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October 2010 Meeting: Carved Business Card Case

Faux Ivory Carved Business Card Case by Angela Mabray

Our next meeting is this Saturday, October 9th, 2010, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160 - see map).

This month Angela Mabray will be showing us how to make a carved faux ivory business card case. Angela will show how to use a Speedball lino cutting tool (the ones used to carve stamps) with polymer clay. The faux ivory technique she’ll demonstrate gives the business card holder an elegant look, making it great for men or women (think Christmas gift!). Angela encourages you to bring along a simple image to personalize your case — whether it’s a monogram, something you’ve sketched, or even your own or a spouse’s company logo.

This faux ivory business card case project is from Angela’s upcoming book, Polymer Clay 101, which will be available January 2011.

Two special notes about materials:

  • Polyform (maker of Premo, Sculpey, and other clays and tools) has generously offered to sponsor this meeting by providing the group’s clay. So you don’t need to bring clay unless you want to use a different color scheme for your project. Thanks so much to Polyform!
  • Don’t worry too much if you don’t have all of the materials. As is usually the case with our guild’s meetings, the teacher and other members can share if you’re not ready to invest in a particular supply or tool.

Materials/Tools List:

  • Pasta machine
  • Image or logo to carve, printed on regular copy paper, sized to fit on a 3.5” wide by 2.25” tall business card case. You may want to start with something that has fairly simple lines while you’re learning the carving technique. (Angela will also have some royalty-free images to select from.)
  • Ballpoint pen or pencil
  • Speedball lino cutter tool with V-Shaped cutter #1 and/or #2
  • Clay blade
  • Aluminum scraper
  • Business card case (metal)
    • These are available online here, here, or on Amazon. It’s entirely possible they’re available somewhere locally, too (if you know of someplace, please let us know!). If you don’t want to order these ahead of time, Angela will have two different types for sale at cost, one for $6 and one for $8. You’re also welcome to make your carved faux ivory piece into a pendant, Artist Trading Card, or other project if a business card case isn’t your thing.
  • Brayer or acrylic roller, optional
  • Super glue
  • Brown acrylic paint for antiquing
  • Old toothbrush or stiff-bristled brush
  • Paper towel

This month’s swap theme is Covered Pens (pens you’ve covered with polymer clay). Everyone who wants to participate should bring along a pen they’ve made to swap.

Don’t forget to be bring the name of a book, magazine, or DVD you’d like to have in our wonderful library.

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