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February 2007

February 2007 Meeting Notes

Pink Love Heart BoxWhat a great meeting! We had our biggest crowd yet & the creative juices were really flowing.
Our February project was heart-shaped polymer clay boxes, inspired by one of Lisa Pavelka’s projects in Elegant Gifts in Polymer Clay. Angela Mabray demonstrated making cookie-cutter boxes by wrapping a long strip of polymer clay around the outside of the cookie cutter. Bake the clay on the cookie cutter, then slide it off for a cool all-clay box. The box sides can be used as a template for the matching box top and bottom. And if you need an extra-special touch? Penni Jo Couch showed the group how to glue PolyFill and velvet onto a cardboard cutout to make a wonderful box bottom. This simple step made the boxes look like very nice gift or jewelry boxes.

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Sweetbrier Studio Product Design Call Out

Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild member Penni Jo Couch passed along this design call out for Sweetbrier Studio molds:
Sweetbrier Studio is pleased to announce a product design “Call Out” to all designers who work with polymer clay or light weight air dry clay.We are in need of new, finished pieces designed with Sweetbrier Studio molds. Projects will be used in trade shows, project sheets and new instruction booklets.
Projects should include “step outs” (photos of each step and written instructions plus a list of tools and supplies).
We are interested in simple finished pieces. On a scale from 1-10, with #1being the easiest, we need the projects in the 3-5 range.
Projects are desired for the following segments:

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February Meeting: Heart-Shaped Polymer Clay Boxes

Heart Cookie CutterThis month we’re using a humble cookie cutter to create a great Valentine’s Day box. Angela Mabray will be showing the group how to make a box by baking it right on the cookie cutter. Then Penni Jo Couch will demonstrate how to line the box with velvet for an extra-special touch. Once you’re done, you can toss a few chocolate kisses in the box & have a great handmade gift.
Here are the meeting details:
* When: Saturday, February 10, 2007, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
* Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
* What to Bring:
* Clay (any colors you like) and any clay tools you think you’ll want.
* Metal cookie cutter. Hobby Lobby has the heart-shaped cutters for $0.50 each, so you can come early and buy one if you don’t already have one. If you would prefer to make a round, square, etc. box, bring that shape of cookie cutter instead. Remember, once you’ve used it for clay, it shouldn’t be used for cooking again.
* Dues! It’s time to pay club dues of $36/year. (If you need to break it up into smaller payments, that’s fine.)
We will provide a couple of toaster ovens and a couple of pasta machines. Come join us for a “sweet” meeting!