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:

Here are some 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

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:)

RSVP to Crystal Clark

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 ( 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