Announcement Archive for 2004

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12/14 Leah Fairbanks Classes  Southern Flames is sponsoring 2 classes with Leah Fairbanks.  There will be two 2-day sessions offered: March 10 & 11 (Thursday/Friday) and March 12 & 13 (Saturday/Sunday), 2004. Click here for detailed information and a lottery form.  If you would like to Leah's artistry, check out her website.
12/14 Cranberry Salad  One of the most popular dishes at our Holiday Pot Luck was the Cranberry Salad made by Don Meadows and his son.  Click here for the RECIPE!!!
12/8 The Flow Magazine  Thanks to Will Menzies of the Flow Magzine who donated the two subscriptions that were given to our members. If you were not one of the lucky recipients of the Magazine Subscription and would like to subscribe, you can email Will at The Flow.
12/8 Bead Event Calendar  Fire Mountain Gems has  an Events Directory on their web site that provides a calendar of bead related events all over the country.  Go to the Fire Mountain website to check it out.
12/6 90 Members  Southern Flames keeps growing - we now have over 90 members.
12/6  ISGB DUES ISGB dues are usually due by the end of the year so look for your notice.  You must be a paid up ISGB member to be eligible for a Gathering scholarship  Also, since Southern Flames is part of the ISGB network, you must be an ISGB Member as well as a SF member to serve on the SF Board.  If you have never been an ISGB member and are interested in joining go to the ISGB webite.
12/6 SCRAPBOOK UPDATED  Check the scrapbook for photos of Michael Barley's Demo, the Potluck Dinner and the Christmas tree raffle.
12/6 WET CANVAS BEAD CALENDER Sara Hoyt is putting together the 2005 Calendar for the glass art forum on Wet Canvas.  Photo submission deadline is December 15Click here for details on WC.Details at this thread on WC: 
12/6 TRAVEL and TORCH  In the past few years the number of lampwork artists who offer classes overseas has been increasing.  Now there is an organization called BEADVENTURES which is sponsoring a series of workshops including one in Ireland with Michael Barley as the teacher.  For more information about the offerings of this group call 602 326 7513 or go to
12/6 G.A.S. 2006 Proposals The 36th Glass Art Conference will be held in St Louis in 2006.  The G.A.S. Board of Directors is requesting proposals for lectures, demonstrations, and panels for the St. Louis conference that incorporate the theme, "Glass Gateways: Meet in the Middle." Proposals are due February 1, 2005. For detailed information go to their website.  
11/21 SPECIAL THANKS  Thanks to everyone who contributed beads to the silent auction and to everyone who purchased them.  Southern Flames raised $1952
11/14 NOV MEETING PHOTOS  If anyone took digital photos at the Nov meeting and would be willing to share them -  please send to the Web Mama so we can post them in the Scrapbook.
11/14 OPENING for MICHAEL BARLEY CLASS - We have an opening in the Michael Barley class on Monday and Tuesday, December 6 & 7!  The first check in to Kim Runge ($350 for members) will get the spot.  See SF Michael Barley Class Details for Kim’s address and a copy of the registration form (the lottery form).  Michael is a great instructor, so you may want to sign up – what a great gift to yourself for this time of year!
11/14 ISGB BEAD RELEASE CALLS FOR EYE CANDY  Katherine Wadsworth,  editor of the ISGB Bead Release is asking for ISBG members to submit digital photos of their beads for publication. Click here for details. Note: Only ISGB Members may submit images.

Win a Glass Torch Technology Torch!
Grand Prize GTT Cheetah Torch, valued at $550
2nd Prize GTT Lynx Torch, valued at $435
3rd Prize GTT Bobcat Torch, valued at $195

This is a contest for the best glass art interpretation of the new FlameTree store's logo. Entries may be beads, marbles, paperweights, sculptural glass, murinni, glass jewelryor fused glass. Deadline for submission is Nov 30, 2004.  Winner will be announced Dec 12. See the store's website for more info

11/11 ROBERT SIMMONS at LYLIA'S TEA PARTY - Robert Simmons is going to have a beaddisplay at the 'Lylia's Tea Party' show in Decatur this weekend. The show runs Friday and Saturday at Lylia's home in Decatur (3037 Anthony Drive,Decatur, 30033(404-294-6705).
2 NEW BEAD STORES - Two new bead stores have opened in our area.  Bead Boutique is located in Alpharetta. Check them out at   The Bead Basement is in McDonough.  Their website address is  Both stores are also listed on the Atlanta Bead Store pages.
11/8 GLORY AFTER 40! - Kim Runge, our treasurer,  has a new website up with lots and lots of beautiful beads and jewelry.  Click here to check it out.
11/2 SF SWAP n SHOP - We all have too much of some glass stuff and we all want more glass stuff that we don't have.  In order to facilitate everyone's lampworking obsession, we are going to start a new feature on the web for our members so that we can trade or sell lampwork  glass, tools, books, videos, etc. to each other. Click on the Swap n Shop button to the right for more information about how to use this new feature.
11/2 FRIT HAPPENS - Elizabeth Girod is buying frit in kilo quantities and selling some to her Southern Flames friends in 1 or 2 oz bags at her cost.  She has a big supply of colors including the Raku and Gold Iris frits that many of us have been playing with.  If you are interested in purchasing frit from Elizabeth, you can email her at or call 678-613-1970.  Click here to see some photos.
11/2 CHRISTMAS TREE - At our December Meeting we will be raffling off a small Christmas Tree that will be decorated with YOUR Christmas themed beads.  The Web Mama won the raffle last year and remains the envy of everyone else who saw it.  To see a photos of last year's tree and of the individual beads that decorated it, click here.  We will post more information about how the raffle works but for now while you are making beads for November's Silent Auction, start thinking about the beads you will make for the Christmas tree. Hint: the more beads you contribute, the bigger chance you have of winning the tree.
11/2 ISGB GATHERING SCHOLARSHIP - Southern Flames will be sponsoring a partial scholarship to the 2005 ISGB Gathering in Louisville KY this summer.  The recipient - who must be a member of ISGB - will be selected by the ISGB Board.  SF will be able to specify that preference should be given to a Southern Flames  or a Southeast Regional member. Requirements and details on how to apply for this scholarship will be posted when available.
11/2 ISGB MEMBERSHIP - ISGB Memberships will be up for renewal soon.  Last year renewal forms were sent out with The Bead Release so look for yours.  If you are not a member now, but would like to be, click here to view and print out an ISGB membership form.  Remember to sit on the SF Board or to be eligible for an ISGB Gathering Scholarship you must be an ISGB  member.
11/2 BEADS FOR 2005 GATHERING - Southern Flames has volunteered to assist the ISGB chapter in Louisville to make beads for attendees at this summer's Gathering. They need 500 beads in flame colors - Red, Orange, and Yellow.  Beads should be made on 3/32" mandrels and be 3/4"-1" in diameter.  Southern Flames will be sponsoring some group activities so that we can have some fun while we make beads together.  But if you would like to make beads in the flame colors at home and bring them to meetings or send them to a Board Member, it would be very much appreciated as every bead is needed.  Southern Flames has volunteered to assist the ISGB chapter in Louisville to make beads for attendees at this summer's Gathering. They need 500 beads in flame colors - Red, Orange, and Yellow.  Beads should be made on 3/32" mandrels and be 3/4"-1" in diameter.  Southern Flames will be sponsoring some group activities so that we can have some fun while we make beads together.  But if you would like to make beads in the flame colors at home and bring them to meetings or send them to a Board Member, it would be very much appreciated as every bead is needed. 

SILENT AUCTION BEADS - Please remember to bring beads for the silent auction to our November meeting on Saturday Nov 13.  Also, Volunteers are needed to help Kim Runge with the auction.  If you are available to help, send Kim an email.  The lottery for the Jen Geldard class will also take place at this meeting.


OPEN HOUSE Beads by Design  will sponsor an Open House featuring demos, fun, and food:

  • Fri Nov 19 5-9 PM

  • Sat Nov 20 11-4 PM

  • Sun Nov 21 1-4 PM


CHIHULY EXHIBIT EXTENDED The Chihuly exhibit at the Atlanta Botanicical Garden has been extended until the end of December.  And beginning November 4, the exhibit will be open till 9 PM on Tues and Thursday (except for Christmas Eve and New Years eve).  The garden is closed Thanksgiving day and Christmas day.  Call 404-876-5859 or go to for more info.


MEMBER SURVEY What do members want most from Southern Flames.   The following are your top three choices from the survey we did last spring:

#1 - Guest Instructors

#2 - Demos at Meetings

#3 - Camaraderie


OCTOBER MEETING PHOTOS Check out the scrapbook to see photos of the Lauri Copeland Demo at our October meeting.


UPDATE: MICHAEL BARLEY CLASS OPENINGS As of 10/15 only one place remains open for Michael Barley's Mon/Tues class.  If you missed out but can only take the Sat Sun class, send Kristy Nijenkamp an email and ask how to get on the waiting list and whether there is anyone who is willing to switch from Sat/Sun to Mon/Tues.



There are two openings left in the Michael Barley class on December 6 & 7, 2004 (Monday / Tuesday).  would like to sign up, can send a check payable to Southern Flames in the amount of $350.00 along  your name, phone and email address to

 Southern Flames

c/o Kim Runge

311 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Suite 11A

Atlanta, GA 30305 

On October 19, 2004,  registration for the Michael Barley class will be opened to the public for $375.

10/13 JEN GELDARD CLASS LOTTERY The lottery for the Jen Geldard classes will be held at the November Meeting.  Click here for information about the classes and lottery forms. 
10/13 GET WELL LARRY BRICKMAN  Larry Brickman a well known lampworker and teacher, who spoke at the 2004 Gathering and  worked late into the night to set up equipment suffered a stroke recently which will prevent him from working at the torch.  If you would like to send emotional, financial, or bead support to Larry, click here for the mailing address.
10/13 BEAD BY DESIGN CLASSES  Beads by Design offers classes in lampworking, beading, jewelry making, and metal clay.  For a listing of classes for the months of Oct, Nov and Dec, click here.  Always check with to make certain there are no schedule changes.

OPEN HOUSE   Beads by Design and the Artisan Resource center will sponsor an Open House featuring demos, fun, and food:

  • Fri Nov 19 5-9 PM

  • Sat Nov 20 11-4 PM

  • Sun Nov 21 1-4 PM

9/13 CHOCOLATE CAKE, STEVI BELLE & MISS SEPTEMBER  Photos are now in the scrapbook from out September meeting which featured a demo by Stevi Belle, an other worldly chocolate cake, a red/white/blue bead challenge and the selection of Stephanie White as Miss September. 
9/13 MICHAEL BARLEY, JEN GELDARD, LEAH FAIRBANKS  Remember that Lottery Forms and checks for the Michael Barley class are due by Oct 1.  Click here for details.  Look for workshops by Jen Geldard and Leah Fairbanks to be offered in 2005.
9/13 BEADS BY DESIGN CLASSES  Beads by Design offers classes in  Beading, Jewelry construction  and lampworking.   This month Cristie Prince will teach a class for intermediate beadmakers in Cabinet Knobs and Drawer Pulls as well as several 1 Day beginning bead making classes.  Click here for detailed information about all the classes or call the store at 770-425-3909 and ask them to mail you a flier.  
9/13 MEMBER DIRECTORY  We are developing a directory of member information for distribution to the membership.  If you did not complete a Member Directory Form, please click here and print one out. You can bring it to the next meeting or mail it to the address listed at the bottom of the form.  Please complete the form, even if you do not want to be in the Directory (See the form options)
9/13 1000 BEADS - JERRI ROEY  We just found out that another of our members is a featured beadmaker in Lark's  1000 Beads.  Check out page 301 to see Jerri Roey's black and white Snake Bracelet. Congratulations Jerri!  
9/9 MEMBER GALLERY UPDATED  The Member Gallery has been updated with the bead photos from our 2004 postcard.  If you did  not have a bead on the 2004 Postcard but would like to have a bead in the Gallery, please send the Web Mama a photo.  If you have a Website, a Business location, or an email address that  you would like to display next to your bead, send the info to the Web Mama.  If you prefer NOT to have your bead in the gallery or would prefer a different photo, send an email.  If you had a photo in the old Member Gallery but not on the 2004 postcard, we moved the old photo to this gallery.
9/8 MICHAEL BARLEY CLASS  Information about the Michael Barley class lottery and the Lottery form are now available on the website.  Click here to see them.  
DEFECTIVE GATHERING MUGS  There have been some serious problems with the ISGB Spinner mugs sold at this years Gathering.  If you purchased or received one of these mugs please stop using until you check out the ISGB Forum for detailed information about the defect.
8/28 SCRAPBOOK PHOTOS BY WALTER GREEN  This month Walter Green not only took the great Scrapbook photos but also edited and captioned them.  Because the web mama can never leave well enough alone, she added to these captions some text from the Meeting Recap Notes as well as from her sometimes too fertile imagination.  Please, please, if you have more information about the photos or the WebMama was too inventive or you can identify some of the beads shown, please send a note with your corrections/ additions.  Thank you WALTER!
8/28 STEVIE BELLE DEMO  Don't forget that our  September Meeting is on SATURDAY 9/11 and starts at 6:15 PM when Stevie Belle will give her demo.
8/28 HEALTH INSURANCE "If you are a member of the ISGB, you may be able to  enroll in a health insurance program with the Fortis insurance company. The coverage is not available in all states, just 38 because of individual state law. For some people, the benefits may be better than what you have and you can now call a toll free number to get a risk free assessment. Please mention you are with the ISGB. The number is 1-866-633-6322. ISGB would be interested in hearing your experiences, as we continue to review programs for the benefit of members." (from an email by ISBG Treasurer Sara Sally LaGrand forwarded to Marcy Lamberson, ISGB Southeast Regional Director)
8/28   AUGUST MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS  If you missed the August meeting, click here to read a recap of the events as well as a review of the announcements made.
8/14 MORE CAPPED BEADS  Robert Simmons just sent us photos of his first attempt at making capped beads - they are amazing.  And Joan Houghton Theall sent us a close-up photo of the capped bead she was wearing the evening she gave the demo.  Click here to see the photos.
8/14 SYLVIE MURRINE PUNCHES  At the July meeting, after Kim Runge showed us how to use Steinart Optic molds for making murrine, Sylvie Lansdowne introduced us to an alternative and much less expensive solution.  Steinart molds cost about $65 each but Sylvie uses metal scrap- booking punches which sell for $10-!5 and are available in many shapes..  We've put some photos of the molds and the murrine that Sylvie made from them in the Tips and Techniques section.  Click here to see them.
8/14 GONE FISHING OPENS SAT AUG 28  Reminder: Creative Spirit Gallery will open a new Group show on August 28th at 4PM.  It will include glass, pottery, photography, and prints.  For more information go to the Creative Spirit Website or email Becky Sizemore. 


8/2 LAURI COPELAND CLASS  Information about the Lauri Copeland class lottery and the Lottery form are now available on the website.  Click here to see it.  
8/2 LOTTERY RULES REMINDER  If you win a spot in Southern Flames class and if, for any reason, you cannot take the class, please advise Kristy Nijenkamp.  Kristy  will  contact the 1st person on the wait list  and that person will  have the 1st opportunity to fill that spot.  If for some reason she can't do it, the opportunity will then move down one name.

Southern Flames policy is that lottery winners cannot give or sell their positions to another person.  All changes must be made by Kristy.  The only thing that you can do, and you must advise us immediately of the change, is switch a class with another person already in a class; i.e. - it you're enrolled in the SA/SU and you find out that you can't make it but could do MO/TU - you may contact the people in the MO/Tu class and see if anyone is willing to make that switch.    To be fair to everyone, this is the only flexibility we have within the lottery.


7/24 SOUTHERN FLAMES ARTISTS RECOGNIZED.  We all know how  talented our members are but it is  wonderful when individuals in our group receive outside recognition for their work.  Beadmakers from all over the world submitted bead photos to Lark Books for inclusion in the celebratory collection 1000 Glass Beads.  And three of our member's  were selected to be in  the book.  Congratulations to , Sara Hoyt, Margo Knight, and Don Meadows.  One of Sara's beads is on the back cover.

In another beautifully illustrated new book Margie Deeb's The Beader's Guide to Color,   Kristy Nijenkamp is listed as a contributing artist.  Some of her  beads featured into the jewelry photographs and there is a short bio about her in the back of the book. . Way to go, Kristy!   (The Southern Flames Website is also listed in the appendix as an online resource. )

7/24  RESOURCE CENTER. Check out the new section on our website where we list items in our Resource Center that SF members can borrow  The button is on the right under Member Gallery..
7/24 THANK YOU to GERRY WHITE   Those of us who were at our July meeting appreciated the wonderful video view of the demos that enabled the entire audience to have a close up view of the artist's hands, and tools.  We have Gerri White, owner of Beads by Design, to thank for bringing in the video camera, tripod and monitor and setting it all up for our use.  

We also want to thank Dr. Robert Simmons who operated the camera. Not only is he Program DirectBiological Imaging Core  Laboratory at Geo

7/24 2004 POSTCARD TOTE BAGS    Once again, Rick Hidding and his company "The Cloth Bag" has donated canvas tote bags with a print of the 2004 SF Postcard on the side. The bags are larger than last year's edition and you can purchase one at our meetings for $10.00 - a great bargain with all the money going to Southern Flames.  Click here to see a photo.
7/22 2004 POSTCARD: If you didn't notice our 2004 Postcard is now featured on our home page.  The Postcard Committee did a magnificent job of taking the photos and putting them together in a design that reflects this year's Gathering Theme which is Glass Town.  You can click below the photo to see a larger version and a listing of the individual beadmakers. And don't forget to check back soon to read the notes and see the photos from the July Meeting.  
7/22 KATE MCKINNON PROJECT WORKBOOK: Kate McKinnon, a very well know jewelry artiest has generously contributed a copy of her recently published book to our Resource Center where it will be available for members to borrow.   Click here to go to Kate's website to read more about the book and see her work. You can also purchase a copy of on the website. A second book - a 200 page Studio Annual will be published in December.
7/22 CRITICAL DATES SECTION: Check out the new section just added to our website.  It will provide a place for you to quickly check for critical deadlines and dates - eg, class lotteries dates.  The link to this page is right above the Flames Scrapbook.
7/22 2004 SOUTHERN FLAMES TOTE BAGS Rick Hidding, who is the Southern Flames Recording Secretary has donated new tote bags featuring the 2004 Postcard.  A photo of the bag will be available in the scrapbook shortly and they are priced at $10. You can check out Rick's company at his website.
7/22 1000 GLASS BEADS Walter Green has     written a review of Lark Presses new book 1000 Glass Beads.  Click here to read his review.  (The book is currently available for purchase at Beads by Design and everyone who has a copy is raving about it.) 
7/22 GONE FISHING:  Creative Spirit Gallery will open a new Group show on August 28th at 4PM.  It will include glass, pottery, photography, and prints.  For more information go to the Creative Spirit Website or email Becky Sizemore.  For information about other shows at the Creative Spirit Gallery, check the Classes and Events calendar.
7/7 STEVI BELLE LOTTERY.  The lottery for the Stevi Belle classes will take place at the July meeting at 7:30.  Make sure your check for $325 and Lottery form are in to Kim by 7:15 that evening or mail them to Southern Flames so that they arrive by Monday July 19.  (Only  paid up members not in arrears to the Resource Center are eligible for the lottery.)
7/7 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL DIRECTOR: Congratulations to Marcy Lamberson who has just been elected ISGB Southeast Regional Director. 
7/7 SOUTHERN FLAMES POSTCARD: We will all get to see the 2004 Southern Flames postcard at the July Meeting. 
7/7 VACATION/TRAVEL CHALLENGE: Don't forget your challenge bead for the July Meeting.  The theme is Vacation/Travel. 
7/7 FLAMER OF THE MONTH: Hot new meeting item.  Hear it, see it at the next meeting. 
7/7 INSTRUCTORS: Is there a beadmaker that you have always wanted to take a class from? Please use the suggestion box or send an email to Kristy to let us know who it is.  
7/7 TOTE BAG SALE: Rick Hidding is making up his new 2004 Southern Flames Tote Bags and they should be available for sale ($10) at the July Meeting.  For those who prefer a more "vintage" look, you will also be able to buy  2003 bags at a clearance sale price. 
7/7 70 MEMBERS: As of July 7th, Southern Flames had 70 members!!!!!!!
6/28 STEVI BELLE CLASS: Click here to read the complete information about the September Stevi Belle class. 
6/28 LOTTERY RULES: Click here to read how the Lottery for the Stevi Belle Class will be held.
6/28 LOTTERY FORM: If you cannot be at the July 21 meeting, read the lottery rules and then click here to print out the form you can send in ahead of time.
6/28 SCRAPBOOK UPDATE: Robert Simmons just sent us a close-up of his contribution to June's dichro bead challenge.  Click here to see it.  It is a beauty.
6/28 BULLSEYE GLASS SALE: 7/21 - 7/25 If you are going to the Gathering in Portland and are getting there early, you may want to check out this sale at the Bullseye Connection in Portland. For details and hours go to

STEVI BELLE CLASS: Stevi Belle will be teaching two classes focusing on Surface Decoration and Texture in September.  One class will be September 11 & 12 (Saturday and Sunday).  The other will be on September 13 & 14 (Monday and Tuesday).  The class fee will be $325.  The lottery will take place at next month’s meeting on July 21st.  Details on the lottery process and Stevi’s class will be sent out in a separate email later this week.


OTHER CLASSES: The next class Southern Flames will sponsor is Lauri Copeland’s borosilicate class in October (lottery in August);  followed by Michael Barley in December (lottery in October).  Other instructors scheduled for 2005 include Jennifer Geldard, Leah Fairbanks and Corina Tettinger.


VOTE FOR MARCY:  If you are an ISGB member, please remember to submit your vote for Southeast Regional Director.  Marcy Lamberson former Southern Flames president is running.


POSTCARD BEADS:  Photography of the Postcard beads is complete.  If you were not at the meeting to get your beads back, please get in touch with Kristy.


RESOURCE CENTER:  Items in the Resource Center are now free to members in good standing.  Overdue charges still apply.


PETS NOT:  Because our meetings are getting so large and a number of members have pet related allergies, we request that you leave your pets at home but please bring pictures.


STEVIE BELLE CLASS:  Stevie Belle will be teaching for Southern Flames in September.  Dates, Costs and rules for the lottery will be mailed to members shortly.  Click here to go to Stevie's WebSite. 


BOARD POSITION DESCRIPTIONS:  Board Position Descriptions have been updated.  Click here to view them.  New elections are only a year away!


SMYRNA LIBRARY DISPLAY:  If you have beads you would like included in the Smyrna Library Display, please get in touch with Sylvie Lansdowne ASAP. 



The Four Seasons Bead and Jewelry Show runs through Friday, June 11th. If you haven't been in to see the wonderful seasonal beads and jewelry, now is the time! Oakhurst has great restaurants, so make an evening and come on down!  Beginning Saturday, June 5th, all of the Four Seasons beads and jewelry will be 25% off when you mention this email.  For directions, log onto Mapquest or call the gallery at 404-377-0022.


Marcy Lamberson has sent us three pages of photos that she took at the Chihuly Exhibit at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  The  photos are just beautiful.  Go to the Scrapbook to view them.  If you are interested in the hours the exhibit is open, click to go to the Botanical Garden Website.


Each month we will publish Meeting Notes written by Nita VanTil. To see the meeting notes, click on the sixth button to the right.  Photos from each meeting will continue to be in the SF scrapbook. 


If you are interested in trying out a Steinart Mold, two are now available in the Southern Flames Resource Center to members at no charge.  Late fees still apply.

SMYRNA EXHIBIT... Sylvie Lansdowne 

Please contact Sylvie Lansdowne if you are interested in displaying your work or helping Sylvie set up the display in the Smyrna library.

June 18-20 BEAD RETREAT @ Langston Studios 

Deanna Griffin Dove will be leading a different kind Bead Retreat  - a Bead Retreat with Structure:  Friday  1:30 pm through Sunday kiln shut off at 4pm, June 18- June 20.  Click here for more information.


DRIVING DIRECTIONS to FOUR SEASONS BEAD SHOW May 8-10  Becky Sizemore has sent us driving directions to the Creative Spirit Gallery where the show will be held.  For more information about the show, scroll down.  For driving directions from North Georgia, click here.  If you have questions the gallery's phone number is listed with the directions. ( NOTE 5/4 We have just corrected the directions - the  correct exit from 75/85 is FREEDOM PARKWAY.)


ISGB SE REGIONAL DIRECTOR   Marcy Lamberson - Southern Flames outgoing co- president is running for the position of Southeast Regional Director for the ISGB.  She is THE BEST so remember to vote for her when you receive your ISGB ballot. 


REMEMBER the BEAD EXCHANGE ??    We had a wonderful bead exchange during the February meeting.  We now have some additional close-ups of the beads that were exchanged that Marjorie Gore took during the meeting.  Click here to see them.


ANNUAL GLASS BEAD SHOW & SALE   Beads by Design is hosting an open house on: 

  • Friday ...April 30th 5-9 PM; 

  • Saturday... May 1 11AM-5PM; 

  • Sunday ... May 2 Noon-4pm.  

Table Space is open to all Southern Flames members to sell handmade beads, glass items or jewelry.  Rate is $5.00 per day plus 20% of sales.  Applications are available from Gerri White at Beads by Design.  Call 770-425-3909


CHIHULY in ATLANTA   Atlanta is lucky enough to feature two exhibits of  world renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly. Beginning on Friday April 23, his works can be seen at the Lowe Gallery: And from May 1 - October 31 more will be at the Atlanta Botanical gardens:



Becky Sizemore, past co-president of Southern Flames and owner of the Creative Spirit gallery has extended an invitation to SF members to attend "Four Seasons Bead Show"   The show represents beadmakers from across the US, including several well known Atlanta beadmakers, who participated in a Four Seasons bead exchange last year. Led by Deanna Griffin Dove, these beadmakers created beads inspired by the changing seasons and exchanged them with each other.  The opening is Friday night 5/8 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. There will be light refreshments. and all beads and jewelry made with seasonal beads will be for sale. Creative Spirit is located at 650-A East Lake Drive in historic Oakhurst.  Click here for Driving Directions.


2004-2005 Board   Elected to the Southern Flames Board for 2004-5 are the following members:

  • Co Presidents: Sylvie Lansdowne & Margo Knight  
  • Vice President :  Kristy Nijenkamp    
  • Treasurer:  Kim Runge     
  • Recording Secretary:  Rick Hidding    
  • Corresponding  Secretary:  Nita Van Til
  • Meeting Coordinator:  Carl Andrews   
  • Web Site Coordinator ( pending appointment)  Linda Edmunds   

  QUICK NOTES from April Meeting:     

Beads by Design now has a Lost and Found.  Check there for items left or lost at meetings.

O2 Tank for Sale - Contact Nita Van Til if  you would like more info.

There are still some openings in the Marjorie Langston June classes.  Click here for more info.

SF is purchasing a new PA system so that meeting acoustics will be better.

INNER CHILD SPOTLIGHT    The new edition of Spotlight, published by Corina Tett is now available.  Sylvie Lansdowne, Andre Kosak, and Linda Edmunds (Lily Steele Beads) have beads featured in it.  It is a fun edition and a big one with many artists and techniques included.  Price is $20 and it is available at Beads By Design. 


BULLSEYE GLASS GROUP ORDER    Cristie Prince is organizing a group buy for Bullseye Glass at a 50% discount rate.  If you would like to place an order bring a list of the glass that you want and a check to the April Meeting. A catalog will be available at Beads by Design or you can contact Cristie if you have questions.  Note: The Bullseye sample pack normally $130 can be ordered at 65.50 plus shipping.  Some of us already ordered and it is a great deal.


BATCH ANNEALING    If you have beads to be batch annealed, please bring them to the monthly meeting before 8PM.  There is $5  charge each batch.  They will be ready for pickup the following day.  Note that electricity interruptions and  other unforeseen circumstances may affect the annealing process and Southern Flames cannot be responsible for any mishaps that occur.  However, we always do our best to insure that your beads come back to you intact and properly annealed.


RENTAL TORCHES    We are currently reevaluating our rental torch setup.  Until this project is complete, torch rental is suspended.  Sorry for the inconvenience and hopefully torches will be available again for rental in the very near future.   


CLASSES IN LANGSTON STUDIOS  Check the Classes and Events calendar for two new classes being offered in the Langston Studios in Chattanooga, Tenn.  The first one is being offered June 18-20 How to Teach Glass Beadmaking by Deanna Griffin Dove.  The second is in November by Brad Pearson on Large Mandrel Beads


DUES ARE DUE Another friendly reminder to pay your Southern Flames dues. Send a check for $25.00 payable to Southern Flames to

Southern Flames

311 Peachtree Hills Ave 

Suite 11A

Atlanta, GA 30305


excerpted from Lillie Bavendam's email

Deanna Griffin Dove Workshops...Friday class has two openings left! If these are not filled shortly by members, the slots will be available to non-members. Saturday's class is filled although we have the first three wait list slots open. This is a chance to have a great class with a great teacher! See previous emails from Lillie or check the website for more information. on the class! You can't beat this if you have the time available!

Smyrna Art Center Bead Show   During July and August, we will be able to show our beads at the Smyrna Art Center We can display loose beads and/or jewelry. Sylvie Lansdowne is coordinating this.  She needs help and she needs your beads along with information about the bead. Get in touch with Sylvie, if you can help.

April Fool's Bead Challenge  April Fools" is the theme of bead challenge for April...inspiration. Bring a bead to be eligible for the drawing.  The meeting will be lots of fun with team bead making led by Sylvie Lansdowne.  Bonnie Anderson won the drawing for the March bead challenge and received a gift certificate for Beads by Design

Oxygen Concentrators.  Dan Reinagel, who lives in the Atlanta ares (cell 678.409.4112)  sells the oxygen concentrators and is recommended by more than a few of Southern Flames Members.

Natural Gas:  The Fireplace Co, Canton Road: 770.427.6636: was able to plumb a torch with natural gas ( this house already had gas to the house) and it is working really well.

Board Elections Election of officers of the Board will be at next month's meeting.  The slate will be sent out early so that you can vote in advance if you cannot be at the meeting.  If you want to nominate yourself or another member for a Board position, contact Margo Knight.

Bullseye Glass  Want Bullseye? Contact Cristie Prince...she has made a deal with Bullseye.  If four members buy Starter packs..(and more than that committed to the purchase at the meeting) the whole group will qualify for later discounts on glass when the glass purchase is coordinated by Cristie.   All orders will be done in a group as Bullseye will only work with one people from the group...a great way to work with this glass at a super price...bullseye tour at the gathering this summer...

Sylvie Lansdowne Workshop.  Sylvie has workshop at Beads by Design March 27/28, call there for more information

Beads by Design Open House -  Beads by Design is hosing an open house and booth space is available.  The open house will start on the evening of Friday April 30 with a reception and will continue on Sat and Sunday -May There is a small fee for the booth and a percentage of the sales goes to the shop.  Those that were there last year had a great timeabd  did well. Also there are demo slots Gerri , 770.425.3909 for more information on showing your work or filling a demo slot.

Hot Time in the Mountains. First Annual Hot Time in the Mountains...three days of class and glass, for more information contact Touch of Glass in Asheville, NC. Dates, Oct 1,2,3

Postcard Beads. The deadline for submitting beads for the Gathering postcard has been extended till April 21. 


MARCH MEETING UPDATE  from Lillie Bavendam

Program! Program! Program! This was fantastic!!!!  

*Christie Prince did a great demo for wine bottle stoppers! She showed samples, told how to bundle the glass, and gave us information on where to purchase hardware (See the Links page)  What a great idea for gifts for friends and family...

*Gerri White talked about her background in working with metals in making fine jewelry. She told how this related to the metals that we have available to us for using with our beads...density of the metals, alloys, stamping and gauges of wire...lots to help us in choosing the type of metal for the specific project we might have.

*Lewanda Hardy brought wire, and the rest of the supplies we needed to turn our beads into a ring!!!! We were all surprised by the ease at which she was able to show us how to do this! We all went home with a ring made from our own beads!!!! Lewanda also had a special drawing for a wine goblet as part of the program.

Soooooo, if you didn't make it to the missed one fantastic time!!!!!  Check out the photos in the Flames Scrapbook..  Lillie B.




POSTCARD BEADS DUE 3/17 from Kristy Nijenkamp


The deadline for beads for the Southern Flames postcard is WED, March 17.   Bring your bead to the meeting. If you



POSTCARD BEADS DUE 3/17 from Kristy Nijenkamp


The deadline for beads for the Southern Flames postcard is WED, March 17.   Bring your bead to the meeting. If you cannot come to the meeting then either mail the bead, packaged safely, to Southern Flames at 5050 Rosedown Place, Roswell, GA  30076 or drop it off at Beads By Design and place  it in the white mailbox in the kitchen area.


Remember, we're trying to go for a more "round" shape as opposed to a bicone or long bead, so we can fit  everyone fairly on the card.  The background will probably be white, so keep that in mind when making your bead (e.g. a white bead may not stand out on a white background.) 


Please package your bead so that it will not break and include your name, telephone number and e-mail address...and if your bead has a title, please list it.




“WATER, EARTH & SKY  -  CREATING BEADS WITH DEPTH”  Beads become more individual as techniques are combined and layered. Learn how to layer different techniques by creating detailed three dimensional landscapes using appropriate casing techniques, working with inclusions, canes and murrini. 

Deanna will be teaching two one day classes  You can take one class or both classes. Each day finishes with a project and if you take both, then they easily build on each other.  Note: beginning flame work experience required.

Cost:   $100.00 per class  (May sign up for both days - $200.00)

• Friday, May 7            “Underwater Scene”

Saturday, May 8         “Magical Gardenscape”

LOTTERY SELECTION  We will use a lottery system for filling these two classes.  Bring a check made out to Southern Flames to the March 17th meeting or mail it to  Southern Flames at 5050 Rosedown Place  /  Roswell, GA 30076. If you are mailing your check it must arrive by March 16th.  The drawing will be held at the March 17 meeting. 



Just a friendly reminder to renew your Southern Flames dues. Our membership renewals always sneak up on everyone since our fiscal year is May to April. You can pay your $ 25.00 dues at the meeting, or make a check payable to Southern Flames and  mail it to

Southern Flames
311 Peachtree Hills Ave 

Suite 11A

Atlanta, GA 30305

If your mailing address/telephone number has changed, or if you have another e-mail address you would prefer for Southern Flame activity, please note this information with your dues.


WELL....for those of you who missed the meeting you missed an AWESOME time!!!!! We had the BEST beads you have seen for our bead exchange!!!! It was so much fun watching the selecting of the wrapped packages, not knowing what was inside...then the surprise of seeing the bead or beads!! and the 'stealing' away of that and other beads....for all those who came and participated, FANTASTIC!!!!! I think we all had a great time. Look at the photos in the Southern Flames Scrapbook.


The bead challenge had lots of entries! We had one winner! Carl Andrews went away with a Southern Flames tote bag with glass and glass stuff! We were all winner in that we all got to see different hearts that people made. Don't forget to take part in the 'Green Challenge' coming up in March.


March, Wed, 17th...a heads up for all of you....the green bead challenge...and three speakers....Gerry White will take to us about metals....those we use with our beads, Christie Prince will demo a wine stopper and Lewanda Harding will demo and help each of us make a ring setting from wire for a bead.


Marjorie Gore took a beautiful series of photographs at the class that Larry Scott taught.  We've posted a few of them in the Southern Flames Scrapbook.  Also posted are photos from our Feb Meeting.

POSTCARD BEADS- Due at March Meeting

For the past two years Southern Flames has contributed a postcards with member bead photos to the Gathering fundraiser.  You can see last years photo on our home page.  If you would like to have a bead on the postcard, please bring it to the next meeting in a bag with your name and a description of the bead.  We will take the photos and return the bead when the postcard is finished.  We want beads from ALL our members - don't be shy!  


Sylvie Lansdowne is teaching an intermediate Lampworking class at Beads by Design on March 27-28 which is a Saturday/Sunday.  The Web Mama took this same class a year or so ago and HIGHLY recommends it.  Sylvie is a wonderful teacher, an amazing beadmaker and I learned some techniques and approaches that I have been using ever since.  Plus - we had so much fun!  If you are interested call Beads by Design at 770-425-3909 for more information or to register. 


Linda Edmunds (Lily Steele Beads) has just finished revising her website.  In addition to lots of bead photos, you can see pictures of her studio.  

Please remember if you have a new website, a revised website, or a website that is just being linked to Southern Flames, please let the Web Mama know so that we can spread the news. 



Lillie Bavendam - Corresponding Secretary of Southern Flames -  asks if you have not been receiving e-mail from her to please send her an email immediately  to  with your correct address.  She is getting alot of returned messages and wants to fix this.   The last email that Lillie sent to the membership was sent on  Feb 8 and it was about our Feb 18th meeting.


At our March meeting, Lewanda Hardy is going to show us how to make rings using brass wire and beads.  If you would like to make a ring at the meeting (and we should have enough supplies for 20-30 people, make a bead with a 3/32" hole (medium size mandrel) and bring it to the meeting. Lewanda will be supplying the wire and the wooden dowels to make the rings.



Jodi Lindsey of the Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers is coordinating a program called "Beads of Courage" for children's cancer treatment centers and are requesting our assistance. She writes:

" The program gives certain beads for certain treatments to these children going through the cancer treatment process. All of these beads are put on a leather necklace. Like a talisman for these courageous children! You can look at each child's necklace and see how many chemo treatments they have been through, how many blood draws, etc. by each certain bead representing all these procedures on their necklaces.

We are helping two hospitals right now. Tucson Hospital and now, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be doing this program as well. This is a huge on-going task and so the ASGB is extending an invitation for ANYONE who would like to be involved to please do so! ....

They need about 150 purple hearts ASAP! These purple hearts are the MAIN special bead for these children. They signify the finishing of their cancer treatment. These beads need to be made on a 1/8 inch mandrel. If you decide to put the hole through the heart vertically, a wire work 1/8" loop should be incorporated so it can hang from the necklace. The only specs on these hearts is that they are purple and have the 1/8" size hole horizontally, or if they hang vertically to be put on a wire worked 1/8 inch loop. Other then that you can make them as detailed as you would like them to be.

The hospital also needs Butterfly shaped beads. These beads are VERY special as they are the "closure" bead that will be given to the parents whose children pass away. Again, beads need to be made on a 1/8 inch mandrel and if the hole is done vertically please wire work it with a 1/8" loop. These butterflies can be any color and any design.

They will also accept any regular beads, color, bumpy, etc. These beads will be used for children to choose from for “special treatment procedures”. And again they need to have a 1/8" hole.
The Phoenix hospital is needing as many beads as possible before March 2004.

So if you can help with that it would be AWESOME!
But I can accept ANY beads after that as well as this program is an ongoing one and they will always need these types of beads.

Please include a name or business card along with your
beads, or any one else who donates from the Southern
Flames, so that I can include that with the donations
to the hospital."

If you like to make a bead or beads for this project send an email to Jody and she will send you the mailing address or contact anyone on the Southern Flames board - we have the address also but don't want to put it up on the website.



If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for one of the Southern Flames Board positions, please contact someone on the Board to let them know. Important:  to be on the Board, you must also be a member of the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers).

There are 8 Board positions:

  • Co-Presidents (2)

  • Vice President

  • Corresponding Secretary

  • Treasurer

  • Recording Secretary

  • Meeting Coordinator

  • Web Site Coordinator

 You can see a description of what each position is responsible for by clicking here.



Deanna Griffin-Dove will be teaching 2 different one-day classes on the Friday and Saturday (May 7 & 8) of the Mothers Day weekend.    More information will be posted soon.


Southern Flames will be sending a group postcard for inclusion in the ISGB 2004 postcard set.  Start thinking about the bead you would like to have appear on it.  We will do the photography and beads from all Southern Flames members at all levels of experience will be included.  You can see our 2004 photo on this sites home page.




(from Lillie Bavendam - Corresponding Secretary

All of those who came to the meeting on Friday night and saw the demo by Larry Scott thought it was  fantastic . We had an AWESOME turnout and we want to thank so many of you for coming! Larry was very impressed! (Click here to go to photos).

Don Meadows who built our exhaust system was presented with a gift certificate and beads. The gift beads for Don were a great surprise.  The exhaust hood is working well and we all are grateful to him for his expertise and generous time in making this possible. 

Keep in mind, that the February meeting is going to be Wednesday February 18th, at Beads by Design. BRING one package, gift wrapped, with one (or more) beads...or something made with a be 'exchanged.  (See below for more information about how the exchange will work.)



All of the announcements for 2003 have been archived.  Click the link at the very top or bottom of this page if and when you want to look at them.


Marjorie Gore took detailed photos of the Saturday/ Sunday Michael Barley class.  Now that the holidays are over we have been able to put some up for you to see.  Thank you, Marjorie!  Click here to see the photos.


For those renting torch time...don't forget to things put away neat and tidy (tools and glass) so that we can continue to be able to offer torch rental to our members.

Also, if you are renting torch time, PLEASE, call ahead to reserve your time. 

If you are using our lending library, don't forget to sign out what you want to borrow..

Thanks for your assistance in keeping our space neat and our library circulating.


At the February meeting we will be having a bead exchange which should be lots of fun. This is how it will work:

  • Make a beautiful bead and wrap it up.  Make sure that you DO NOT identify who made the bead - either inside or outside the package. 

  • When you come to the meeting there will be a place to drop off your bead.
  • Every one will pick a number from a hat - In this game a high number is good to have.
  • The person who picked Number 1 selects and opens a gift. 
  • Now it's Number 2's turn.  Number 2 has a decision to make.  They can take the bead Number 1 has just opened or select and open a different bead.  If Number 2 decides to take Number 1's bead, then Number 1 gets to select a new bead from the unopened pile and open it.
  • Number 3 can select a wrapped bead or take Number 1's bead or Number 2's bead.
  • This continues until each person has had a turn. The higher your number, the less chance of someone taking the bead you picked.  Until the very last (highest number) person has their turn, nobody will know exactly which gift they will end up with!!


Members...if you have someone special that you would like to have come to Atlanta to give a workshop, let anyone on the board know and we will see what we can do to make it happen...

We are currently working on getting Deanna Griffin-Dove here in the spring...lots of you know her, know her work, and have taken classes from here. More news to follow as we firm up the times.


A new Board will be elected this spring.  If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else for a position on the Board,  let one of the current Board Members know or bring your suggestion to the March Meeting.


We will be buying a second kiln for use by Southern Flames classes and as a backup for the existing kiln.  The kiln selected is the Tool Box kiln with Controller that Don McKinney makes and it is currently on order.


A lot of new businesses that sell supplies for beaders and beadmakers have opened in the greater Atlanta area.  As a service to those members who live far away from Beads by Design, we are going to add the their names and locations to our Web Site during the next few months.  If you know of a new store or business that would be appropriate to this list, please let the Web Mama know.


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