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Beads By Design / Artisans Resource Center Open House
Friday November 17, 5-9p.m.
Saturday November 18, 11-5p.m. 
Sunday November 19, 1-4p.m.
Come join us for the annual Artisan Resource Center
Open House.  We will be having Lampworking demos,
food, and holiday gift ideas.
New Class Schedule is now up.

Bead Unique Magazine - Susan Barnes aka the Fire Goddess, is featured as the Spotlight Lampwork Artist in the current issue (#11) of Bead Unique Magazine.  There is a story about Susan on page 24, and another article on one of her whimsical creations titled: The Precious Puppy Bracelet on page 38. 


Flame Tree's Grand Opening&Biggest Best Bead Contest-
Kim Hart-1st Prize GTT Lynx Torch!
Marcy Lamberson-2nd Prize GTT Bobcat Torch!
Michael Dean-3rd Prize $50 Gift Certificate to FlameTree Glass, Inc.
All other contestants who entered the contest received a runner up
prize of a $20.00 gift certificate to FlameTree Glass, Inc. Thank you
all for making our Grand Opening a fun time!

Congratulations Southern Flames members-Marcy and Michael!

Beads of Courage Party-Don't forget, Sunday, November 5th,10pm-5pm. Check the index page for the link to all the information. Feel free to bring beads you have already made. We want an idea of who is coming, so please send an email to and let her know when you think you can come. Setting up a time is NOT necessary, we just want an idea of how many to expect at what time.

FlameTree celebrates it's new location with a Grand Opening Oct 13 & 14 2006! There is a contest and will be door prizes. Visit their site for more information.


Resource Center - There are some new additions -7 ZOOZII PRESSES and a Ventilation Manual by Don Meadows.The presses are due back in at the October meeting. For the first round of use they were given out by a drawing at the September meeting.

Beads of Courage - Robert Simmons sent 19 beads to Beads of Courage after our last meeting. There is a new article about the Beads of Courage project in Hawaii, and it was recently linked on the ISGB web page. The article will give you an overview of where our beads go after we have sent them on to Beads of Courage.

Kiln Repair - Laurie Allison has been added to the LINKS page, she repairs Kilns.


The name for CRITICAL DATES has been changed to FLAMES CALENDAR. Thank you to Marcy Lamberson for suggesting this name.

JULY 2006

Beads of Courage-There is a box labeled Beads of Courage now in the Resourse cabinent where you can leave donation beads anytime.

Safety Seminar-Learn about safety issues related to torchwork, and more, at the September meeting.
2006 Southern FLames Postcard is ready!

Dale Chihuly Exhibit at the Lowe Gallery in Atlanta will run from
14 July - 15 September

JUNE 2006

BEADS OF COURAGE - Robert Simmons reports that he has sent the beads from the May Bead Party. The total was 128 beads, which also included extra beads donated. We are hoping to have a day scheduled to do this again in the fall. You may continue to bring in beads and leave them in the SF cabinet. A box will soon be provided for these beads.

NEW STUDIO OPENING - Member Terry Hale, who is also running for Regional Director for SouthEast Region for ISGB, is opening a Studio in Madison, Alabama, called Hale Fire Glass. She was featured in an article in The Huntsville Times. Terry will let us know when she has her Grand Opening.


MAY 2006
CLASSES at  BEADS BY DESIGN The list of classes offered by Beads by Design has just been posted.
GLASSY JEWELS Christie Prince has a new website - check it out and see her Marguerite Bracelet, that was featured in the April/May  issue of Beadwork Magazine, page 32-24!
GARAGE SALE Get ready for our annual Garage Sale at our May Meeting.
APRIL MEETING PHOTOS Bonnie Anderson and Robert Simmons took photos at the April Meeting and during Tinks classes.  They are now posted in the Scrapbook.
DUES DUE!  Southern Flames dues for 2006 are now due.  If you have not already paid, please send a check in the amount of $25 made out to Southern Flames to Treasurer,  311 Peachtree Hills Ave,  Suite 11A, Atlanta, GA 30305
BEAD PARTY - SAT MAY 6 Southern Flames will be having a Bead Making Party on Saturday, May 6 from 10:30 to 4:30 at Beads by Design to make beads for the Beads of Courage program.  Glass will be provided.  9 torches will be available.  So come bring you tools and make some beads for Beads of Courage!!
NEW BOARD PHOTOS We have posted photos of most of our new Board Members  - Click here to see their pictures: 
  • Co-Presidents:   Carl Andrews & Alice St Germain

  • Vice President: Adele Shepherd

  • Treasurer: Kim Runge

  • Secretary: Stacia Schmidt

  • Meeting Coordinator: Renee Taylor

  • Event Coordinators: Troy Adkins

MATT JANKE EXHIBIT- Thru 5/14  Studio Swan has been hosting an exhibit of blown vessels and bowls by Matt Janke.  The Gallery is located at 9077 Selborne Lane in Palmetto.  The phone number is 770-463 9440.
Coming Soon: TINK AND MEETING PHOTOS Lots of people have sent Bonnie and me (Linda, ex-Web Mama) photos from the April Meeting and the fabulous classes with Tink Martin and they will be up in the next few days.  Thanks to Robert Simmons, Joan Houghton-Theall and Bonnie Anderson.

FLAME TREE GLASS  FlameTree Glass is now open in Roswell for selling glass, tools, kilns, etc.  Check their website for location, hours, and phone number.

MARCH 2006
WEB GRANDMAMA  I (Linda Edmunds) have been maintaining this Website for the past three years.  It is now time to turn it over to a new Web Mama and Bonnie Anderson has been appointed by the Board to take on the task.  I will still be around to assist Bonnie as she has assisted me and will assume the honorary, self-assigned, non official title of Web Grandmama.  I hope Bonnie has as much fun doing this as I have.
WEB TRANSFER   During the next month or so, as Bonnie Anderson takes over the Website from Linda Edmunds and as we change the building software from Front Page to Dreamweaver, you may experience some glitches or problems or delays with the SF website.  Please be patient and if you see a problem, please, please, send us an email so we can correct it.
BEADWORK  In this April/May edition of Beadwork, two Southern Flames members are represented.  Cristie Prince who teaches beading as well as lampwork, has written a article (page 32) with instructions for making her Dainty Marguerite bracelet described as "a bracelet of brilliant marguerite crystals encased with peyote and ladder stitch."   And Patsy Evins is the featured beadmaker on page 92 with photos of her sculptured orchid beads are
MEMBERSHIP DUES  We start a new membership year in May and dues are due again.  Please bring a check for $25 made out to Southern Flames to the next meeting or send it to Kim Runge, Suite 11 A, 311 Peachtree Hills Avenue, Atlanta GA 30305.
BAKERS CHALLENGE  Our guest instructor for April - Tink Martin - loves Rice Krispies treats and has sent Southern Flames a challenge.  What kind of Rice Krispy treats can we provide for her at our meeting. So if you are so inclined to bake as well as bead, bring an entry.  If she can't eat them all, the rest of us can help.
BEADS BY DESIGN CLASSES  The schedule for beading and Lampwork classes for the rest of March and April at Beads by Design has been posted here.
SILENT AUCTION  The SF Silent Auction raised $1644 for the our treasury.  The beads and jewelry contributed were amazing.  We posted lots of pictures in the Scrapbook.
ART GLASS EMPORIUM  The Web Mama visited the Art Glass Emporium in Winder GA and it was definitely worth the trip.  They have a large selection of  glass - bullseye, moretti, boro (I think) as well as frits, tools, kilns and concentrators.  If you are looking for something special, you may want to call them before you go.  Look for address and phone number in the Atlanta Bead Store section.
BOARD NOMINATIONS  If you would like to serve on the Board or would like to nominate another member for one of the open positions, please let a current Board member know by email or at the next meeting.  More information about the open positions will be going out to members via email.
POSTCARD BEADS  Bonnie Anderson and Renee Taylor will be photographing beads for the 2006 Southern Flames Postcard at the March meeting so remember to bring the bead you want to see on the postcard.
SILENT AUCTION BEADS  Please bring beads for the silent auction - money collected at the auction is used to sponsor Southern Flames activities.
MORE PHOTOS  Bonnie Anderson took photos at the February Meeting of the Pam Dugger Lionfish Demo and the the Purple Heart Beads.  Click here to check them out.  And while you are at it Walter Green took some more class photos so we have added them to the bottom of the class page.

Lawrenceville Bead Store  A new bead store Adlib Beads and Jewelry has opened in Lawrenceville in the Discover Mills Mall.  Check the Atlanta Area Bead Store page for more details.

WEB MAMA IS WEB GRAMMA X3  The Web Mama (Linda Edmunds) announces her 3rd grandchild - a boy, Harper T. Jamison born on Feb 12 weighing 9 lbs 8.4 oz.  He was born to her youngest daughter Alissa and her husband Jeff.  Click here for photo!!! 
TINK MARTIN LOTTERY  Tink Martin Lottery Information and Lottery Forms are now available on line.  Classes will be April 27-28 and April 29-30.  Checks are due by Sat March 4 and the lottery will be at the SF Board Meeting on Tues March 7.
PAM DUGGER PHOTOS  Photos of Pam Dugger's classes and beads are now posted in the scrapbook.  In addition to the photos taken by the Web Mama,  Marcia Manuel and Pam Standefer also contribute some lovely ones. We are hoping to get even more photos and will post them if and when we do.
BEADS OF COURAGE  Southern Flames members made and contributed 54 Purple Hearts and 63 other beads to send to the children in the Beads of Courage program.  One of our members, Vivian Bansal, who could not be at the meeting took the time to send beads with this note:


Dear Beads By Design & Southern Flames,

In response to the "special Bead Challenge, I am submitting my contribution to Beads of Courage. I hope that my beads will be among the collection of beads that will be sent to this wonderful organization for children.

I am currently out of the country, however, my home base is Kennesaw, GA. I do keep up with the Southern Flame events via the internet.
This is how I found out about this special challenge.

I have a degree in Recreation Therapy (Kinesiology). I can confirm the benefits of such a program as Beads of Courage. it was very exciting for me to learn that Southern Flames is a part of such a truly rewarding and inspiring organization.

Thank you again so much! I look forward to meeting all of you when I am settled back in the Atlanta area.

Another member who couldn't be with us, Judy McCourt, left  beads in the Resource Cabinet to contribute. We are thinking that this is an idea that should continue.  So if you want to contribute more purple hearts or other beads leave them in the Cabinet and SF will send them off to Beads of Courage periodically.

BEAD RELEASE  Marcy Lamberson had another Artist Profile in the winter issue of The Bead Release. She profiles Lucie Kovarova-Weir who is a young Canadian beadmaker who  makes extraordinary murrine.  Its is a wonderful article with wonderful photos. 

Also, in the issue Jim Kervin features Cat beads, and there is a wonderful photo of Nita Van Til's cat beads.  Kervin describes them delightfully "They are all sitting at attention in the real pose that cats use when surveying their domain.  They give just a hint of playfulness with their tails swishing back and forth".

GATHERING REGISTRATION  The Gathering Registration Booklets have been mailed so if you are an ISGB member you should have yours or be getting it shortly.
CREATIVE SPIRIT GALLERY  Creative Spirit Gallery, owned by former SF co-president, Becky Sizemore, has just moved to downtown Decatur - right on Ponce de Leon.  You can get a map as well as the phone number and gallery hours at their website.  Becky has wonderful work in the Gallery, and it is very easy to find now that it has moved.
SYLVIEBEADS  NEW BEADING KIT  In addition to being a lampwork artist, Sylvie Lansdowne is also well known for her beaded work.  She teaches beading workshops and also creates and sells beading project kits.  This years kit has just come out and it features a lampwork mermaid with a beaded tail in a variety of colors and patterns.  As usual the project is beautiful, whimsical, and wearable.  We have a photo in the scrapbook but the best place to see Sylvie's current and previous projects is at her website/ebay store.  Hurry because last years project, the Halo bracelet and necklace is on sale through the end of January.
BEAD AND BUTTON - ALICE ST GERMAIN Congratulations to SF member Alice Germain who has a feature article in the February issue (p. 73) of Bead and Button.  Titled "Market Share" it features her own lampwork beads shaped like pattypan squash and gives step by step instructions for creating as a wire frame necklace for displaying the beads disk shaped beads.  Alice writes in the article "Like many lampworkers, I'm always on the lookout for interesting shapes and color combinations to turn into beads. During a recent trip to a farmers market, I was unexpectedly inspired by a bushel of colorful squash known as pattypans."  If you want to see more of Alice's work, go to her website and add your name to her mailing list.  And perhaps SF should have a vegetable bead challenge soon! 
BEAD EXCHANGE PHOTOS from the January Meeting have been posted.  Take a look and if you can remember who made a bead that we have not identified please send us a note.  Even more important - some of the photos  of the beads were over exposed or unfocused - if you happen to have taken better photos of a bead or photographed your own bead before bringing it - please send it on.
AJC ARTICLE ON RODNEY ANDREW  One of our members, Rodney Andrew was featured in an article in the Gwinett Section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Jan 22.  If you don't have the paper or get the Gwinett section in your edition of the AJC, you may still be able to find the story online at

PURPLE HEARTS  Start making Purple Hearts for our February Bead Challenge.



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