Meeting for June 2020: Deb Hart Demo

The Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild will have its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2020, via Zoom. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm CT. Since we are meeting via Zoom again, we will not be doing any hands-on work. Instead, Deb Hart has graciously offered to do a demo for us on Making Tube Beads.

We will be having Show and Tell, too, so be ready to show us what you have been working on! If you are a member, you will be receiving an email with information to access the meeting a day or two before. If you are not a member and would like to join us, we invite you to do so. You may contact Betty Bolerjack here for the access information.

Minutes for the May 2020 Meeting

The May 9, 2020, meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild was held via Zoom. President Connie Farrell called the meeting to order. We had a total of 14 in attendance with some of those being out of state/country members who typically don’t get to participate. We had three guests, Debbie Jackson, Deb Hart, and Debbie’s friend, Dee.

The format was a little tricky, but several members did have items for Show and Tell, although we obviously couldn’t pass them around.

Debbie Jackson, who had been scheduled to be our guest artist for our annual retreat in April which had to be canceled due to the virus, offered to do our demo. She showed us many ways to use simple bullseye canes and gave several tips for doing so. We loved seeing all her wonderful pieces and were inspired to try incorporating her ideas into our own work. The demo was recorded and members who were unable to attend may contact Betty Bolerjack for the link to watch it.

The minutes from the March meeting were approved.  Betty agreed to record the minutes for the May meeting.

We don’t currently have a Vice-President so we are deciding on lessons/demos together for the next meeting. Deb Hart offered to do a demo for our June meeting before leaving. No one else was willing to give it a try, so Connie will contact her about that.

Lee Ann presented the treasurer’s report. We have 18 paid members. The report was approved.

Tom reported that nothing has been done with Bottles of Hope due to the pandemic.

Our webmaster, Betty Bolerjack has set up a Zoom account which she has offered for us to use during the pandemic and possibly even beyond to allow members to participate who are unable to do otherwise. We used Zoom to have a “Mini Virtual Retreat” for a few hours on the Saturday that we would have been at our annual Twisters Retreat. It was very successful which led to having the monthly meetings via Zoom until we can meet together again.

We still don’t have a permanent meeting place for when we are able to meet again. Connie has tried to contact the new Contemporary Arts Center, but they are not open due to the virus and she has not heard back. She has also contacted Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur about the use of their meeting room, but they are not currently scheduling. We will continue to meet via Zoom until other arrangements can be made. We also had a brief discussion about meeting in small satellite groups in addition to our regular monthly meetings.

Our June meeting will be held on the 13th at 1:30 pm via Zoom.

Submitted by Betty Bolerjack

Meeting for May 2020: Transforming Canes

It’s almost time for our May meeting! It’s coming up Saturday, May 9 at 1:30 pm CDT. But wait… can we meet in person? Do we have to cancel? Will anyone even come? Here’s the good news! Even though meeting in person is not advisable yet due to so many of our number being in the high-risk category for the virus, we CAN meet virtually. We had so much fun with our Mini Virtual Retreat that we have decided to have our May meeting on Zoom. And our special guest this month is Debbie Jackson! How cool is that?

Debbie’s topic is Transforming Canes. She is going to show us “how to create a collection of patterns from basic Bullseye Canes and learn a variety of ways they can be used in projects.” I have a feeling Debbie’s going to have some amazing ideas that we haven’t seen before. The photos above are a sampling of things to be made with these techniques.

The supply list is simple and will be posted here early next week. You can just watch or you can clay along with us! One thing you will need is some Bullseye Canes. If you are new to polymer clay and want to know how to make them, here is a YouTube video you can watch. More details will be posted soon.

We will be using Zoom Cloud Meetings again. If you don’t have the app, be sure to download it to your computer or mobile device before the 9th.  (Scroll down for mobile apps.) If you can set up a laptop or your mobile in your workspace so that you can clay with us as Debbie shows us what to do, that will be awesome! Otherwise, you can just watch and try the techniques later. To avoid “Zoombombing,” I will be emailing the meeting ID and password to members and others who wish to attend. Please use the contact form to get in touch with me if you are not a member but would like to attend this virtual meeting.

See you soon!

Minutes for the March 2020 Meeting

Meeting for Central Oklahoma polymer clay group

March 14 2020

Call to order

6 people members attending no visitors

Program today is by Betty Bolerjack: making roses

President report :  I have email arts Institute about renting room on an ongoing basic still waiting to hear back

Ask Angel to check on using Tinkers room

Ask Jane to check on Hobby Lobby in Moore

The May meeting after retreat will be at Bettys house, we will talk more about a new place.

Approved Minutes from last month (Feb) Jane first and Tom second all in Favor.

Vice Pres is Vacant we need a VICE Pres!!

April: retreat

May: finishing up on retreat projects

June: Tom Fairy wings

Still need a July project

Treasure report by LeeAnn Kelly    18 paid members  Betty first and Jane second all in favor  to approve

Bottle of Hope Tom will collect bottles after retreat to take treatment center

Nothing from Jane librarian, web master Betty

OLD business

New business  still looking for a place to meet

No announcements

No drawing today for gift bags waiting until after retreat Tom and Connie brought gift bags

Inchie in April at retreat

Submitted by Connie Farrell

Meeting for March 2020: Rose Pendant

This month, our meeting will be on Saturday, March 14, 2020, from 1:30-4:30 and will once again be held at Betty Bolerjack’s home: 6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City

Betty will be teaching us how to make roses and will demonstrate several methods to create a rose. She will take us step-by-step through creating this beautiful rose pendant as our project. You will have the opportunity to make a slightly different pendant if you prefer. As an alternative, you can bring a box or a container such as the ones we made last month to which you can attach your roses.Rose Pendant

Your clay can be any color you choose for your rose. You will have the opportunity to practice making several roses.  You’ll get a more realistic look if you mix your rose color equally with translucent. You can also use a skinner blend or light, medium, and dark shades. Please have your clay conditioned and colors mixed ahead of time to save time in class. Any color can be used for the bezel and leaves. 18K gold was used for both in the sample.

The edges of the rose petals can be colored using mica powder such as PearlEx or chalk pastels. A darker color, contrasting color or metallic add more interest. Mica can also be used to make the bezel look more like metal.  Some suggestions to get a metallic look: PearlEx Brilliant Gold on 18K Gold clay, Aztec Gold on Gold clay, and Macropearl on Silver clay.

Supplies

Clay – color of your choice for rose, bezel, and leaves.

Mica powder or chalk pastels (optional)

TLS or Clear Liquid Sculpey

5” 20 ga wire for bail or purchased bail (can also make out of clay)

Sculpey Bezel Mold or purchased bezel

Small box for carrying your project home if unable to finish during class (finished pendant is approximately 2 1/2″)

Tools

Large ball tool from Sculpey Style and Detail Tools or similar

Small ball tool, needle tool or toothpick

¾” circle cutter

Bail making pliers or ¼” dowel rod

Needle nose Pliers

Wire Cutters

Pasta Machine

Work Surface

Blade

Small soft paintbrush to apply mica powder or chalk pastels

The following tools are optional, but can be nice to have:

Petal Veiner

Leaf Veiner OR Wilton Flower Impression Mold

Leaf Cutter from Wilton Flower Cutter set OR Leaf Cutter Set

 

 

Minutes for the February 2020 Meeting

Connie Farrell, our new president, called the February, 2020, meeting to order. The meeting took place at Betty Bolerjack’s house once again. Six members were present along with one visitor. Penni Jo, Lee Ann, Tom, and Jane brought items for Show and Tell.

Lee Ann taught us how to make molds of virtually any shape container which can then be made into a decorative polymer clay container by adding layers of clay to the inside and out of the mold along with any other embellishments desired.

The minutes for the January 11 meeting were approved. Tom made the motion and Lee Ann seconded. Our secretary is still not able to be with us, so Betty agreed to record the minutes this month. Katherine is unsure how much longer it will be before she can rejoin us. We need to find a new secretary. Any volunteers?

Penni Jo shared the info on programs for the next three months. Betty will teach how to make roses in March, April is our retreat, and we will have a “Let’s Finish It” time in May to finish any projects that we weren’t able to complete at our retreat or other projects that you would like to work on.

Lee Ann gave the Treasurer’s report. We have 16 paid members for 2020. Betty moved to accept the report and Penni Jo seconded. The Treasurer’s report was approved.

Jane brought the 2019 Polymer Journeys to be placed into the library. Polymer Arts Project – Organics has not yet arrived.

Tom reported that we have 18 registered for the retreat. Seven of those have not signed up for the classes. Angel has received some gifts from sponsors.  These include Basket Market and Tinker Federal Credit Union.

Connie discussed getting more exposure by doing demos at places like the Yukon Library as well as holding classes for the public at Hobby Lobby in Yukon. We will discuss this more in-depth after we again have a permanent place to meet.

The winners of our January drawing were Angel, Connie, and Tom. They will need to bring bags for our next drawing in March.

Our next meeting will be on March 14, 2020, at Betty’s home.

Meeting for February 2020: Molds From Glass Containers

Our next guild meeting will be Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Betty Bolerjack’s home:  6712 Randi Road, Oklahoma City

Lee Ann will be teaching us how to use glass containers to create molds.  She will have more examples at the meeting.

Here is the supply list:

  1.  Small clean jar or juice glass. We will be baking these so they need to be small to fit into the oven
  2.  Small towel, potholder or oven mitt
  3.  Scrap clay to cover the jar. This will be rolled out on the thickest setting of your pasta machine
  4.  Exacto knife and blade
  5.  Metal scraper (the one in “Penni Jo’s tools”)
  6.  Masking tape
  7.  White glue such as Aleene’s Tacky glue
  8.  Pasta machine