Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bead Release

Bead release is a product that we, who make lampwork beads, use on our mandrels so that the bead will not be permanently attached to the stainless steel rod. In this case, though, when I speak about bead release, I am not speaking about a type of product, but an activity sponsored by the ISGB (International Society of Glass Beadmakers). As a member of this group, I am participating by "releasing" beads into the environment that, when found, can be kept by the finder. The instructions were simple. We were to print out the card and attach a bead, anonymously, to the card. We were to put the card and bead in a zip lock bag and "release" the bead somewhere that it could be found. I have released some in my hometown. Today, when I drove up to St. Paul to visit my daughter, even though she would rather have not done this, we released beads at a restaurant, a store, and at the wonderful library by her house. I am hoping that these beads are appreciated by the finders. I didn't take photos of the beads I released, and, now, I am sorry that I didn't. I accidentally covered the bead in the photo with my fingers. Oh, well, I hope the finder is impressed. I have to check the ISGB website to see if anyone has posted about finding my beads. That is part of the fun. What a great idea, ISGB! This has been fun, and there's still time. This promotion doesn't end until the end of July! I better find some more beads to release!


Deb said...

It's a cool idea Mallory & how wonderful that you are taking part. I do hope whoever finds your beads will post to the ISGB website saying that they have - it'd be such fun to know.

angelinabeadalina said...

That sounds like fun-- the releasing and the finding are both gonna bring a bit of glass joy to everyone :) Hope you post links when they start showing up on the ISGB site!

rosebud101 said...

Angelina, I will try to remember to post links about the findings of the beads. Hopefully, I will remember.