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May 13, 2008

May 2008 Meeting Notes

Nine people attended the May meeting, including 8 members (2 of whom had to leave before the lesson) and 1 returning guest. Penni Jo demonstrated the faux zebra wood technique, then showed us all how to make inros from a PVC pipe mold she provided. As always, the resulting projects were diverse & wonderful. Thanks to Penni Jo for providing such an in-depth lesson!

If you missed the meeting (or just need a refresher on some of the steps), you can find the handouts here.

Our upcoming meetings are:

  • May 31: 5th Saturday Play Day at Penni Jo’s home
  • June 14: Rubber Stamp Techniques with Angela
  • July 12: Beads (all members sharing tips about bead rollers, making beads, etc.)
  • August 9: Ink-Jet Image Transfers with Shirley
  • August 30: Play Day
  • September 13: Mokume Gane with Nance
  • October 11: Translucent Layering with Jane

During the business portion of the meeting, we discussed the following items:

  • Swap Theme: Starting in June, we will be doing a swap every other month (alternating months with the raffle). Our June theme will be Florals. If you would like to take part, just bring 1 polymer clay item that fits that theme. Everyone who brings an item will swap with another member. The type of object you make is completely up to you, as long as it fits with the theme. Participation is completely optional.
  • Membership: Lee Ann K. became our newest member, which brings our member count to 14. Our balance is $417.26.
  • Bottles of Hope: Several members brought back finished Bottles of Hope. Penni Jo told the group about a possible lead for obtaining classroom space to teach Bottles of Hope workshops. April G. entered one of her Bottles in the Integris Hospital Celebration of Life & Art Exhibit.
  • Show & Tell: We took a few minutes after the business portion of the meeting to do a quick Show & Tell. It was a lot of fun to see what members have been working on. Jane suggested members also bring their completed projects from the previous month to show.
  • Drawings: Nance donated 2 prizes for this month’s raffle. Penni Jo and April were the winners. The new library book selection is Creative Canes by Barbara McGuire.

May 7, 2008

May Meeting: Faux Zebrawood Inro

Faux Zebrawood Inro CloseupThis month, Penni Jo Couch will be showing us how to make a Faux Zebrawood Inro using polymer clay.

  • When: Saturday, May 10, 2008, 1:00 - 4:00 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:
    • Strong Polymer Clay: Please have your clay conditioned before class and use only a strong brand of clay for this project. The Faux Zebrawood inro pictured uses 1/2 block gold, 1/4 block of dark brown and 1/2 block of black. For the inside, metallic clay is nice as it is bright when the box is opened. Gold may be very soft, so you may want to mix it 50/50 with translucent for the inside.
    • Paper, scotch tape, scissors
    • Cord: like 1 mm or 2 mm rolled leather cord or other heavy cord approx. 1/16” in diameter. The drill bit will need to be about the same diameter as your cord.
    • Hand drill with 1/16” drill bit in a handle.
    • Blades: Exacto knife with new, sharp blade. Rigid tissue blade or razor blade for straight cuts.
    • Pasta machine or Acrylic roller and spacers
    • Deli paper or wax paper: The deli or wax paper is needed to prevent the clay from sticking to your work surface.
    • Poly-fill, small amount to stuff inside the inro.
    • Liquid clay - Kato or TLS.
    • Release Agent: Baby powder or cornstarch and a small brush for applying OR Kato Repel Gel.
    • Brushes: Small brush dedicated to liquid polymer clay. (No need to clean it out. It can be stored in a baggie between uses.)
    • Thin, stiff wire or needle to make holes in the beads.
    • Baking Surface - Small (4” by 4” or 2” by 2”) tile or heavy cardboard. Remember, we share the ovens at guild so bring something just larger than your project so that many can be put into the oven at the same time.
    • Varnish - Future or other polymer clay friendly varnish.
    • Optional Items: Extruder to make the ropes that go around the box, under the lid and above the bottom. Closure if you wish for the necklace to separate in the back.
    • Optional Embellishments: Canes - Assortment of canes, Pearl Ex or other mica powders, Mokume Gane slices, or other faux finishes.

As this is a fairly involved class with specialized supplies, Penni Jo has put together a kit that has some of the necessary items for $1.00 each. She needs to know in advance which members want the kits so she can have these prepared. Please reserve a kit via our mailing list. If you’re not on the mailing list, you can also use contact form.

Inro Kit Contents (available from Penni Jo for $1):

  • 1 1/4” tall PVC pipe form with paper taped around it, bottom clipped and ready to use.
  • 1/4” Paper strip for cut line
  • Small piece of paper for patterns
  • Tiny bag of baby powder for release agent
  • Tiny bag of liquid Kato Medium®
  • Two sheets of Deli Paper
  • Small amount of Fiber-fil®
  • Toothpicks, two cut in half, ready to use
  • Full color lesson with pictures.

If you would like a sneak peak at what we’ll be doing, check out these PDFs from Penni Jo:

It’s going to be an exciting meeting — we hope to see you there!

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