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 At the April Meeting we were so happy to have Lisa St Martin with us.  Since her classes focused on making sparkly beads using dichro and metals, we asked if she would demo one of her Landscape beads at the meeting.   Lisa uses layers upon layers of dots made from specially mixed glass colors to form these impressionistic paintings in glass.   They are beautiful and beside the one she made during the meeting emo, she brought many more examples with her which you can see on another page in the SF Scrapbook.  Note that the meeting was packed with members who wanted to see Lisa work.


Lisa describing how to make a Landscape bead.  Note all the stringers next to the torch - these are colors that Lisa premixed and pulled prior to the meting.   The landscape bead made at the meeting is shown on the right - we photographed the next day with it came out of the kiln.



Before Lisa started her demo, Robert Simmons (left) filled us in about the Beads of Courage training sessions that were held at Scottish Rite and Egleston Hospitals.  He also announced that Lillie Bavendam (right) contributed 2700 beads to the programs - the biggest donation of handmade beads that BOC has ever received.  Way to go, Lillie!!!


Robert Simmons was wearing a Beads of Courage t-shirt.  If you would like to purchase a t-shirt, contact Jean Baruch at

jbaruch@beadsofcourage.net.  Two styles are available.  Ladies Cap Sleeve, which run small are available in L, XL and XXL.  Crew Cut which comes in S, M, L and XL.  Colors are Black or Gray.  Price is $18.00 + $5.00 shipping/handling = $23.  The proceeds go to support the BOC program and they will eventually be available on the BOC Website. 


In honor of Lisa St Martin's visit, the bead challenge this month was sparkly beads.  If you can identify any of the members who created the beads below, let the Web Mama know and we will label them.

Everyone who contributes a bead to the challenge, get a chance to put their name in a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate or other prize.  Diane Kovach is holding the bucket of names and April winner is ..... Joan Houghton-Theall.


Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney of Heron Glass attended our meeting.  They are a husband-wife glass artist team who both blow glass and make the Chevron Beads shown on the postcard and photo below.   If you want to see more of their work, go to their website.


These are The Robbins - Dave and Melanie.  Check out the back of Dave's t-shirt shown below.  Someone needs to clue him in ........


Anyone who knows anything, know that it is "THE ONE WITH THE MOST BEADS WHO WINS!!!!!"

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