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September 1, 2012

September 2012 Meeting: Rose Cane Class

Our meeting this month is on September 8, 2012, at the Southwest OKC Library on 2201 SW 134th St, OKC, OK (SW 134th in OKC turns into 4th Street in Moore).

Penni Jo is going to show us how to construct a rose cane and teach us a little about color values. She is very knowledgeable on all things polymer and on color palettes. Penni Jo is the co-founder of the guild and has her own mold business. RoseCaneSteps.jpg

Materials needed:

  • Polymer Clay
    Rose cane, three values of three colors of clay.

One very light, one dark and one medium. (Actually It’s a good idea to bring more than three colors as you may change plans as the class progresses)

Be sure to bring white as it can be used to lighten a chosen color if needed. If making leaves, bring three values or colors to make the leaves.

The value (light and dark) of the colors are as much or of more value than the actual color selected. If your primary color is #5 value, the dark color value needs to be nearer 8 than 7. The lighter color value will need to be nearer 2 than 3. Value Chart

If making a bracelet, bring clay to cover the bracelet in that color of your choice. I covered the DIY bracelet that was in the goody bag from our retreat.

Note: To be able to complete the canes have your clay already conditioned.

  • Pasta machine to make the Skinner blend.
  • Acrylic Roller
  • Blade: tissue or other blade, not an Exacto blade.
  • Ruler
  • Small Peej Pick or a round skewer or toothpick
  • Your Favorite polymer clay tools, you never know. …
  • Optional: Metallic gold or tan clay for tiny dots
  • Gold Mica Powder

Important note: Use the same brand for all of the colors. This is important for if you use more than one brand of clay, some brands will move faster than others and, in doing so, will distort the pattern.

There will be no swap or raffle this month.

July 6, 2012

July 2012 Meeting: Translucent Clay

We have moved! Our meetings will be at the City Arts Center @ 3000 General Pershing Blvd on the fair grounds—use the May entrance. The meeting will be in the Bridge Gallery and starting in August we’ll move to Studio 2, our regular meeting room.

This meeting is on July 14, 2012 from 1:30 to 5pm.

Jane will be the first teacher in our new place. She has worn many hats in the guild, among them being president and librarian. Polymer Cafe has published her works and we have benefited from her lessons. She will teach us about transparent clay.

July’s Guild Meeting Supply List—

  • 2-3 oz. translucent clay, any brand (Pardo is the whitest but maybe
  • hard to find locally)
  • 1 oz. conditioned white clay (not Sculpey)
  • Pasta machine
  • Blade
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • 2 or 3 deli papers (if you don’t have any, I’ll have extra)
  • Smooth work surface
  • Favorite tools
  • Brayer or acrylic rod
  • Craft Knife
  • Knitting needle or Penni Jo’s tools
  • Sand paper, 400 grit

Optional: Choose 1 or 2 you want to try on translucent—

  • Chalks, (soft paint brush, about 1/4 inch)
  • Crayons
  • Acrylic paints, brush
  • Alcohol Inks, (alcohol in sprayer, glove, paper towels)
  • Colored Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pearl powders
  • Glitters, metallic leafs
  • Canes
  • 1/2-1 oz. different colored clays
  • Stamps

Raffle

July is raffle month, so bring a few extra dollars if you want to participate! May’s winners (Lisa, Tom, and Lori) will be supplying the prizes.

April 30, 2012

May 2012 Meeting: Bring Your Questions!

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There’s been a request for a question and answer session where a person can get several answers to the same question. So come loaded with questions and chances are you’ll get them answered. If you’re a guest, don’t be afraid to ask any questions you may have. Bring a project to work on if you like.

Supply List

  • List of questions
  • Paper and pencil(to jot down answers)

Raffle

This month we’ll be holding a raffle, so bring a few extra dollars if you want to participate. March’s winners (Cheryl, Kay, Alex and Angel) will be supplying the prizes.

Our meeting will be held Saturday May 12th,2012, from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore,OK 73160).

March 5, 2012

March 2012 Meeting: Working With Angelina Film and Fiber

This month Tom will show us how to work with Angelina film. He crafts wonderful and fanciful figures (human, mythical and animal) where he uses Angelina for wings and other transparent applications. This lesson is different than any other so please plan to be with us.

Working With Angelina Film and Fiber

Materials :

  • A block or two of conditioned clay
  • Glue (Super or Otherwise). Not bake-able, Angelina can’t take that much heat.
  • Any type of jewelry or item to be attached to the Angelina.
  • Optional :
  • Lace or any heat resistant items to be placed between the sheets of Angelina.
  • Any favorite Mokume Gane blocks or scraps from the last meeting
  • Shape cutters

Tools :

  • Iron (Do not use Steam setting)
  • Parchment paper, a foot or two should be enough.
  • An old towel, to be used as an ironing base.

Some power strips will be provided.

Raffle

This month we’ll be holding a raffle, so bring a few extra dollars if you want to participate. January’s winners (Jane, Kay, Angela, and Penni Jo) will be supplying the prizes.

Meeting is on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Hobby Lobby in Moore.

February 8, 2012

February 2012 Meeting: Mokume Gane with a Twist

This month we will be exploring a really fun new twist on an old technique. Some of you have been experimenting with it already. It’s a lot of fun, but there are several preliminary steps, so you’ll be better off bringing your clay already conditioned and rolled to the right thickness, if possible.

Shirley Conaway will be teaching this fun Mokume Gane with a Twist pattern.

Shirley Mokume Gane ProjectOur meeting will be held Saturday, February 11th, 2012, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies you will need to bring:

Clay:

  • 4 half-blocks (1 oz. each) of four contrasting colors, 2 lighter and 2 darker, rolled to strips about 2” x 4” on thickest setting of pasta machine
  • ½ block of a color to use as a base (will show through holes).
  • ½ block of a backing color - rolled on thickest setting
  • Scrap clay equal to about 2 blocks worth

Tools and Equipment:

  • Pasta machine
  • Brayer or clay roller
  • Clay blade, very sharp for horizontal slicing
  • Needle tool
  • Shaped clay cutters, various sizes, if you have them
  • Tile for baking
  • Work surface that clay will stick to and not move if pressed down. Your baking tile may work. Glass and acrylic work well.)
  • Spray bottle for spritzing
  • 4 new 3x3” square sticky note pads (optional, but they make horizontal slicing easier)
  • Waxed paper, paper towels, alcohol wipes

Optional:

  • Household implements to make shaped punctures in clay: I will bring some to share and some for you to take home, but if you have small items you think make interesting holes or impressions in clay, bring them. Examples are tubes or clay cutters that make various size holes; cake-decorating tips; embroidery thread spools; crochet needle; hardware items; seashells that make spiral cuts or wavy lines.

January 12, 2012

Minutes for COPCG December 2011 Business Meeting

December 10 2011

Introduce / welcome guests

Shirley greeted visitors, newest member Kay and passed around the attendance sheet. Since it is Christmas time only 8 of our members were in attendance.

Shirley had a recent copy of USA today with a photo of artist Elise Winters in an article about breast cancer. From the black and white photo and the jewelry it looked like her . PJ said she would try to find out more and contacted the IPCA. Yes, it is our Elise.

Show and Tell & Program:

The show and tell / lesson was to bring an item to show and tell how we made it. Most brought something made using a lesson learned during the year.

Stacie, new to our polymer clay guild, brought a project started before joining. She told us that her home had only one tree. Every other tree was either killed or died so she made a decorative tree of polymer clay. As yet unfinished, the trunk and branches are sculpted, baked and antiqued. The tree has a sweet face and the branches have wires ready to add beads and or polymer clay leaves on to.

Tom brought a snowflake ornament made using the Angelina film. The polymer clay glitter covered ornament had spaces in the pattern where the Angelina film was applied. The film has a most magical feeling.

Nance showed several of her Christmas tree ornaments and jewelry that she has made through the years. One was a class she taught at guild a few years ago. The class included a lesson on how to make a leaf cane and then used the leaf cane slices to make the tree. After making the tree with leaf cane slices, decorative cane slices and tiny candy canes were added to make “ornaments”. One pin began with a tiny tree that she made. After baking it was molded so that many little tree pins could be made from it. These were also embellished with cane slices. A third tree was a clay tree with glass millefiori beads for ornaments. A fourth was a pendant with a tree decorated with sea shells on a mica shift background. Lovely Christmas tree jewelry. She also showed a wreath pin made of cane leaves and slices.

Kay showed an ornament made of a very large bottle cap that was embellished with a molded hummingbird, holly leaves and flowers. The background and the hummingbird were tinted with metallic green. She also showed a stunning three strand beaded necklace.

Lee Ann brought a beautiful snow lady wearing a delightful cape of quilt squares in soft green, deep green red, white etc. The border of the cape was wrapped using matching clay ‘ribbon’. Her sweet face was wrapped in the fur lined hood of the cape.

Jane showed a purchased tassel with the top wrapped with molded poinsettias. She made a darling clay ornament with a great sentiment on a white background, a twisted red, green and white border and the most darling, hand sculpted clay tools dangles. A stack of clay blocks, long tissue blades and a pasta machine!!! It was amazing in it’s detail. She finished the embroidery project started in class, a tiny house with great details on it. She finished it as an ornament by gluing it to a large glittery turquoise colored snowflake.

Penni Jo showed a Victorian style embroidered design that will go onto the face of a Badge Reel. Since the design had to be concave and curved, she showed step by step how to mold the plastic curved surface of the Reel, make a clay image of it, bake the clay image, cover with foil and then shape the final artwork over the baked, foil covered image. She made the design, baked it on the foil covered image and removed it after baking. The concave design can be glued to the front of the Badge Reel. She gave every member in attendance a Badge Reel. She also showed the finished heart pin/pendant that was used to show various stitches using the embroidery technique.

*Business Meeting: *

1. Approval of Minutes: Minutes were emailed and posted on line. Jane moved to approve, Nance seconded, approved.

2. Officers Reports:

Vice President ~Angela Upcoming Programs

  • January: Faux Bois (fake wood) by Lee Ann
  • February: Layering and Imprinting by Shirley
  • March: TBD

Treasurer ~ Angela

  • Balance: both regular and retreat funds are in the account.
  • Members:16

BOH Report ~ Nance

February and March, Nance plans to become more focused and to do some teaching. She will be sending the next group to the Norman Hospital Breast Cancer clinic. * Librarian ~ Jane*

The new book is in but she did not review it as Myra will be telling us about it.

Old Business

1. Guild Retreat 2012 Penni Jo

We covered the highlights of the retreat meeting. More detailed minutes from the meeting will be sent to members.

We have 16 donors to the goody bags. We are one third full. We will separate the goody bag stuff from the raffle/auction donations. We are planning on 38 goody bags. Any left over bags to be raffled. We’ve asked members to touch base with local businesses to see if the could donate to our guild or goody bags. One example is Lowes or Home Depot may have broken lots of ceramic tiles as they can be used as baking surfaces, heat sinks in small ovens etc. Auto stores might donate sanding film for bead makers. Perhaps we can ask if Hobby Lobby can donate anything? Nance will donate a new rock tumbler for an auction/raffle item. Nance will donate a new Sander for an auction/raffle item. Ask if Polymer Clay Express .com would donate a dream machine. Angela reported that she has requested an auction/raffle item and has not heard back yet. It was agreed that members would make at least two items to donate to the school for the secretary, pastor and office help. Any extras might be used if they have a bazaar or as prizes for the members. The three toaster ovens have arrived and are at Jane’s house. Attendees will be encouraged to bring snacks for themselves and or to share. Tom and Kay will be the oven monitors chairpersons and will be in charge of the sign up sheet at the registration desk. We will need two sign up sheets for Kitchen Duty and Oven Monitors at the registration table. Myra make the posters?
Nance will be compiling the program but will be traveling. Do NOT email her with information until after February 12th as she will not have access to her computer until then. Members are encouraged to give Jane and or Ruth ideas for meals and food choices. It was suggested that we let the attendees know if they have any dietary/food requirements. Peanut allergy and other allergies were mentioned. Should we ask Angela to add this line to the retreat page? Angela reported that this is already on the retreat info.

My most grateful thanks to the group for your willingness to jump in and help with the many, many things needing to be done for the retreat.

New Business

  1. Slate of officers for January Election: (Thank everyone for stepping up!)

    • Pres. Shirley Conaway (unless someone else volunteers)
    • Vice Pres. - Lee Ann Kelly -
    • Secretary - Cheryl Rains
    • Treasurer - Angela Mabray
    • Web Master - Angela Mabray

Any other nominations from the floor?

~~ Stacie Bebber volunteered to act as Web Master

Slate of officers, (cont’d):

Volunteer Positions:

  • Photographer - Ruth and Stacie as a team. Both or either can take photos. Stacie can crop and PhotoShop photos as needed for the website and for the minutes.
  • Bottles of Hope Coordinator - Nance can continue and needs medium sized bottles. She will be teaching classes on making Bottles Of Hope.
  • Librarian - Jane will continue
  • Librarian Helper - Lee Ann will continue.

Dues are due in January. Members will receive an email with amount owed.

Announcements

None of record.

Library Drawing for a new book ~~ Jane:

Winning Title: Magazine Subscription for Polymer Arts Magazine.

Swap:

Five members swapped this year.

Winners:

  • Kay got the embroidered pin by PJ
  • Lee Ann got the Christmas tree pin with glass millefiori ornaments by Nance.
  • Nance got Lee Ann’s snow lady.
  • PJ got the ornament by Kay. (because she did not notice that Tom would be left with his own ornament. She feels very bad about this.)
  • Tom kept his snowflake ornament saying that his wife wanted it.

No one really wanted to play dirty Santa.

Next meeting:

January 14, 2012

At Hobby Lobby in Moore.

January 13, 2012

January 2012 Meeting: Faux Wood

UPDATE 1/23/12: Meeting is rescheduled to Saturday, January 28th, at the regular time 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Lee Ann will be teaching her Faux Wood technique, the materials list is below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Update 1/13/12: Due to a scheduling conflict at our regular meeting place, we’ve been forced to cancel the January 14th meeting. We’re still trying to figure out a new date and will post here once it’s scheduled. Our apologies for the last-minute change!

Lee Ann faux wood projectsThis month, Lee Ann Kelly has generously offered to teach us a beautiful Faux Wood technique. Lee Ann’s artistry in polymer clay is always an inspiration, and we know this project will be no exception!

Our meeting will be held Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring:

  • Half a block of each: gold,burnt umber and black
  • Bic Stick pen
  • Pasta machine
  • Craft knife and/or tissue blade
  • Pliers — needle nose preferred
  • Ruler

Raffle

This month we’ll be holding a raffle, so bring a few extra dollars if you want to participate. November’s winners (Kay, Stacie, Lee Ann, Sue and Penni Jo) will be supplying the prizes.

December 2, 2011

December 2011 Meeting: Share A Project!

December is our always-popular Share A Project meeting, where members take turns talking about a favorite project. Bring a Christmas ornament, a handmade Christmas gift, or just something cool you’ve made this year with polymer clay. Share a little about how you made it. And if you want, you can include your project in the swap at the meeting’s end. It’s an informal meeting where we all get to share ideas and get inspired.

Our meeting will be held Saturday, December 10, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

What to bring:

  • A finished polymer clay project
  • There’s no lesson this month, so you don’t need any particular supplies. But you’re welcome to bring your clay and play anyway!

Swap Theme

If you would like, you may include your “share a project” item in the swap at the end of the meeting.

Retreat Meeting

This month’s 2012 Retreat Planning Meeting will be held at 12:30 in the Hobby Lobby classroom before the guild meeting.

November 5, 2011

November 2011 Meeting: Pandora-Style Beads

Beads by Myra.jpgThis month, Myra Cleveland has generously offered to teach us how to make Pandora-Style Beads. Myra, who joined our group earlier this year, blogs at Clay Harmony and sells her work on Artfire. We’re eager to learn how she makes these beautiful beads!

Our meeting will be held Saturday, November 12, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring:

  • Scrap clay (for practice beads)
  • Clay in desired colors (including translucent, if desired) - Kato is best
  • Small cutters (to make multiple beads of the same size)
  • Piece of clear Plexiglas or plastic (the front of a CD cover is perfect)
  • Sculpey Etch ‘n’ Pearl tool (large or medium size)
  • Small canes to decorate beads (optional)

Myra will provide:

  • Grommets/eyelets (2 per bead). Myra has generously offered to provide each person with 10 grommets, enough to make five beads, and will have more available for sale at the meeting. She will also have snake chain bracelets, silver spacer beads, and charms for sale, so people can leave the class with all the parts needed for a complete bracelet, if they wish.

Bracelet by MyraRaffle

This month we’ll be holding a raffle, so bring a few extra dollars if you want to participate. September’s winners (Angela, Angel, and Stacie) will be supplying the prizes.

Retreat Meeting

We’ll hold a planning meeting for our 2012 Retreat before the guild meeting from 12:20-1:10. Since the Hobby Lobby classroom will be occupied during that time, we’ll be meeting at a little restaurant called “Sunny Side Up.” It is east of I-35 on the south side of 19th street, behind the shopping center where Hobby Lobby is.

September 26, 2011

October 2011 Meeting: Faux Embroidery

EmbroideryProjectModified.jpgWe are very fortunate this month to have nationally-known sculptor & instructor (not to mention our own group’s co-founder!) Penni Jo Couch teaching the lesson. She’ll be showing us Faux Embroidery — a technique many paid to learn from her at this year’s Fandango retreat. (But we get to learn it for free!) We’ll find out how to use skinner blend scraps or solid clay to create “stitches,” which can then be used to create patterns and decorative designs.

Our meeting will be held Saturday, October 8, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring

  • Polymer clay:
    • Brown or wood grain for hanger
    • Background clay, shown is ecru lightened with white
    • Ivory clay for the tassels, borders and loops
    • Small amounts of skinner blends in your choice of colors or flower color (shown is red)
    • Stem and leaf colors (shown is green)
  • Molds & Textures: If desired, the borders and tassels can be molded. Tiny embellishments can be purchased or molded. Any strong woven pattern of fabric can make good texture. Penni Jo will have both molds and texture sheets for use in class.
  • Jewelry Findings:
    • Pin back for a pin.
    • If necklace, cord or chain of choice.
    • For tassels, two head pins.
  • Charms/Jewels: Iron on gems or tiny charms for embellishments.
  • Tools
    • Your favorite clay tools, plus…
    • Single edge safety razor for cutting slivers.
    • Wire cutters
    • Round nose and regular small pliers.
    • Small, sharp pointy tool like a smooth skewer etc. for lifting and ‘stitching’ the leaves and flowers.
  • Optional:
    • Mica powders for embellishing the hanging loops.
    • Pasta machine for clay.
    • Extruder for fine ropes.

Note: If you have the “Faux Ribbon Embroidery” tutorial printout that Jane gave everyone at the meeting a couple of months ago, please bring it.

Swap Theme

This month we’re doing a swap with the theme “Come on Fall!” Everyone who wishes to participate should bring one handmade item that fits with the theme.

Retreat Meeting

We will not be holding a retreat planning meeting before our regular meeting this month.

September 3, 2011

September 2011 Meeting: Bottles of Hope

Bottles of Hope FundayAs part of our group’s ongoing participation in the Bottles of Hope program, we’re spending our September meeting covering bottles. Bottles of Hope (BOH) are polymer clay-covered bottles that are given to cancer patients and survivors. These bottles often include a personal message of hope inside to encourage the individual. Read more about the BOH program here.

Our meeting will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring

We’ll provide some bottles — if you have your own small glass bottles to cover (generally about 2-4” tall), that’s great, too! Bring your preferred brand and color of clay, plus whatever other tools and supplies you want to use.

You may already know how you want to cover your bottle. If not, here are a few ideas:

  • Play with your supplies. Texture sheets, molds, cookie cutters, and mica powders are but a few of the supplies that can make a beautiful bottle.
  • Cover it in canes. Bring canes (or make some at the meeting) to cover your bottle.
  • Try a new technique. Since Bottles of Hope are fairly small, it’s a great way to try out a new technique you’re interested in. Browse our library and try a tutorial you’ve never tried!
  • Ask a fellow guild member. We have so many talented folks in our group. Maybe you missed a meeting where someone demonstrated a technique you’d love to learn. This casual meeting will be a great opportunity to play catch-up and help re-stock our BOH stash at the same time!
  • Get inspired. Browse Flickr to see what other polymer clay artists have done with their bottles.

Bottle of Hope, Side 1Turquoise Bottle of HopeBottles of HopeFiligree Bottle Of Hope View 1BOH: Geisha (Front)

We look forward to a creative — and productive — meeting!

Raffle

We’ll be holding a raffle this month, so come prepared with a few extra dollars. July’s winners (Penni Jo x 2, Marolyn x 2, and Myra) will supply the prizes.

August 5, 2011

August 2011 Meeting: Getting Creative with Mixed Media

You probably know the polymer clay aisle by heart — but have you explored the possibilities the rest of the craft store has to offer? April Gregory has generously offered to share some of the interesting supplies she’s come across in her job designing projects for Hobby Lobby. She will be bringing lots of supplies for us to play with, and she’ll teach us how to use them with polymer clay as well as how to alter them to better fit our needs. Some of the things she plans to talk about include:

  • Changing the color of jewelry findings
  • Layering findings
  • Embossing on metal and leather
  • Using supplies like Mod Podge, Shrinky Dinks, Rub n Buff, and embossing powder

Our meeting will be held Saturday, August 13, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring

This meeting won’t be project-based, so there’s not a specific supply list. April will be bringing some supplies of her own for us to experiment with, and she encourages you to bring some clay and whatever other mixed media supplies you’ve been wanting to play with. This will be a fun time for sparking creativity and thinking outside of the box — or at least thinking outside of the polymer clay aisle!

Swap Theme

This month we’re also doing a swap with the theme “Switch Plate Cover” Use the techniques we learned at the last meeting, or come up with your own idea. Everyone who wishes to participate should bring one handmade item that fits with the theme.

July 1, 2011

July 2011 Meeting: Fun with Pencils and Markers

July Lesson: Switch PlatesJane Linn will be teaching our July lesson, giving us an opportunity to experiment with using pencils and markers on baked clay. We hope to see the different effects and then use a switch plate, with baked clay, as our palette. You’ll find more beautiful examples of Jane’s work at the end of this post (click on photos for a larger view).

Our meeting will be held Saturday, July 9, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies to bring:

  • 2-3 paper towels
  • 320 grit wet/dry sandpaper (a small piece will do). If you wish, you may sand the switch plate at home before coming. If so, please bring the sandpaper with you to meeting.
  • Plastic switch plate
  • 2 paint brushes: a small and medium small (such as a 0/10 round and 4 round) for ‘water coloring’
  • Fine or extra fine point Permanent Black marker-Sharpie or Pitt (Faber- Castell)
  • TLC - Transparent Liquid Clay
  • Work Surface
  • Pasta Machine
  • Blade
  • Craft knife/X-Acto
  • Brayer or acrylic rod
  • Pencil or black colored pencil for sketching
  • Ceramic tile or card stock for baking
  • Any favorite tool/tools (you never know!)
  • Note: White, translucent, and white translucent clay is being provided by Polyform (Thanks, Polyform!)

Optional: Don’t buy any of these just for this, unless you think you might want to use them again. But if you have them, PLEASE bring them!

  • Water Color Pencils
  • Inktense Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Colored Markers/ Blender Marker

More optional embellishments: You may also want to bring….

  • Large stamps and permanent ink pad
  • Canes
  • Canes with transparent clay
  • Embellishments such as charms, glitter, beads, ‘jewels’, Steampunkery stuff

Raffle

This month we’ll hold a raffle, with March’s winners (Sue, Jane, Nance, and Shirley) supplying the prizes. Be sure to bring your $$ for a chance to win some goodies!

More project photos:

Switch Plate 1Switch Plate 2

May 30, 2011

June 2011 Meeting: A Gem of a Class

Nance Ross will be teaching us a “gem” of a lesson at this month’s meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. We will make two gems: Nance has samples of the real ones and demos of completed faux projects. It’s gonna be fun!

The meeting will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies needed:

  • Two settings: one round or oval, and one rectangular or square (rectangular works better). Hobby Lobby has them in the center of their findings display. They are also available at Michaels, and the Lisa Pavelka ones can be found in the clay department. You can even make your own settings, as long as they form a pan to hold the contents needed to make the finished product. (See photo examples of settings below.)
  • Sharp FINE needle (make a handle!)
  • Clay in pearl, silver, or white, and black: about 1 section of a block of each (can be scraps)
  • Mica powder in turquoise and gold (Nance will have extra for people who don’t have it)
  • Translucent liquid clay (Nance has some she will be happy to share)
  • Glitter in gold, turquoise, white (all fine grind)
  • One container for safely taking home any unfinished project

Besides your usual tools, if you have a heat gun, please bring it.

Settings

Here are two photos showing the settings needed for this meeting. The first shows the shapes; the second shows Hobby Lobby’s packaging. (Click images for larger view.)

Shapes Needed for Settings

Settings Packaging

Swap Theme

This month we’re also doing a swap with the theme “How does your garden grow?” Everyone who wishes to participate should bring one handmade item that fits with the theme.

May 5, 2011

May 2011 Meeting: Kaleidoscope Canes with Sue

We are very lucky to have been able to reschedule our February meeting with Sue McCarrell. She will be teaching the group her take on making kaleidoscope canes (or “Kali” canes for short) at this month’s meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild.

The meeting will be held Saturday, May 14, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies needed:

  • Pre-made canes. Sue will demonstrate how to make some basic canes for newbies or for folks who need a refresher. But if you already have a few prepared canes, such as bullseye canes or Skinner blend jelly roll canes, bring them to use as the basis for your kaleidoscope canes. (If you’re new to clay, keep in mind that firmer brands of clay work better for cane-making.)
  • Clay in nice contrasting colors to your canes.
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay blade or knife

As with all of our meetings, beginners are welcome, and we’re happy to share any supplies you don’t currently have.

This month we’ll hold a raffle, with March’s winners (Sue, Connie & Myra) supplying the prizes. Be sure to bring your $$ for a chance to win some goodies!

March 25, 2011

April 2011 Polymer Clay Retreat

The Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild will be having our first Free Style Claying One-Day Retreat on April 9th. Penni Jo Couch has graciously offered to host the retreat in her home. We’ll have some demonstrations and spend time together, claying and learning from 9am to 9pm.

There is no charge for the retreat, but space is very limited. If you wish to reserve a spot in the retreat, get in touch. It’s first come, first served, so don’t wait too long!

The retreat will be in place of our normal April meeting. If you can’t make it to the retreat, we hope to see you back at our normal Hobby Lobby classroom on May 14th.

March 6, 2011

March 2011 Meeting: Mosaic Pendant

Mosaic PendantsAngela will be giving us a fast-paced lesson on mosaics at this month’s meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. Maybe you’ve been wanting to try the mosaic clock project in her Polymer Clay 101 book, but were afraid it’d be too time-consuming. This month’s project covers all the essentials of polymer clay mosaic technique, but does so in a simplified (but oh-so-stylish) pendant design.

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies needed:

  • Clay:
    • Tiles: Bring small amounts of a variety of colors of clay for the tiles. This might be a good opportunity to use the colors you identified from the color collage project in the Color Inspirations book. Your favorite brand of strong clay is fine (Premo, Fimo, Kato, etc.). Please condition this clay prior to meeting time since this project requires multiple bakes.
    • Background: UltraLight (white) or Pluffy (black or a variety of other colors) are nice lightweight clays. If you don’t have those, bring white or black (or another preferred color) of your favorite brand of strong polymer clay.
  • Liquid polymer clay (clear and/or opaque colors that coordinate with your mosaic)
  • Super glue
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay blade or knife
  • Needle or needle tool
  • Chisel tip rubber tool (such as from Sculpey’s 5-in-1 tool kit)
  • Thin knitting needle (for creating pendant’s bail, optional)
  • Small square cookie cutters (if you have them)
  • Paper towels for cleaning (just a few)
  • Q-tips for detail cleaning (just a few)
  • Scissors

As with all of our meetings, beginners are welcome, and we’re happy to share any supplies you don’t currently have. For this meeting in particular, Angela plans to have extra supplies. Neither visitors nor members should feel pressure to buy anything just for this project.

This month we’ll hold a raffle, with January’s winners (Jane, Teresa, and Angela) supplying the prizes. Be sure to bring your $$ for a chance to win some goodies!

Shirley has also asked that everyone bring the items they plan to display at the Midwest City library in April, so we can get an idea of what we have and how we want to display it.

February 8, 2011

February 2011 Meeting: Kaleidoscope Canes

Sue has generously offered to teach the group how to make kaleidoscope canes (or “Kali” canes for short) at this month’s meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. Check out this link for some inspiration photos of various clayer’s canes.

Our meeting will be held this Saturday, February 12, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).

Supplies needed:

  • Canes in any color: Sue will demonstrate how to make some basic canes for newbies or for folks who need a refresher. But she says it’s best if you bring a few already-prepared canes, such as bullseye canes, to use as the basis for your kaleidoscope canes.
  • Clay in nice contrasting colors for wrapping canes
  • Pasta machine
  • Clay blade or knife

As with all of our meetings, beginners are welcome, and we’re happy to share any supplies you don’t currently have.

This month we’re also doing a swap with the theme “Love is in the Air.” Everyone who wishes to participate should bring one handmade item that fits with the theme.

December 8, 2010

Share A Christmas Project Day-December 11, 2010

Hello Clayers! It’s time for another great poly clay meeting! This month’s meeting should be very fun and informative. This month, every one is encouraged to bring a Christmas project ( or really, any project you would like) and discuss how it was made. Also, if any of our very knowledgeable members have any great tips, please share them with the group. We discussed exchanging the projects we bring in a gift swap exchange. So bring something you would like to swap. If you’ve made something you would prefer not to swap, please bring it anyway and discuss your technique with the group.

We will meet Saturday Decemmber 11, 2010 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160 ). Don’t forget to bring a book suggestion so we can add another great book to our awesome library. See you there!

November 10, 2010

Faux Enamel & Other Fun Metallic Stuff

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Hello Clayers, it’s that time again! Our next meeting is this Saturday, November 13th, 2010, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160 ). We are in for another exciting class from Angela on Faux Enamel & other fun metallic stuff. I’ve been looking forward to this class and know Angela will teach another out of the ball park class!

Angela will be showing one way to do faux enamel with polymer clay — making your own molds, then using Pearl Ex powders, liquid clay, and alcohol inks to achieve a beautiful result. She’ll share ideas for using this technique to create a variety of quick Christmas decorations and gifts. In addition to the faux enamel, Angela will also demonstrate a technique that uses many of the same materials but achieves a completely different result.

Materials/Tools List:

  • Rubber stamp(s) to use for creating molds. The best rubber stamps for this technique have large-ish open areas, completely contained by surrounding lines (something to hold the “wells” of liquid clay). Flower stamps often work great, as the petal areas tend to be open and surrounded by lines. (Angela will have lots of extras if you don’t have one that works.)
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Clay knife or blade
  • Tile or index card for baking
  • Extra ceramic tile or plastic cups for mixing liquid clay colors
  • Metallic colors (i.e., gold, silver, copper) of Pearl Ex (or similar brand) powders
  • Paintbrush
  • Kato Clear Liquid Polyclay
  • Alcohol inks
  • Gloves (if you’re concerned about alcohol inks staining your fingers)

Once again, Polyform has generously offered to sponsor the meeting by providing the group’s clay. Thanks, Polyform! And Angela has extras of everything, so don’t feel the need to go out and buy anything… that is, unless you’re just looking for an excuse to go shopping!

This month will be our Raffle so everyone bring something for it. The winners of the September raffle should provide items for the raffle. They were Penni Jo and Shirley.

October 2, 2010

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.

September 9, 2010

September 2010 Meeting - Hollow Beads

Hi Fellow Clayers! It’s meeting time again! Our next meeting is this Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 at 1:30-4:30 (please take note , we are now starting to meet at 1:30, not 1:00) at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160 - see map)

We will be making 2 kinds of Hollow Beads - pillow and puff, led by Jane Linn. These beads make great charms, pendants, and beads for bracelets and necklaces. They are especially fun because they can be be big and bold, without the weight of traditional beads.

Materials/Tools List:

  • Cookie Cutters- circles-about 1” and 3/4” For variety, may want to bring extra cutters-about 1” diameter ie. simple circle, star, heart, square, rectangle, flower
  • Cutting blade/craft knife
  • Hole maker
  • Tile or cardstock for baking
  • Pasta machine/acrylic rod
  • Hot pad or mitt
  • Scissors
  • Liquid Polymer Clay or bonding glue
  • Type of Super Glue, preferably with a brush applicator
  • Sandpaper-600 grit
  • 20-24 gauge wire-about 1-2 inches
  • 2 oz. of clay, any color(s)
  • Scrap clay-
  • 1 oz. black clay
  • Optional: Skinner blend, canes, textured sheets
  • Very optional (don’t buy these for this until you’ve tried it):
    • Aluminum paint palette
    • Amazing Molds
    • Plastic finger Protector
    • Drywall & Plaster Sanding Screen

This month we have our raffle with Penni Jo, Nance, and Starla, the winners of July’s raffle providing the items for the raffle.

If you have finished any past guild projects, please bring them so we can see them at show & tell. We love to be inspired and ooo-and ah!

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

August 11, 2010

Saturday August 14th, 2010-Deco Clay Flowers

Hello Clayers, It’s that time again! Our next meeting will be Saturday August 14, 2010 *at *1:00 *at the new *Hobby Lobby store -2650 S Service Rd, Moore, OK- (405) 912-8100. We will be having a truly interesting and fun class this Saturday! Our own Nance Ross will be teaching us how to make lovely life like flowers from an air dry clay called Deco Clay. These flower making techniques can also be adapted and modified for polymer clay. Nance learned these techniques from the people who developed the clay. Nance had graciously purchased all the supplies for us and suggests that we **bring a small pair of scissors, a tray on which to work that is waterproof as we shall be working with damp towels, and maybe a spray bottle. If everyone could bring $2.00 to help defray the cost of the supplies, I know Nance would appreciate it. Nance states that she will have the clay, little dishes in which we shall build our little arrangements, a spray bottle, toothpicks (major “tool” of choice for working with Deco Clay) a mold for making the foundation leaves, fillers (plastic sprays) to go between our flowers, and the towels.

Nance told me that “This clay cannot be entered in the Polymer Clay area of the State Fair, because it is not a plastic product….it is made of a secret formula that includes wood fiber, and was invented by a Japanese family in Hawaii…..and can be purchased on line from Piecemakers in Costa Mesa….and from Hawaii….but I am sure no one will want to pay the shipping from the Islands! See everyone on Saturday…..with clean hands ready to use them as the major tools for working Deco Clay! “

August is swap month and the August swap item is anything made using a technique learned at guild.

Don’t forget to bring a suggestion for a book, magazine or DVD to add to our amazing library.

Also Nance states that she has a bunch of bottles for Bottles of Hope, so hope people will be willing to take two or three so that in the fall we can donate to some of the local hospitals. We have several finished ones on hand, but can always use more, so I shall have some with me on Saturday for anyone interested to take.

July 7, 2010

July 10, 2010 Meeting-Pinch Petal Color Necklace

Hi Clayers! It meeting time again! Our Next meeting will be held *Saturday July 10, 2010 at 1:00 *at the new *Hobby Lobby store -2650 S Service Rd, Moore, OK- (405) 912-8100. *

We have a change of plans afoot for this meeting. Angela was scheduled to teach her carving technique this month, but since time ran out and Penni Jo was unable to teach the pinched petal color necklace , she will be teaching it this month and Angela will teach carving in October. The meeting schedules will be as follows:

July-Pinched Petal Color Necklace-Penni Jo

August-Air dry clay flowers-Nance

September-Pillow Beads-Jane

October-Carving-Angela

November-Faux Enamel & Faux Cloisonne-Angela

The supply list is as follow:

2 oz. yellow clay

1 oz. magenta clay

1 oz. blue clay

2 oz. white clay

3 oz. black clay

Pin tool

Acrylic rod or brayer

36 inches of bead-stringing cord (heavy-duty upholstery thread or waxed linen thread)

clasp

fast-drying superglue

Card stock to fold for bead tray

If you have other colors you would like to use to make the necklace, please bring those instead and if you have a question about what colors to bring, Penni Jo has graciously agreed to answer any questions by e-mail. (pennijo@pennibears.com).

(If you don’t have these supplies-don’t panic! Come! We’ll have a great time together and we’ll have enough supplies).

This month is raffle month. The winners of the May raffle were Lee Ann, Nance, and Jane. Winners, should bring something for this month’s raffle and everyone bring an item for it as well as a book suggestion for our awesome library.

Also, everyone who finished their collage, or created new ones after the last meeting, please bring them for show and tell. We’d all love to see them!

June 10, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010 Polymer Clay Meeting-Color Inspiration Collage

Hi Clayers! It’s that time again! Our Next meeting will be held Saturday June 12, 2010 at 1:00 at the new Hobby Lobby store -2650 S Service Rd, Moore, OK- (405) 912-8100.

This months meeting will be very very interesting as we will be using an exercise in the Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio book, Polymer Clay Color Inspirations to create collages that will help us to find and fine tune our own individual personal inspirational colors. These collages can be used as color palettes for our polymer clay works. The supply list does not involve polymer clay and is as follows:

Good Paper Scissors

Glue Stick

11x 17 Inch Piece Of Poster Board

Five Magazines with color pictures

Two I 1-Gallon Plastic Storage Bags or Large Mailing Envelopes For storing Your Clipping

Library

Five Or Six Sandwich-Size Plastic Bags

Permanent Markers To Label The Storage Bags

If you like, bring your favorite colors of clay, paint chips, silk flowers, etc., to help with color inspairation, a great idea from Penni Jo.

We will be having our swap this month and the theme is “pairs”, so everbody bring a pair of something you’ve made and also a book purchase suggestion for our library.

May 4, 2010

Saturday May 8, 2010 Pointy Flower Pendant

Hi Clayers! It’s that time again! Our Next meeting will be held Saturday May 8, 2010 at 1:00 at the new Hobby Lobby store -2650 S Service Rd, Moore, OK- (405) 912-8100, our new venue.

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Penni Jo will be demonstrating her absolutely lovely Pointy Flower Technique. Penni Jo has placed her pointy flowers on a faux ivory pendant. Please make whatever base you want to place the pointy flowers on ahead of time. Penni Jo has graciously provided us with instructions for her ivory pendant base. They are listed below with the supply list. Here is the supply list:

Polymer Clay

  1. Plugs, loaves or scraps of skinner blends. Ends or scraps of leaf canes. Or, clay in your choice of color for flowers and leaves.

  2. . Background clay, shown are faux ivory and a pearl background. Faux ivory instructions are below the materials list.

  3. Faux Ivory Clay: For faux ivory you will need about a half block of white and ecru or beige, and a block of translucent. See instructions below.

Other Tools

  1. Optional: wire for wirework.

  2. Pointy tool: like a smooth round toothpick, skewer, needle tool, etc.

  3. Iron On Glass or Crystal jewels: Choice of color. Available at Hobby lobby in the aisle for ironing stuff onto jeans and t-shirts.

  4. Optional eye pins: If dangles are desired, eye pins will be needed.

  5. Clay tools: Pasta Machine for mixing clay.

Faux Ivory Instructions.

Condition and layer ‘faux’ Ivory clay as follows.

Polymer Clay:

Premo Ecru or Fimo Sahara (or mix your own light ivory color using your favorite brand of clay - One part)

White - One part

Transparent or Translucent. Two parts

  1. Roll the clay into flat sheets about 1/8” thick or the thickest setting on the pasta machine. Trim into the same size rectangles. Stack the clay as follows: Ecru, Translucent White, Translucent. Cut the stack in half. Place one half on top of the other. Do not flip the clay over, the stack should stay in the same order, ecru, translucent, white, translucent; ecru, translucent, white, translucent. Press from the center out to remove air bubbles.

  2. Flatten the stack slightly, Cut in half again, and restack. Flatten slightly; continue these steps, building a stack about an inch high with a soft, subtle grain running through it.

  3. Trim the stack until the subtle ‘ivory’ grain begins to show.

  4. Roll the scraps into a ball and put the clay through the pasta machine on a medium thin setting. Lay the sheet of clay on a sheet of deli paper.

  5. Cut thin slices from the edge of the stack. Gently press the clay slices onto the sheet of clay with the lines (grain) of the “ivory” running in the same direction.

  6. When you have a sheet of faux ‘ivory’ large enough, roll it through the pasta machine set one thickness larger than the original sheet going with the grain of the ‘ivory’.

  7. Reset the machine one thickness thinner and put the clay through it again in the same direction. Your faux ‘ivory’ is ready to wrap on the your project.

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May is our raffle. Jane, Penni Jo & Ruth were the winners. Winners should bring something for the next raffle and everyone else also bring something for the raffle so we can have funding for our ever expanding and ever amazing library. Also bring a suggestion for a book, DVD, or magazine to add to our library.

April 12, 2010

Wednsday, April 14, 2010 Meeting-Hollow Form Vessels Part 2

Hello Clayers! It’s time for another great clay meeting. The meeting will be held Wednesday, April 14th at Southern Oaks Recreation Center at 400 SW 66th street, from 6 to 9 pm. At this meeting we will be determining if this will become our permanent location or not.

This month I will be teaching part 2 of the Kathleen Dustin’s technique for creating hollow form vessels. If you do not have some of the listed items, I will have mine on hand for use. The supply list is below:

SUPPLY LIST

Pasta Machine

Cutting Blade

Exacto Knife

Baby Powder

Armor All or WD-40

Needle Tool

Scissors

Fiber fill

Drill bit 1/8”

1/8” Cord to string the hollow form onto (Pony Lacing works fine)

Ruler

Genesis Thick Medium

1/8” rivets

Loctite super glue

Medium Grit/Rough Sanding Sponge

At least 1 package of clay that is the same clay that was used on the interior of the hollow form

(If anyone wants to recover the mold they made at the February class then please bring a skinner blend sheet or some other decorative sheet of clay long and wide enough to cover your mold as well as a 1 or 2 blocks of clay for the interior of the hollow form vessel and some paper and a pencil or pen)

The theme for the swap at April’s meeting will be “spring flowers.” So everyone bring a swap item. Also bring an idea for a book, DVD or magazine to add to our library. See you at the meeting!

March 8, 2010

Wed. March 10, 2010-Lesson Change

Hello Clayers,

The March meeting will be held at the Southern Oaks Recreation Center, 400 SW 66th Street, 6-9, Wed., March 10th.

Due to a death in my family, I will not be able to teach part 2 of the hollow form class this month and will instead, teach it at the April meeting. Penni Jo has graciously offered to teach in my place. She will be unraveling the mysteries of the skinner blend to us and will be teaching us how to make multiple color Skinner Blends, resulting in different effects. She will also be teaching a twist on the Natasha bead called a Ruphia Peche Indian Bead created by Ruphia, the president of the of Corpus Christi Polymer Clay Guild where Penni Jo attended meetings during her stay in Texas. Thanks Penni Jo and Jane for all your help on such short notice! The supply list is as follows:

General Tools needed:

Pasta machine (we will have one to share)

Work surface or work surface cover

Cutting blade

Stylus or needle to make eyes on the indian bead

Skewer or knitting needle

Clay needed in colors you like

General clay tools

Materials needed:

A little bit of flesh and black clay

1/8 to 1/4 oz. each of Indian blanket colors or your favorite bead colors. ( 3 to 6 colors)

If you have a stash of scraps from other projects, you might want to bring them.

Penni Jo has added some additional info about the class.

Guild March Madness ~ Pick up lessons:

  1. Revisit the Skinner blend. If you would like to know how to create a specific blend, let us know, we’ll help you figure out colors and amounts needed.

Materials needed:

a. Colors of clay that you would like to skinner blend

b. A specific kind of blend that you would like to have for a project, eg, flower petal, leaf, etc.

Bring any questions you may have about how to blends colors to make certain projects, ie. Calla Lilly.

  1. Ruphia Peche Indian Bead using the Inside-out Technique (AKA Natasha Bead) Ruphia is the president of Corpus Christi Polymer Clay Guild where Penni Jo attended meetings during her stay in Texas. Her Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/24413745@N07/ Etsy Site: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ruphia?section_id=5350461

*If you are uncertain about the colors you want, Michael’s has clay on sale this week. Four blocks for $5.00. *

This month we will be having our raffle. April, Angela and Jane were the winners of our last raffle and should bring something for the next raffle. Also, everyone bring and idea for a book you would like to add to our library.

February 6, 2010

Wed. February 10, 2010 Hollow Form Vessels

Hello Clayers! It’s time for another great clay meeting. This time the meeting venue and date and time have changed and will be held* Wednesday, February 10 at Southern Oaks Recreation Center, from 6 to 9 pm.* We will be trying out this venue and date and time to determine if this change will work for us so please give your input on the change. The physical address and directions are: 400 S.W. 66th Street (The facility is just east of Walker on 55th street next to the park, on the right. Turn right into the parking lot. It is brightly lit and in a safe neighborhood. It is on the street behind the Southern Oaks Library.) [Link to Map]

This month I will be teaching Kathleen Dustin’s technique for creating hollow form vessels. It is rather a lengthy process so we will be breaking the class down into 2 classes, one in February and the other in March. If you do not have some of these items, I will have mine on hand for use. . The supply list is below:

SUPPLY LIST

Pasta Machine

Cutting Blade

Exacto Knife

Baby Powder

Armor All or WD-40

Needle Tool

Scissors

Paper

Black Permanent Marker

Medium Grit/Rough Sanding Sponge

At least 4 0z (or scrap clay the size of 2 blocks of packaged clay) of thoroughly blended scrap clay (make sure you blend the scrap clay until it is of uniform consistency and color)

1 block (2 oz) metallic clay

2-3 blocks of clay (will be making a skinner blend)

The theme for the swap at February’s meeting will be “red and/or pink.” So everyone bring a swap item. Also bring an idea for a book, DVD or magazine to add to our library. See you at the meeting!

January 7, 2010

Mica Shift and Faux Wood With Lee Ann-January 9, 2010


Hello Clayers! It’s That time again! Our next meeting is January 9th from 1-4pm and will be held at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Our Own awesomely talented Lee Ann will be teaching us the elusive Mica shift technique and also her faux wood technique. I know this has been a much anticipated class and we are all looking forward to it! The supply list is a follows:

Wood

1 oz. gold and 1 oz. black

Clay blade, pasta machine, clay roller

Mica Shift

Those above, plus template for shape of necklace, needle tool, cording

Clay

Gold and/or copper 1/2 block (1 oz) each

OR Pearl Colors: Teal Blue Pearl - 2 parts yellow, 3 parts blue and 20 parts pearl

Red Pearl - 3 parts red and 10 parts pearl

Golden Red Pearl - 2 parts red, 2 parts gold and 5 parts pearl

Orange Pearl - 1 part red, 2 parts yellow, and 5 parts pearl

Green Gold Pearl - 2 parts blue, 3 parts yellow, 4 parts gold and 8 parts pearl

Blue Violet Pearl - 1 part blue, 2 parts magenta and 10 parts pearl

If you pick a pearl blend, it should equal about 1/2 block of clay. Please have these mixed before meeting.

Black clay and a plain sheet of clay close to the color you are using.

This month is raffle month! The last one was in September and the winners were, April, Nance and Lee Ann. September winners, please bring an item to contribute to the raffle for this month. Also, everyone bring a suggestion for the book you would like to have added to our growing library

December 9, 2009

Share a Christmas Project Day-December 12, 2009

Hello Clayers! It’s time for another great poly clay meeting! This month’s meeting should be very fun and informative. This month, every one is encouraged to bring a Christmas project and discuss how it was made. Also, if any of our very knowledgeable members have any great tips, please share them with the group. We discussed exchanging the projects we bring in a gift swap exchange. So bring something you would like to swap. If you’ve made something you would prefer not to swap, please bring it anyway and discuss your technique with the group. We will meet Saturday September 12, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Don’t forget to bring a book suggestion so we can addd another great book to our awesome library. See you there!

November 28, 2009

Bead-In OKC Meeting

If you’re interested in beading and jewelry-making with polymer clay, you may want to check out the upcoming Bead-In. Pat Pearson has organized the group’s first meeting for Monday, December 7th, at the Midwest City Library, and she extended a personal invitation to our guild members. Details below:

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November 18, 2009

November 21, 2009 10:00am-12:00pm At Elements Beadery

Hi Clayers! It’s time for another poly clay meeting and this one is going to be very very infomative. We will be having it at Elements Beadery in Bethany, OK where co-owner,Toni Mitchell, will be teaching us about jewelry finishing techniques and about jewelry findings. I gave them a list of the questions we had so I’m sure Toni will address them also. If you have problem pieces you need help with, please feel free to bring them so that you can consult with Toni or Pat after class. The address to Elements Beadery is 6704 NW 39th Street, Bethany OK. The meeting will be from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. We will have the business portion of the meeting after the class at a different location. Also, I think it would be great if we all could bring some examples of our work as Pat Dorety, the other co-owner, expressed an interest in what we do. Toni use to make lovely cane beads

November 11, 2009

November Meeting Date / Time Change!

The Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild will not be meeting on the second Saturday (November 14th) this month. Instead, the meeting will be November 21st from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Elements Beadery, 6704 NW 39th Expressway in Bethany, OK. We'll probably head to a nearby coffee shop (or the like) for our business meeting after the bead shop portion. More details coming soon!

October 7, 2009

October 10, 2009 Starry Night Cane Pen

Hello Clayers! This month, our wonderful and award winning President, will be teaching us Donna Kato’s ‘Starry Night’ cane. Jane says, “Apparently Donna Kato using leftover bits and pieces of clay pieces left on her work table, end pieces from canes, and leftover canes , came up with a beautiful cane that reminded her of Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night. With this cane, we will make 2 other canes and then cover a pen.”

Janes Pen is beautiful but ,unfotunately ,I have spent 2 hours trying to attach it to this announcement to no avail! I’m sorry I cannot include her images.

We will meet Saturday September 12, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK).

Supplies to bring: Leftover clay you like and want to put together AND/OR end pieces of canes and leftover bits and pieces of canes equaling at least 4 oz. of clay OR 3 or 4 colors of clay that combined will equal at least 4 oz. of clay. 1 oz. black clay 1 oz. white clay 1 Bic Round Stic ballpoint pin Elmer or Sobo glue (Optional) Any canes you have that you might want to decorate a pin covered in your ‘starry night’ cane

Tools (favorite clay tools): Work surface Pasta machine Acrylic roller Knife or blade(s) Ruler-6 or 12 inch

Our guild did wonderfully at the Oklahoma State Fair. It would be wonderful for everyone to bring there state fair entries for everyone to see! The fair displays were sort of jummbled and compacted and as a result, it was difficult so see everyones beautiful pieces. So, please bring your fair entries and we can share them at show and tell.

This month is swap month! The swap for this month is “canes” every one bring 1 to 3 canes with a total of all the canes together measuring to 3’. Also, bring a book suggestion for the library!

September 9, 2009

Sept. 12, 2009 Mold Making and Name Tags By Angela

Hello Clayers! It’s class time again and Angela will be teaching us her mold making techniqe by leading us through making a name tag. I know everyone has really been looking forward to this class. We will meet Saturday September 12, 2009 from 1-4 p.m. at the *Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK)*.
First, she’ll go over the basics of mold-making using various brands of mold-making products. Then she’ll show us how to use those molds with polymer clay to make unique nametags, perfect for wearing to this month’s state fair demo and to our monthly guild meetings.

*What to bring:*

  • polymer clay: Angela recommends 1/2 block white (for name section of nametag) plus 1/4 - 1/2 block of another favorite color or colors (for molded accents on nametag). strong brands such as Premo, Kato, or Fimo are best for making a durable nametag.
  • favorite clay tools
  • scissors

*Optional items:* If you have the following supplies, please bring them. However, Angela will some on hand if you don’t have them and don’t want to buy them just for this meeting.

  • charms, buttons, beads, or other small items to mold (this will be the decoration for your nametag, so try to think of something that reflects you!)
  • favorite color(s) Pearl Ex powder
  • pin back or magnetic fastener (Jane will have stick-on magnetic fasteners available for purchase)
  • mold-making products, such as Amazing Mold Putty, Super Sculpey, Super Elasticlay MOLDMAKER, etc.
  • mold release: cornstarch or baby powder and/or spray bottle filled with water
  • rubbing alcohol
  • pasta machine
  • clay gun / extruder

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This month is our *raffle* month. April G., Sue M. and Shirley C. were last raffle winners and should bring something to this months raffle. Everyone please bring something for the raffle as well as a book or video suggestion for our growing library. See you at the meeting!

August 28, 2009

September Schedule Switch

Just a quick scheduling note… We’ve switched the meeting topics for September and October. In September, Angela will be demonstrating how to use various mold-making materials, and showing how to make polymer clay nametags with the molded elements. October’s meeting will be Jane’s Starry Night Cane.

Angela will bring most of the molding supplies, but be thinking of small buttons, trinkets, or toys to use for molding. Look for a more complete class description coming soon!

August 5, 2009

August 8, 2009 Flower Canes

Hello everyone! It’s meeting time again. Our next meeting will be Saturday August 8th 1-4p.m. at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman OK). Unfortunately Christy Wright is unable to be with us this Saturday to teach us the mica shift technique and due to unforseen circumstances, she will not be able to re-schedule. Instead, I will be teaching a class on flower canes. If time allows, I will be teaching 4 different types of canes.

Supply List

At least 4 different colors of polymer clay at least 4 blocks. Choose colors that will work great in a skinner blend

1-2 blocks of translucent clay ( Premo, Fimo or Kato clays work best for canes) Make sure your clay is pre-conditioned

Ruler

Acrylic roller

Needle tool

Cutting blade

Pasta machine

Flat block of wood to shape clay into a cane block

Work surface

Plastic wrap

This month will be our swap. The theme is nautical/ocean, so everyone bring something wonderful to share in the swap! Also, bring the name of a book or video that you would like to have added to our library.

July 8, 2009

July 11, 2009 Kathleen Dustin Techniques

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! Our next meeting will be Saturday July 11th 1-4p.m. at the Hobby Lobby in Norman **(2417 W. Main, Norman OK)

It was originally listed that I, April Gregory, would be teaching flower cane techniques, but after talking with Jane, we thought that the group might enjoy learning some of the techniques we learned at the Kathleen Dustin workshop. One of the techniques is called “lamella” and it is a way to create a log that looks like “fish flesh” or “plated layers “. Paraphrased from Wikipedia, lamella means- thin layers of plate like structures that appear in multiples. Kathleen uses thin slices of the lamella in her translucent layering technique. I also learned a simple way to make a polymer clay slab of lines. Kathleen Dustin uses this technique to accent the inside of her purses. Nance and I used it to cover a pen. We will not actually be making a finished piece, but will, instead, learn techniques that can be incorporated into a finished piece.

This month will be our raffle, so everyone bring something we can raffle off, so we can buy more resources for our wonderful library! Also, bring the name of a book or video that you would like to have added to our library.

SUPPLY LIST

Tissue Blade

Pasta Machine

Other Routine Polymer Clay Tools

Will need to bring something to take the raw clay slab and log home in

Lamella

-1 bar of translucent Premo, unconditioned.

-At least 3 sheets of gold leaf, plain or variegated gold leaf will both work and it can be faux gold leaf. It doesn’t have to be the real deal.

Striped Slab

-1 bar of gold Premo -conditioned

-3-5 other colors of Premo-conditioned

Premo is the clay that Kathleen Dustin primarily uses. These techniques should work well with other polymer clay brands as well so feel free to use whatever clay you are comfortable with.

June 10, 2009

June 13, 2009 Meeting: Steampunk

Our next meeting is June 13, 2009, 1-4p.m., and we’ll be back at our normal location, the Norman Hobby Lobby (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Nance Ross will be sharing her knowledge. Here’s the write-up, straight from Nance:

At our meeting, we will have a guest from Norman Regional Hospital to pick up 20 BOH for distribution in their cancer ward. Eva Dilks will be representing the hospital.

Also, we shall be playing with the latest craze in Polymer……Steampunk! Sooooo start designing your project to do on Saturday, incorporating the nuts and bolts of the mechanical world into your clay designs. I have some on hand…..and they weren’t easy to find, since the watch shops are mainly messing with electrical watches these days, and cog wheels and such are rare. I had fun shopping in many places, and will have some free supplies on hand, and others for sale for what I paid for them. Usual clay and tools will be needed…..and lots of creativity and original ideas!

If you are looking, I suggest you hit sporting goods/bait shops (one of the few mechanical things readily available are parts for fishing reels….check out 10th St. a block from Douglas in Midwest City for a good supply and a friendly shop owner. Another likely place is hobby shops that sell to model airplane makers….and they are helpful!

I will have a limited supply of examples, plus lots of fun things you may want to use in your designs…..so we will have a good time designing some fun stuff, and donating some of our hard work on Saturday, June 13th.

May 6, 2009

May 9, 2009: Meeting at The Delux Indie Craft Bazaar

Hello clayers! This months meeting is going to be a special treat and a great adventure! We will be having our meeting at The Delux Indie Craft Bazaar which will be located at the OKC Fairground’s Centenial Building. The Centennial Building is located south of and diagonal to the Space Tower and it is also adjacent to the Cox Pavillion and accross from the Hall of Modern Living. If these directions have you totally confused, please go to www.okstatefairpark.com/grounds-map to get a site map. We will be having our regular meeting so everyone bring book ideas and a raffle item. Jane and Nance were the winners of the last raffle. Jane is currently out of the country and Nance may be unable to attend the meeting, so lets all try to bring something in their place. We will be making Bottles of Hope and Nance has made arrangemetns for bottles and other BOH things to be available at the meeting. This meeting is a chance for the craft loving public to get to know about our wonderful guild and about this amazing medium we all love, polymer clay, so perhaps it might be a great idea for us all to bring items, not just for show and tell, but also for the public to see what we do and what can be done with polymer clay. Also, for those of you who like to incorporate beads into your polymer clay work (or for those of you who may be just plain addicted to beads) there is also a Bead Jamboree show going on at the fair grounds May 8-9 at the Oklahoma Expo Hall. See you at the meeting!

April 8, 2009

April 11, 2009 Faux Stone And 'Starry Night' Techniques

Faux GraniteApril Meeting: Faux Stone and “Starry Night ” Techniques

Hello Clayers! Then next meeting will be Saturday April 11th, 2009, 1-4p.m., at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Jane Linn will be teaching us 2 unusual and beautiful techniques, a faux stone technique that actually looks like real granite, and a Donna Kato “Starry Night” technique, which looks like Vincent van Gogh’s lovely painting. We are in for a real treat! Thanks Jane!

This month we will be having our swap. The theme is “blue” so everybody remember to bring something blue to swap. Also, if you have a suggestion for a new book for our library, bring that along too.

Pink Granite Faux Stone Technique

Materials If possible, please condition your clay ahead of time because we are going to chop the clay and it will be easier to work with if it is not still warm from conditioning. 2 oz. of translucent clay-at least 2x the amount of white White clay
Black clay A pinch of copper clay (optional) -additional color for granite or pick your own colors for the color of faux granite you want. Liquid clay
Acrylic paint-black, dark brown, or warm/neutral color Optional: black and white embossing powders, macro pearl powders

Tools & Supplies pasta machine Waxed paper Nu-blade or firm blade or knife Tissue blade Optional: food grater (dedicated to nonfood use) Wet/dry sandpapers-220-, 320-, 400-, and 600-grits Acrylic roller Needle tool Tile or a piece of card stock

Starry Night Cane ‘Starry Night’ Technique

Materials

3 colors of clay that you chose to put together (1 color dark, 1 color medium, and 1 color light-more can be added of different hues and intensities)

March 6, 2009

March 14, 2009 Bookmarks by Nance

Hi clayers! It’s almost time for another fun and interesting poly clay meeting! The next meeting will be March 14, 2009, 1-4 p.m., at Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). We are truely blessed to have such skilled members in our group. Every class taught by our wonderful members has been exceptional. And speaking of wonderful members, are own red headed Scottish lass, Nance, with be teaching us how to make book marks. She says we will be making four different kinds of bookmarks, and the same supplies will work with all of them. In Nance’s own word, the supply list is as follows:

Tools: cutters, blades, rollers, work surface, modeling tools, texture plates or stamps, scissors to cut paper.

Supplies: several shades of clay, mica powders, tiny beads or glitter, if desired, Zap-a-Gap glue, (or whatever permanent glue you prefer), ONE metal bookmark sold at HL in the “Findings” area (“S”-shaped, or straight) with a chain and jump ring attached.

Do-Aheads: You might want to draw a design for a 6 inch long bookmark, and bring along some pre-made canes or “button” style thin, round or rectangular decorative pieces…..about 3/4 of an inch wide, and up to three inches long. OR YOU CAN JUST BRING CLAY AND SUPPLIES AND WING IT!

This month is our swap. The winners of the swap in January should bring something for this month’s swap, unless of course, they are brand new baby mama’s and may not be able to attend! The January Swap winners were Sue M. and our own new mother, Angela M.

Everybody be thinking of which books they would like to add to our wonderful library and bring a title or two for the library draw.

I hope to see everyone there!

February 8, 2009

February Meeting: Soldered Cookie Cutters

Hi Clayers! It’s meeting time again and we have another great one planned. The next meeting will be February 14th, 2009, 1-4p.m., at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Sue M. will be showing us how to solder metal and make our own personalized cookie cutters! I know a lot of you have really been looking forward to this class just as I have! Sue will be bringing the metal and soldering tool for us to use so the supply list is real simple.

  1. ruler

  2. fine point Sharpie

  3. old scissors (they will be used to cut the metal-special metal cutting scissors

    are not necessary)

  4. some kind of clamp

  5. tweezers that clamp or a straight needle nose pliers

  6. alcohol and paper towels for flux clean up

Also, bring a simple design idea for the cookie cutter you would like to make.

January 4, 2009

January Meeting: Swirlies

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! The next meeting will be January 10th, 2009, 1-4 p.m., at the new Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). We are starting the year with a wonderful project from Lee Ann Kelley. She will be showing us how to make her "Swirlies." She and I tried to come up with a word to describe her beautiful technique and I think she has hit upon the perfect word!

The supply list is below. Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

  1. Clay, any color, can be 2 shades of the same color or 2 different colors. Amount depends on size of item to be covered.
  2. Clay gun with the disk that has 1/8 inch round hole. Lee Ann will show an easy way to extrude if you have an old metal gun.
  3. Clay blade or X-acto knife.
  4. Ink cartridge from a Bic or Bic Stic
  5. Item to be covered can be anything oven proof. If covering a paper mache egg or ball, it's important to drill a hole in the top and bottom to vent. Lee Ann will bring some glass Christmas ornaments.
  6. To save time, it might be a good idea to cover your project with a thin(#3 or #4) layer of clay before the meeting. If that's done, a pasta machine isn't necessary.
  7. A container and batting to take your unbaked project home.

Lee Ann says that this is easy but can be time consuming.

Meeting announcement written by April G.

December 8, 2008

December Meeting: Large Leaf Cane Christmas Tree

Christmas TreeHello clayers!

The next polymer clay guild meeting will be December 13th at 1:00p.m at the Norman Hobby Lobby store. Nance will be showing us how to make a beautiful Christmas tree ornament. We may not have time to complete the project so be prepared to transport it home for baking.

Nance provided us with this supplies list — check it out to see what you need to bring.

And don’t forget that December is a swap month. If you want to participate, bring one handmade item that fits this month’s theme: Angels. In exchange, you’ll receive one item from another swap participant.

Meeting announcement written by April G.

November 5, 2008

November Meeting: Simple Christmas Ornaments

Large Elf OrnamentOur next meeting with be this Saturday November 8th. Angela will be showing us how to make two simple Christmas ornaments, perfect as quick crafty gifts for family and friends. The designs are from the Simply Ornaments CD by Maria Maestri, who has given Angela permission to teach a couple of projects to the guild.

  • When: Saturday November 8, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What To Bring:
    • Polymer clay in your desired colors. For the sample ornaments, Angela used about 1 package of red; 1/2 package each of green, white and beige/flesh; and a small amount of black.
    • Your favorite clay tools, such as a clay blade and needle tool. While none of the projects requires a pasta machine, feel free to bring one if you want it for conditioning or just to have handy.
    • Optional items (Angela will have these if you don’t): Metal paper clips (1 per ornament); wire cutters; rose-colored chalks or blush with an applicator (brush, finger, etc); white acrylic paint with paintbrush; black Prismacolor marker.

Mouse OrnamentAlso, we will be having our raffle this month. The winners of the last raffle should bring something for this months raffle. The winners were Lee Ann and Sue. So everyone bring something wonderful so we can purchase more books!

Meeting announcement written by April G.

October 9, 2008

October Meeting: Multi-layer Pendent/Pin

10070010.jpgThe Saturday October 11th meeting is going to be another great one! Jane Linn will be showing us translucent layering techniques similar to those of Kathleen Dustin, the amazing polymer clay artist. Jane has included some gorgeous examples of her work using these techniques. Come one and all and participate in this exciting meeting!

  • When: Saturday, October 11, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What To Bring:
    • Clear Liquid polymer clay
    • Clay for background-approx. 1/2 block (1 oz.) each-your choice of colors. Jane encourages everyone to chose 2 colors-maybe a light and dark
    • Pearl powders and/or Acrylic paints-your choice of colors
    • Metal leaf/glitter-optional
    • Canes-optional-(it looks like Kathleen Dustin used a number of canes using transparent clay and one color on her work, if your’e going for that look)
    • Wire for bail -optional, if making pendent and prefer a bail to a cut hole
    • 2 clean ceramic tiles
    • Small stamps and stamp pads Penni Jo will be bringing some small face stamps that we can purchase (they are wonderful!). Except for the very smallest size, the stamps are not mounted so they easily stamp a curve (bead,etc.) *
    • Heat gun — I think there will be enough people who already have one who are willing to share. However, Hobby Lobby has the heat gun on sale this week for $10, if you do want one *
    • Flat brush-approx to inch optional, if rather use your finger to spread
    • Sharpie pen-any size, any color. If you don’t have one we can share *
    • Scissors
    • Work surface
    • Brayer *
    • Exacto knife
    • Pasta machine *
    • Paper towels and/or wet wipes for clean up
    • Wire cutter-optional-if using a wire bail in pendant

* Note: If you do not have the starred items, do not feel you have to buy them for this meeting. The guild and members have them and are happy to share.

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Reminder: Our swap theme this month is Harvest. To participate, bring one item. In exchange, you’ll receive one item from another swap participant.

September 12, 2008

September Meeting: Mokume Gane

This month, Nance Ross will be teaching a Mokume Gane project. Here’s a summary from Nance:

Most of our Guild members have already done some makume gane projects in the past, so for the benefit of new members, we will do a basic stack of thin layers of clay, do the usual holes and/or texturizing, and add a few inclusions. The end result is to make some slices that can be used to cover an altoid tin, a ball of scrap to make a fan pull, or pendant, or other useful and attractive project.

This is planned to be an interactive exchange of ideas on what to add, what products work well with clay (inks, foils, leaf s of various kinds, paints, inclusions etc.) and ways in which to add textures and depth to impressions in the brick prior to stacking. Ways to use the patterns produced on useful and decorative item will also be discussed.

  • When: Saturday, September 13, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What To Bring:
    • Your ideas to share.
    • The usual rollers, slicers, work space, plus three or four of your favorite colors of clay that work well together, pre-rolled to the desired thickness (new members will have the chance to roll their own at the meeting, if you are not sure how to do it for Makume Gane), and any product or inclusion you wish to use, knitting needles or other implements for making holes through the stack of clay, and any example you wish to share of completed projects done with makume gane as a start to creating the project.
    • Also might be useful to bring materials for taking notes, as this should be a meeting packed with lots of ideas…..just in time for making Christmas gifts!

Reminder: We will be having a raffle this coming meeting. The prizes are to be provided by Angela, Lee Ann, and Shirley. Members will purchase tickets and place their tickets in a container for the prizes they would like to win. The winners take home the prize and are to provide a prize the next time we have a raffle (every other month).

August 7, 2008

August Meeting: Ink Jet Transfers

Ink Jet Transfer Sample by ShirleyShirley will be teaching August’s lesson on Ink Jet Transfers. We will be transferring two ink-jet-printed images to polymer clay, then creating two small “tiles” which can be used in elasticized tile bracelets. Each tile will use a different technique, resulting in a slightly different look. One technique will result in a transfer with bright, clear colors, and the other will yield an image that is a bit yellowed, giving it an aged look. There are many types of images that would make a nice bracelet: copyright-free artistic designs; old prints or drawings; photos of children, grandchildren, or ancestors; fragments of maps; and vacation mementos. Lots of colorful design images will be provided for you to use, but for those who wish to use their own images, an e-mail message outlining options will follow.

  • When: Saturday, August 9, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • One-half ounce of white polymer clay (Shirley has used Kato and Premo with good results.)
    • One-half ounce of translucent polymer clay (Will be rolled to the thinnest setting, so if you have a favorite brand that works well at this thickness, do use it.)
    • One pkg. of black polymer clay
    • One-half ounce of scrap clay
    • Liquid polymer clay
    • Elasticized bead cord (black)
    • Brass tube, knitting needle, or some device about 1/8 inch diameter, or wide enough to measure a space through your tile big enough to accommodate a knot in your bead cord.
    • Clay blade
    • Pasta machine
    • Needle tool
    • Scissors for cutting thin slabs of cured clay
    • Bone folder, stiff credit card, or plastic spoon for burnishing image on clay
    • Tile(s) for baking surface
    • Waxed paper, baby wipes, etc. for clean work surface
    • Also helpful: Grid paper or a gridded cutting mat

Note on clay brands: Since the process involves several steps of re-baking, Shirley recommends using only clays with similar baking temperatures on one tile. Additional materials needed to finish the bracelet at home will be listed in the instruction handout.

REMINDER - We will be having a swap this meeting. Since our group seems to have a lot of August “babies,” our swap theme is birthdays. Think cake, babies, age, party hats, or any other festive birthday-themed items. To participate, bring one item. In exchange, you’ll receive one item from another swap participant.

July 7, 2008

July Meeting: All About Polymer Clay Beads

This month is an exciting learning opportunity. We will be sharing tips and techniques on creating polymer clay beads. Thumbnail image for bonebeads.jpg

Many members have expressed an interest in learning how to make polymer clay beads. There are so many different ways and kinds of beads that we thought it was time to have a meeting where we can all share tips on what works, what doesn’t work, how to operate some of the bead making rollers and anything else that comes up about polymer clay beads.

If you don’t have any idea how to do any of these things, this would be a wonderful opportunity to come learn, play and ask any questions you may have, I’m sure there will be plenty of members that can share experiences.

  • When: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:

    • Polymer Clay: Bring whatever polymer clay you would like to use in attempting to make polymer clay beads. Some clays will lend themselves better to certain techniques and others are better for other techniques. The main thing is to come, experiment and share and learn. On a personal note, I’ve found that Sculpy III tends to be to soft of a clay for any beads that I try to make, so tend to stick to using Premo, Fimo and Kato clay’s.
    • Wax Paper or other clean working surface.
    • A Bead Baking Tray if you have one - no need to go out and buy one just for this lesson, as there will be a couple available.
    • Any Bead Rollers that you may have - no need to go out and buy them just for this lesson, there should be plenty to share.
  • Optional:

    • Pasta Machine (for conditioning clay)
    • Clay blade
    • Any texture or detail type tools that you may want to experiment with
    • Canes that you may want to apply to any beads
    • Latex or non Latex, thin gloves (if you want to try to eliminate fingerprints)

If you have made any Polymer Clay Beads, we would love for you to bring them to the meeting and show what you have made. On the same note, if you have found any books/resources about polymer clay beads, we would love for you to either bring them or the names/locations to share.

REMINDER - We will be having a raffle this coming meeting. The prizes this meeting are to be provided by Penni Jo and April S. If anyone else would like to contribute to the prizes, feel free to. Members will purchase tickets and place their tickets in a container for the prizes they would like to win. The winners take home the prize and are to provide a prize the next time we have a raffle (every other month).

We hope to see you there!

June 10, 2008

June Meeting: Rubber Stamped Coasters

Swirly Bird Coaster 2 by CraftyGoat

This month, Angela Mabray will be giving tips on using rubber stamps with polymer clay, then showing how to make a Rubber Stamped Coaster.

  • When: Saturday, June 14, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Polymer Clay: Our main project will use about 1/2 block of white clay (makes one 4” coaster). Angela will be discussing various techniques, so bring along extra clay if you want to make other coasters.
    • Rubber Stamps: Angela will have lots of stamps available, but feel free to bring a few favorites to use and share. Deeply cut stamps tend to work best with polymer clay.
    • Cork Coasters: You can buy pre-cut round or square cork coasters at Hobby Lobby (a package of 6 costs $2.77). These are usually on the same aisle as bulletin boards & other cork boards. If you prefer, you can buy the rolls of cork and cut them down to size.
    • Pasta Machine
    • Glue: Super glue or Sobo
    • Work surface and baking tile (at least 4” x 4”)
    • Clay blade
    • Scissors
    • StazOn ink pad, chalks, stamp cleaner: Angela will have some available to share if you don’t have these
    • Optional (for projects other than the coaster pictured above): Kato or TLS liquid clay, alcohol inks, black acrylic paint, colorful acrylic paint

Swap: Don’t forget — this month is our first swap. Bring one item to swap that fits this month’s theme, which is floral

May 7, 2008

May Meeting: Faux Zebrawood Inro

Faux Zebrawood Inro CloseupThis month, Penni Jo Couch will be showing us how to make a Faux Zebrawood Inro using polymer clay.

  • When: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Strong Polymer Clay: Please have your clay conditioned before class and use only a strong brand of clay for this project. The Faux Zebrawood inro pictured uses 1/2 block gold, 1/4 block of dark brown and 1/2 block of black. For the inside, metallic clay is nice as it is bright when the box is opened. Gold may be very soft, so you may want to mix it 50/50 with translucent for the inside.
    • Paper, scotch tape, scissors
    • Cord: like 1 mm or 2 mm rolled leather cord or other heavy cord approx. 1/16” in diameter. The drill bit will need to be about the same diameter as your cord.
    • Hand drill with 1/16” drill bit in a handle.
    • Blades: Exacto knife with new, sharp blade. Rigid tissue blade or razor blade for straight cuts.
    • Pasta machine or Acrylic roller and spacers
    • Deli paper or wax paper: The deli or wax paper is needed to prevent the clay from sticking to your work surface.
    • Poly-fill, small amount to stuff inside the inro.
    • Liquid clay - Kato or TLS.
    • Release Agent: Baby powder or cornstarch and a small brush for applying OR Kato Repel Gel.
    • Brushes: Small brush dedicated to liquid polymer clay. (No need to clean it out. It can be stored in a baggie between uses.)
    • Thin, stiff wire or needle to make holes in the beads.
    • Baking Surface - Small (4” by 4” or 2” by 2”) tile or heavy cardboard. Remember, we share the ovens at guild so bring something just larger than your project so that many can be put into the oven at the same time.
    • Varnish - Future or other polymer clay friendly varnish.
    • Optional Items: Extruder to make the ropes that go around the box, under the lid and above the bottom. Closure if you wish for the necklace to separate in the back.
    • Optional Embellishments: Canes - Assortment of canes, Pearl Ex or other mica powders, Mokume Gane slices, or other faux finishes.

As this is a fairly involved class with specialized supplies, Penni Jo has put together a kit that has some of the necessary items for $1.00 each. She needs to know in advance which members want the kits so she can have these prepared. Please reserve a kit via our mailing list. If you’re not on the mailing list, you can also use contact form.

Inro Kit Contents (available from Penni Jo for $1):

  • 1 1/4” tall PVC pipe form with paper taped around it, bottom clipped and ready to use.
  • 1/4” Paper strip for cut line
  • Small piece of paper for patterns
  • Tiny bag of baby powder for release agent
  • Tiny bag of liquid Kato Medium®
  • Two sheets of Deli Paper
  • Small amount of Fiber-fil®
  • Toothpicks, two cut in half, ready to use
  • Full color lesson with pictures.

If you would like a sneak peak at what we’ll be doing, check out these PDFs from Penni Jo:

It’s going to be an exciting meeting — we hope to see you there!

April 7, 2008

April Meeting: Articulated Teddy Bear

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Nance Ross will be showing us how to create an Articulated Teddy Bear. It is small, fits in your pocket, and yes, the arms and legs move. They are cute and fun to make. They are baked in pieces and then assembled.

When: Saturday, April 12, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Do not forget about the new meeting time)

Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)

What to Bring:

Supplies:

  • 1 package any color Premo you wish for a color for your bear….ecru, black, white, brown etc.
  • Scraps in a good complimentary color for pads on paws, inside ears
  • Scrap in pink or red for tongue, if you plan to have your bear’s mouth open!
  • Two eye pins in silver or gold, whichever will look better on the color bear you make.
  • Little black bead for a nose
  • Little fiber optic or tigereye beads for eyes ~ She will have some extra with her, if you are not able to bring any.
  • 1 toothpick

Tools:

  • Needle tool
  • Your favorite sculpting tool
  • Wire cutter
  • Needlenose pliers

Optional:

  • Scrap colors to make a lei around the bear’s neck, if you wish
  • canes to decorate bear’s body, if you wish
  • Pearlex and brush, if you wish to glitter your creation up a bit

Nance is a new member to our guild, she has come to us from Orange County California, and was a two year member of the Orange County Polymer Clay Guild. She informed us that she has had the joy of knowing Dottie MacMillan, Trina Williams, Kathy Davis and so many more helpful mentors, and look forward to getting to know us and finding new ideas and people with whom we can all share. We are glad to have Nance as a part of our guild and very thankful for offering to teach us this lesson.

March 25, 2008

March Play Day: Bottles of Hope Program

Our March Play Day will be this Saturday at Angela’s house, and we’ll be discussing Bottles of Hope. Local breast cancer survivor Cindy Matteson will join us to talk about her experiences with the Bottle of Hope program, and to share her own bottle, which she received from a polymer clay artist via a Kansas event. Cindy has very generously provided our group with lots of small glass medicine bottles to cover. She has also offered to help us make connections with local cancer patients to distribute finished Bottles of Hope, either on a one-on-one basis or as part of an organized event.

In addition to our Bottles of Hope discussion, we’ll also be doing “normal” Play Day meeting stuff… which is anything you want! Our play day meetings don’t have a specific teacher or lesson — they’re intended to be more laid-back. You can bring along whatever project you’re working on, or you can just come and chat. And if you forget something, Angela’s craft room is right down the hall.

  • When: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 1:00 p.m. (Stay as long as you want!)
  • Where: Angela Mabray’s house (Yukon, OK). The address & directions are being sent to the group’s mailing list — feel free to use our contact form to request directions if you’re not on the mailing list.
  • What to Bring: Angela will have bottles on hand if you want to cover them to make Bottles of Hope. (These bottles are available at every meeting, actually. If you don’t see them sitting out, just ask Angela.) Feel free to bring your clay, tools, and any other project you’d like to work on.

We’ll have some snacks & drinks available — if you’d like something special, feel free to bring it.

February 24, 2008

March Meeting: Extruder Canes

April Salcedo will be showing us how to create four different extruder canes, her method to mapping extruder canes, how she wraps and preserves her canes. You can visit her Flickr Site if you would like to view more of her extruder canes and other polymer clay items.

When: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Do not forget about the new meeting time)

Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)

What to Bring:

  • Already conditioned clay (amounts for each cane are listed beneath their pictures. All in all you should bring about 5 packages of clay) April recommends Fimo Classic, or maybe Premo, or Kato (if you can get it good and conditioned) for the canes. The firmer the clay the tougher it is to extrude, however, the less distorted and better the cane will be. April strongly suggests conditioning your clay ahead of time, as we will be pressed for time to complete the 4 different canes in 3 hours…. mostly due to having to extrude the pieces
  • Pasta Machine
  • Tissue Blade
  • Ceramic tile or other hard, flat, smooth surface for reducing.
  • Clay extruder and the small square and small triangle dies. (If you have the Makin’s Extruder they come with this extruder) - If you don’t have these dies, I’m sure we can share.
  • Circle cutter (close to the size of the barrel of your extruder) optional
  • 2-3 Quart size Baggies, scotch tape and scissors (April can share if needed) optional

A simple Jelly Roll Cane She made these beads with this technique:

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Clay amount: 1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B

A Checker Board Cane:

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Clay amount: 1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B

A simple Quilt Pattern Cane:

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Clay amount: 1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B

A “Retro” cane:

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Clay amount: 1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B and 1/2 pkg of Color C

April regrets that we won’t have the time to make any actual projects with our canes, but we will have 4 wonderful canes to take home with us!

February 3, 2008

February Meeting: Hearts

This month, Angela Mabray, April Salcedo and Cassy Salcedo will be showing us how to make three different types of hearts. They will also be informing the guild about the Hearts 4 Heroes Campaign with a hand out containing information on guidelines for creating the hearts. You can read about Hearts 4 Heroes here.

  • When: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Do not forget about the new meeting times)
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)

Angela will be showing us how to use image transfers with polymer clay to make candy hearts.

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Supplies:

  • Clay: Small amounts of several pastel colors
  • Tools: Scissors, needle tool or toothpick, stiff-bristled paintbrush, clay knife
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Corn starch or baby powder (optional)

April will be showing how to construct pillow bead hearts with optional stamped words, patina and a demonstration on using the Kato liquid medium to get a clear glossy finish.

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Supplies:

  • Clay: Approximately a half a block of any type of clay you prefer - you also may want to bring a small amount of scrap clay.
  • Tools: a small amount of craft wire, wire cutters, chain nose pliers and round nose pliers (April can share if you don’t have these items), Pasta Machine, small heart cutter (April will have hers to use if needed)
  • Rubber gloves (that fight tightly to your fingers - this is to eliminate finger prints on your hearts during construction)
  • Lanyard hooks, if you plan on making hearts for heros.
  • Optional: Kato liquid medium, clay friendly heat gun, small paint brush.

Cassy will be showing us how to make an encased heart.

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Supplies:

  • You can use from the supplies listed for the other projects (just bring some additional clay and the color of clay you would like to encase your hearts in, Cassy used black).

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu

January 7, 2008

January Meeting: Faux Pewter Frames

Faux Pewter Frame by Jane LinnThis month, Jane Linn will be showing us how to make two different faux surfaces — pewter and abalone — using polymer clay . Then she’ll be teaching us how to make a gorgeous picture frame using the faux pewter technique.

  • When: Saturday, January 12, 2008, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Strong Polymer Clay: Black (2 packages) and Pearl. Small amounts of several colors of your choosing (e.g., Blue Pearl, Green Pearl, Gold, and Purple).
    • Frame: small or medium, wood or paper mache (no plastic)
    • Rub n’ Buff-Silver Leaf (optional — we’ll have some to share if you don’t have any)
    • Cotton swabs (3-4)
    • Rubber stamps to stamp on picture frame
    • Metal or wood tool with softly rounded point: (optional — you can make one of these by gently sanding the point of a round toothpick)
    • Round toothpicks (3-4)
    • Sharp craft knife, such as Exacto
    • Flexible tissue blade
    • Brushes, and other favorite tools
    • Soft cloth
    • Polymer-friendly varnish-satin
    • Rubber-type gloves and Baby Wipes with alcohol (optional but encouraged — the black clay is really messy)
    • Pasta Machine (optional)
    • Baking Surface: Ceramic tile or cardstock large enough for your picture frame to bake on

Jane recommends conditioning your clay ahead of time (or coming a little early to the meeting and doing it there).

December 3, 2007

December Meeting: Snowman Light Switch Cover

SnowmanColor.jpgThis month, Penni Jo will be showing us how to make a snowman-themed switchplate cover, just in time to help us deck the halls with polymer clay Christmas cheer!

  • When: Saturday, December 8, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Polymer Clay: Metallic Blue Fimo, Metallic White Fimo, Pale Blue, Black. Very tiny amounts of: Orange, Yellow, Brown.
    • Switchplate Cover: Penni Jo used an inexpensive one from Wal-Mart
    • Medium Sand Paper (optional)
    • White Glue: Sobo or The Crafters Pick
    • Metal or wood tool with softly rounded point: You can make one of these by gently sanding the point of a round toothpick.
    • Sharp craft knife, such as Exacto
    • Razor blade or flexible tissue blade to lift the faux knit
    • Brushes, and other favorite tools
    • Pasta Machine (optional)
    • Clay Extruder (we can share if you don’t have one)
    • Baking Surface: 6” ceramic tile or cardstock

Penni Jo recommends having your switch plate ready to cover when you get there.

Update: Here’s the tutorial [PDF]. It includes specifics on how to get your switch plate ready to cover: lightly sand it, then put white glue on it to make the clay adhere better.

Update #2: Penni Jo also sent along her Faux Knit Worksheet [PDF] for any of you go-getters who want to get started before meeting time. And the link to her previous tutorial should be working now, in case anyone else out there was having problems.

November 5, 2007

November Meeting: Torn Paper / Watercolor Effect

Watercolor Technique Bead by kreativekarmaThis month, April will be showing us how to do a torn paper/watercolor effect with polymer clay. If time permits, she will also give a quick demonstration on finishing pieces by sanding and buffing.

  • When: Saturday, November 10, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: April suggests either Premo or Kato clay for this project; you don’t want your clay too squishy. Bring 1/2 to 1 block of black, 1/2 to 1 block of white, 1/2 to 1 block of translucent, and 1/2 to 1 block of any other color you would like. (She suggests 1/2 block of clay to save on time and space). Also bring some scrap clay for the base of your projects. Optional — if you plan on making beads, you might want to try pre-baking some beads prior to the meeting, to cover.
    • Pasta Machine: A must for this project! (though we can probably share if you don’t have one to bring)
    • Wax or Deli paper: We will end up with sheets of clay and will want to lay it on a clean surface.
    • Bead Baking Supplies: If you plan on making beads with this technique, then bring items to bake them on.
    • Tissue Blade: To trim our stacks of clay.
    • Brayer or Acrylic Rod
    • Ceramic Tile: If you are choosing to make something other than beads, then you may want to cook your items on a tile.

April will also be showing a very brief demonstration on the world of extruded canes — a little teaser for the upcoming meeting dedicated to extruded canes. No supplies needed for the demo — all you need to do is sit back and watch!

October 9, 2007

October Meeting: Halloween Fun

Glow-in-the-dark Beaded SpiderJoin us Saturday, October 13th, for an afternoon of Halloween fun. First, one of the guild’s youngest members, Cassy, will be showing us how to make her angel and deviled eggs (see photo here), as well as a simple pumpkin. Then the guild’s founders, Penni Jo & Angela, will team up to show us how to make beaded spiders using glow-in-the-dark clay and alcohol inks.

  • When: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: Cassy’s sculptures don’t require a lot of clay — though it depends on how large & how many you want to make. Colors include red, black, white yellow, orange and a little green or brown for the stem of the pumpkin. The spiders require less than a block of glow-in-the-dark clay.
    • Alcohol Inks: We’ll be using alcohol inks to tint the glow-in-the dark clay. Alcohol inks are sold under a few brand names, including Ranger and Pinata, and are usually found near the stamping section of the craft store. Please bring alcohol inks if you have them (or have been looking for an excuse to buy them!); otherwise, we’ll have a little extra to go around.
    • Gloves: Alcohol inks can be messy — so we recommend bringing gloves if you don’t want tinted fingers. Alcohol inks can also stain clothes — so if you’re the messy type, you may want to bring an apron or wear older clothes…
    • Beads & Beading Supplies: If you have a bead baking set, bring your piercing pins — and we could use an extra bead baking rack too, if someone doesn’t mind bringing theirs. You’ll also need wire (24 gauge works great), and assorted beads/seed beads for spider legs (the pictured example used 40 black seed beads and 8 black 6 mm bicones), along with any wire-working tools you have. If you want to make your spider into a brooch, bring along a pin back too.

We hope you’ll drop in for some frightful fun!

September 24, 2007

September Play Day: Photographing Your Work

September has 5 Saturdays, so that means it’s play day time! This month, we’ll be learning more about an important skill… how to best photograph your clay creations. Penni Jo Couch (check out her photos here!) has graciously offered her home for the play day meeting place, and she’s also offered to tell us a thing or two about photographing clay work — including things like scanning vs. photographing, and how to use your handy-dandy computer to tweak your images. Some of our members use light boxes for optimal photo lighting, so we’ll discuss those as well. It’ll be a pretty informal information-sharing time, so if you’ve got a favorite photo tip, we hope you’ll come and share it!

  • When: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Penni Jo’s house (Moore, OK). Note: Address/directions have been sent out to our mailing list. If you’re interested in attending, but aren’t on the list, contact us.
  • What to Bring:
    • If you have something you’d like photographed, bring it & we’ll use it to practice with. Otherwise, you don’t need to bring anything. We won’t be doing any clay work at this meeting.

Hope to see you Saturday! And afterwards, I hope to see our Flickr pool filled with lots more clay photos!

September 4, 2007

September Meeting: Polymer Clay Artist Trading Cards

Yellow Goat X-ing ATCSeptember is International Artist Trading Card (ATC) Month — and to celebrate, we’re making polymer clay ATCs at this month’s meeting. Angela Mabray will be teaching the group all the basics of these little works of art — including the rules you shouldn’t break, the etiquette you should follow if you swap them, and some ideas on how you can use transfers, texture & more to make unique ATCs from polymer clay.

Here’s the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, September 8, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: You won’t need much for each card (1 block of clay will make 2-3 cards). Bring any colors you want. Angela has personally had good luck with Premo for image transfers, so you might bring that brand if you’re interested in doing a transfer.
    • Work Surface: Small tile(s) that you can create your projects on, then put directly in the oven.
    • Pasta Machine or Brayer
    • Tools, Embellishments, Etc.: A clay blade is the main tool you’ll need — bring whatever else you think you’ll want. Rubber stamps & texture sheets are great for texturing the cards. Embellishments could include paper, fabric, beads, metal — anything you want to imbed in your project or glue on afterwards. Feel free to print your own image transfers if you have an idea (& a printer/paper combination that works for transfers) — or Angela will have some images already printed for transfers.

Angela is the current president of our group. She blogs about crafts at CraftyGoat’s Notes and sells crafts at CraftyGoat.com. She also has a few of her ATCs posted in this Flickr photo set, if you want a sneak peek at some of the ATCs you’ll be seeing.

August 6, 2007

August Meeting: Sculptures Inspired by Christi Friesen

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This month, April Salcedo will be be introducing the guild to Christi Friesen’s Sculpture series books. April received permission from Christi to share her work with you for our meeting. While she doesn’t have one particular project to show us, she plans to do a small demonstration on how to make a “starfish” and a “baby turtle.” These are quick & easy (should take about 15 minutes), and will allow us to become comfortable with the style of sculpting & a few other techniques before we tackle the bigger projects. April will also be bringing these books for us to look through and find project(s) to make on our own:

Here’s the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, August 11, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: Approximately 2 blocks. April suggests using Premo clay for these projects as Sculpey III can be too soft and brittle to stand up to the projects. April also recommends blending/marbleizing two complimentary colors (e.g., gold and green, blue and white,ecru and white, orange and yellow, etc.) to bring more interest to your project. You might consider bringing more clay if you want to make multiple little project from the books.
    • Tiles: To create your projects on and put directly in the toaster ovens, so you don’t have to move your work.
    • Various Beads: Seed beads or smaller type round beads work well. April also recommends the smaller shell beads. The beads will be cooked in your projects, so make sure they can withstand the cooking heat.
    • Craft Wire: 28 gauge. This will be used to attach your beads to your project. April will also be bringing her wire, and there should be plenty for all to use, as it doesn’t take much.
    • Wire Cutters, Chain Nose Pliers: April will have hers, if you don’t want to buy any. Only used to prep the wire for the beads.
    • Pasta Machine or Brayer
    • Brown or Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint: For finishing and bringing out the details.
    • Glazes (optional): If you want to put on to seal your work. This is a personal preference and you don’t have to do this.
    • Sculpting Tools: Used for details and adding texture. This might be wooden, toothpicks, straws, shells, whatever catches your fancy. No rules here!
    • Paper Towels or Wipes: To clean up with — the paint/patina stage can be quite messy!
    • An open mind and your imagination!

April has a few of her completed turtles in the display case at the front of the Norman Hobby Lobby if you want to see some finished projects. She will have completed examples of her sculptures at the meeting. She highly suggests heading over and taking a look at Christi Friesen’s site before our meeting. It will give you a sense of who Christi Friesen is (if you don’t already know) and a better understanding of what to expect walking into our meeting. The site includes some of her own sculptures and focal beads. There are a few projects for download at a minimal price, info on her classes, and a list of shows and magazines she’s been published in. April will be passing out information at the meeting about a group special buy on her books that Christi has extended to our guild (see a list of books here.) She’ll also have a handout about Christi’s class information to consider if we would like for her to be a guest artist.

April and her daughter were two of our earliest guild members, and April now serves as our guild photographer. You can see some of April’s works on her Kreative Karma site, at her Etsy store, as well as on her Flickr photo page. April says:

“When I first got into Polymer Clay about a year ago, I did a search online and found Christi’s site. I was and still am very impressed by her art work, but more I really love her books. I like the humor, and the way she guides you through the creative process. I’m not one that has a ton of patience for meticulous work, and with these particular sculptures, you don’t have to be exact spot on, and you’re not 100% replicating a process. She gives tons of suggestions and encourages you to be your own creative self.”

Hope you’ll come be creative with us!

July 9, 2007

July Meeting: Explosion Accordion Folded Album

Penni Jo's Accordion Album, Front This month, at a new time & new location, Penni Jo Couch and Sue Kerr will be showing us how to make an Explosion Accordion Folded Album with a polymer clay cover.

Penni Jo and Sue were some of the very first members of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. Penni Jo creates beautiful designs — with works ranging from her molded designs for Sweetbrier Studio to her fantastic jewelry at her new Etsy shop. Sue has expertise in a variety of mediums — like quilting and rubber stamping — and uses that background to do very creative things with polymer clay.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: NEW TIME! Saturday, July 14, 2007, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: NEW PLACE! The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: Approx. 3 blocks for the 4” album
    • Wax Paper
    • Pattern paper: Can be regular paper or tracing paper
    • Texture sheets (or other texture makers like lace, fabric, etc.)
    • Tissue blade
    • Sharp Kraft knife
    • Pasta Machine or brayer
    • Clear UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel)
    • Charm, tiny photo, or other item (to embed in UTEE)
    • Baking surface: Two tiles or two pieces of cardstock large enough on which to bake each cover. For the large cover you will need two approx. 8” square tiles or cardstock. For smaller cover, you will need at least two 6” tiles or cardstock
    • Ribbon or Cord: Matching Ribbon for ties: Small Album - 24” of 1/2” ribbon. Large album - 28” to 30”
    • Glue: Glue stick or PVA glue to glue the cardstock pages together; E-6000 or Weldbond glue for polymer clay
    • Album Pages: Three square sheets of double sided cardstock. Can be printed or plain paper. Use 8.5 by 8.5 inch cardstock for small 4 1/4” pages. Use 12 by 12 inch cardstock for large 6” pages. You may use three colors of paper or three sheets of one color for the pages

Penni Jo mentioned she has a large bottle of UTEE she can share. She also pointed out that Hobby Lobby has a 40% off coupon on their website this week — so if you need any of these supplies, come early & get ‘em at a discount.

Hope to see you there!

Update: Here’s instructions for the project — if you want to get started before-hand, Penni Jo suggests pre-conditioning your clay and/or doing the paper-folding: Explosion Album Instructions [PDF]

June 26, 2007

June Play Day

June has 5 Saturdays... so that means it's time for a 5th Saturday Play Day! And since we're holding this play day in a home instead of our usual classroom, we won't be nearly as rushed as normal. This polymer clay play day might just turn into a polymer clay PARTY!

Our play days don't have a particular project or teacher, so feel free to bring whatever you're currently working on. Someone mentioned maybe figuring out how to clean pasta machines -- so if you're interested in doing that, feel free to bring along your dirty ol' machine. Or just come & hang out!

Here's the details:

  • When: Saturday, June 30, 2007, 3:30 p.m. - ? (Stay as long as you want!)
  • Where: Angela Mabray's house (Yukon, OK). The address & directions are being sent to the group's mailing list -- feel free to use the contact form to request directions if you're not on the mailing list.
  • What to Bring:
    * Clay, tools, etc.
    * We'll have some snacks & drinks available -- if you'd like something special, feel free to bring it. You can also bring a couple of bucks if you're interested in pitching in for pizza.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

June 5, 2007

June Meeting: Leaf Canes

Blue, Purple Leaves by ChristieNever seen blue & purple leaves before? They’re just a sampling of the color combinations you can make with polymer clay! This month, Christie Wright will be teaching us how to make colorful leaf canes. It’s really 3 lessons in one — she’ll be teaching us about caning, about Skinner blends, and about reducing canes.

Christie sells beautiful hand-crafted polymer clay items through DragonflyLane and through her new Etsy shop. Christie’s a member of our group and a repeat teacher. You can check out her blue and purple leaf cane at her Flickr page — where you’ll also find more examples of her leaves and other work.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, June 9, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: Christie recommends using KATO, Premo, or FIMO brands for caning. (Avoid Sculpey III as it’s very soft and can be frustrating to reduce.) Bring 1/2 block each of 2-3 colors. Three colors will make a color-blended leaf: Colors A & B for the main color/skinner blend in the leaf; Color C for the veins and border. Two colors will make a solid color leaf: Color A for the solid leaf color and Color B for the veins and border.
    • Tools: You’ll need a sharp clay slicing blade and your pasta machine.

Christie recommends looking at Studio Bijou’s gorgeous jewelry to get inspired. Who knew leaves could be so colorful?!

May 11, 2007

May Meeting: Polymer Clay Pens

Since several people had asked about pens recently, May’s meeting will be about covering pens with polymer clay. Angela Mabray will show the group the basics of covering pens with clay and will share some ideas for creating your own. Angela will also demonstrate the mailbox pen she’s making as part of her upcoming taping for That’s Clever.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, May 12, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: If you would like to make a mailbox pen, then brown and silver work well. Otherwise, bring whatever you like! Angela will have some Ultralight Sculpey to share if you’re doing a big design.
    • Oven-Safe Pens. Note: If you don’t have pens & don’t want to invest in a whole package, Angela will have these options available at cost: PaperMate FlexGrip Elite ($0.75), Penn State Industries Mini Keychain Pen Kit ($3.25), Boston ClayWorks Amazing Twist Pens ($3.25)
    • Tools: Pasta Machine, a clay cutting tool, TLS, and anything else you think you might want

Pens are an addictively quick and fun project — we look forward to seeing you there for this great meeting!

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April 6, 2007

April Meeting: Mica Shift Beads

Mica Shift Beads BraceletThis month Christie Wright will be teaching us how to make bracelets that feature an exciting technique called mica shift. Mica shift is an optical illusion — the beads appear to have a textured design, but they are as smooth as glass.

Several of you met Christie at our last meeting. She sells hand-crafted polymer clay items through DragonflyLane. Her site also features wonderful video tutorials — including a mica shift video you can watch if you want a sneak preview of Saturday’s lesson.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, April 14, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • 1 block of metallic clay. Christie uses Premo or Kato metallics. If you prefer, you can make a custom metallic color by mixing a small amount of a bright color clay to Pearl — if you’re doing this, bring 2 colors of clay (one of them metallic).
    • A deeply etched stamp
    • Pasta machine
    • A thin, flexible slicing blade
    • Acrylic roller (optional)
    • A bead piercing tool (if you prefer to make bead holes before baking)

If you don’t own these supplies, don’t worry. We will have some on hand to share. We will also provide a spray water bottle, wax paper, and a toaster oven.

Mica shift beads don’t show their true beauty til they’ve been sanded and buffed. While Christie will go over how to do this, we probably won’t have time to complete these steps at the meeting. These are the “at home” supplies she recommends:

  • 400 & 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  • A high-speed polishing tool OR an old pair of denim jeans for buffing
  • A small drill bit to make bead holes if you did not do so before baking.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn an interesting technique from a great artist!

March 26, 2007

March 31st Play Day

Bottles of Hope logoMarch has 5 Saturdays… and that means it’s time for a 5th Saturday Play Day!

While our play days don’t have a specific project or teacher, a few members are planning on making Bottles of Hope during this meeting. The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild started donating small glass medicine bottles covered with clay to cancer patients as a symbol of hope. The “bottles of hope” idea caught on, and clay artists and guilds from around the country have joined in. Amaco (makers of Fimo clay) is sponsoring a Bottles of Hope Designer Challenge to help create awareness of the project. Entries are due May 1st.

Whether you’re interested in making your own Bottle of Hope, or you just want to come work on your own clay project, we hope you’ll join us. Here’s the details:

  • When: Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay. Note: If you’re planning on entering Amaco’s contest, their rules require you to use Fimo clay. Both Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have their clay on sale this week, if you need to get some.
    • Any clay tools, embellishments, etc. you need. If you’re making Bottles of Hope, you might want to bring glue for adhering the clay to the bottles.
    • Ideas. We’ll be talking about future meeting topics, so think about project you’ve wanted to try or techniques you’ve been wanting to learn.

Penni Jo has offered to share some of her extra bottles with folks who don’t have any. We will have a couple of toaster ovens and at least one pasta machine.

Hope you’ll join us for a fun time!

March 7, 2007

March Meeting: Silver Rose Necklace

Silver Necklace ProjectThis month’s project is a choker-style necklace designed by Sweetbrier Studio’s “Miss Martha” Root. Penni Jo Couch will be teaching the lesson, and she’s also bringing along molds (or folks can sculpt their own pendants), a bead-baking rack, and her oven.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: Color or colors of your choice — Penni Jo used pearl and silver clay mixed 50/50 for the ‘silver’ pendant.
    • Translucent Liquid Sculpey: Just a few drops, so if you do not already have some, Penni Jo will have some she can share.
    • Pearl powders: Penni Jo will also bring some to share with the group.
    • Small brushes: about 1/8” for pearl powders, about 1/4” for varnish to seal the jewelry.
    • Decorative jewel(s): The jewel shown on the sample is a glass iron on jewel (found in Walmart’s section for decorating clothes with jewels) that was pushed into the clay before baking. The heat set glue on the back of the glass jewel bonds to the clay.
    • Large hole beads: Available at Wal-Mart. (Or you can make your own beads to match your jewelry.)
    • Skewer or round tooth pick to make large holes in your beads.
    • Poly-fil: for baking the pendant the second time to add the ribbon carriers to the back.
    • Baking surface: tile, cardstock, etc.
    • 1/8” satin ribbon: about 2 feet long for stringing your pendant and beads.
    • Earring backs (optional): If you want to make matching earrings you will need a pair of your favorite style of backs; glue on clippies or glue on pierced posts or french hooks.
    • Dues — we’re all set up to receive ‘em now. (See the details here.)

February 7, 2007

February Meeting: Heart-Shaped Polymer Clay Boxes

Heart Cookie CutterThis month we’re using a humble cookie cutter to create a great Valentine’s Day box. Angela Mabray will be showing the group how to make a box by baking it right on the cookie cutter. Then Penni Jo Couch will demonstrate how to line the box with velvet for an extra-special touch. Once you’re done, you can toss a few chocolate kisses in the box & have a great handmade gift.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, February 10, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay (any colors you like) and any clay tools you think you’ll want.
    • Metal cookie cutter. Hobby Lobby has the heart-shaped cutters for $0.50 each, so you can come early and buy one if you don’t already have one. If you would prefer to make a round, square, etc. box, bring that shape of cookie cutter instead. Remember, once you’ve used it for clay, it shouldn’t be used for cooking again.
    • Dues! It’s time to pay club dues of $36/year. (If you need to break it up into smaller payments, that’s fine.)

We will provide a couple of toaster ovens and a couple of pasta machines. Come join us for a “sweet” meeting!

January 27, 2007

New Polymer Clay Guild in Tulsa

Good news! I just heard from Mary Davis in Tulsa, and she reports that the new Tulsa Polymer Clay Guild will have their first meeting on March 3, 2007. They’ll be meeting at the Martin Regional Library on the first Saturday of every month. I’ve added the listing to our calendar (see sidebar) so folks can keep track of the meetings.

Mary asked about the possibility of a joint meeting sometime, which sounds like fun — and I know Penni Jo’s already expressed interest in a swap with our neighbors to the north — so it’s great to hear that the group is coming together. Best of luck, Mary!

January 6, 2007

January Meeting: Artist Trading Cards *POSTPONED*

* UPDATE 1/12/07: Due to the ice storm that’s just rolled into town, we’re cancelling the January 13th meeting. We’re looking into the possibility of re-scheduling, so watch this space (or sign up for our mailing list) for updates. *

Polymer Clay ATC from AngelaHave you heard of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? They’re 2.5” x 3.5” cards that artists make and trade — a great way to meet other artists, share techniques, and show your personal style. (Read more about ATCs here.)

At the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild’s January meeting, we’ll learn how to make Artist Trading Cards from polymer clay. Deena Parsons has offered to demonstrate how to make these cards, so we can all be ready for the ATC swap we’ll be doing at our next meeting!

If you haven’t taken one of Deena’s polymer clay classes (she teaches at and Bear Makes 3 in Moore and the Firehouse Art Center in Norman, along with various other places around the country), you’ve gotta come see what you’ve been missing! Deena was active in the Dayton area polymer clay guild before she moved back to Oklahoma (hmm… maybe she can give our guild some pointers, too!). Now she’s a full-time artist, and she owns an up-and-coming rubber stamp company called DP Artworks. Deena’s a lot of fun — we guarantee you’ll have fun and learn a ton when she’s in the room.

Angela will be bringing a few ATCs she received in a recent swap to show as examples. If you’ve got some, feel free to bring them along, too.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Saturday, January 13, 2007, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. [See weather update above]
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay (any colors you like) and any clay tools you think you’ll want.
    • Any embellishments you might want for your ATCs — i.e., small beads, trinkets or charms. If you want to transfer words or images, bring toner-based mirror-image print-outs/copies.
    • Dues! It’s time to pay club dues of $36/year. (If you need to break it up into smaller payments, that’s fine.)

We will provide a couple of toaster ovens and a couple of pasta machines… and lots of fun and encouragement! It’s going to be a great meeting. Don’t miss it!

December 26, 2006

December 30th Play Day

Feeling a little stressed from all of the holiday events? Come play with clay with us — it’s guaranteed to be relaxing and fun! This December has 5 Saturdays, so we’re holding our (first) “5th Saturday Play Day.” Play days are less structured than our regular meetings — a chance to come and work on whatever you like.

Since the new year is upon us, a few members plan to make one of these Chinese New Year bracelets. If you want to make one too, the necessary supplies are listed on the project instruction page — but keep in mind that you may need extra supplies if you want handmade vs. store-bought beads. Or if you want to work on your own thing, bring whatever you’ll need for that.

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: December 30, 2006, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK
  • What to Bring:
    • Whatever clay and tools you think you’ll want for your project.

We’ll provide a toaster oven or two, and some real fortune cookies for us to use as models… or, well, to eat! Hope you’ll join us for a fun time!

November 27, 2006

December 9th Meeting: Christmas Ornaments

Snowman OrnamentCome make this cute polymer clay ornament with us at the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild meeting on December 9th. Penni Jo Couch has offered to bring some of her Sweetbrier Studio Let It Snow molds for us to use. We’ll be making a holiday ornament like #4 on this page. We’ll also do a show-and-tell of your holiday ideas — polymer clay ornaments, gifts, jewelry, whatever! Come share some holiday spirit with us!

Here are the meeting details:

  • When: December 9, 2006, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK
  • What to Bring:
    • Clay: pearl, white, blue, black — or any other colors you think you might like for your project
    • A 3” diameter Glass Ornament (or you can purchase them at meeting time for $1.25 each)
    • Any clay tools you think you’ll want, additional acrylic paints if desired, a paintbrush or two, etc.

We will provide the molds, a few colors of acrylic paints (black, orange, white, & gold) and a few paintbrushes.

Hope you’ll join us!

[Note: Updated 12/5/06 with place AND new time. We had to push it back a bit because of classroom availability at Hobby Lobby.]

November 12, 2006

First Meeting 11/15/06!

Our first meet & greet is this week! Here are the meeting details:

  • When: Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown OKC Library, 2nd floor, Study Room B
  • What: A quick meeting where we can introduce ourselves (we’d love to see some of your polymer clay work!), discuss a few business items (name, frequency of meetings, whether to have dues, etc), decide on dates and topics for our next few meetings, talk about our hopes & expectations for the group (what we want to share & learn, etc) — and of course, talk about clay!

Hope to see you there!

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