January 2022 Meeting

Let It Snow!!!

by Connie (a Jan Edward Montarsi class with a twist)

Our January meeting will be Saturday, January 15, 2022, at 1:30 pm. It will once again be held at the Crown Heights Church of the Nazarene, 920 NW 46th St., OKC. See map below for directions. We will be broadcasting the meeting via Zoom. If you need access, please contact Betty.

Connie has been the “mad scientist” since Jan shared his snowflake technique with us over a year ago. She has made many, many snowflakes and has come up with her own twists to make the process a little easier. Jan may even join us via Zoom to see what she does! Below is the supply list that Connie recommends.

Supply List

White clay with tiny bit of blue or pearl 2oz conditioned, roll out thick setting

Glass glitter fine with (box lid to hold glitter (I will bring this!)

Work surface, pasta machine, basic tools

Set of Mini Christmas cutters (my favor is one inch star and mini Christmas tree

Also tiny cutters

Something for texture:  shoe tread or very rough grit sandpaper (I will bring some to use)

Penni jo tool set is good:

Scraper, tool to blend. Ball tool

4 inch tile

December 2021 Meeting

Merry Christmas

You are invited to our

Annual Christmas Party!!

When: December 18, 2021

Time: 1:30pm

Where: Crown Heights Church of the Nazarene (see map below)

  • Please bring a snack to share and your own drink.
  • Bring a handmade polymer clay gift to play dirty Santa
  • I hope you will join us! This is my favorite day!

 

BE BLESSED!!!!

Connie

Minutes for the November 2021 Meeting

Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild, Minutes for November 20, 2021

 

The guild met on Saturday, November 20, at 1:30 pm, for the first time in our new meeting place at Crown Heights Church of the Nazarene, 920 NW46TH, in Oklahoma City. Internet access was good, and we were able to log into Zoom for the benefit of several members who could not attend in person. Six were present in person: Betty, Betty’s daughter, Connie, Jane, Mark, and Lee Ann.  In addition, four attended remotely on Zoom: Lori, Kathy, Myra, and Shirley.

Old business:

  • Retreat: We will not have another retreat until 2023.
  • Lack of attendance and dwindling membership were discussed. Ideas to boost membership were:
    • Doing demos – We discussed asking Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnn’s whether they would allow us to do demonstrations since they all carry polymer clay. It was suggested that Hobby Lobby might allow us to do demos on the sidewalk in front of a store and possibly making it possible for those interested to sign up for membership.
    • Placing notices in libraries
    • Shirley volunteered to send public service announcements to local NPR stations but said it would be better wait until we begin to have regular programs again.

 

New Business: There was no new business.

 

Programs: Jane presented a short Christmas project. We are reluctant to ask people to present programs until our attendance comes back up. Meanwhile, we have been asking everyone to bring something to work on and share tips with other members.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Shirley Conaway

November 2021 Meeting

The November Meeting will be held at 1:30 pm on November 20, 2021, at the Crown Heights Church of the Nazarene, 920 NW 46th St., OKC (map). The church is located just off of Western on 46th St and is easy to access from both I-44 and I-235. There are four doors on the west (parking lot) side of the building. Please enter through the last door toward the back of the building. Signs will be posted to help direct you. Watch your step as you enter!

Here’s the November guild meeting program…

Play in Clay

Bring a project on which you are working or would like to work on.  If you need help/advice on any project, this would be a good place to have others help.  Not to mention we can all learn, be inspired, and have fun.

I will also be bringing a quick Christmas project.   I do mean quick.  It will not take long but you could be taking home a finished holiday project and still have time to work on your own project.

In addition to your own project, if you want to do a quicky Christmas project bring:
1/2  oz  (or your choice color) Red clay  for poinsettia
pea size leaf green clay
pea size yellow clay
1 skein of green 6 strand embroidery floss  (or your choice color)
scissors
work surface
Favorite clay tools
(optional but helpful) Penni Jo’s tools rounded-end smaller sculpting tool from Penni Jo.s Clay tools

I will bring needed jewelry finding and Best Flexible Molds–PJ’s  mold-#019  Poinsettia  and Holly

Jane

Minutes for the October 2021 Meeting

Minutes October 16, 2021

  • The meeting was held at Betty’s house, with four members present (Lee Ann, Betty, Connie, and Jane), and three on Zoom, (Myra, Shirley, and Penni Jo). There were no visitors.
  • Old Business:
    • Meeting space: The group discussed the possibility of meeting at Betty’s church and decided to tentatively plan on meeting there in November, if Betty receives official approval. If it works out, the address will be sent to all members in the November meeting notice.  There would likely be no storage space available to the guild. Currently, the group’s library is stored at Betty’s house.
  • Reports:
    • Treasurer: Lee Ann reported our treasury total and we currently have 11 paid members.
    • Programs: November’s program is to be announced. December will be our Christmas party.
    • Party Chair: Connie will arrange the Christmas party. Each member is asked to create a polymer clay item for the gift exchange.
    • State Fair: Members showed their entries. There is a new coordinator who seems open to our supplying our own judge next year.
    • Retreat: due to COVID, our next retreat will not be until 2023. WE need someone to chair the retreat committee. There was some discussion of changing the month we hold it, but nothing was decided.

Submitted by Shirley

October 2021 Meeting – Medallion Cane Reduction and Projects

The October Meeting will be Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 1:30 pm. We will once again be meeting at Betty Bolerjack’s home, 6712 Randi Rd, OKC (map

The meeting will also be broadcast via Zoom. If you are unable to join us in person, you may contact Betty for info to join us on Zoom.

Penni Jo and Jane will be showing us how to reduce and use the Medallion Cane we made in August. The supply list is below. If you didn’t get to make a Medallion Cane, feel free to bring any other cane with which to decorate your choice of project as the principles will be the same. We hope you’ll join us!

Part 2, Medallion Cane, Reduction and Projects

Supplies:  

Medallion cane from Part 1 (August 14) or cane of your choice

Tools for Reduction:

6-inch ruler

Acrylic rod

Blade

Worksurface

Acrylic sheet, 1/8-1/4 inch thick    (I will be bringing some acrylic sheets to use).

Optional: 6-inch tile

Optional:  “Polymer Clay Cane Reducing Guide” by Cheryl Reich

Some ideas for Projects with Medallion cane:

Terra Cotta Wind Chime (See photo below in September post)

Supplies:

3 Terra Cotta pots of decreasing sizes

Minimum 45 inches Jute or Chord

4 Beads larger than the drain holes in the pots.   I used wooden and clay beads ( that I made)

Salt and Pepper Shaker

Supplies:

Salt/Pepper Shaker, your choice of size

Sculpey Bake and Bond

Serving Utensil

Supplies:

Serving spoon, fork, etc with flat handle

Water-soluble white glue.  If not wrapping clay around the handle back and front, coat handle with water-soluble glue and let dry.

September 2021 Meeting – Project with Medallion Canes

CANCELED! Please note that the September meeting has been canceled due to illness. See you in October!

UPDATE: The September class/project is being moved to October. September will be a play day.  Bring whatever you want to work on.

PLEASE NOTE: We have changed our meeting day to the THIRD Saturday of the month.

The September meeting will be on the 18th at 1:30 pm at Betty’s home at 6712 Randi Road, Oklahoma City (map). We will also be offering it on Zoom. Please contact Betty for info to join us via Zoom.

Jane and Penni Jo will show us how to apply the Medallion Canes we made in August to a flower pot. They will also have instructions for making a wind chime with flower pots as well as ideas for other projects (see below).

Tools:

Work surface

Knife

Pasta Machine

Craft Knife

Straight edge

Scissors

Poly Paste or Bake and Bond

Optional:  Extruder…  It is not a problem if you don’t have this!

Clay:

The cane you made in August. If you didn’t get to make the cane, please Contact Us so that we can get the instructions to you.

Project:

Small terra cotta flower pot.  I used approx. 4 1/2 inch diameter but use whatever size you wish.

(I also used my medallion decorated terra cotta flower pot to make a wind chime..

if you would like to do this,  you’ll need:

3 terra cotta pots of  decreasing sizes

minimum 45 inches of jute or cord

4 beads larger than that drain holes in the pots.  I used wooden and clay beads that I made).

However, if the flower pot doesn’t appeal to you, this cane can be used on–Picture frame,  handle for food serving piece,  buttons,  hair barrette,  bowl,  pendant, bracelet, coaster, pen/ craft knife, etc.