Meeting for August 8, 2020: Air Plants and Baby’s Breath

Our next meeting on August 8, 2020, at 1:30 pm, will be at Unity Church, 5603 NW 41 st., 73122 (across from the Putnam City Administration Building). We hope to see you there! For those who can’t attend in person, we will once again be doing a Zoom meeting. Details will be posted in our private Facebook group and sent out via email. If you will be joining us as a guest on Zoom, please contact Betty here to get the Zoom info.
 
Connie will be showing us how to make air plants and baby’s breath.
 
  
Note that the middle air plant is real!
 
Supplies for baby’s breath and air plants
  • work surface  
  • pasta machine
  • tissue blade
  • any other basic tools
  • ball tool
  • 22 Gage floral wire
  • clay, not a lot, about 2 oz
  • color: Air plants come in all colors. Google air plants.  Small amount of white clay for baby’s breath

  • super glue 

  • round varied sizes glass to shape leaves on. I use glass: Christmas balls/small jar to hold while baking. You can use a glass jar or paper tubes, something it can bake on to get a curved shape.

Minutes for the July 2020 Meeting

July 11, 2020
5 in attendance 3 on zoom, met at Betty’s home.

The minutes were approved as posted.

Lee Ann reports that we still have 18 paid members.

Demo by Tom Gibson: fairy wings

Betty will make another FB group to help market our group. She needs us to help post on FB group pictures, ideas, tips, tools, classes, tutorials to make it fun and inviting! The other FB group will become for members only.

We discussed ways to build attendance, add new members, and get more people to step up. We still need a vice president and a secretary! Betty and I have been doing both along with our other duties.

We traded summer inchies.

We had a drawing. Betty and Tom won and will bring gift bags for next drawing in Sept. If you won previously, please bring a bag as well in SEPT.

OCT will also be inchie exchange again, fall theme.

No state fair this year.

The next meeting on Aug. 8th will be at my church. Unity church at 5603 NW 41 St. OKC 73122

Aug. Connie Farrell will be doing the class on air plants and baby breath.

Minutes by Connie Farrell

 

Meeting for July 11, 2020: Wings and Tails from Angelina Film

Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Betty Bolerjack’s home, 6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City. We look forward to being back together again but we will also be broadcasting over Zoom (contact Betty here for more info) for those who cannot attend in person. Hand sanitizer will be available and there is plenty of room to spread out. Though not required, feel free to wear a mask.

Tom will be doing a demo of Angelina film for wings and tails. There are many variations and styles of wings that can be made. Following is a list of the items he will be using:

Angelina Film and Fiber

Wing patterns and Vellum or Premium Tracing Paper

Liquid clay – can be any color, but a color that contrasts with the Angelina Film is preferable

Wire – 20, 22 and 24 gauge

Wire tools

Quick drying glue –like Lisa Pavelka Poly Bonder, Super Glue, Mend-All Mighty Gbutlue

Scissors

Craft Knife

Hemostat (clamps)

Iron and/or other heat source, i.e., Candle, Wood burning tool, Heat gun

Ironing board or heat resistant surface

Teflon sheet or Parchment Paper

REMINDER: This is Inchie month. Bring Inchies to trade. The theme is Summer.  This is also Drawing month. If you won a bag from our last drawing in January, please bring one this time.

 

Minutes for the June 2020 Meeting

The June 13, 2020, meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild was called to order by President Connie Farrell. It was held via Zoom and we had a total of 15 in attendance: 13 members and 2 guests.

During Show and Tell, Connie showed a Cosclay air plant that she had made and Tom showed us several parrots that he has been working on. One of them was a BOH that had angel wings and tail made from Cosclay.

Our program was presented by Deb Hart. She showed us how to create her art deco cane, how to create tube beads, and then how to apply the cane to the beads.

A discussion was held regarding a place to meet as Connie still hasn’t heard from the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Tom had heard from them, however, and said it doesn’t look promising. Connie checked with her church and we should be able to meet there most of the time. She is going to talk to them some more. Betty is going to clarify the policy with her church. Meanwhile, we will begin meeting again in person at Betty’s house, starting in July.

Since we still don’t have a Vice President, Tom agreed to teach us how to make Fairy Wings in July. We still need August and September. Connie offered to show us how to make baby’s breath and her air plants but no definite date was established.

Bottles of Hope are still not being delivered due to Covid-19. However, continue to make them so that we have plenty when we can once again deliver them to the cancer centers.

Lee Ann had problems with her connection so sent the Treasurer’s report after the meeting via text.

Our Webmaster, Betty Bolerjack, has set up an email list on MailChimp to make communication of important information easier.

There was discussion about the need for a members-only Facebook group instead of or in addition to the current public group. The consensus was that we need a members-only group in addition to the current public group as long as it doesn’t put too much of a burden on Betty. The public group does need some rules, such as no selling.

There was no other business.

July is Inchie month with the theme Summer. It is also Drawing month. Our last drawing was in January. Angel, Connie, and Tom were the winners so should bring gift bags to the July meeting.

Submitted by Betty Bolerjack

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!