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Newsflash 3.1.19

GBUK Journal Issue 11

Photo’s – Deadline extended

For the details of how to submit.   click here

The GBUK Journal is a great opportunity to showcase your work in a high quality publication.


Would you like to advertise in the journal? Here are the details:

£125.00 for full page (A4)

£60.00 for half page (Landscape)

£40.00 for quarter page (Portrait)

Specifications for Advertising are:

  • All adverts to be submitted as PDF with images at 300dpi.
  • All fonts to be outlined in the PDF if possible (this stops problems of us not having the fonts used)
  • If a PDF is not possible then a 300dpi 24/32 bit PNG file will be OK, finally if all else fails a JPEG at 300dpi but make sure the quality setting is high.
  • All artwork is to be submitted at 300dpi at full size.
  • Full page = 210x297mm with 3mm bleed added (therefore 216x303mm)
  • 1/2 page = 184mm x130mm (Landscape)
  • 1/4 page = 90mmx130mm (Portrait)
  • Please can everyone also supply a JPEG copy of their advert to check that it looks as expected.

Adverts to journal@gbuk.org ASAP. Journal Issue 11 will be available at the Flame Off in June 2019

Editorial Copy

We are still on the look out for tutorials and articles for the journal.  So if you have something interesting you have written and would like it to appear in print please send it to the journal editor  for consideration.

Valentine’s swap

We’re planning on a not so secret Valentine’s swap, and we’re inviting all members to join in.  The plan is to have members willing to take part in making a glass theme Valentine’s swap sign up by 11th January 2019.

We’re planning on a not so secret Valentine’s swap, and we’re inviting all members to join in.  The plan is to have members willing to take part in making a glass theme Valentine’s swap sign up by 11th January 2019.
Then the committee will pair up members, who will make a gift for the other person. The two members are encouraged to message each other and get to know each other a little better. Perhaps give hints as to what your glass likes and dislikes are so that you can plan your gift. This isn’t meant to be a life story, but a nice way, one on one to get to know another member a little better!

You must be ready to post your gift by 1st February, and message your other half to confirm gift is on it’s way.

Please also remember, that some members are overseas and you must be willing to post.

So who wants to join in and feel the love? ?

Finally don’t forget whenever your insurance runs […]

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News Flash


Have you thought about entering the draw to get a FREE class at Flame Off?

Win a one full day class with Elizabeth Welch (worth £195) on Thursday 31st May.

Elizabeth works with borosilicate glass and will be teaching you how to work with boro colours and how she creates her fantastic ocean creatures.

We would like you to write a tutorial or glass research article for Flame, our magazine.  Tutorials can be anything from “how to do a technique”, to a full-blown “make this bead” tutorial.  Glass research can be on the history of glass or some interesting glass related research.

Simply send us your tutorial or article with good quality pictures by 30th April 2018 to chairman@gbuk.org with ‘win a place on Elizabeth’s class’ as the subject.

Next up are two taster classes:

Choose Caroline of BlueberriBeads (worth £45) to learn about ceramic raku. This is a great chance to learn a new skill that maybe you haven’t thought about before.

You can choose either Friday or Saturday 10am – 1pm or 2pm – 5pm

Choose Floriane Lateille (worth £75) on Friday 10am – 1pm. You will learn how to make a rainbow twisty and then add it to a larger bead. Great for those wanting to learn tips and tricks or just to have a try.

For the taster classes, we’d like you to agree to tell us all about your day afterwards in the form of a small article with pictures.  This will be published either online and/or in Flame, our e-magazine.  

To enter send an email to chairman@gbuk.org entitled “Taster class Competition 2018” by 30th April 2018.  Please include your name and which taster class you would prefer to win a place on.

Good luck! 

Closing date for entries 30th April 2018

Send to chairman@gbuk.org

If you have already booked a place and win this, your class fee will be refunded.

The theme this year is Steampunk

The closing date is 30th April 2018.

The categories are:

  • Newcomers …….. Any form of entry is valid. Newcomers may enter this category OR enter any/all of the main categories.
  • Bead set ………… multiple beads, on mandrel
  • Focal bead …… on mandrel, single bead
  • Sculptural bead …on mandrel
  • Other …………….. incorporates anything else not included above e.g. cold working, dioramas, off-mandrel
  • Jewellery

The competition is judged at Flame Off usually by the visiting artists.

Entries must be sent to the competition organiser, and are held as part of the GBUK Collection for one year, after which the pieces are returned to the creator or sold in aid of GBUK, whichever the creator chooses.

Full details can be found on the GBUK here


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What is it? 

A system set up to enable less knowledgeable members (Pals) to contact more knowledgeable members (Buddies) to ask questions, discuss lampworking and network.  

  • To enable more established lampworkers to pass on knowledge in a private, controlled way.
  • To enable more knowledgeable lampworkers to help pass on tips, tricks and information.
  • To enable new lampworkers to progress with their art without having to recourse to forums (e.g. Facebook/Frit-Happens)
  • A more personal level
  • To help new lampworkers learn without feeling needy or silly.
  • To enable them to grow in confidence
 How it works 

The Buddies volunteer to make themselves available to an agreed number of Pals.  

The Buddy and the Pal(s) agree how frequent contact is. It is a mutual agreement between both parties. 

Type of contact is also to be agreed between Buddy & Pal, be it email, phone, private message or Slack. 

 It is important that Buddies privacy and the days/times agreed on are respected.  

It is important that Pals are respected regarding the questions they ask e.g. no question is too basic.  

 How do I sign up? 

Contact secretary @gbuk.org if you are interested in being a Buddy or a Pal. 


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Competition 2014 winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year, the entries were both beautiful and stunning. A lot of hard work went into each and every one. Thanks also to everyone who came and ogled the entries on our stand at the Flame Off! Here are the winners.

BEGINNER – Katrina Beattie
SET – Ilsa Fatt
FOCAL – Judith Hannington
OTHER – Judith Hannington
JEWELLERY – Linda Newnham

Pictures below.

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Something new from GBUK: Flame monthly magazine

An exciting new monthly publication for our members, about our members.
We need YOU to help us fill it so send in your articles, tutorials and photos; enter the challenges and share Flame with your friends and family.

Find the inaugural issue HERE.

We hope you like it – and don’t forget – it’s about you and for you.

Monthly challenge

Each month we will set you a challenge with a theme or technique. No pressure, no prizes, just an opportunity to experiment and play, then show us your journey.

March/April challenge: Make a bead, set of beads, focal, mixed media, on or off mandrel piece using the theme of ‘Hares’ or the technique of ‘twisties’.

Post your photos on: the Frit-Happens thread and/or the Craft Pimp thread and/or our Facebook page by 15th April 2014.

The challenge is open to members and non-members alike. All members’ photos will be included in the April issue of the GBUK Flame.

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