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May 2024 Meeting: Bottles of Hope

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🌟 Heartfelt Creations 🌟

🎗️ Bottles of Hope🎗️

Get ready to make a difference and spread a little extra joy as we come together for a heartwarming Bottles of Hope guild meeting! Join us for an inspiring session where we’ll channel our creativity into crafting beautiful polymer clay-covered bottles to brighten the lives of cancer patients and survivors in our community.

What to Expect

During this special meeting, we’ll gather to create Bottles of Hope, small polymer clay-covered bottles adorned with messages of hope, courage, and love. There’s no set theme or design guidelines – it’s entirely up to you to let your imagination soar and create something special that will bring a smile to someone’s face.

Supplies
  • Work Surface
  • Clay of your choice
  • Tools to create your chosen design
  • Small Bottles (provided)
  • Most important: Your Imagination!
Meeting Details

📅 Date: Saturday, May 18, 2024

⏰ Time: 1:30 PM

🏠 Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code). Meeting is on the fourth floor in the teen room. Signs will guide you. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

🎗️Join us as we come together to make a positive impact and spread hope through our creativity. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or new to Bottles of Hope, your contribution will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing cancer. 🎗️

April 2024 Meeting: Textured Bargello

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Unlock the Artistry of Textured Bargello

with Betty

Join Us for a Creative Guild Meeting!

Get ready to ignite your creativity as we dive back into the mesmerizing world of Bargello, this time with an exciting twist — texture! Join us for an inspiring guild meeting where we’ll explore fascinating techniques to create Textured Bargello and unleash our artistic potential.

Textured Bargello Pendant
Wavy Bargello Pendant

What to Expect:

In this hands-on session, we’ll delve into the innovative art of Textured Bargello, where the very process of assembly creates captivating textures and patterns. Whether you’re a seasoned artisan or new to Bargello, this meeting promises to ignite your imagination and inspire your polymer clay creations.

Supplies Needed:

  • Clay* in at least 4-5 colors (condition beforehand to save time)
  • Work Surface (preferably glass)
  • Pasta machine
  • Stiff, sharp blade
  • Ripple blade(s)
  • Extruder with discs
  • Cutters, if desired, in your choice of shapes
  • Texture sheet for back, if desired
  • Small spray bottle with water
  • Anything needed to finish your project such as findings, cords, chains, jewelry pliers, etc.

*Note: the amount of clay you will need will depend on your chosen project. I used enough clay (1 oz?) to fill my extruder for the example project and that produced more than enough extruded pieces. You’ll need 1 or 2 separate colors for the foundation/backing.

Textured Bargello Pendants and Earrings
Side View

Meeting Details:

📅 Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024

⏰ Time: 1:30 PM

🏠 Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code).

Note: This month, we will meet in the Youth Room on the 4th Floor where we will have lots of room for  you to join us. There will be signs posted to guide you. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

Join us as we explore the endless possibilities of Textured Bargello and learn new techniques to enhance our polymer clay creations. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with fellow artisans, share ideas, and expand your artistic horizons!

We can't wait to see you there and embark on this exciting creative journey together!

March 2024 Meeting: Crackle Technique

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🎨 **Discover Crackling Magic** 🌟

with Lisa

Get ready to delve into the captivating world of crackle polymer clay creations! Did you know there are many ways to create a crackle look with polymer clay? This month, Lisa will be showing us how to use only polymer clay to create a fascinating crackle surface.

Before our meeting, please prepare your crackle layer following these simple steps:

Skinner Blend Crackle
Crackle made with Skinner Blend

⏰ Do Ahead:

Red Crackle over Black
Prepare the Crackle Layer:
  • Roll out a piece of clay (any color but should contrast nicely with your chosen background) on the thinnest setting of your pasta machine.
  • Place the clay between two pieces of white printer paper and burnish.
  • Run the clay, still sandwiched between the paper, through the thinnest setting of the pasta machine again.
  • Leave the clay between the two pieces of paper for 12 to 24 hours to dry out.

🌈Background Clay:

We’ll create our background clay during the meeting. You can use a solid color, scraps, or make a Skinner blend. Ensure the background clay is rolled out on the thickest setting of your pasta machine.

Materials Needed:
  • Crackle Layer
  • Background Clay
  • White Printer Paper
  • Work Surface
  • Pasta Machine
  • Exacto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Item to cover
  • Optional: Cutters
Jewelry pieces from the crackle

Meeting Details:

📅 Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024

⏰ Time: 1:30 PM

🏠 Location:Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code). We meet downstairs in the basement. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

Join us as we embark on this crackling adventure! Don't forget to bring your prepared crackle layer to the meeting, and let's unleash our creativity together.

February 2024 Meeting: Wine Charms

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Get Ready to Sculpt and Create with Connie:

🍷 Wine Charm Extravaganza! 🍷

Unleash your creativity with our fabulous February project — making personalized wine charms! This delightful and straightforward project allows you to craft charming accessories for your favorite wine glasses. Make plenty so that your guests never get their glasses mixed up again! Here’s what you’ll need to join the fun:

Supply List for Wine Charms:
  • 🎨 Work Surface: The canvas for your wine charm masterpiece.
  • 🍝 Pasta Machine: Roll out your creativity and shape your designs effortlessly.
  • 🔧 Basic Tools: Essential for shaping and refining your charming creations.
  • 🔗 Pliers: Unleash your inner jewelry designer and use pliers to open jump rings.
  • 📍 Needle Tool: Make a mark, make a hole — your trusty needle tool adds the finishing touch.
  • 🌈 Molds, Cutters (about ¾ of an inch): Sculpt your charms into the perfect shape. Betty will bring some perfect-sized molds from the Guild’s collection so graciously donated by Penni Jo.
  • 🎨 Clay: Any color your heart desires, or get fancy with canes for a unique touch.
  • 🍷 Wine Rings and Jump Rings: Connie will bring the essentials for assembling your charming creations.

This project is not just about crafting wine charms; it’s an opportunity to express your unique style and add a personal touch to your next wine-tasting soirée. Whether you’re a seasoned crafter or a beginner, this project is sure to uncork your creativity!

Meeting Details:

📅 Date: Saturday, February 17, 2024

Time: 1:30 PM

🏠 Location:Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code). We meet downstairs in the basement. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

Gather your creative spirit, and let’s make this wine charm crafting session an unforgettable celebration of art and camaraderie.

🥂 Cheers to Creativity and Community! 🥂

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January 2024 Meeting: Faux Wood

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🌳 Delve Into the Art of Faux Wood🌳

Get ready for a hands-on journey into the enchanting world of faux wood polymer clay creations! Our talented member, Lee Ann, will be leading us through the steps of mastering this captivating technique, perfect for crafting stunning wood-look pieces.

Faux Wood Jewelry

Discover the Endless Possibilities:

🌿 Faux Wood Wonders: Unlock the secrets of creating faux wood effects on polymer clay. Lee Ann will guide us through the process of achieving realistic wood textures for pieces that truly stand out. In addition to jewelry, imagine the rustic charm of wood-look bowls, whimsical fairy house doors, personalized pens, or anywhere you desire the warm, natural touch of wood in your polymer clay projects.

Meeting Details:

📅 Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

⏰ Time: 1:30 pm

🏢 Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code). We meet downstairs in the basement. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

📸 Inspiration Awaits:

Explore the versatility of faux wood with finished pieces showcasing its potential in various applications. From functional trinket dishes to imaginative fairy house details, this technique will elevate your polymer clay creations.

📋 Supply List
  • Polymer clay in gold and burnt umber (enough to create a 2”x6” sheet of each) and small amount of brown
  • Pasta machine
  • Knife and blade
  • Work surface
  • Small ruler

Feel free to bring any additional items that inspire your faux wood creations!

This meeting is an opportunity to not only learn the technique but to let your creativity flourish in unexpected ways. Lee Ann will guide us through the process, and you’ll leave with newfound skills and endless ideas.

Mark your calendars, gather your supplies, and let’s make this faux wood adventure a masterpiece of creativity!

🌳 See you there, ready to craft wonders in polymer clay! 🌿

December 2023 Meeting: Christmas Party

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☃️ Celebrate the Season ☃️

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🎄Polymer Clay Magic!🎄

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and our annual Christmas Party is just around the corner! Get ready for an afternoon of festive fun, yummy snacks, and the joy of sharing the holiday spirit with your fellow polymer clay enthusiasts.

Join the Festivities:

🎁 Dirty Santa Gift Exchange: Bring the gift of polymer clay magic! Create a hand-crafted polymer item using a technique learned this past year or one you simply enjoyed making and sharing. Remember, these are not gag gifts; they should be something you’d love to receive.

🎅 Dirty Santa Rules: See below. Get ready for lots of laughs and festive surprises!

🍬 Holiday Treats Sharing: Share the joy of the season by bringing a plate of your favorite holiday treats or finger foods to enjoy with everyone. Plates, napkins, and forks will be provided. Please let Connie know what delightful treat you plan to share.

🎉 Crafty Conversations: Reflect on the creative year gone by and share your favorite polymer clay projects and techniques with fellow enthusiasts.

This Christmas Party is not just an event; it’s a celebration of our creative community. Let’s make this afternoon unforgettable with laughter, camaraderie, and the magic of polymer clay!

🎄 See you there, ready to unwrap the joy of the season! 🎁

How to Play Dirty Santa

Everyone playing the game brings a hand-crafted polymer item. Please, please bring an item. It is so much more fun with many participants.

VARIATION: Since we will be showing off our gifts during Show & Tell, gift bags will be provided to mask the items for the game. Just to keep it in the spirit of Dirty Santa.

Numbers are written on pieces of paper for every gift and placed in a basket, bowl or hat.

Each person draws a number. Getting a higher number is actually better because you will have more chosen gifts to choose from.

The person with #1 picks a gift to open from the array of gift bags. The person with #2 can choose to take another bag or steal the gift from #1. If a gift is stolen, the person who had it then steals from someone else or picks another gift to open. Gifts stolen cannot be directly stolen back. They must be in the pool of opened and unopened gifts for at least one turn.

The game continues like this until everyone takes a turn select an item or stealing an item. The last person to go can steal from anyone in the game or select the remaining item.

NOTICE: If the first person has not had their selection stolen during the game, they may steal a gift from anyone else. This may open a new round of stealing, but that’s the nature of Dirty Santa.

Once a gift is stolen three times, it is retired from the game.

November 2023 Meeting: Whimsical Florals

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🌸 Get Ready for a Blooming Good Time this Month! 🌸

Join us for an exciting meeting this month as Betty demonstrates the enchanting art of crafting Whimsical Florals. Originally planned for June, this demonstration was rescheduled, and we’re now excited to dive into the world of polymer clay creativity.

🌼 What's in Store for You? 🌼

Betty will be your guide through this floral adventure, where you’ll learn the secrets of creating stunning Whimsical Flowers. Here’s a sneak peek at what she’ll cover:

📷 Visual Inspiration:
To ignite your creative spark, we've prepared a captivating photo carousel showcasing a variety of Whimsical Flowers. Be prepared to be inspired!

🌺 Two Distinct Petal Shapes: Betty will unveil the techniques to craft not one, but two distinct petal shapes, opening up a world of possibilities for your flower designs.

🌼 Diving into Color: Unlock the secrets of crafting Whimsical Florals by exploring solid color clay, using mesmerizing Skinner blends, and experimenting with canes to add depth and dimension to your floral creations. You can even incorporate the Bargellos you made last month to infuse a touch of color and creativity into your designs. See photo example below.

🌷 Explore Creative Textures: Betty will be demonstrating the use of realistic flower petal textures as well as novelty textures to achieve a more whimsical and imaginative look.

🌻 Crafting Stamens: Betty will show you how to make delicate stamens for your flowers using seed beads and ball head pins. You can get even more creative by using clay balls, hot fix crystals, or purchased stamens to personalize your flower centers.

🌸 Mix and Match: The beauty of polymer clay art lies in its endless versatility. Feel free to mix and match techniques and materials to make these Whimsical Florals uniquely yours!

Bargello-Flower

📍 Meeting Details:

📅 Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

⏰ Time: 1:30 pm

🏢 Location: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1401 NW 25th St, OKC. (map) Park on the west side and enter through the double glass doors (Contact us for the entry code). We meet downstairs in the basement. There is an elevator for anyone who has difficulty maneuvering stairs. Please contact us if you need help.

📋 Supply List:

  • Polymer Clay in your choice of solid color(s), Skinner blends, canes, Bargello, or other veneers
  • Texture sheets (optional)
  • Work surface
  • Pasta Machine
  • Clay blade
  • Lucy slicer (optional)
  • Football or Teardrop shaped cutters (Betty will have both available to borrow and/or purchase.)
  • Large and medium ball tools
  • Needle tool
  • Liquid clay (or Bake ‘n’ Bond)
  • Head pins (ball style works well)
  • 2-3 mm beads and crystals (Betty will bring a variety of seed beads)
  • Wire cutters
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Pastel powders and/or mica powders
  • Cardboard egg carton (Connie will bring some)

Mark your calendars, gather your supplies, and prepare to dive into a world of polymer clay magic. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and create alongside fellow clay enthusiasts. We can’t wait to see you there!

🌼 Let's make this meeting a blooming success together! 🌼