right is shown on a boro stand that Diane also makes. 



The last demo of the day was given be Lance McRorie who is a master of doing sculpture in soft glass.  He works like a boro worker, starting at one end of the sculpture and finishing at the other.  The results are amazing and you MUST visit his shop in Roswell - FlameTree Glass to see more of his work.  He and his wife Maureen run it together and they have all types of glass and tools and books for lampworkers as well as a wide variety of glass beads, sculpture and jewelry.

Lance is show below and if you click here you can see some of his sculpture.


And that was the end of a really great day.  Hope to see you there next year.

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