September 2016 Meeting: Pumpkin & Fall Leaves Box

by Myra on September 3, 2016

pumpkin miceOur next guild meeting will be Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Unity Church Fellowship Hall at 5603 NW 41st St., approximately Ann Arbor and NW 41st.

Chris Crossland and Karen Humphreys will show us how to make this decorative box featuring a pumpkin, fall leaves, and adorable mice. Following is Chris’ supply list and clays to bring:

Karen and I are so excited to be teaching the class at guild in September!!! We have designed a cute little box that we think will be fun to do. Here are the supplies you will need. If you already have leaf colors, feel free to use them. You will also need a mix for the pumpkin and the mice.

Clay (Premo)

You will need four fall colors for leaves – green, gold, yellow, and red. Suggested mixes are listed below, but you can choose any four colors, as long as they have quite a bit of contrast. We used the following colors for the entire project:

  • Cadmium red 1/2 block
  • 18K gold 1/2 block
  • Alizarin crimson 1/2 block
  • Cadmium yellow 1 block
  • Gold 1/2 block
  • White 1/2 block
  • Black 1 block
  • Spanish Olive 1 block

Mixes for leaves:

  • Red: 1 part cad red, 1 part 18K Gold, 1/2 part Alizarin
  • Green: Spanish Olive
  • Gold: 1 part gold, 1/32 part Alizarin
  • Yellow: 1 part cad yellow, 1 part 18K Gold

Mix for mice:

  • 1 part white, 1/2 part black

Mix for pumpkin:

  • 1/4 block cadmium yellow plus two 1/2” circles alizarin crimson (#1 thickness)

Mica Powders

For leaves:

  • Mink
  • Spring Green
  • Aztec Gold
  • Misty Lavender
  • Super Copper
  • Red Russett

For mice:

  • Silver

For pumpkin:

  • Dark Brown
  • Pumpkin Orange

Don’t worry if you don’t have some of these – we will have some to share.

Tools and Materials

Besides your usual clay tools, you will need Weldbond Glue or Bake & Bond and a small knitting needle for tendrils. You will also need the following circle cutters: 5/16″ (we will provide), 1/2″, 5/8″, and 1″. (If you are lucky enough to have a set of 7 tiny circle cutters that Myra sold at the retreat, the red one is 5/16″.)

We will provide the box, template for covering the box top, templates for leaves, and foil pumpkin form.

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