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DEC 2008

12/30 HOLIDAY PARTY PHOTOS  Check them out in the SF Scrapbook.
12/12 MEMBER GALLERY  Joan Houghton Theall has updated her bead photo in the member gallery.  Have you?  E-mail the Web Mama if you want to be au courant.
12/12 LOST FLASH DRIVE  Andrea Winkler left a tiny flash drive on a key chain at the BOC Marathon on Saturday 11/22.  If you were there on Sat or Sun would you check your stuff to see if you picked it up by mistake.  It is so small - one inch square - you may not have noticed it.
12/12 LANDSDOWNE DATE CHANGE The Sylvie Lansdowne Workshop at FlameTree Glass has been rescheduled for March 21/22 2009.  It was originally scheduled for January.  Click here for more information:


Also, Robert Mickelson will be offering a 3 day workshop "Nature in Glass" at FlameTree in Nov 2009 Click here for details and to see some amazing photos of his work.

12/4 JEFF BARBER CLASS PHOTOS  Andrew Lunde has posted about 50 photographs taken at the Jeff Barber classes in October.  We put a link to them in our Scrapbook under October - Click here for the link.  The photographs are beautifully made so if you were in the class and and to review it or if you missed the class you may want to look at some or all of these.  (While you are in the Scrapbook don't forget to take a look at the BOC beads made at the November Marathon! -look under NOV 2008).
12/4 EGLESTON CHILDRENS HOSPITAL  Robert & Camille Simmons delivered 600 BOC beads to Egleston Hospital on Thanksgiving day - 264 from the Marathon and the rest donations from SF members.  He writes "They were very impressed by the great beads that Southern Flames members have been making and donating. It means a lot to the kids and the staff as well."  And he adds "A very big THANKS to Martha Feurst for cleaning most of the beads before we picked them up"  Martha Fuerst Rocks !!!!
12/4 BEADWORKS - NEW IN ATLANTA  Located at 781 Wheeler St, Studio 18, Atlanta, GA 30318.  Open Tues - Sat  Noon - 6PM  (404) 347-4401
"Offering the best outlet shopping in a full-service bead store.  Find deals & closeouts from our online store plus a broad range of classes, on-site assistance and work table. We have birthday parties and special events - even services for the professional designer."
12/4 MORE MEMBER GALLERY PHOTOS  Pat O'Brien and Karen Barefield have added their beads to the Member Gallery.
12/3 APPETIZERS & DESSERTS  While your beads for the Christmas Tree Raffle, don't forget to make an appetizer or dessert for the party.  We'll vote on the tastiest and a prize for each will be awarded. Last year the Web Mama won a $25 certificate to Beads By Design - It is fun to spend one of those so start cooking!
12/3 THANK YOU KRISTY & MARTHA Stephanie White wanted to extend a public "Thank You" to Kristy Nijenkamp and Martha Fuerst for helping to clean up after the BOC Marathon.
12/3 MEMBER GALLERY CHANGES  Check out the member gallery - Kristy Nijenkamp, Julian Benson-Slaughter, Becky Sizemore and Suzanne Patterson have new bead photos or added website or blog links.  If you have a new bead photo or want the one from the 2008 postcard in gallery or want to update your current bead photo with new website, blog, etsy or ebay info, email the web-mama.
12/2 HOLIDAY PARTY & TREE RAFFLE  Start making Holiday beads for the Annual Holiday Tree Raffle.  This year you will get two tickets for each bead that you donate.  The more beads you contribute - the better your chances of winning the whole tree.  You will be able to buy additional raffle tickets at the meeting. 

BEADS OF COURAGE MARATHON PHOTOS  Photos from the BOC Marathon in November have been posted as well as photos of the 264 beads made by SF members over the 3 day period.  Click  to see the Marathon Photos and the Beads we made for the kids.

NOV 2008

11/27 LEARN SCULPTURAL BEADMAKING  Marcy Lamberson, who has been asked to teach a workshop at the 2009 Gathering, is going to teach two 2-day classes for us in February (19/20 & 21/22)- at the unbelievable member price of $135.  The class lottery will be at the Dec 17 Meeting/Party and if you can't bring your from and check there, make sure it gets to Martha Fuerst by Dec 16th.  Martha's  address is on the lottery form.
11/20 BOC MARATHON  Reminder - this weekend Nov 21, 22 & 23 is the Beads of Courage beadmaking event.  Please come by and make some beads.  If you want to be sure of an open torch call Beads by Design and reserve a slot. 

BBD & ARTISAN RESOURCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE Also before or after  you make beads take some time to enjoy the open house at Beads by Design and at the other studios in the Artisan Resource Center. There will be free tours, free demos, 21 open studios, door prizes.  Hours for the open house are 

Friday Nov. 21 6-10p.m.
Saturday Nov. 22  11-6p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 23  1-5p.m.

11/20 FRABEL NOVICE AWARD   Maureen McRorie of FlameTree Glass has been nominated for a Frabel Novice Award.  Her piece is awesome - to see it and to vote for her go to .  Nomination is a significant honor but winning would be better for both Maureen and all beadmakers.  So VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.
11/20 BOC & NASCAR FANS  NASCAR  Robert Simmons our BOC Liaison sent us this story about Carl Edwards who is a Nascar driver . "A few weeks ago Dalton Kammer, one of the kids in our BoC program on the Emory campus, loaned driver Carl Edwards his beads for good luck. Edwards has been wearing the beads in every race since then. This afternoon Edwards won the race in Homestead, FL, and came in 2nd in the Sprint Cup Championship for the season. He was wearing his 'Courage Beads' during the race and had them on outside his uniform during the interivew after the race. The Act of Courage beads on on the strand came from our group here in the Atlanta area. It means a lot to Dalton to see his favorite driver go the distance, I'm happy that we could help out a little. I'm hoping for a good turnout this weekend at our bead making marathon at BBD - let's keep up our winning ways"  Click here to see some great photos.
11/20 BEAD PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS A few months ago Shannon Brickey and Don Meadows gave a wonderful presentation about photographing beads.  Shannon has given us some information to post in our Tips and Techniques section and you can see photos from the demo in our Scrapbook.  Thank you Shannon and Don!
11/13 JEFF BARBER COMMEMORATIVE BEAD  Jeff Barber who taught a  wonderful Satake glass workshop for Southern Flames in October was commissioned by Bead&Button magazine to create a bead in honor of the magazine's 15th anniversary.  It was made with Satake glass,copper leaf, gold leaf, powdered glass, and a simple murrini.  It has silver end caps stamped with "Bead and Button 15" one one end and "J. Barber" on the other.  If you are interested in purchasing one click here


11/13 ICE HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA  Sat Nov 15 11am - 6 pm - another show at which DK Designs (Diane Kovach will share a booth with Sharon Britt of Flirt Buttons.  This one is in SW Atlanta and will have a 100 vendors of a variety of handmade crafts.  ICE stands for Indie Craft Experience and you really should take a moment to check out their website - the show looks  interesting.
11/13 C3 STUDIOS WORKSHOPS& SALE  C3 studios is sponsoring a 5 day fused glass workshop in December (1-5) by two well known artists - Steven Klein and Richard Parrish.  You can see some of Steven Klein's work by clicking here.  C3 will also offer a 2 1/2 day workshop in December (6-8).  For more information about either workshop, call C3 at 678 957 9663 or send an email to C3 will also be having a sale on Bullseye sheet glass (not rods) on Nov 13-15.
11/13 DEMO AT JANKE?  Janke Studios is sponsoring an event Sat Dec 13th and would like to have a lampworker demonstrating throughout the day.  If anyone is interested in using the opportunity to get some exposure and sell their wares, please contact Kate at 678-360-8161.
11/8 OCTOBER MEETING PHOTOS  In addition to all her other duties at the meeting - she is responsible for set-up and clean-up and food supply - Cristie Prince took the photos posted in the scrapbook. You can click here to see them or use the SF Scrapbook button.  Thank you Cristie for all that you do.

 (Reminder: SF meetings end at 9:00 and if you could help Cristie by returning your chair to the back of Beads by Design, we would all appreciate it.)

11/6 DOWN THE STREET  On Sat Nov 8 (10-6) and Sun Nov 9 (10-5) the Down the Street Bead Show will be at the Cobb Galleria.  DK Designs (Diane Kovach/ Donna Myrick) will be there as will Patti Cahill.  It is usually a wonderful show with lampwork, silver, classes and beads of all types. For directions and more information, click here.  If you go you might also take a look at the work of Barbara McGuire - a really fine silver clay and polymer artist.
11/4 BOC BEAD NEEDS  Robert Simmons let us know that our local Beads of Courage program need some specific beads.   "They could really use a batch of the radiation beads, plus any fish beads and face beads that anyone would care to donate."  The radiation beads are simple round beads coated with blue glow-in-the-dark powder encased with transparent aquamarine glass .  Click here for the tutorial.  If you don't have any of this powder, it may be available at FlameTree and we will have some at the BOC Marathon at Beads by Design on Nov  21,22,23.  Don't forget to call Gerry White at BBD (770-425-3909) to sign up for a specific time slot or come by that weekend to help make beads for our Atlanta kids.
11/4 FLAMETREE HALLOWEEN WINNERS Lots of Southern Flames walked off with amazing prizes from the Flametree Halloween Bead and Sculpture Contest and even more received honorable mention.  Marcy Lamberson won 1st place in the Bead contest and a GTT Lynx Torch.  Robert Simmons is receiving a GTT Cricket torch for 3rd place.  In the Sculpture contest, Stephanie White took 2nd place and a GTT Cheetah torch; and Andrew Lunde won a GTT Cricket torch for 6th.  Honorable Mention in Sculpture was awarded to Martha Fuerst and David Lawrence.  Congratulations to all of ou and we will be posting photos of some of the winning entries soon.  Or you can go to www.flametree glass. com to view them there.
11/4 THIS IS A REAL DEAL  Marcy Lamberson who took first prize in the FlameTree contest, who demo'd her Bobblehead beads at the 2008 Gathering and who has been invited to teach a class at the 2009 ISGB Gathering will offer 2 classes in sculptural beadmaking at SF in February (19-22).  The price for SF members for the 2day class is $135.00; if spaces are left over - and we don't expect there will be - they will be offered to non-members for $160.00.  Marcy is a talented beadmaker, a wonderful teacher and we can offer this class at such an amazing price because we don't have to pay travel or housing expenses like we do for other nationally known teachers.   The lottery will be at our December meeting and more information will be available soon.  To read what Marcy has to say about the class go to and scroll down to the Nov 4 entry.
11/4 MEETING TIMES  We wanted to remind members that SF monthly meetings at Beads by Design run from 7PM to 9PM when the store is scheduled to close.  In order for us to clean up quickly we are asking if all SF members will bring their chairs to the back of the store before the leave.  Thank you.
11/4 SF BROCHURES In addition to the ISGB brochures, SF now has its own trifold brochures for you to distribute to students or other lampworkers who might be interested in joining our group.

OCT 2008

10/29 BBD CLASSES - NOV DEC JAN  Beading classes to be offered by Beads by Design in November, December and January are now listed on the BBD website.  A new feature of the class list is a photo of the project to be made in most classes.  Click here to view the classes.  In addition Cynthia Rutledge, a very well know beading artist and teacher, will be offering several classes at BBD in December.  Additional information about these classes is available on the BBD website and samples of the project can be seen in the store.
10/29 FLAMETREE HALLOWEEN CONTEST  FlameTree Glass has been running their annual Halloween Bead and Glass Sculpture contest.  To see some of the fabulous entries, click here.
10/29 BLOG Diane Kovach has a new blog which discusses business, festivals, and other bead related topics.  Click here to read it.   Also on Saturday Nov 1 Diane and her sister Donna Myrick will have a booth at the Marist School on Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Need more info and/or directions  - click here.
10/29 BEAD STORE CLOSING  Atlanta Bead Store has closed.  It was located on N. Highland Ave in the Virginia Highlands are.
10/22 CHRISTMAS TREE RAFFLE  We will be having our Christmas Tree Raffle at the December Meeting so you may want to start working on beads for the tree.  For each bead you contribute you will get 1 ticket so the more beads you make, the more chances you have to win the tree.  The tree is usually small - about 18 inches high so beads are perfect on it as ornaments.  Click here to see one of the previous trees and the beads on it.
10/17 BEADS OF COURAGE MARATHON Beads by Design will be hosting a BOC Marathon Lampworking Event during the Artisan Resource Center Open House Weekend in late November (Nov 21 -23).  There will be food and drink as well as the work of other artists to see when you are finished making beads.  For more information, call (770-425-3909), email (, or stop in at Beads by Design.  Beadmaking time slots are as follows:

Fri. Nov.21                Sat. Nov. 22                  Sun. Nov. 23
10-12pm                     10-12pm                      1-3pm
12-2pm                       12-2pm                        3-5pm
2-4pm                         2-4pm
4-6pm                         4-6pm
6-8pm                         6-8pm

10/17 KETNER'S MILL COUNTRY FAIR  Ketner's Mill is in Tennessee.  If you happen to be in the area Diane Kovach and Donna Myrick will have a booth there on Sat/Sun Oct 17-18.  For directions and more information click here.  It sounds like great fun - a petting zoo for the kids and canoe rides!
10/8 BROOKHAVEN ARTS FESTIVAL  DK Designs is on the move again.  Diane Kovach and Donna Myrick will be showing their Fall and Holiday Beads at the Brookhaven Festival on Sat. Oct 11 (10-6) & Sun, Oct 12 (Noon-5).  for more info and directions click here.
10/7 SCULPTURE WITH MARCY  Southern Flames is really excited to announce that Marcy Lamberson has agreed to teach 2 sculptural bead making classes for us.  The classes will be held  Feb 19-20 & 21-22 2009. On Day 1 she will teach us to make sculptural beads from basic bead shapes.  Day 2 will focus on simple faces and basic figures.  This class will be in great demand because Marcy was a presenter at the Gathering and is a wonderful teacher who is going to go "national" soon.  A lot more information about Marcy's class will be available in the weeks to come.  In the meantime if you would like to see some more of her whimsical work, click here.          
10/7 BOC DONATIONS   If you give BOC 25 or more beads, you receive a special BOC bead in return.  So don't forget when donating Beads to put them in a baggie with your name so that Robert Simmons knows who made them.
10/3 UPDATE ON SPRINGTIME  Marjorie Langston just sent us a note indicating that there are only 6 spots left in the Springtime in the Mountain event  (See below
10/2 BOC at BBD  Beads by Design will be hosting open torches for making beads for Beads of Courage children on Nov 21, 22 and 23.   Lots more information to follow.
10/2 SYLVIE OH SYLVIE  Great News!!  Sylvie Lansdowne is teaching again.  If you are not familiar with her wonderful beads - check out her website   Her workshop Surface Design and Sculpture in Glass Beadmaking will be offered at FlameTree Glass on Jan 24-25, 2009. For more information or to register, click here..

10/2 SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL  The Beads of Courage Program at Scottish Rite is set to begin on October 6.  Lots of Beads have been donated from our area but more are always needed including Act of Courage and Bumpy Treatment beads, Bone Marrow Transplant beads and  Glow in the Dark beads and Bumpy beads.  Instructions for making these are available from our Tips and Techniques section..  Also, Robert Simmons writes that someone donated a Fish bead and it was very popular with the kids so please if you have any swimming around on your work table, get them to Robert or bring them to a SF meeting.
10/2 SPRINGTIME IN THE MOUNTAINS  will be held at A Touch of Glass in Asheville NC March 26-March29.  Brad Pearson and Trey Cornette will give special demos.  Cost is $300 and there are 28 places available on a first come/ first paid basis.  For more information about this one of a kind event and for registration forms contact Marjorie Langston.
NORCROSS ART FEST OCT4-5  The DK Design sisters - Diane Kovach and Donna Myrick will have a booth at the Norcross  Art Fest on Sat Oct 4 (10AM-6PM) and Sun  Oct 5 (11AM-5PM).  For more information go to

SEPT 2008

9/25 COOL SF VIDEO!!!!!!!  Just posted a video made by Andrew Lunde and starring Diane Kovach and the new Japanese torch.  You MUST SEE it.  Click here.  This torch can be borrowed from our Resource Library.
9/25 SCRAPBOOK PHOTOS While you are in the Flames Scrapbook checking at the video take a look at the photos by Cristie Prince from the September Meeting as well as the ones from the Gerry White's PMC (Precious Metal Clay) classes.
9/25 BOC BEAD DONATION COORDINATOR  Dr Robert Simmons had just been named Regional Bead Donation Coordinator for BoC.  He is going to manage the flow of beads from the Atlanta area beadmakers to the local hospital programs.  If we make more beads than are needed for the area, Robert will send them out to help other BoC programs in the country.
9/25 BEAD SHOW 9/26 - 9/28.   Diane Kovach and Donna Myrick will have a booth at the Down the Street Bead Show on Friday, Sept 26th (12 noon to 6pm); Saturday, Sept 27th (10am to 6pm) and Sunday, Sept 28th (10am to 5pm).  It will be held at the North Atlanta Trade Center, 100 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA  30093.
9/19 ISGB CONVERGENCE PROJECT  Convergence is the ISGB juried exhibition project for the 2009 Gathering.  It will pair ISGB beadmakers with the readers of Bead&Button Magazine to produce exhibit-quality jewelry.  If you missed the registration for the project, ISGB is extending a second chance because they have a lot more designers registered than beadmakers.  The theme is the four elements (water, air, earth or fire) and the entry fee is $20.00. If you want more information or would like to register, send your information and/or questions to
9/18 MEMBER GALLERY UPDATED You may notice a change in the Member Gallery.  We are removing bead photos and links if the member has left SF or not paid their 2008 dues.   If by any chance, we have made an error, please let the Web Mama or the SF Secretary know.  Also if you are a member and are not represented in the gallery, please send us a photo of one of your beads.
9/18 Roswell Arts Festival  DK Designs (Diane Kovach & Donna Myrick) will have a booth featuring Donna's new Dichro pendant and earring sets, and Diane's new glass pendants and flower rings.  The Roswell festival is Sat and Sun Sept 20 and 21 (10 AM - 6 PM) Click here for location and additional information. Diane and Donna will be doing many shows this fall.  You can also learn lots about how to run a booth as well as a bead business from this SF sister team so it is worth a visit to see them in action. For a complete list of the shows they will do click here.

3 NEW BEADING CLASSES Beads by Design has added three additional beading classes to is Sept/Oct schedule:  (Click here to see photos of each project.)

Bezel Pendant- September 23. Tuesday, 6:30-8:30p.m. $25 plus materials.

Crystal Bezel Bracelet- October 18. Saturday, 11-5p.m. $45 plus materials.

Bead Kumihimo- October 18. Saturday, 11-4p.m. $40 plus materials.

For additional information email them at  Beads by Design is located at 585 Cobb Parkway S. Suite L Marietta, GA 30060. Their phone number is 770 425 3909

9/11 BLOOMING CACTUS Marcy Lamberson has just written a tutorial to make a blooming cactus bead.  It is on her blog and you can see it by clicking here. While you are over there read the rest of Marci's blog - it is fun and interesting.  The address is
9/11 2 MORE BOC TUTORIALS  Robert Simpson has written two more tutorials for beads to be given to children in the Beads of Courage Program.  One is given for a variety of treatments (Act of Courage Bead) and the other when a treatment is particularly difficult (Bumpy Bead).  Click here to see them and remember that all of the tutorials are available in our Tips and Techniques section
9/11 USED EQUIPMENT FOR SALE Maureen McRorie at FlameTree Glass knows of two large used ceramic kilns as well as a used minor torch for sale.  Contact Maureen at FlameTree Glass for more information and price.
9/11 25 BOC BEADS Did you know that if you donate 25 beads to Beads of Courage, you will receive a special (non glass) BOC bead for your own collection.
9/3 BOC BEAD TUTORIALS  Beads of Courage in Atlanta has approved two of Robert Simmons designs for End of Treatment beads. These beads are given to children who cancer-related therapy treatments.  Robert  has written up tutorials  describing how to make these beads so that other SF members can also make them. Many will be.   Click below to view and print copies of tutorials for the Radiation Therapy and Bone MarrowTransplant End of Treatment beads.
9/3 GLOW POWDER  Glow in the Dark Powder needed to make the Radiation Therapy Bead above is carried by FlameTree Glass in Roswell.  Call 678-795-1702 or 1-888-FLAMETREE (352-6387) or check their website to make sure it is in stock when you need it).
9/3 CYNTHIA RUTLEDGE  Beads by Design is hosting Cynthia Rutledge December 11-14.  Cynthia is an internationally known bead weaving instructor.  She specializes in peyote stitch and off-loom weaving techniques with an emphasis on developing sculptural unsupported shapes in beadwork. Her work has been exhibited in national and international shows and has appeared in many, many books. Click here to see the specific projects she will be teaching.

AUGUST 2008 

8/24 BOC BEAD STRINGING  Robert Simmons has let us know that there were be two name bead stringing parties for the children in the Atlanta based Beads of Courage programs.
  • Wed Sept 3 6-9PM at Camp Sunshine House  located at 1850 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033*. (Take I-85 to exit 91 Clairmont/Decatur. If you are traveling from the southgoing north, take a right at the bottom of the ramp. If you are travelingfrom the north going south, take a left a the bottom of the ramp.Go 2.4 miles on Clairmont toward Decatur. Camp Sunshine House is on the right. This party is for Scottish Rite Children's Hospital
  • Mon Sept 8 6-9 PM at Roberts home.  Please contact him for directions and to tell him you plan to be there.  Robert writes "I'd like to try to get an idea of numbers so that we can be properlystocked. We'll have food and such on hand, potluck sort of thing." Robert's email address
8/24 BEADS BY DESIGN CLASSES Beading classes that will be offered at Beads by Design in August, September and October are now listed on their site. (Click on the month you are interested in) Photos of the class project have been added to many of the class descriptions.   Way to go, Gerry and Stephanie!!!   The glass beadmaking class schedule is also available.
8/24 BAZILLIONS OF BEADS CLOSES  Mary Fleming-Netland reports that Bazillions of Beads store in Decatur has closed.  We called and their phone has been disconnected so we have removed the store from our Atlanta-area list.  Thank you Mary for letting us know - Bazillion of Beads was open for years so we are sorry to see them close.  
8/23 JEFF BARBER SATAKE CLASS  There are still openings in the Jeff Barber Satake class.  Click here for more information about the class and a registration form.  SF Members have priority untill August 28th.  After that the class will be open to the public.


8/23 BOC DAY - A GREAT SUCCESS!  On Saturday July 26, 30  beadmakers - most of whom were SF members - spent time at FlameTree Glass making beads for the Atlanta Beads of Courage programs. A hundrend and seventy beads were made for the children.  Many thanks to Kristy Nijenkamp and Robert Simmons for organizing and coordinating the event and to Maureen and Lance McRorie of FlameTree Glass for providing all of the torches and gas and much of the glass for the beads.  Click here to see the beads (photos by Kristy Nijenkamp) and click here to see photos of the beadmakers (photos by Maureen McRorie).  And while you are looking at the beadmakers check out the great facility that FlameTree Glass uses for its classes.

JULY 2008

7/24 2 BoC PROGRAMS IN ATLANTA  Robert Simmons reports that The Beads of Courage program at the Emory campus location for Children’s Health Care of Atlanta is up and running as of June 9, 2008.  It has been very well received and is a great success.  The program at Scottish Rite will begin to give beads to the kids on October 6.
7/24 JULY MEETING PHOTOS  Shannon Brickey and Don Meadows made an outstanding Power Point presentation about photographing beads - interesting, useful, clear - the Web Mama can't rave enough about it. We posted some photographs of the projected Power Point slides in our Scrapbook but obviously the Web Mama could use a special lecture on photographing projected images - it is very difficult to do well and we didn't.  Nevertheless, we have posted them  so that those of you who couldn't attend attend the meeting will have some idea of the pointers that Shannon gave us.  Maybe we can persuade Shannon and Don to email us a few of their original images and/or the outline so that we can post it in our Tips and Techniques section.  But for now you can see photos from the July Meeting and of the Bead Photography presentation in the SF Scrapbook.
7/24 SHADOWS UNLIMITED     Did you know that Don Meadows and Shannon Brickey have a website that features both of their work.  Shannon is a a graphic artist, web designer, and photographer.  Don makes beads, marbles, goblets, figures and fused plates.  Click here to see  Shadows Unlimited.
7/24 WELCOME TO OUR MEETING  Maureen Lovell is our official SF Greeter and she brings Welcoming to a whole new level.   Not only has she organized name badges so we can find them easily but she also makes sure to collect each and every badge before the meeting ends   The Web Mama is particularly grateful because she can never find her badge - usually because she always forgets to turn it back in.  If this is your first meeting, make sure to tell Maureen and she will introduce you to other members. If you would like to see Maureen's photo, click here.
7/20 USING PMC with GLASS LOTTERY  Gerry White will be teaching two different 1-day PMC (Precious Metal Clay) classes at Beads by Design on Sat/Sun Sept 13-14 especially designed for glass beadmakers.  Gerry is a certified PMC instructor as well as a professional gold and silver artisan who sponsors Southern Flames at her Beads by Design shop.  Click here for more information about each of the classes and to see the lottery form.  The lottery will be held at the SF Board meeting on August 4 so checks and registration forms are due by mail to Martha Fuerst by August 2nd.
7/20  BRIGHTWELL GLASS STUDIO Mary Brigtwell, a glass artist for more than 10 years,  is opening a new glass studio in Woodstock.  She will be offering workshops in fusing, open studio for both fusing and beadmaking, tools and bullseye glass.   She also has COLD WORKING equipment available including a vertical wet belt sander, professional tile saw, 8" and18" diamond flat grinders, diamond drill press and sandblasting machine. Mary is a professional glass coldworker repairing crystal and other glass for the major department and other retail stores in Atlanta.  Mary will also be selling Bullseye rods, sheet glass, frit and tools and will have an open studio.  Call Mary at 770-592-3837 or go to her website for more information.
7/20 CRAFT SHOW EQUIPMENT FOR SALE If you are interested in doing craft and bead shows but don't have any of the necessary equipment, contact former SF treasurer, Kim Runge.  She has an outdoor tent and weights for sale as well as tables with custom made skirts and other features for expediting set up and selling.   You can email Kim at for details and prices.
7/20 MARGO KNIGHT at SPRUILL CENTER  Registration for Fall classes at the Spruill Center in Dunwoody is now open.  Margo Knight will be teaching 4 classes this fall. Two of the classes are "Getting to Know Glass Beadmaking".  These are 1 session classes for people who want to see if they would like to pursue beadmaking.  The other classes are 8-9 sessions each for either beginner or intermediate beadmakers.  These classes are unbelievably reasonable in price and you couldn't find a better teacher than Margo.  Click here for details and to register.
7/20  GLASSHAVEN WIKIPEDIA  Andrea Winkler and Julia Benson Slaughter are starting a Wikipedia Knowledge base for lampworking and other hot glass techniques.  Click here to read more about it and/or to contribute.  (SF members can bypass the rules for contributing if they email Andrea or Julia.)
7/12 BOC at EGELSTON PHOTOS  Gerry White sent us some photos from the June luncheon sponsored by Egelston Hospital.  Staff members along with SF Members attended to string beads to start the necklaces for the children in the program.  Attending were, Gerry White, Stephanie White and Elizabeth White. Caitlin Robbins, Kristy Nijenkamp and her two kidsClick here to see the photos. . 
7/12 SCOTTISH RITE HOSPITAL We hear that Scottish Rite Children's hospital will also be opening a Beads of Courage program this fall.  So please try to attend BOC Day at Flame Tree Glass on Saturday July 26 at Flametree Glass in Roswell (Noon - 5PM) More details below or email Dr Robert Simmons who acts as the SF Liaison to the BOC program.
7/12 ETSY, ETSY One of the first SF beadmakers to start selling their beads on ETSY was Marcy Lamberson.  Since then this online store which sells hand made items has really taken off and many beadmakers are finding it an excellent venue for their work.  If you have never stopped in at Marcy's store. STUDIO MARCY, check it out.  Her beads are whimsical, creative and fun.  Since they sell quickly there are always new ones to look at.  We guarantee you will not leave STUDIO MARCY with at least one giggle and perhaps one bead!  Marcy will be presenting to the entire Gathering in Oakland this summer so if you want a "Marcy creation, its best to do it before the larger bead world sees her work!
7/12 BEAD GALLERY Suzanne Patterson just sent us a bead for the bead gallery and it is a beautiful bead and an excellent photo - if you have ever tried to photograph dichro, you will know how difficult it is to capture.  Click here to see it.
7/5 2008 POSTCARD  Did you notice - our new 2008 postcard is now posted on our Home Page. YEAH  Thank you again Kristy Nijenkamp and Sharon Brickey making our beads look so beautiful.  To see an enlarged image of the card along with the names of the artists who made each bead, click here.  You can also get to this from the home page - look under the postcard image.  There is also a link on the Home page to all the  postcards since 2002 - again look under the postcard image.
7/3 GERRY WHITE ELECTED  Gerry White was just elected to be the Southeast Regional Director for the ISGB.  Congratulations, Gerry.  We are lucky to have you.
7/3 GATHERING POSTCARD Kristy Nijenkamp has just the Gathering Postcards to the ISGB and sent the beads back to the SF members who made them.  Each contributor to the postcard will get 19 copies of it to distribute to family, friends or customers.  Yeah!!!! Thank you Kristy for taking care of all the administrative details related to the postcard so efficiently and so on time.  And thank you again to Sharon Brickey for taking all the photos.  PS When you get your bead back, remember to send Kristy a quick email or call that it is home. 
7/3 PHOTOS JUNE MEETING If you didn't get to the June meeting to participate in the Spring Bead Exchange, check out the photos (taken by Diane Kovach)  in the Flames Scrapbook.  The beads that were exchanged are gorgeous and fun- the best selection ever.  If you were at the exchange and can identify who made or won any of the beads please let the Web Mama know so we can label them. Click here to see the photos.
7/3 PATTI CAHILL CLASS - There are still a few seats in the Patti Cahill class at FlameTree Glass on Sept  20-21.  Southern Flames Members get a $50 discount.  Click here for more info.


JUNE 2008

6/21 REMEMBER TO RESERVE JULY 26 - BEADS OF COURAGE DAY is next month on Sat July 26 11-5 at FlameTree Glass.  Read more.
6/21 GATHERING POSTCARDS  Many thanks to Kristy Nijemkamp, Don Meadows and Shannon Brickey  (Don's wife) for all the work they did on the Gathering Postcard.  After the postcard goes public at the Gathering and Kristy sends the Web Mama the file, the new postcard will be displayed on our SF Home Page
6/21 PLUGS, PLUGS, PLUGS  We are adding a new item to the Member Meetings - PLUGS!  If you are teaching a class, have a new bead related website, business, ETSY shop, you are welcome to announce it at the beginning of the monthly meeting.
6/21 NEED NAME BADGE  If you need a new name badge send an email to Cristie Prince or Maureen Lovell.
6/21 PMC CLASSES   Gerry White's PMC classes have been scheduled for Sept 13 and 14.  The lottery should take place at our July Meeting. More information about these two separate classes will be available soon.
6/16 UPCOMING SF CLASSES  Gerry White will be teaching 2 one day PMC classes in September and Jeff Barber will be teaching 2 classes using Satake glass in October. More information about these classes will be available soon.   In the meantime you can see Gerry's work at Beads by Design and for Jeff's work, check out the gallery at the Lakeside Art Glass website.
6/16 FREE SHIPPING  Renee Taylor is offering free shipping on her Etsy Shop.  Click here to see what is on her shelves.  (Her ETSY user ID is RTLampwork.)
6/16 BEAD STAR FINALISTS  Gerry White and Stephanie White are finalists in Beading Daily's Bead Star Contest.  If you would like to see the pieces they entered look at #13 in the Gemstone category and #20 in the Glass category at the    PS If you want to vote for their pieces, you can do so when you visit the site.
6/16 NEW BEAD SHOPPE - AVONDALE ESTATES Melanie Gulley, who used to run Bazillions of Beads for its owner, is opening The Bead Shoppe! It will be located at 2849 E. College Avenue in Avondale Estates, in the Twin Oaks shopping center. You can find more information at 404.914.4602, or email It will be nice to have a quality bead shop close to members on the central east side.
6/16 FALL PANTONE COLOR CHALLENGE Margie Deeb, author of the newly published The Beader's Color Palette is looking for 10 - 13 pieces of finished jewelry  for the digital publication of her Fall Color Report for Bead Artists. Kristy Nijenkamp suggested that Southern Flames members might want to participate.  If their piece is used, the artist will get  a credit so that a potential customer can find them! Since Margie has written several books and has articles featured in various bead magazines, many designers go to her website and books and contact the glass beadmakers if they like their work. For detailed information about submitting a piece, click here. Due date is 7/18.
6/15 ETSY BY KELLEY Another Southern Flames member has opened an ETSY shop.  To take a look at Kelley Wenzel's Etsy shop which stocks focals, unusual spacers, earrings, bracelets and necklaces,  click here.  

We have decided to start listing Etsy shops in the Member Gallery,  so if you have a photo in the Gallery let the Web Mama know if you also have a website and/or Etsy shop.  If you don't have a photo in the Member Gallery, send us one!

6/10 BEADS of COURAGE DAY - RESERVE SAT JULY 26   The Beads of Courage program is up and running in Atlanta!  Come  help make more beads in support of this worthy cause.  FlameTree Glass, Inc. and Southern Flames are sponsoring a bead making day in the FlameTree studio in Roswell on Saturday, July 26, 2008, from 12pm to 5pm.  Bring your tools, safety glasses and enthusiasm.  Glass and mandrels will be provided.  We’ll be making beads for Acts of Courage, Purple Hearts and maybe some butterflies.  For more information contact Maureen or Lance McRorie at FlameTree Glass, Inc: or Robert Simmons: Additional information about the Beads of Courage program may be found at:
6/2 $$DISCOUNT: PATTI CAHILL CLASS   Patti Cahill is a superb bead artist/glass colorist. Her work has been featured in many ISGB publications and exhibits is widely used by jewelry makers - a piece using one of her focals took the Best In Competition for the 2006 Bead Arts Awards.

FlameTree Glass Studios is offering a discount to Southern Flames Members for a  2 day Patti Cahill workshop to be offered on Sat/Sun, Sept 20-21 at their studio/store located in Roswell.  Class price with the $50 discount is $350.   For a full description of the class, click here. 

6/1 NEW BOOKS  A couple of new glass bead books have just been published which are excellent. 

The first is by Larry Scott  "Masters: Glass Beads: Major Works by Leading Artists". This book is a visual delight.  While you may or may not agree with all of Larry's choices, what is wonderful about the book is that several pages are devoted to each artist's work with selections spanning several years of their beadmaking careers so that you really get to see what they do and how their work has evolved.

The second Book is "Glass Bead Workshop: Building Skills, Exploring Techniques, Finding Inspiration" by Jerry Warhaftig.  Unlike many glass bead making books, this one explores techniques and projects for the intermediate and advanced bead maker such as Sandblasting and Blown Hollows, Sculptured Flowers, Grinding/Window beads and more.

The Web Mama was able to get both books from with free standard shipping for 32.94 which is a significant discount from their list price.

6/1 ETSY SHOPS  Diane Kovach has announced the opening of 3 Etsy Shops

Click on them to check them out and if you are a member of SF and have an ETSY shop, let the Web Mama know so it can be noted here.  We may also add them to the links page if there if enough members are interested.

6/1 MAY MEETING PHOTOS  Photos from our May Meeting including ones of the wonderful Renee Taylor demo of her off mandrel pendant are now available.  Click here to see them and if you know who made any of the beads for the Pendant Bead Challenge, please would you let the Web Mama know.  There is an email link on that page above the pendant photos.
6/1 LIBRARY GLITTER  We now have a copy of Lisa St Martin's DVD "ALL THAT GLITTERS" available in our Resource Library.  See our librarian Karen Barefield at the next meeting to borrow it.  If it is half as wonderful as Lisa's class, you will be glad you did.


MAY 2008

5/31 BOARD PHOTOS  Thanks to Diane Kovach, who took photos of Cristie Prince, Becky Sizemore, Martha Fuerst and Renee Taylor, we now have photos up of all of our Board Members - if you want to see them , click here.
5/22 ALL THAT GLITTERS  If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Lisa St Martin video, you can email her at  It costs $35.00 plus $5.00 shipping.
5/22 BEAD SWAP  Start making your beads for our Spring Bead Swap at our June  18 Meeting. Click here for more information about how the swap works or look in the scrapbook under Nov 2007 for photos.
5/20 BEADS OF COURAGE T-SHIRTS  If you are interested in purchasing a BOC t-shirt,  contact Jean Baruch at  Two styles are available.  Ladies Cap Sleeve, (which runs small) is available in L, XL and XXL.  Crew Cut (which we assume is the standard men's tee- but check when ordering) comes in S, M, L and XL.  Either shirt can be ordered in Black or Gray.  Price is $18.00 + $5.00 (shipping /handling) = $23.  The proceeds go to support the BOC program and the shirts will eventually be available on the BOC online web store.  Want to see a photo of the shirts?  Click here.
5/20 DEEB & NIJENKAMP  Margie Deeb's new book The Beader's Color Palette is out and some of Kristy Nijenkamp's work appears in it.  Congratulations, Kristy.
5/19 LISA ST MARTIN PHOTOS  Photos from our April Meeting, from Lisa St Martin's classes and of her beads are now in our scrapbook.  Click here to see them.
5/19 NEW BOARD  Names, email addresses and photos of most of the new Board Members are available from the Board and Bylaws button. 
5/14 BBD CLASSES  The list of Beading and Beadmaking classes offered in May, June and July at Beads by Design is now available on their website.  Click here to see them.
5/14 PROMOTING YOUR OWN JEWELRY  What do you say if a stranger complements you on a bead or piece of jewelry that you are wearing .... this article published online at The Art Bead Scene Blog may be useful.  Click here to read it. (note you may have to create a free signon to read it).
5/14 RELEASE A BEAD PROJECT in JULY  ISGB is sponsoring a bead event in July and urges members of SF to participate .... "During July, all ISGB members are encouraged to "plant" some of your own handmade beads (annealed and cleaned, of course) in your area as a way to invite more of the public into our wonderful world of beadmaking. Our project will culminate in beads being planted all around the Oakland/San Francisco area with many including a free pass to the Gathering Bead Bazaar. So, it's time to get ready for ISGB's first annual RELEASE A BEAD Project!" Click here for more info from the ISGB Release a Bead Committee. Sounds like fun!!
5/14 JEWELRY PHOTO TECHNIQUES  Dana Lunde mentioned at the last Southern Flames meeting that she would pass along a link on the subject of photographing jewelry that she thought would be helpful to SF members. Dana writes "This website also offers for sale necessary tools such as 'light-tents' and true daylight balanced light bulbs, lighting fixtures and accessories to assist in the process of photographing jewelry or in this case beads. I personally have not purchased anything from the Table Top Studio, so I cannot vouch for their reputation as being a legitimate web vendor but they appear to be safe, offering a physical address, phone number and secure transactions." We will also add this to the Tips and Techniques page.

APRIL 2008

4/28 2700 BEADS to BOC  Lillie Bavedam made and donated 2700 beads to the Atlanta Beads of Courage Program.  We think this is a national record fit for Guiness.  Way to go, Lillie!!
4/28 BOC BEADS for BOYS  Beads of Courage supports children with Cancer and children with blood disorders.  It turns out that there are more boys than girls in the program.  So when you are making BOC beads, think about what would appeal to boys in a bead.
4/28 NEW BOARD ELECTED  Thank you and Congratulations to the new SF Board. By unanimous vote, the following SF members were elected to serve for 2008-2009.  In the next month or so we will put their photos up but for the moment, they are:

Co-President: Diane Kovach  (continuing)

Co- President Andrew Lunde 

Vice-President: Renee Taylor

Treasurer: Martha Fuerst

Secretary: Becky Sizemore

Meeting Coordinator: Cristie Prince

Event Coordinator: Margo Knight

4/28 LOREN STUMP CLASS  Loren Stump is teaching two classes at Flametree Glass in May.  Level 1 runs from May 14-18 and the advanced class "In the Jungle" runs from May 20-24th.  There are still a couple of openings. For more information, contact FlameTree Glass at 1-888-352-6387 or go to their website
4/28 LOST AND FOUND  A large purple blue bead from the Mercer Exhibit is looking for its owner.  If you think you are that person contact Diane Kovach Click here to see a photo.  It is a lovely bead and the Web Mama will be glad to store it around her neck if no one claims it.
4/28 SF & BEADS OF COURAGE  Southern Flames is now listed as a contributor to Beads of Courage and there are photos on their web page of the last batches of beads we sent.  Click here and then scroll down o see them .  Also Robert Simmons reminded us that when we make beads to remember to anneal them properly, clean out the bead release, file off any jagged edges, and try to make beads that are not too fragile.
4/11 MERCER EXHIBIT RETURN  The very successful Mercer Library exhibit is over.  If you contributed items, they will be available for pickup at the April meeting.  If you can't attend the meeting, get in touch with Diane Kovach to make arrangements for their return.
4/11 BOC TRAINING AT EGLESTON  The Beads of Courage Program to be held at Egleston Hospital  on Thurs April 24, 12-3pm. The program will be held in the conference center on the first floor in rooms 8 and 9. Just ask at the information desk as you walk into the new building.   Lunch is provided, so please let Robert Simmons know in advance if you are planning to come.
BOC TRAINING AT SCOTTISH RITE The Beads of Courage Program to be held at Scottish Rite Hospital  on Fri April 25 at noon will in their Conference Center Boardroom.  Not yet sure about lunch but check with Robert Simmons in advance if you are planning to come.
4/11 OPEN STUDIO TOUR  On Friday April 18th (6-9PM) and Saturday April 19 (10AM-8PM), the Artisan Resource Center will be hosting an open house.  The Artisan Resource Center is  in the complex where Beads by Design is located and they will be part of it.  There will be food, beverages, prizes, live performances an more.  Studios in the complex include painting, photography, fabric design, jewelry making, sculpture, stained glass, furniture, birdhouses and more.
4/11 BEDAZZLES WEB SITE Bedazzles Bead Store in Sandy Springs has a new Web Site.  Click here to check it out.  It will also be listed under Atlanta Bead Stores.
4/3 GARAGE SALE PHOTOS  Just posted photos from our March Meeting - the Garage Sale Swap and Shop.  Click here to see them.
4/3 SATAKE GLASS CLASSES  Jeff Barber is scheduled to teach classes in Satake Glass in October (23-26) The lottery will be at the August meeting.  More information will follow.
4/1 BEADS FOR BOC  Robert Simmons has been collecting beads from SF Members for the new Beads of Courage Programs coming to Atlanta.  He took photos of the hearts and butterflies we made and you can see them in the SF Scrapbook.
4/1 SE REGIONAL DIRECTOR  Good News!!  Gerry White, owner of Beads by Design is running for SE Regional Director Position for the ISGB. 
4/1 DOWN THE STREET BEAD SHOW  This weekend -  at the Cobb Galleria.  Sat 4/5(10 to 6) and Sun 4/6 (10 to 5).  Diane Kovach (dkdesigns) will be there and will be showing her new Add-A-Bead bracelets and beads.  For more info, directions and a dollar off coupon for admission go to:

MARCH 2008

3/31 BEADS OF COURAGE (BOC) TRAINING The training sessions for the Beads of Courage hospital programs will be given by Jean Baruch of BOC.  Southern Flames members are invited to attend.  The program at Egleston will be on April 24, 12-3pm and the one at Scottish Rite on April 25, 12-3pm.  Robert Simmons who is coordinating  with BOC, has collected 79 hearts, 19 butterflies >and 83 other beads from Southern Flames members for the program.  Photos of these are available in our scrapbook.
3/31 BEAD YOURSELF CREATIONS  Maureen Lovell has a new website which features jewelry, accessories and beading kits.  Take a look!
3/31 RESOURCE CENTER  Just a reminder that we have some new items for loan in the Resource Center which you can check out at our meetings.  Tools include an infinite rim marble mold and large and small petal pullers.  We also have a Brad Pearson DVD and several new books including ones by Drew Fritts, Kimberly Adams and James Kervin.  Go to the Resource Center page for additional information.
3/17 2008 GATHERING POSTCARD We are so pleased and happy that Kristy Nijenkamp and Shannon Brickey (wife of member Don Meadows) will be creating our 2008 Gathering Postcard.  Kristy has announced that the deadline for submitting a bead is our May 21 meeting and if you know Kristy like we know Kristy  ...... don't be late!!! .  You will want to be included because with Kristy and Shannon doing it, the postcard should be FABULOUS.  So bring your bead to the March, April or May meeting or mail it to Kristy with the form provided.  Click here for more details about submission and to print a copy of the submission form.
3/17 BOARD NOMINATIONS The election of the 2008-2009 SF Board will take place at the April Membership Meeting on Saturday April 26.  If you know someone, including yourself, who is interested in helping keep Southern Flames a vibrant, fun, useful organization that meets the needs of its members, please submit a nomination to Adele Shepherd or another current Board member.  Remember, nominees must be a member of both Southern Flames and the ISGB.  Click here to read descriptions of each Board Position.Board Position Descriptions
3/8 FEB MEETING PHOTOS  Photos from our February Meeting including ones from the fabulous Brent Graber Boro Fish Sculpture demo are now available in our scrapbook.  Click here to see them.
3/8 MERCER LIBRARY EXHIBIT  If you haven't already looked at the photos from the Mercer Library SF Lampwork Exhibit, click here and you will be in for a treat.  The exhibit was put together by Diane Kovach and Andrea Winkler with photographs taken by Andrea with items lent by many Southern Flames members.  A link to the exhibit photos will also be kept in the SF Scrapbook.
3/6 DOOR PRIZES !!!  Forgot to mention below, but at our March 19th Meeting/ Garage Sale there will be DOOR PRIZES!!!.
3/5 LISA ST MARTIN CLASS OPENINGS  We have filled the Sat-Sun class but still have some openings for the Thurs-Fri (April 24-25) class.  On 3/6 these openings will be made available to the general public so sign up today if you want to take what promises to be a really fun and informative class.  For application form and more information, click here.
3/5 VINEGAR - A RECIPE FOR BEADMAKING  According to Margo Knight who has been teaching lampworking for years at Spruill Center,  the secret to getting stuck beads off mandrels is to soak them in vinegar.  According to Margo this will work even if the bead has been fused on by a beginner!  We'll file this tip in our Tips and Techniques section.  And if you have any tips or techniques to share bring them to a meeting or send them to the WebMama.
3/5 ULTIMATE GARAGE SALE & SWAP  At our March 19 meeting we invite you to bring all glass related items - tools, rods, frit, books, powders to the meeting to sell or swap for other wonderful amazing bargains.  For each item that you bring, please bring a form with your name, a description of the item, it's value, whether you want to sell it, swap it or are open to either and if you will take cash or check.  For your convenience, click here for a form that you can fill in online and print out or print out and fill in manually. Remember: one form for each item and bring some change and small bills if you are selling your items for cash only. 



2/26 LOST Misplaced by a SF member at the Brent Graber class a bundle of clear boro rods, 12-13" long and weighing  about 3 lbs.  If you noticed the orphaned boro during the class or meeting , or the rods got mixed up in the clean up confusion with your own stuff, please send an email to the Web Mama.  Or leave it in the Southern Flames mailbox at Beads by Design. Thanks.
2/25 PAY PAL YOUR DUES You can now use PAY PAL to pay your Southern Flames dues.  Look to your right - 4th button down says "Membership Info/Pay Dues".  Use that button to open the page that explains how to pay your 2008 SF dues using PayPal or check.
2/25 LISA MARTIN CLASS OPENINGS  There are still openings in the Lisa Martin classes - on both Thurs/Fri and Sat Sun.  This should be a really fun class filled with all sorts of shiny and sparkly bead additions.  Click here to read about the class or about Lisa and send a check to Kim Runge to reserve a place before we open the class to the public.
2/18 BOARD RETREAT PHOTOS  This year's Board decided to hold a Bead Retreat so that board members could play together to reward ourselves for all the time we spend working together.  It was held in Diane Kovach's studio where she normally holds group and private lessons.  Everyone had a wonderful time and we hope to make it an annual Board event.  So join the Board and come to next year's retreat.  Click here to see the photos!
2/18 BEAD SWAP  The Bead Swap was in November and while we already posted some photos from it, Margo Knight just sent us some more.  They are in the Scrapbook for you enjoyment ... click here to see them.
2/6 LISA ST MARTIN LOTTERY  Click here for information and lottery forms for the Lisa St Martin classes in April.  If you are not bringing your check to the meeting on the 23rd then it must reach Kim Runge by the 22nd.

GATHERING SCHOLARSHIP  Southern Flames will be sponsoring a scholarship to this summer's ISGB Gathering.  If a Southern Flames member qualifies, they will receive priority consideration from the ISGB Committee.  In the event that no Southern Flames member qualifies, then priority will be given to a South East region ISGB Member before it is open to the general ISGB membership.  If you are interested in the scholarship and would like to apply, click here for information: 

Note:  You must be a member of the ISGB to apply and the application is due by March 1.

2/6 ONE BIG BEAUTIFUL BEAD Kristy Nijenkamp has two pieces accepted for publication in One Big Beautiful Bead by Sarah McConnell, a new Lark publication coming out soon! Kristy's work has also been featured in books by Margie Deeb.  Way to go, Kristy!
2/6 SAGE AND TOM   Sage and Tom Holland are doing a lot of workshops and events in the next few months.  These include:
  • Feb 6-10 Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show
  • Feb 14-18 Bead Museum Glendale AZ
  • Feb 21-24 Heritage Glass New Braunsfel, Texas
  • Feb 29- Mar 2 Glass Concepts Little Rock AK
  • Mar 7-9 3rd Degree Glass Studio - St Louis Mo
  • April 25-26/27-28 GlasDesign Studio Hamburg Germany

If you want information about any of these events you can contact them at their new email address



1/29 JAN MEETING PHOTOS  Diane Kovach took some wonderful photos of the Michael Dean demo and of his gorgeous floral beads.  Click here to see them in SF Scrapbook.
1/29 BEADS OF WHIMSEY Marcy Lamberson has had a glass charm bracelet selected for the Beads of Whimsey Show at the Textile Center in Minnesota.  The piece is titled "Day Dreaming of Summer" and it will be on display in March and April.  Want to see it? Click here.
1/29 NEW CLASSES AT BBD The list of classes to be  offered in FEB, MARCH & APRIL at Beads by Design is now available on their website.  Click here to see them.
1/29 MERCER LIBRARY EXHIBIT DATES CHANGED The date for the Mercer Library SF Exhibit has been changed to March so we have a bit more time to get ready and contribute to the display. Installation will begin February 25th.  If you have items to be included in the display send an email to Diane Kovach or bring it to our next meeting on February 23rd.  For a list of suggestions about items to be displayed, see below.  And keep in mind Diane's comment that this is Free Advertising which, if you are a small business office, is as good as found Gold!
1/23 MERCER LIBRARY EXHIBIT We would love to have members loan us any of the following or any other items that you help the public understand bead making to go into the exhibit.  Bring them to the meeting or get in touch with Diane Kovach or Andrea Winkler who will be coordinating it.
-Pictures of your beads, that are at least 16x20 or larger
- Glass rods, twisted cane, murini cane and/or slices
- Individual glass beads and  jewelry made from glass beads
- any books or magazines that you have been published in
- bead making process (a) beads for each step, along with text description). 
1/23 LISA ST MARTIN CLASSES  Information and Registration forms for the Lisa St Martin classes in April will be available on the Web Site in the next week or so.  Meanwhile, let Margo Knight know which of the class options you are most interested in - Metalics/Dichroic or Landscape.  The lottery for this class will be at the February meeting.
1/23 NEW TOOL  An infinite rim marble mold has been added to the Resource Cabinet. Items in the Resource Cabinet can be borrowed by members.  For other available items select the Resource Center button to the right or click here:
1/17 MEETING RESCHEDULED  Because of the snow the Monthly Meeting for SF has been rescheduled for next Wed Jan 23rd.  Same agenda.
1/9 FLOW MAGAZINE  Nita VanTil and Marcy Lamberson are both included the 3rd Annual Gallery of Women in Glass in the current issue of The Flow Magazine.  Wow! and   Congratulations!!!  In addition, Nita also has a gorgeous 2 page spread on Rock Beads- photo demo and text in the same issue.
1/9 BOROSILICATE CLASS  We still have one opening in Brent Graber's Sat Sun class and three in the Thurs Fri class.  These openings are now open to lampworkers outside of SF so spread the word.


1/9 DK DESIGN CLASSES In addition to private and group classes offered in her own studio, Diane Kovach will be teaching two series of beginning/intermediate glass beadmaking classes at the Alpharetta Crabapple Government Center.  The Winter Series will be on Thursdays (Jan 10-Feb 28).  The Spring classes will also be on Thursdays from March 13 - May 9.  For more information email Diane at Diane@dkdesigns or call the center where the classes will be held 678-291-6100.
1/9 JANUARY CLASSES AT BBD  The list of classes offered in January at Beads by Design is now available on their website.  Click here to see them.
1/9 BEAD SWAP PHOTOS  Diane Kovach sent us some photos from the Bead Swap at the November meeting.   Click here to see them and please if you can identify any of the beautiful beads - who made them or who went home with them, let the Web Mama know.

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