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The focus of our February Meeting was the borosilicate demo by Brent Graber but before this started we had announcements, a short presentation of some featured items from our resource cabinet, the lottery for the Lisa St Martin class and the drawing for the bead challenge which were Purple Hearts to be donated to Beads of Courage.

Among other announcements, co-president Diane Kovach thanked Gerry White for letting us use Beads by Design for our meetings,  requested nominations for Board positions and asked or Tips and Techniques to be shared with members at meetings and on the SF Website.


Our librarian, Martha Fuerst, showed us 2 new items just added to our Resource Cabinet.  She is holding two infinite ring graphite marble molds which were still wrapped to protect them and she also showed us large and small petal mashers.  All of these items are available for loan by Southern Flames members for a period of a month.


Member Melanie Robbins was wearing a striking lampwork and beaded necklace in winter blues and whites - unfortunately the photos do not do the piece justice.  Maybe she will wear it again.



The Bead Challenge this month was Purple Hearts in honor of the expected opening of the Beads of Courage Program in Childrens Hospital of Atlanta.  All of the hearts show below as well as many others made by Southern Flames members will be given by Robert Simmons to the program leaders.

Please if you can identify any of the artists who made the challenge beads shown below, will email the Web Mama the names.  Thanks!

1. Purple & Blue Heart by


2. Purple Heart with Cubic Zirconium by Karen Barefield


3. Purple Cosmos Heart by Robert Simmons


4. Purple Frame Heart by


5. Transparent Heart by Karen Barefield

6. Purple Heart with Crystal by 

7. Colorful Heart by Robert Simmons

8. Purple Heart with Crystal and Frit by

2. Purple Heart with Cubic Zirconium by Karen Barefield - (such a strking bead requires at least 2 photos!)

Purple hearts with Colored Frit by Linda Edmunds


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