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AD-Orlando, FL July 12-13, 2003 Florida Summer Classic Intergalactic Bead Festival

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Phineas T Beadd Director National Bead Society
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Default AD-Orlando, FL July 12-13, 2003 Florida Summer Classic Intergalactic Bead Festival

Dixie Classic Intergalactic Bead Festival
Atlanta, GA
July 26-27, 2003

10AM - 5PM Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27
North Georgia Fairgrounds - Jim R. Miller Park - 2245 Callaway Rd. SW
Marietta, GA
From I-75 Exit 260 west on Windy Hill Rd. south on Austell Rd. then west on
Callaway Rd. Follow signs.

Forty-six vendors from thirteen states with an extraordinary display of
ancient, antique, vintage, and modern handmade beads for sale. Also,
beadmaking demonstrations, identification and appraisals. Admission: $8.00
Saturday $5.00 Sunday BRING THIS LISTING FOR $1 OFF ADMISSION - 12 years old
and under free
For Festival Information, 888-729-6904, www.beadshows.com

Atlanta, GA The Dixie Classic Intergalactic Bead Festival will take place
10AM-5PM Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. Forty-six vendors from
thirteen states will show and sell their wares of ancient to modern beads,
bead books, beading supplies, and finished beads, at the North Georgia
Fairgrounds - Jim R. Miller Park - 2245 Callaway Rd. SW Marietta, GA From
I-75 Exit 260 west on Windy Hill Rd. south on Austell Rd. then west on
Callaway Rd. Follow signs. An interesting mix of history and art, this bead
extravaganza will feature over one hundred tables representing the country's
finest bead vendors.
The fascination with beads is not a new one. People have been admiring,
wearing, and praying with beads for over forty thousand years. According to
Christopher England, the man behind Intergalactic Bead Shows, "Beads are not
a passing fancy. In fact, in the many years we have been hosting bead shows,
beads have only grown in popularity." When asked why he thought that was,
England's reply was noncommittal. "Perhaps it is because of the satisfaction
that comes from applying time and concentration to a small vial of beads to
create a three-dimensional piece of jewelry or sculpture. Or, it could be
the instant gratification found by stringing a collection of beads into
something unique that you can wear that evening. Maybe it is the inspiration
one gets from seeing other people's creativity come alive. Or, as one who
has attended an Intergalactic Bead Show can tell you, it may simply be the
experience of seeing so many colors, textures, and patterns together in one
arena that lends itself to the bead frenzy. Attending our shows is like
entering a room full of potential." Indeed, this weekend's Dixie Classic
Intergalactic Bead Festival will be the premier place to harness the
potential of antique and modern beads of every size, description, and
material. The festival will also feature local bead artists and shops as
listed below.
Among the noted glass beadmakers at the festival will be local artist
Susan Barnes, Fire Goddess, Marietta, GA. Susan designs and creates
beautiful jewelry using her own hand crafted glass beads along with fresh
water pearls, hand-faceted crystal, Bali silver, and new for this season -
her custom designed lead-free pewter beads. Trained and inspired by many of
the leading artists in the lampwork and jewelry design field, Barnes has
fashioned her own style with an eclectic blend of colors, textures, designs
and movement. Her focal designer beads are available to jewelry designers,
fashion retail outlets and
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to the public via her website and at the nearest Intergalactic Bead Show.
Glass Beadmaker Lea Zinke, Clearwater, FL, named The National Bead
Society's 2003 "Beadmaker of the Year", will showcase her series of beads
commemorating World Bead Day 2002. The series, titled "Our America",
consists of three, three-dimensional glass beads, "Mountain Majesty", "Amber
Waves" and "From Sea to Shining Sea", that embody the spirit of the
country's most recognizable terrain. Zinke said of the design, she "wanted
something to honor our country" and for the beads to capture the recent
resurgence in patriotism. Known for her intricate floral designs, Zinke has
been the recipient of many awards. She was the winner of Bead and Button
magazine's "Bead Dreams 2001" competition in the handmade bead category and
was a finalist in "Bead Dreams 2002", just to name a few. Her designs have
been featured in several publications, including Beadwork and Bead and
Button magazines.
Pam East, of Pinzart, Alpharetta, GA is an accomplished enamellist who
has developed her own beadmaking video and line of enameling products. Seen
on the Carol Duvall Show on HGTV, East enjoys sharing her expertise with
people and considers teaching the craft to be one of the most rewarding
aspects of her career. To the delight of the festival attendees, she will be
one of the many artisans who will be demonstrating their craft this weekend
in Atlanta. Enameling is essentially the art of applying glass to metal.
Each bead starts as a short length of copper tubing that is placed on a
special tool called a mandrel. The copper is heated in a propane torch
flame, rolled in glass bits, and then reheated. As each layer of enamel is
added, the mandrel is rolled in the torch flame to keep the hot glass from
dripping or sagging, a technique that results in a bead with beautifully
blended color and pattern. Because the tools and supplies needed are
relatively inexpensive and very accessible, enamel beadmaking is the perfect
way for any bead lover to create their own custom beads.
To fill their impressive stock of precious and semi-precious stone
beads, Rampal, Ankur, and Arun Yadav of American Raw Materials, Lilburn, GA
import rough stones directly from mines all over the world to their own
select manufacturing sites, where they oversee the cutting of the gems.
Having an active role in all phases of the process allows them to closely
control the quality of the beads while being able to offer outstanding
prices. Along with nearly four thousand different stone bead varieties,
including beads that no one else carries and cuts that are brand new to the
gemstone world, American Raw Materials carries an extensive line of Bali and
Indian silver beads and findings and Lithuanian amber. Ask them about their
new stones and cuts for 2003.
Visitors to this weekend's festival are sure to find something to
delight them from the beads ranging from historical to modern, handcrafted
to mass produced, natural materials to the newest in synthetic technology.
Along with beads and bead-making supplies there will be numerous finished
pieces to choose from, including beaded bracelets, pendants, necklaces, and
earrings. The various artists, vendors, and collectors brought together by
The Dixie Classic Intergalactic Bead Festival will be bringing Atlanta the
best selection of beads in the galaxy. Let the creativity begin!
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WORLD BEAD DAY September 28, 2003
** The Day To Wear Your Beads ** or join others beaders at an bead event
near you. http://nationalbeadsociety.com/worldbeadday
Visit the pages of the best bead vendors on the Web and the Intergalactic
Bead Shows at http://beadshows.com
SHOW ATTENDEES may contact the below for show newsletter.


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