Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers Demo Day…

b070512a01.jpgFinally, here goes my update from the Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers‘ Demo Day. I’m experimenting with a new image uploading so these should be thumbnails that you can get to the larger picture from.

First up was Amanda Jeffrey. She is one of my favorite people that I met online and got to spend more time with in Tucson. Here you see her pulling stringer before she starts to demo a masking technique. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone so patient at the torch! Great control!

b070512a03.jpgNext up was me. Here I am being bossy before I start. I really have no idea what I was doing there but it looks like I’m telling someone where to sit or something. I had almost two hours to fill and made three beads. The first one was making a Monet in the shape of a Zoozii Focal Nugget.


Next I showed how to make a stitched bead and finally I showed how to make one of my new Elusive beads. There I am thinking, ‘ew, that sure isn’t doing what I wanted it to do’ or something of that sort. Very flattering picture don’t you think?


Next up was the infamous Jim Wuerfel who demonstrated boro hearts with things plunged up in them. Can you tell I’m not a boro person. Totally fascinating and I kept pinching myself from following the boro urge. He also does some fantastic murrini and signature cane. I know because he did mine exactly like my logo! He has a class coming up too for it. If you’re interested I can dig out the info…just email me.

b070512a10.jpgNext up was my first teacher, Marcia Kmack of Cave Creek Glassworks. She demonstrated how to blow shards and how to apply them. I think she must have applied about 25 layers of shards to her bead and got a really cool watercolor effect. Ok, maybe not 25 layers but a LOT. Another person with a lot more patience than I have!b070512a11.jpg

Next was a cool collaboration of Wendy Wyman and Cynthia Beach. I love it when people collaborate. Here is Wendy demonstrating how to make all kinds of different eyes for funky little faces and creatures. I’m not quite sure what she’s trying to convey here but I think this shot captures the essence of her whole portion. Just darn fun.b070512a12.jpg

Here is where Cynthia steps in and does the rest of the face. If you’ve ever seen one of her beads you’d know the detail we’re talking about here. She said she’s ‘anal’ but I think she’s just detail-oriented. I have a little vampire bead of hers that I traded for at the Gathering and it is very cool.

b070512a13.jpgNext up was Robin Foster demonstrating color mixing. We only got a tease of color mixing as she only had time for two but it was so cool (I love not-off-the-rod color) that I bought the one book she said that really broke it down, Drew Fritt’s Torch Worked Marble book.

b070512a14.jpgLast up was Adiel Garrison who demonstrated a starburst murrini. She even came prepared with a detailed handout. Ok, so I wasn’t thinking that far ahead…next time I’ll know…that was a very nice touch.

I can’t explain in words and pictures what a great day of demos it was.  Maybe you’ll just have to come and see next year.

Thank you to Penny Dickinson who provided the space and set this all up (I think.  Correct me if I’m wrong).  And thank you to Kathryn Guler (another of my favorite people along with Amanda) for sending me the disk of pictures.  There are lots more but I hit on the highlights.