Happy Holidays! It’s Party Time!

It’s time for the Florida Glass Dragons Holiday Party, December 8 at Glenda Long’s place in St. Cloud! We have tons of fun stuff planned!

Date: December 8th 2018
Place: 2374 Tyson Road
           St. Cloud, FL
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m

For starters, the Florida Glass Dragons are going to be supplying glaskolbens to everyone to try, no purchase necessary, as our gift to you this year! You will get to make at least 3 and take them home with you. Maybe more depending on turn out and the amount of glaskolbens we have. We are looking for some donations of 90 COE frit for this:) To those not familiar with these they are blown ornaments and don’t be scared…they are beginner friendly!

We are also going to do a White Elephant Exchange! Anyone who wants to participate needs to bring a wrapped gift ( under $25) The more humorous the gift the better…This is for entertainment only…😊 It is tons of fun and the more that participate the better! It is also called Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa…  White Elephant Gift Exchange

Diane Wingard is donating a turkey, so we are going to have a feast! Bring fixins that go with a holiday dinner!

Chris McElroy and Margie Chan were thinking of doing a tree that everyone could donate an ornament to and we can raffle it off to the winner:) Bring an ornament…it doesn’t have to be glass. Prizes will be given for donating:) I will be bringing some cosmetics, bath and body from my shop as well for the prizes..

Hope to see everyone there:) Should be a fantastic meeting!

How’s It Hangin’?! Let’s Make Ornaments!

The monthly meeting of The Florida Glass Dragons is this weekend! Mark your calendar for November 10th, 2018. We will be making fabulous blown Christmas Ornaments.:) Kits will be available and prepped by Chris McElroy and Margie Chan. There will be a cost for components so bring a little extra cash if you want to make and take:)

Date: November 10th 2018
Place: 1275 McGregor Road
           DeLand, FL
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m

Food Suggestions: Light Lunch/ Dinner Dishes/whatever you would like to bring. Finger food and snacks are fine as well:)

Program: Chris McElroy and Margie Chan will be demo-ing blown glass ornaments and drop ornaments. They will be offering kits to make the drop ornaments. You will get an ornate bottom piece with a pin to add your beads to and a topper to glue on after the beads have been added. They will be demoing how to make these as well. A picture is worth a thousand words…see above photo:) They will also be donating twisties for a raffle that you can take home and make your own beads/ornaments with:)

This is an OPEN HOUSE so all are welcome to come try their hand at the torch, watch us work or just mingle with other artsy folks. You do not need to be a glass artist to come! … the focus is on glass, friendship, FUN and FOOD!

All torches will be running:)

We want new blood…so everyone is welcome! Please come join us and did I mention that all of this fun is FREE! Come get your feet wet and your artsy on:)

 

September 8 – Open Torch!

The monthly meeting of The Florida Glass Dragons is this weekend! Mark your calendar for September 8th, 2018.

Date: September 8th 2018
Place: 1275 McGregor Road
           DeLand, FL
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m

Food Suggestions: Light Lunch/ Dinner Dishes/ whatever you would like to bring. We will be grilling and have vegan, vegetarian, and meat options:) Bring a side dish if you’d like.

Program: Open torch, Beads of Courage, Raffle, Cool micas to play with and you can take some home if you’d like.

This is an OPEN HOUSE so all are welcome to come try their hand at the torch, make beads for beads of courage or just mingle with other artsy folks. You do not need to be a glass artist to come! … the focus is on glass, friendship, FUN and FOOD!

If you dont know what lampworking or glass bead making is:

Here is a demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eei0n8z_1uc

Here are some tutorials: http://www.eskiebeads.com/free-tutorials/

And this is just Italian glass! There are other glasses as well, like Boro (borosilicate), which is more resistant to thermal shock and therefore used in functional work.

We will have 8-10 torches up and running so there will be plenty of room for everyone to try their hand at it or to make beads:)

How about a garage sale! Bring your glassy stuff you no longer want. Also, there will be a raffle, so bring your glassy friends and help us spread the word! And don’t forget to bring your Beads of Courage Donations!

We can’t wait to see you there.

RSVP if you like so we know how many people will be there….but just feel free to show up if you’d like to as well:) It’s a party after all:) !

RSVP to Crystal Clark
sunnyone64@hotmail.com
978-760-4595

Upcoming meetings:

October: Crystals place in Royal Palm Beach Fl. We will be melting glass on wire picks to use as headpins, in jewelry etc. We will be demoing acorns and fall things like leaves:) All torches will be running:)

November 3rd…Carolyn Baum class at Crystals. Limited seating available so rsvp for this. Cost will be around $150 per each. MUST HAVE BASIC lampworking skills. You are more than welcome to spend the night at Crystal’s if you are coming from a distance or just want to:) 2-3 spare beds, numerous couches and 1.25 acres if you want to camp:)

http://www.carolynsglassflowers.com/2018-schedule.html

RSVP to Crystal Clark
sunnyone64@hotmail.com
978-760-4595

November: Kathi Truba’s place. We will be making blown ornaments and really cute long dangle ornaments done in 2 parts:)

December: Holiday party at Glenda Long’s place in St. Cloud

January: Kelly Six is hosting on the west coast! party!!! More info to follow

February: Crystal’s place in Royal Palm?

We are actively looking for a welding instructor for a class for a meeting. Please keep us posted if you know of one! We would like to do a garden art welding project as a group:)

Let’s Get Knotty!

Since it’s so hot, we have an indoor activity planned. We are teaching everyone how to a knotty bracelet with lampwork beads and leather cord. These are great for yourselves but make nice gifts too!

If you would like to bring your own beads, you will need 7 made on a 3/32 mandrel or any bead with a large hole will work too. No worries if you don’t, we will have everything you will need to make a bracelet. Cord, clasps, beads and even the boards will be available for a small fee.

August 11th, 11AM-3PM
Margie Chan’s home
Belle Isle, FL 32812

Next month we will probably meet in Pompano, where Kara Ann and Chris Scala work, to learn how to use a plasma cutter and weld. There will be a demo. This meeting has not been finalized…but it will give you time to plan. If you would like to come south for this but it is too far you are more than welcome to stay overnight at Crystal’s place!

October will be in Royal Palm Beach at Crystal’s place where we will be making acorns, pumpkins and Fall things on wire for headpins etc etc. Wire will be provided and all the torches will be on so everyone can try working on wire. Again….the offer to stay overnight at Crystal’s is always an option!

I would like to host Carolyn Baum here at the studio in Royal Palm. Anyone interested in taking a class with her please reply back to Crystal (president@floridaglassdragons.com). It will be very reasonable and there is plenty of room to stay overnight here. It will be a one day class and in the Fall.

Thanks all! See you this Saturday! We will be carpooling from the south so if you want in on the carpool, email Crystal at president@floridaglassdragons.com

June 9 – Learn To Melt Glass At The St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club

It’s once again time for the monthly meeting of The Florida Glass Dragons. We have another exciting meeting planned that you won’t want to miss!

Florida Glass Dragons & St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club are co hosting a meeting!

We will be demoing glass bead making and making metal bead caps! For the tiny sum of $5. You can sit down and make a bunch of beadcaps to go on your beads! Bring inorganic material to roll in the metal presses to make designs on the metal. A leaf will work if it is dead ( dry) so think outside of the box:)…lace, material, dead leaves and other flora. It does have to be small enough to roll through the press….use your imagination:)

Dont miss this opportunity as all meetings will not have the ability to torch present!

Do you know someone who has expressed an interest in lampworking, but not been able to try? Or, perhaps, is just getting started but hasn’t had much exposure to other artists? Or…well established and just want to meet and hang out with other glassy folks for the day? Well, bring them along! Hosted by Joe David at SLC Rock and Gem club, this event is open to everyone, members and non-members! The studio features several torches, so everyone will have an opportunity to try their hand, if they so choose. We’ll have some demos, as well as a question and answer session. So help us spread the word! We can’t wait to see you there!

Location: St. Lucie County Rock & Gem Club
6901 Heritage Dr
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Food Suggestions: Finger Foods. Bring something
to share with the group.

The mission of the Florida Glass Dragons is to promote the diverse art of glass beadmaking and other glass working techniques; to be socially responsible through support of worthy causes; to provide a nurturing environment to all members; and foremost, to have a good time together through our common passion for glass.

As always, you are encouraged you to bring your art work for show and tell and don’t forget your donations for Beads of Courage!

The Dragons will be bringing in teachers this year for members and non member classes. If you join the group you get reduced tuition:)

The SLC rock and gem club offers tons of reasonably priced classes and all sorts of metal and gem equipment! You can learn to do silversmithing, gemstone faceting, gem cabochon making, bronze clay classes, vaccum casting, fused glass, metal enamel, and on and on. The facitlity has 6 minor torches for glass and tons and tons of equipment for metal working and gem working. The facility is air conditioned:)

St. Lucie County Rock and Gem Club
http://www.slcrockandgem.org/index.html

CABBING $65**
CASTING​ (Centrifugal) $65**
CASTING (Vaccum) $65**
ENAMELING $65**
FACETING $65**
GLASS FUSION $65**
LAMPWORK $65**
METAL IMPRESSIONS (morning) $65**
METAL IMPRESSIONS (evening) $65**
6 HOUR STUDIO WORK SHOP $85
SILVER SMITHING WORKSHOP $65**
BEAD WEAVING $35**
ADVANCED CHAINMAILLE $35**
WIRE WRAPPING $35**
​OPAL CUTTING $65**

When taking more than one class, the most expensive class is considered your first class. Each additional class ( listed as a $65.00 class ) will be $50.00. If second or third class is listed as a $35.00 class it will become a $25.00 class.​

** WALK IN RATE 15.00 WITH INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL
* WALK IN RATE 7.00 WITH INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL
NO WALK IN FOR THE STUDIO WORK SHOP

April 14 – Open Torch Beads of Courage Day!

The monthly meeting of The Florida Glass Dragons is coming soon! Mark you calendar for April 14th, 2018.

Date: April 14th 2018
Place: 4660 121 st terrace N
           Royal Palm Beach 33411
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m….or beyond
…we will have a fire pit and food!

Food Suggestions: Light Lunch/ Dinner Dishes/ whatever you would like to bring. We will be grilling and have vegan, vegetarian, and meat options:) Bring a side dish if you’d like.

Program: Open torch, Beads of Courage, Raffle, Cool micas to play with and you can take some home if you’d like.

This is an OPEN HOUSE so all are welcome to come try their hand at the torch, make beads for beads of courage or just mingle with other artsy folks. You do not need to be a glass artist to come! … the focus is on glass, friendship, FUN and FOOD!

If you dont know what lampworking or glass bead making is:

Here is a demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eei0n8z_1uc

Here are some tutorials: http://www.eskiebeads.com/free-tutorials/

And this is just Italian glass! There are other glasses as well! Boro is a popular medium too and that is seen in a lot of pipe making.

We will have 8-10 torches up and running so there will be plenty of room for everyone to try their hand at it or to make beads:)

Crystal is working on a cool project to maybe do during the meeting. We will try to do this project at Crystal’s..because it is a little messy:) It is the new dripping cement planters. Very cool…very easy:) Crystal will supply all the materials…but if you have a funky shaped bowl or just a random item you would like to make a planter with…bring it with you:) This may not happen…as she is just playing with the idea as we speak:) But they are sooo coool we are going to try to make it work:)

How about a garage sale! Bring your glassy stuff you no longer want. There will be a raffle . So bring your glassy friends and help us spread the word! And don’t forget to bring your Beads of Courage Donations!

We can’t wait to see you there.

RSVP if you like so we know how many people will be there….but just feel free to show up if you’d like to as well:) It’s a party after all:) !

RSVP to Crystal Clark
sunnyone64@hotmail.com
978-760-4595

Photos From Saturday’s Meeting

We had such a great time at the March meeting, this past Saturday! The subject was etching and we covered chemical etching, 2 types of manual engraving and sand blasting. Thank you so much, Glenda and Margie, for hosting and demonstrating!

Here are a few photos from the meeting:

March Meeting – Let’s Etch!

Please join us on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 for a Florida Glass Dragons Monthly Gathering!  This month we will be demonstrating and exploring different ways to etch glass. Glenda Long and Margie Chan have been doing stained glass for years. They will be demonstrating and showing different techniques to etch glass. Glenda is graciously hosting the meeting and has a sandblasting machine that we will try to set up as well. If you have ever been interested in etching this is a great class to explore several avenues of etching! We will have fun, food, raffles, demo’s, and glassy camaraderie!

Date: Saturday, March 10th
Place: 2374 Tyson Rd, St. Cloud, FL 34771
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Food Suggestions: Finger Foods. Bring something to share with the group.

The mission of the Florida Glass Dragons is to promote the diverse art of glass beadmaking and other glass working techniques; to be socially responsible through support of worthy causes; to provide a nurturing environment to all members; and foremost, to have a good time together through our common passion for glass.

As always, you are encouraged you to bring your art work for show and tell and don’t forget your donations for Beads of Courage! If you would like to bring any supplies to sell that you no longer want (and want to sell)…feel free. (You may also bring anything else you would like to sell as well:)

Now for next month’s meeting……Saturday April 14th, 2018

February Meeting

The monthly meeting of The Florida Glass Dragons is coming soon! Mark your calendar for February 10th, 2018. We are terribly sorry for the late announcement…it has been a crazy month:)

Date: February 10th 2018

Place: 4660 121 St Terrace N,
Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5 p.m….or beyond…we will have a fire pit and food!

Food Suggestions: Light Lunch/ Dinner Dishes/whatever you would like to bring. We will be bbq ing and have vegan, vegetarian, and meat options:) Bring a side dish if you like.

Program: Open torch, Beads of Courage, Raffle, Cool micas to play with and you can take some home if you like.