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Deadline for Donation:  March 25, 2018

Beads of Food…Feed the Soul

Food nourishes the body and is an important part of our lives. While sustaining us, we also know that it comes in fun shapes, and a variety of colors. The Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers invites you to stretch your talents and create very special beads based on the theme of food. Nourish the body, the imagination,
and the soul. In an exciting new program for the 2018 Gathering, all beads will be donated to Beads of Courage as part of their first ever Virtual Gallery. These beads will be showcased on the Beads of Courage website through high quality images for three months, noting the name of the piece and of course, the artist! Supporters will be offered the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win one of the Gallery beads. Proceeds raised from the sale of raffle tickets will benefit the mission of Beads of Courage. Beads of Courage will design a poster featuring all the beads
created and donated, with artist recognition to accompany each bead. This will also be distributed to Beads of Courage member hospitals for them to share in the visual delight of supporting bead artists. This is a similar event to the organization’s Beads in Space Exhibit.
Please take advantage of this chance to help the Beads of Courage mission by donating a bead, and ensuring an image of your work will reach a much wider audience. By creating an exhibit for all to see, Beads of Courage will support participating artists, engage the larger community in a fun way to win an artist original bead, and create a legacy poster that can be shared with Beads of Courage members. The beads will be on display throughout the 2018 Gathering and the crowd favorite will be awarded a $50 gift certificate. A very special thank you to the ASGB for its generous support and sponsorship of the 2018 project!

NOTE: Please ship your bead in a well wrapped, sturdy box, and be certain to insure and track your package. You must include all of the information found in the form on this page, it is important. Entries are due by March 25, 2018. Send your bead and form to:
Lisa Hamilton
1521 W. Sack Drive
Phoenix AZ 85027

Beads of Courage will be on site and will gladly accept your bead donations at the Gathering. Please remember to fill out the donation form and bring it with you when dropping off your donation. If you cannot join us at the Gathering, here is how to donate beads by mail:

Bead Artists! Your Beads Go for Good Deeds. 

Important Note: Bead Delivery to Hospitals
None of our member hospitals are set up for direct donation. All beads distributed in our programs are our responsibility, we need to see every Act of Courage bead before it goes out.

How to Donate Beads

Print and fill out this Bead Donation Form and then mail it to us with the beads you would like to donate.

Read more about the types of beads we use: Click Here.

Mail To:

Beads of Courage, Inc.
Attn: Bead Donations
3230 N. Dodge Blvd. Suite J
Tucson, AZ 85716

Special Requirements: Act of Courage Beads

Read more about the types of beads we use: Click Here.

Act of Courage Beads can take almost any form that you would like to make—it's an opportunity for you to let your imagination go! The 3/32" mandrel is preferred but other sizes are also usable.

Please have nice 'puckers' on the ends of the beads, sharp edges on the bead holes cut fingers and can not be sent out. Overly frilly bits sticking out may break off and leave sharp edges on the surface, be sure that raised dots have solid connections (no undercuts) and that surface decorations are robust enough to take some knocking about.

We ask that you refrain from using reduction frit or glasses that give a metallic sheen on the surface due to heavy metal issues with these materials. We can't send metallic reduction surface beads to the kids.

Anneal your beads properly in a kiln to ensure they don't crack. Cracked beads have to go in the waste basket.

Please make sure that the bead release is cleaned out. Beads with the release still inside take more time for our volunteer staff to clean and this tremendously slows down turnaround time to the hospitals.

When you send your beads please fill out the Bead Donation Form, it helps us to expedite sending you a receipt and certificate for your donation.

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Beads of Courage—ISGB Community Project

Beads of Courage Donations