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January 15, 2009

January 2009 Meeting Notes

Eight members attended our January meeting, when Lee Ann Kelley shared her “Swirlies” technique for covering three-dimensional shapes, such as boxes or glass balls. She brought some inspiring examples for us to see. Using our extruders, we made long strings of clay in our chosen colors and used them to create intricate designs to cover an object. Everyone seemed to love the process and several commented how relaxing it was. Many thanks to Lee Ann!

Business Meeting:

Vice President April G. reviewed our upcoming program schedule:

  • February 14: Soldered Cookie Cutters with Sue M.
  • March 14: Polymer Clay Bookmarks with Nance
  • April 11: Open

April circulated the list of suggested program topics, and the group brainstormed for more ideas. April will follow up on them.

Other Reports:

  • Library: Jane L. reviewed our newest issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine. Penni Jo talked about a good book that is not in our library; The Art of Polymer Clay: Millefiori Techniques, by Donna Kato.

  • Bottles of Hope: Coordinator Nance R. reported no new information. She will contact the PR Department of the hospital in Norman.

  • Treasurer: Angela reported a balance of $379.47 and a total of 13 members. She also reminded us that annual dues are due this month.

New Business:

The following new officers were elected: - President: Jane L. - Vice-President: April G. - Secretary: Shirley C. - Treasurer and Webmaster: Angela M. - Librarian: Jane L. - Bottles of Hope Coordinator: Nance R. - Photographer: Nance R.

Announcements:

Angela talked about the DeluxeOK Craft Fair to be held on May 9, at the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds in Oklahoma City. Applications are now being accepted for this juried event. The booth fee will be $30. More information is available at [http://www.deluxeok.net].

Penni Jo announced that she had 1-ounce bottles of high gloss polycrylic varnish for sale for $1.00.

Library Drawing: Polymer Pizzazz, from Bead and Button Magazine won the drawing and will be purchased for our guild library this month.

Raffle: November’s raffle winners brought items for this month’s raffle. January winners were Sue M. and Angela M. These winners will bring raffle items for the March raffle.

February will be a swap month, and the theme is Birds. Other upcoming swap themes are: April - Blue and June - Fruit.

January 4, 2009

January Meeting: Swirlies

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! The next meeting will be January 10th, 2009, 1-4 p.m., at the new Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). We are starting the year with a wonderful project from Lee Ann Kelley. She will be showing us how to make her "Swirlies." She and I tried to come up with a word to describe her beautiful technique and I think she has hit upon the perfect word!

The supply list is below. Hope to see you all at the next meeting!

  1. Clay, any color, can be 2 shades of the same color or 2 different colors. Amount depends on size of item to be covered.
  2. Clay gun with the disk that has 1/8 inch round hole. Lee Ann will show an easy way to extrude if you have an old metal gun.
  3. Clay blade or X-acto knife.
  4. Ink cartridge from a Bic or Bic Stic
  5. Item to be covered can be anything oven proof. If covering a paper mache egg or ball, it's important to drill a hole in the top and bottom to vent. Lee Ann will bring some glass Christmas ornaments.
  6. To save time, it might be a good idea to cover your project with a thin(#3 or #4) layer of clay before the meeting. If that's done, a pasta machine isn't necessary.
  7. A container and batting to take your unbaked project home.

Lee Ann says that this is easy but can be time consuming.

Meeting announcement written by April G.

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