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Deadline for Donation:  March 1, 2017

Bright Lights, Big City, Bold Imagination!
The ASGB (Arizona Society of Glass Beadmakers) — Beads of Courage — ISGB Community Project is a wonderful opportunity to exhibit your work (beads are not for sale) and give back a little something to the Las Vegas community. This non-juried show is open to all ISGB members. It is an excellent way for new beadmakers to participate in their first show, and a good opportunity to present their work in response to a specific theme.

The theme for this year’s show is Bright Lights, Big City, Bold Imagination! Known for its elaborate presentations, Las Vegas is home to one of the most spectacular displays of engineering, artistry, and artifice that you will ever see. Think fountains at Bellagio, the Eiffel Tower at Paris, a volcano at Mirage, the Statue of Liberty in New York-New York, Grand Canals at Venetian, a pyramid at Luxor, Red Rock, the Neon Museum, the desert in bloom, and much more. And the lights? Bright, fluorescent, breathtaking! We’re looking for pieces that stir your imagination, are fun for children of all ages to look at, and showcase bold and bright colors that will light up this amazing display for a Beads of Courage hospital.

Each artist is limited to one entry, and beads will be on display throughout the Gathering. The crowd favorite will win the Attendees’ Choice award. The artist whose work receives the most votes will be awarded a $50 ISGB gift certificate, which can be used in the ISGB onsite Fundraising Store and at the Glass, Beads & Jewelry Bazaar.

Thank you to the ASGB for its generous support and sponsorship of the 2017 project!

To honor the children that this project supports, Beads of Courage will present the donation to the participating hospital on Sunday afternoon of the Gathering. Please ship your bead in a wellwrapped, sturdy box and be certain to insure and track your package.

Entries are due by March 1, 2017. Send your bead and form to:
Diane Sepanski
Creative & Educational Development ASGB
Beads of Courage Project
8089 W. Dreyfus Drive
Peoria, AZ 85381

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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