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EXTREME BEAD MAKEOVER:  Use the ORPHAN BEAD you received at the holiday party for inspiration and create something new and fantastic!!  Challenge participants have until the February meeting to carry out the “Extreme Bead Makeover.”  Please bring the original orphan bead as well as all the beads you made during the makeover process to the February meeting, and we’ll have a show and tell discussion of the inspiration and process everyone went through.


Here's Stephanie's Graphic Demo:





BEADS BY DESIGN OPEN HOUSE:  Beads by Design will be having their Open House tomorrow from 6pm-10pm, Saturday from 11am-6pm, and Sunday 1pm-5pm.  If you haven't signed up to go out and torch sometime during the event, please do so if you can.  Right now we particularly need people from 6-7pm and 9-10pm on Friday, and in all time slots on Saturday and Sunday.  We'll be making beads for Beads of Courage and getting information to the general public about that great cause as well as giving them a look at the fascinating beadmaking process.  It's a great opportunity to spark some interest in BOC, our craft and Southern Flames, while also helping Beads by Design have a successful Open House. 

11/15 NEW SCRAPBOOK PAGES:  Check out the new Scrapbook Pages forSara Beach's Tiny Bottle Demo, The Vitreograph Kiln-Pulled Stringer, and Janke Studio  Glassblowing Field Trip! 



ATTENTION TEACHERS:  If you teach glass beadmaking, please CHECK the SF Teacher page and e-mail theWeb Mama any new or updated information.  If you are no longer teaching, please also let us know!


CONGRATULATIONS MARCY!!  Art Bead Scene Blog has featured Marcy Lamberson in their October Monthly Challenge for her contribution to the Challenge.  See her whimsical sculpture HERE.  


CONGRATULATIONS DON!!  The High Museum is selling Don Meadows' beautiful marbles in their gift shop!  See the Display HERE.



FIELD TRIP TO JANKE STUDIOS:  Learn to blow glass and make your own tumbler!  The class will be October 20 from 2-5:30.  Cost $45 per person.  Check it out and sign up HERE.


CONGRATULATIONS ROBERT!!  Robert Simmons has been honored at the 2012 National Bead Challenge Day with 3 Hours of Love for his tremendous dedication to Beads of Courage.  Click here to check it out.


Field trip to the High Museum Fri Sept 14:  The Corning Museum of Glass will be presenting the Hot Glass Roadshow.  There is a lecture at 7:00 and a demo at 7:45, with a repeat of the lecture at 8:30.  We will meet at ticketing at 6:45.   Please plan to arrive early and have your tickets by meeting time.

FlameTree Beads of Courage Day:  Sep 8 Sat 12pm to 6pm
Come out and help us make more beads in support of this worthy cause.  FlameTree Glass, Inc. is sponsoring a bead making day in the FlameTree Studio.  Bring your tools, safety glasses and enthusiasm.  

Glass and mandrels will be provided.














ANNUAL BEAD SWAP photos now available in the Scrapbook!  Be sure to check out the new "What They Were Wearing" page, focusing on jewelry using our lovely lampworked beads.


SPACE IS STILL AVAILABLE in Sylvie Lansdowne's Creativity Workshop Sept. 15 & 16.  Click here for Class Information.


THE ISGB JOURNEY BOOK is now available!   Journey is available for purchase as a PDF download for $15 or as a print-on-demand book from for $39 plus shipping. For more information, please visit the ISGB website:  Inspiration Abounds!!  The cover and the Southern Flames' pages are displayed HERE.



JULY 2012



SEPTEMBER MEETING DATE CHANGE The September meeting is moving to the 15th to coincide with Sylvie Lansdowne's Creativity Workshop - Creative Experiments for Beadmakers.  Click Here for specific info.  Save the date!



CONGRATULATIONS!  Marcy Lamberson will be a featured artist/instructor at the second annual Glass Stock East, sponsored by the Carlisle School of Glass.



BEADS BY DESIGN CLASS SCHEDULE The class schedule for July and August at Beads by Design is now available on their website.  Click here to go to their home page.  Classes are listed by month on the bottom left.  BBD offers classes in Beading, Lampworking and Metalsmithing. 



JUNE 2012


WEB MAMA TRANSITION Linda Edmunds and Lynn Short have been working together to make a smooth transfer of the Web Mama responsibilities from Linda to Lynn.   Hopefully, we've been successful with that transfer, although Linda has graciously volunteered to help when needed and is now our honored Web Gramma.  In future, please send all photos, suggestions, complaints, etc. to Lynn,who is looking forward to hearing from you!



JULY MEETING TREAT!  Gerry and Stephanie White are teaching the Shambala Macrame Bracelet to attendees at the July meeting (Sat. 7/21).  Bring 3-7 small beads for the main bracelet, and two tiny beads for the ends.  Beads may be made with 1/16" or 3/32" mandrels.  Cord will be provided, or bring your own. 




FLAMETREE IS 10  FlameTree Glass in Roswell is celebrating its tenth anniversary on June23 and on that Sat from Noon to 6 PM, they will welcome all of us  with:

  • Free Torch Time
  • Food and Fun
  • Surprise Demos
  • Sales: 35% off Effetre; Vetrofond and Messy Rods
  • Sales: 10% on Boro clear and color rods

Please bring eyewear and some glass and mandrels if you are going to use the torches.


MAY 2012

5/7 NEW BEAD/GEMSTONE STORE IN SUWANEE   Holy&Pure Gemstone Inc, a new bead store, has opened on Peachtree Industrial Blvd.  Click here for address, phone, website and other details.
5/3 BEADS BY DESIGN CLASS SCHEDULE  The class schedule for May and June at Beads by Design is now available on their website.  Click here to go to their home page.  Classes are listed by month on the bottom left.  BBD offers classes in Beading, Lampworking and Metalsmithing. 


APRIL 2012

4/24 NEW WEBSITE  Cathy Wetzel has a new website.  Click here to visit.


2/10 DAN REINAGEL UPDATE  Dan, who has been for many years our local O2 Concentrator Person who both sells and fixes refurbished concentrators, has gone land-line free.  So if you want to contact him, call his cell phone at ... 678 409 4112  
2/10 WOMEN IN GLASS  Congratulations and Kudos to SF members who were featured in The Flow magazine's "Women in Glass" issue. They included Kristy Nijenkamp, Cathy Wetzel, Marjorie Langston, Andree Kosak, Marcy Lamberson, and Theresa Livingston.  Beads by Design is selling this issue so pick one up at the next meeting so you can see our SF Members beads and lots of others.
2/10 CAMILLE SIMMONS  THIS IS BIG  SF Member and Treasurer Camille Simmons has just found out that one of her amazing beaded pieces will be included in the Lark 500 book series.  Showcase 500: Beaded Jewelry is due to be released in August.  The Book description is below and you can preorder it from Amazon

This book gathers photographs of 500 of the most breathtaking beaded jewelry designs created in recent years. The techniques the beaders employ are as varied as the aesthetic sensibilities they bring to their gorgeous creations and include beadweaving in every stitch imaginable, embroidery, quilling, loom weaving, and kumihimo braiding, as well as basic stringing, simple wirework, and fine metalwork. Sometimes, a bead maker’s focal piece simply is set in a straightforward, unpretentious, and beautiful design.


Virtually all of the world’s most famous beaders who make jewelry have pieces included -- including Carol Wilcox Wells, Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, Jamie Cloud Eakin, Huib Petersen, Paulette Baron, Sabine Lippert, Sherry Serafini, Margie Deeb, Maggie Meister, Melanie Potter, Ann Tevepaugh Mitchell, Laura McCabe, Suzanne Golden, Jean Campbell, Rachel Nelson-Smith, Eva Dobos, and many more -- but we also present work from many artists who have never been published before. All together, this extensive, international, and fabulous survey of 500 pieces includes work from nearly 300 artists from 30 countries and reveals the striking vision and ambition of today’s beading community.vEvery beader, jeweler, and crafter will want Showcase 500 Beaded Jewelry in their collection.

We can't wait to see which of Camille's pieces will be in the book



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