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Beads of Courage -- Discussion for all things Beads of Courage; the only not-for-profit, arts-in-medicine program putting to use the talents of glass beadmakers to uplift children dealing with life threatening illnesses, their families and the people who care for them. Families, clinicians and artists alike are welcome to join in! (Thank you to Lampwork Etc. for supporting Beads of Courage and helping to foster communication!) PHOTOS OF INDIVIDUALS OR CHILDREN ONLY ALLOWED WITH THEIR SPECIFIC CONSENT.

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Old 2015-04-02, 9:26am
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Thanks PattyK I am thinking bears faces today.
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Old 2015-04-02, 2:46pm
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How cute. I have some waiting for a picture.
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Wow, those are the most adorable beads, Diana! The kids will be absolutely thrilled
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Thanks Julie! This program means so much to me... Here is yesterdays Act of Courage beads. Koala's, Bears and Crazy Strawberries


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They are all darling but those Koalas!! Too cute!
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Old 2015-04-03, 5:59pm
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A few new ones from me .. some puppies and a few odds and ends.


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Old 2015-04-04, 9:22am
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Cute beads, ladies. My latest additions. 2 days worth.
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Those look great Pat! Love your minions .. I've been meaning to give those a try.
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Patty and Pat - those are so wonderful!!!

Minions were the #1 requested bead on the BOC page recently, so those are a good choice!!


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Thanks a bunch. Good to know, Julie. I didn't know that! I'll have to get to work.
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And now I need to get them mailed.
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Those are wonderful Pat .. I love the little owls!
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You folks are so creative!

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Old 2015-04-10, 3:18pm
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Thanks, feel free to use any of my creations. Some are not mine.
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Every pic depicts the love that each of you have put into every bead. I applaud all!
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Robert, how are we doing? Are you still scraping the bottom of the barrel?
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Old 2015-04-15, 5:22am
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We are chronically low on these beads, though this effort has made a dent in the backlog. We go though a phenomenal number of Act of Courage beads - there are a lot of very courageous kids out there and they need these beads. A big Thank You to everyone who is making this extra effort. I went back though my own bead stash and came up with another 50 or so myself and will be making more as soon as I can get back to my torch.
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Thanks for the update Robert, I do always try to make some when I'm at the torch, but I'll double up.
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Silly question, but what do you recommend for mandrel size? I usually use a 1/16, but can dig out my old 3/32's and see what I can contribute to the Canadian Cause...
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Hi Kristy - this is from their
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"The 3/32" mandrel is preferred but other sizes are also usable."

I use 5/64 mandrels and asked about them a while back and was told that size was fine.
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cool thanks! I'll see what I can get made up over the next few days...
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I've been playing with a few of the tutorials from Soda Lime Times .. the dragon was especially fun to make.
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The snake just reinforced my need to PPP with stringer.
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Thanks to everyone for the extra effort. I don't think that we'll ever have too many beads but you have certainly helped us at least begin to catch up on the backlog of orders.
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That's great news Robert!

And thanks Eileen!
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Robert, what about beads made on stainless steel bobbins? Are those acceptable? I'm making a bunch of beads to send in, and thought those might be fun. Do you still need the rounds or donuts?
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Hi Tillie,
I can't see why those wouldn't be just fine and probably very popular. They sound cool.
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I get confused about the metals question, because we aren't supposed to have metallic surfaces on the beads.
Is it OK because the metal can be seen on the bobbins and the metal special beads from BOC that they are OK? Or the type of metals
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Robert, what about beads made on stainless steel bobbins? Are those acceptable? I'm making a bunch of beads to send in, and thought those might be fun. Do you still need the rounds or donuts?
I would love to see pictures of those Tillie - they sound really interesting.
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I have 56 various beads ready to send, but will crank out about 30 or so bobbin beads tomorrow! Going to make some more hearts, too. My grandson is medically fragile and a "frequent flyer" to Santa Rosa Christus in San Antonio....his condition is genetic, so he doesn't get beads, but this is very near and dear to my heart, so will be sending beads once a month for as long as I can.

Robert, my heat control is getting better, but a couple of my beads look "reduced" at the ends. They weren't made of ANY glass containing metal...just plain old effetre. Are these still ok to send in? Also, any beads made with any silver glass on them are completely encased, so that should be ok. I'm excited to finally be able to send in some and help the kids in some way. I've got dotted beads, woogity shaped beads with wings, hearts, rounds, big, honkin' beads, turtles, big-eyed smilies, some with teeth, some without, a 7 legged octopus, an ammonite, some big flat beads, some bumpy beads, and a couple of worms so far. Hope they are all acceptable.
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