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  • 22 Jan 2020 10:37 AM | Mary (Administrator)


    Since the Roswell Firelabs’s conception, sewing has been a driving interest group. From cosplay to home improvement, there are members and non-members alike who have reached out to express their desire to learn more about sewing and improve their skills. The Firelabs has received many donations of fabric and other materials to be used to this end. The only snag? There weren’t enough sewing machines of a similar type to easily run classes. Thankfully, that’s now been resolved.

    Thanks to the generous donation of several machines by Bill and Cat Harrison, the Firelabs is ready to push the peddle to the floor and get those needles going! The recent machine donations were given in memory of avid sewer Naomi Grunwalk-Everhart, who had purchased the machine but unfortunately died of complications from cancer surgery before she was able to pick them up. In honor of her passion for the craft, the Firelabs will put these machines to good use by sharing that love with others. In the next couple of weeks, there are two new sewing classes on the calendar: Patterning Basics and Sewing 101.

    In Patterning Basics, scheduled for Saturday January 25 at 10:00 AM, participants will learn everything they need to know for working off of a pattern. Anyone who has seen a sewing pattern understands how complicated they can be. This two-hour class covers how to read the pattern, provides an explanation of darts and dots, and how to adjust for individual sizes. Both patterns and fabrics will be provided, but class participants are also welcome to bring their own materials for a personal project. While no actual sewing will take place during this class, it’s the perfect way to get started and a great information source for anyone wanting to sew from patterns.

    Sewing 101 is scheduled for Saturday February 8 at 10:00 AM and will also be a two-hour class. The class will go over machine sewing in detail, including bobbin winding, tour hands and threading the machine. Just like with Patterning Basics, all materials will be provided for this class. It’s the perfect opportunity for a first timer to wrap their head around the process or regular sewers to refresh their skills. For Firelabs Members, this class will also count as their SIG Checklist for sewing. Members who have completed their checklist are able to use the machines at the space on their own time.

    The Roswell Firelabs is greatly pleased to host these classes and feed the desires of the community. A heartfelt thanks is offered once again for the donations that made this possible. So, to all those with an interesting is taking up sewing or learning a bit more, the Firelabs looks forward to seeing you in these wonderful classes that are sure to leave you in stitches. Hurry, spots are running out!


  • 20 Jan 2020 11:04 PM | Anika (Administrator)

    Tuesday 01/21/20

    Stained Glass for Beginners - Session 2 of 2

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass. We will be providing beginner patterns for sun catchers or picture frame. Supplies are included with the class.

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30

    Non-Member Price: $60


    Friday 01/24/20

    Glass Etching Using Media Blasting

    Learn how to use software to create a personalized design to cut a vinyl mask, then take your design to the blasting cabinet and etch the design into the surface of glass. This method can be used to etch almost anything made of glass: mugs, cups, pie pans, window panes, ornaments, and many other items. This class will give individuals an opportunity to walk through the process, and gain skills necessary to etch glass using tools and resources available at Roswell FireLabs. Participants should plan to etch drinking glasses (2) provided as part of the class, or bring their own glass items to etch.

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price: $25 

  • 17 Jan 2020 11:06 PM | Anika (Administrator)

    Saturday 01/18/20

    Scrapbooking Crop

    Been putting off getting your pages set? Get together with local scrapbook artists for a FULL DAY of nothing but scrapbooking! A Creative Memories rep will be present and there is a fridge, microwave and coffee maker on location.

    9:00 AM - 10:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price: $15

    Handcrafted Wood Frame made by YOU! - Session 1 of 2

    In this two-part class, you will make a wooden picture frame approximately 24"x12" frame out of poplar. All materials will be provided. We will use the following tools: miter saw, router table, and various hand tools to help finish the frame. The teacher will run you through wood shop safety and proper tool usage. Age limit for this class is 18+.

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $60


    Sunday 01/19/20

    Handcrafted Wood Frame made by YOU! - Session 2 of 2

    In this two-part class, you will make a wooden picture frame approximately 24"x12" frame out of poplar. All materials will be provided. We will use the following tools: miter saw, router table, and various hand tools to help finish the frame. The teacher will run you through wood shop safety and proper tool usage. Age limit for this class is 18+.

    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $60

  • 14 Jan 2020 2:46 PM | Anika (Administrator)

    Tuesday 01/14/20

    Stained Glass for Beginners - Session 1 of 2

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass. We will be providing beginner patterns for sun catchers or picture frame. Supplies are included with the class. This is a two-part class, first session on Tuesday January 14th from 6:00-8:00 PM, and second session on Tuesday January 21st from 6:00-8:00 PM.

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30

    Non-Member Price : $60

  • 18 Dec 2019 9:10 AM | Mary (Administrator)

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes! The Roswell Firelabs would like to offer thanks to everyone who has joined in and helped to make this first year so spectacular. So much has been accomplished and we couldn't have done it without you all. Thank you so, so much!

    Let's keep the ball rolling in 2020! The Firelabs has big plans on how to continue growing the space and giving everyone as great an experience as we possibly can. In order to do this, our SIG leaders have put together some items that they think will really help. Items range from just a few dollars to a couple hundred, so there's something to fit any budget! 

    Roswell Firelabs Holiday Wish List

    Swiffer Sweeper - High Priority

    This handy tool is to help better clean our restroom floors. Our current mop leaves too much water behind, leading to the retention of dirt. A Swiffer Sweeper will capture dirt and dry faster for a longer-lasting clean!

    Extendable Duster

    As some of you may have noticed, we have some pretty tall ceilings in our bay area. In order to clean the tracks for the doors and the various piping, we either need to climb a ladder or get our hands on something that can reach all the way up.

    Brother RLX3817 Full Size Sewing Machine, White - High Priority

    We are looking for FIVE of these affordable sewing machines for our sewing classes in the new year. They are great beginner machines and will more easily allow for uniformity when teaching the classes. Having so many on hand will also make it easier for members to use them for their own projects at the space as well. You can find the refurbished (and slightly cheaper) model here.

    Heavy Duty Staple Remover

    The Roswell Firelabs is in need of SEVEN upholstery grade stable removers so we can start running some reupholstery classes in 2020. These handy tools make removing old fabric so much easier! 

    Rig Blaster Digital Mode Radio Interface

    A new interface for our HAM radio area. This area has been around since the start of the Firelabs and offers a niche experience for those interested in radio transmissions.

    Hack Rf SDR Receiver/Transmitter

    Though a lower priority than some of the other items on our list, this piece of equipment would still be a huge help to us!

    Other Items:

    Vinyl

    Acrylic Paints

    Large Black Trashbags

    Drinks and Snacks for Kitchen Area

    Home Depot/Lowes/Ace Hardware Gift Cards

    Grocery Gift Cards

    Craft Supply Gift Cards

    Pottery Wheel(s)

    Glass Scraps for Stained Glass Classes


    Again, thanks so much to everyone who has helped make the Roswell Firelabs the amazing space that it is. Your generosity and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated. Though the Firelabs blog will be taking a break until the new year, we look forward to seeing you all again in 2020!


  • 17 Dec 2019 1:52 AM | Anika (Administrator)


    Tuesday 12/17/19

    Acrylic Pouring Class

    During this 1 hour class you will learn different pouring techniques and will be given a 12x12 canvas to make your own creation. All supplies are provided and you may leave your painting at the firelabs so it can dry.

    7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $25

    Non-Member Price: $40


    Friday 12/20/19

    Last Minute Holiday Ornaments

    Still looking for some stocking stuffers, or some unique decorations for your Christmas tree? Drop by the Roswell Firelabs to quickly create some last-minute festive glass ornaments. You will be able to pick out two ornaments from pre-made designs, and etch them in our blasting cabinet without having to do any design work or material preparation.

    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    Member Price: $10

    Non-Member Price: $20

  • 11 Dec 2019 10:42 AM | Mary (Administrator)


    Are you familiar with the "Clean Up" song? It's a classic in preschools, elementary schools, and homes all across the country. Maybe you heard it growing up, too.

    Clean up, clean up!

    Everybody, everywhere!

    Clean up, clean up!

    Everybody do your share!

    At the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace, a lot of how the space is kept is dependant on volunteer and member efforts. Because of this, doing your share can make a huge difference! When teaching or participating in a class, or working on your own projects, we ask that you take the time to clean up after yourself. 

    In the classroom or the common area:

    • Push the chairs back in around the table
    • Make sure the tables are clear of any scraps or leftover supplies
    • If there's a spill, please wipe it up
    • Throw all trash away in the bins (If you're an overachiever, you can also take a full trash bag out to the bins along the side of the building and replace it with a new bag from the supply in the restroom)
    • Make sure any equipment used has been cleaned up and put away
    • Personal food should be labeled in the communal fridge if not meant for sharing
    • Please do not leave personal food in the communal fridge past expiration
    • Please turn the lights off when you leave

    In the main bay:

    • Don't use common work areas covered in adhesives or paint
    • If you change the settings on any equipment, change them back once you're finished for the day
    • Make sure the tables are clear of any scraps or leftover supplies. Surplus that you don't need anymore can go in the scrap bins
    • When doing woodwork, please use the shop vac to clean up the floor AND the work surface before moving on
    • Throw all trash away in the bins (Again, please feel free to take out and replace any full trash bags)
    • Please put away any equipment pulled out and used
    • Remember that other people are using this space, too. ALL EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES SHOULD REMAIN AT THE FIRELABS
    • Don't leave project sitting out and in the way of others
    • Please turn the lights off when you leave

    In the restrooms:

    • When cleaning paintbrushes and other equipment, please remember to rinse out the sink
    • If you put the seat up, please put it back down
    • If you 'miss', please wipe it up
    • Use the air freshener as needed
    • Please turn the lights off when you leave


    The responsibility to keep the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace a nice, pleasant place to create rests on all of our shoulders. All of this boils down to one simple rule, leave it how you found it. Or better than! There's nothing wrong with doing a little something extra in the space if you see a need. 

    Speaking of needs, the Firelabs has some items on our holiday wish list to help us keep things neat and tidy! Whether you have one at home you'd like to donate, or you're feeling extra generous and want to purchase one new, we're on the lookout for these items:

    Swiffer Sweeper

    This handy tool is to help better clean our restroom floors. Our current mop leaves too much water behind, leading to the retention of dirt. A Swiffer Sweeper will capture dirt and dry faster for a longer-lasting clean!

    Extendable Duster

    As some of you may have noticed, we have some pretty tall ceilings in our bay area. In order to clean the tracks for the doors and the various piping, we either need to climb a ladder or get our hands on something that can reach all the way up.

    Other housekeeping donations can include: large black trash bags, Lysol wipes, and disinfectant sprays. 

    Working together, we can keep our space clean so it's a better experience for everyone.


  • 4 Dec 2019 10:42 AM | Mary (Administrator)


    This year has brought many firsts for the Roswell Firelabs Makerspace. The Grand Opening on May 4th was just the beginning. From there, the Roswell Firelabs has hosted a variety of classes, partnered with organizations such as Bach 2 Rock Alpharetta, and grown more and more every day. Now, the Firelabs is gearing up for another first: The 1st Annual Holiday Maker Marketplace!

    Held on December 7th from 2PM – 7PM, this fun event is the perfect opportunity to come see unique, handmade crafts and gift items from local makers as the holiday season approaches. Some of these makers will include Roswell residents (and Firelabs members) MaryJoe Jenkins, Jessica Mathis, and many more!  Wares range from jewelry to woodwork to children’s books and more, so there’s something for everyone.

    There will be hot chocolate and cider to stave off the winter chill and a photo setup for all your holiday picture needs! The Roswell Firelabs will also offer tours of the space as well as class and membership sign ups. Those curious about the space and what goes on at the Firelabs are welcome to come by the table and ask as many questions as they’d like.

    The 1st Annual Holiday Maker Marketplace welcomes all ages, and Bach 2 Rock Alpharetta will be providing music throughout this family-friendly event. Shuttle service from the approved parking lots will be provided by Carl Black Buick GMC. The Roswell Firelabs would like to offer both groups, along with the City of Roswell, a huge thank you for all of their support in making this space and event a reality.

    So, what can you do to help?

    We're so glad you asked! There's lots to do to get ready for our big day. If you have any projects out in the main bay area, please be sure to move and store them correctly so they aren't damaged or misplaced. The Firelabs will be closed to project work from Thursday Dec. 5 at 5 PM to Sunday Dec 8 at noon. 

    Even though the space will be closed, we'd still love to see you at the market! Bring friends, family, neighbors, and anyone else! Spread the word and let others know to come out and support these local artisans and your fellow Firelabs members! There's a flyer below that you can print out and spread around to help us even more. We'd also love for you to talk about the event on Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, or other social medias. The more, the merrier!

    Finally, volunteers are always appreciated. We'll be starting cleanup on Thursday evening and helping vendors unload and setup Friday eventing and Saturday morning. Anyone available to help then would be greatly appreciated! You can also volunteer to help run the Firelabs booth at the market, offering tours and talking to people about memberships and classes. Keep in touch on Slack for more information!

    We look forward to seeing you all there!


  • 2 Dec 2019 11:33 AM | Anika (Administrator)

    Tuesday 12/03/19

    Stained Glass for Beginners - Week 2 of 2

    Come learn the traditional copper-foil technique. We teach you how to cut, grind, and piece together beautiful stained glass. We will be providing beginner patterns for sun catchers, or a picture frame. Supplies are included with the class.

    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Member Price: $30 (for series)

    Non-Member Price: $60 (for series)

  • 30 Nov 2019 12:13 AM | Anika (Administrator)

    Saturday 11/30/19:

    Handcrafted Wood Frame made by YOU! - Session 2 of 2

    This class will have you making a wooden picture frame approximately 24"x12" frame out of poplar. Each student will receive the wooden frame and glass.

    We will use the following tools: miter saw, router table, and various hand tools to help finish the frame.

    1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Member Price: $45

    Non-Member Price: $60

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Roswell FireLabs
1601 Holcomb Bridge Rd

Roswell, GA 30076

Roswell FireLabs is managed by Atlanta Maker Alliance, Inc., a local 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All donations should be made out to Atlanta Maker Alliance.

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