Drop It Like It’s Hot…

It’s time for the Florida Glass Dragons Monthly meeting! Mark your calendar for June 8th, 2019. The temperatures are climbing, so this month, the lovely Margie Chan has volunteered to host the meeting where we will be making focal drop necklaces. Margie and Chris are providing all of the materials: lampwork focal, 2 matching beads, leather cord, seed beads, and cording for $7. We are so lucky to have these talented ladies in our group:)

Date: June 8th, 2019
Place: Margie Chan’s Home
Belle Isle, Fl 32812
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m

Please bring a snack to share with the group.  We can’t wait to see you there.  If you  have glass melting related stuff you want to sell…feel free to bring it with you as well:) For more information, contact sunnyone64@hotmail.com.

Upcoming meetings:
It is summer and so we do not have air conditioned torch space, so we may be back in Deland in July. We are looking for volunteers to host meetings. If you have a space or ideas please let us know:) The chapter has to pay for the Deland studio and we don’t have a lot of funds, so volunteers are desperately needed.  We do not have any space planned for future meetings and we would like to schedule a few months out so that we can all plan for it.

July, August, September we need to be in a non torch environment.  We can do an artsy project or field trip…maybe mosaics.. Please think of ideas and share them. If you want to volunteer a space any location in the state is fine…South , West, North, East. We travel!  October should be cool enough for Royal Palm, again.

Volunteer Help Wanted

  • Candis Donkin can no longer fill the role of treasurer. Crystal never asks for help but she needs it with this one. She wears so many hats but this is one she just can’t put on. She will assist with the role, if needed and will take care of banking if needed. She just needs some help with filing the taxes and filing the annual report. Taxes have been filed for 2018.
  • We are actively seeking a welding instructor for a future meeting. Please let us know if you know of one! We would like to do a garden art welding project as a group:) Simple copper etc pipe and a welders torch( or plumbers torch):) Nothing fancy:)

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