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June 2007

June Play Day

June has 5 Saturdays… so that means it’s time for a 5th Saturday Play Day! And since we’re holding this play day in a home instead of our usual classroom, we won’t be nearly as rushed as normal. This polymer clay play day might just turn into a polymer clay PARTY!
Our play days don’t have a particular project or teacher, so feel free to bring whatever you’re currently working on. Someone mentioned maybe figuring out how to clean pasta machines — so if you’re interested in doing that, feel free to bring along your dirty ol’ machine. Or just come & hang out!
Here’s the details:
* When: Saturday, June 30, 2007, 3:30 p.m. – ? (Stay as long as you want!)
* Where: Angela Mabray’s house (Yukon, OK). The address & directions are being sent to the group’s mailing list — feel free to use the contact form to request directions if you’re not on the mailing list.
* What to Bring:
* Clay, tools, etc.
* We’ll have some snacks & drinks available — if you’d like something special, feel free to bring it. You can also bring a couple of bucks if you’re interested in pitching in for pizza.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Group Member Wins Top 25 in Challenge

Our very own Jane Linn got an email from Amaco last week saying she’s a “member of the top 25 winners of the AMACO Bottles of Hope Designers Challenge.” The Bottles of Hope project provides small glass medicine bottles covered with clay to cancer patients as a symbol of hope. Amaco — who generously donated clay when our group made these bottles in March — sponsors this challenge to help create awareness of the Bottles of Hope project.
Congrats to Jane!

June 2007 Meeting Notes

Cassy's MagnetOur leaf cane demonstration went great — with various members “catching the caning bug.” Pictures are available on our Flickr! group — & thanks to our new group photographer, April, we even have pictures from during the meeting! Thanks to everyone who came, and thanks especially to Christie Wright of DragonflyLane for doing a great job teaching.
A few notes from the business portion of our meeting:
* Our next play day will be held June 30 — but it’s being held at a new time and place! Angela has offered to host the June Play Day at her house, starting at 5 p.m. and continuing as long as folks want to stay. We’ll plan to have some snacks & drinks available — if you have something special you’d like, please bring it. And bring a couple of bucks if you’re interested in pitching in for pizza. We thought we’d try having the play day at a home so our time isn’t as limited. Hope you’ll come join the polymer clay party!

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June Meeting: Leaf Canes

Blue, Purple Leaves by ChristieNever seen blue & purple leaves before? They’re just a sampling of the color combinations you can make with polymer clay! This month, Christie Wright will be teaching us how to make colorful leaf canes. It’s really 3 lessons in one — she’ll be teaching us about caning, about Skinner blends, and about reducing canes.
Christie sells beautiful hand-crafted polymer clay items through DragonflyLane and through her new Etsy shop. Christie’s a member of our group and a repeat teacher. You can check out her blue and purple leaf cane at her Flickr page — where you’ll also find more examples of her leaves and other work.
Here are the meeting details:
* When: Saturday, June 9, 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: Christie recommends using KATO, Premo, or FIMO brands for caning. (Avoid Sculpey III as it’s very soft and can be frustrating to reduce.) Bring 1/2 block each of 2-3 colors. Three colors will make a color-blended leaf: Colors A & B for the main color/skinner blend in the leaf; Color C for the veins and border. Two colors will make a solid color leaf: Color A for the solid leaf color and Color B for the veins and border.
* Tools: You’ll need a sharp clay slicing blade and your pasta machine.
Christie recommends looking at Studio Bijou’s gorgeous jewelry to get inspired. Who knew leaves could be so colorful?!