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October 2007

October 2007 Meeting Notes

We had seven people at our October meeting, & everyone seemed to have a spooky-good time. Cassy kicked things off by showing everyone how to sculpt Halloween pumpkins, then “angel” and “deviled” eggs. After that, Angela & Penni Jo demonstrated how to make a beaded spider using glow-in-the-dark clay & alcohol inks. (See Penni Jo’s beading diagram here.)
It was a free-for-all when card-swapping time rolled around. The five members who signed up for the ATC Swap (based on September’s ATC project) eagerly grabbed up each others’ cards. All the swappers brought — and took home — beautiful creations!
In the business part of the meeting, we discussed the schedule for the next two meetings:
* November 10: April will be teaching the Watercolor/Torn Paper technique (unless there’s a game conflict — in which case Angela will have a fall project to share)
* December 8: Penni Jo will be teaching how to cover light switch plates in polymer clay
Other upcoming classes include the extruder/cane technique and an inro project.
We drew two new book selections for the guild library:
* The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects by Donna Kato
* The Art of Jewelry, by Katherine Duncan Aimone
Penni Jo showed us her preview copy of the Fall 2007 Bead Unique magazine, where her “Circling Dragonfly” article will be appearing. The article looks great, & she even mentioned the guild in her bio — so we’re all famous now!
Angela offered guild business cards for members to help spread the word about the group. The business cards, along with the fliers Penni Jo created, are now available on our new “Member Resources” page — so members can feel free to print these out as needed.
Angela also mentioned that officer elections will be held in January, and that we’re looking for interested volunteers to fill these roles: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Photographer, & Guild Librarian. Please be thinking about which role(s) you would be interested in filling.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the November meeting!

October Meeting: Halloween Fun

Glow-in-the-dark Beaded SpiderJoin us Saturday, October 13th, for an afternoon of Halloween fun. First, one of the guild’s youngest members, Cassy, will be showing us how to make her angel and deviled eggs (see photo here), as well as a simple pumpkin. Then the guild’s founders, Penni Jo & Angela, will team up to show us how to make beaded spiders using glow-in-the-dark clay and alcohol inks.
* When: Saturday, October 13, 2007, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
* Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
* What to Bring:
* Clay: Cassy’s sculptures don’t require a lot of clay — though it depends on how large & how many you want to make. Colors include red, black, white yellow, orange and a little green or brown for the stem of the pumpkin. The spiders require less than a block of glow-in-the-dark clay.
* Alcohol Inks: We’ll be using alcohol inks to tint the glow-in-the dark clay. Alcohol inks are sold under a few brand names, including Ranger and Pinata, and are usually found near the stamping section of the craft store. Please bring alcohol inks if you have them (or have been looking for an excuse to buy them!); otherwise, we’ll have a little extra to go around.
* Gloves: Alcohol inks can be *messy* — so we recommend bringing gloves if you don’t want tinted fingers. Alcohol inks can also stain clothes — so if you’re the messy type, you may want to bring an apron or wear older clothes…
* Beads & Beading Supplies: If you have a bead baking set, bring your piercing pins — and we could use an extra bead baking rack too, if someone doesn’t mind bringing theirs. You’ll also need wire (24 gauge works great), and assorted beads/seed beads for spider legs (the pictured example used 40 black seed beads and 8 black 6 mm bicones), along with any wire-working tools you have. If you want to make your spider into a brooch, bring along a pin back too.
We hope you’ll drop in for some frightful fun!