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April 23, 2009

April 2009 Meeting Notes

President Jane Linn led us through a multi-stepped technique for creating faux granite with clay. Choices of colors and additives led each of us to different, but equally convincing results. Thanks to Jane for working very hard to prepare this project! We ran out of time and had to postpone the lesson on the Starry Night effect for a future meeting. There were six members present, and we welcomed three guests.

Business Meeting:

Old Business:

  • Deluxe Craft Fair: The guild will do a Bottles of Hope demonstration from 1-4 p.m. on May 9, at the state fairgrounds on Oklahoma City. Jane reported that we will have tables, chairs, and electricity available. Since the fair falls on our regular meeting day, we will try to hold our regular business meeting during the demonstration. Jane will notify everyone regarding what building we will be in.

  • Display Case at Norman Hobby Lobby: Since no one volunteered last month to be responsible for an entire year of keeping our guild display updated, we decided to rotate the responsibility among members. Each member signed up to take responsibility for a two-month period. The schedule will be: May-June 2009, Nance; July-August, April; September-October, Lee Ann; November-December, Jane; January-February 2010, Shirley; March (unfilled); April 2010, Penni Jo.

New Business:

We decided to investigate the cost of having a sign or banner made for the guild to display when it does public demonstrations and projects. April G. will check on costs, and Penni Jo will design a banner with our logo. We set a $100 limit for the project and gave Penni Jo full authority to place an order within those guidelines.

Reports:

Programs: April surveyed the group regarding our interests for program topics. Our upcoming meeting schedule will be:

  • May 9: Bottles of Hope Demonstration at the Deluxe Craft Fair
  • June 13: Steampunk with Nance
  • July, August, September: mica shift, mold making for nametags, flower canes (schedule pending)

Treasurer’s report: In the absence of our treasurer, Jane reported a balance of $587.38 and a current membership of 8 people.

Bottles of Hope: Coordinator Nance R. said our bottles now umber about 70. She has not heard back from Norman Regional Hospital.

Library Report: Jane announced last month’s new purchase had arrived: Making Miniature Food and Market Stalls, by Angie Carr. Also the February choice, Elegant Gifts in Polymer Clay, by Lisa Pavelka, had arrived.

Library Drawing: We held our library drawing, and the book ColorWorks, by Deb Menz, will be our next library purchase.

Bi-Monthly Swap: Nance, Jane, and Penni Jo all brought items to swap. The next swap will be held in June, and the theme will be Fruit. At our May meeting, we will have a raffle. As winners of last month’s raffle, Nance and Shirley will bring the items to raffle.

Show and Tell: Everyone enjoyed the items brought by Lee Ann, Jane, and Penni Jo.

April 8, 2009

April 11, 2009 Faux Stone And 'Starry Night' Techniques

Faux GraniteApril Meeting: Faux Stone and “Starry Night ” Techniques

Hello Clayers! Then next meeting will be Saturday April 11th, 2009, 1-4p.m., at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Jane Linn will be teaching us 2 unusual and beautiful techniques, a faux stone technique that actually looks like real granite, and a Donna Kato “Starry Night” technique, which looks like Vincent van Gogh’s lovely painting. We are in for a real treat! Thanks Jane!

This month we will be having our swap. The theme is “blue” so everybody remember to bring something blue to swap. Also, if you have a suggestion for a new book for our library, bring that along too.

Pink Granite Faux Stone Technique

Materials If possible, please condition your clay ahead of time because we are going to chop the clay and it will be easier to work with if it is not still warm from conditioning. 2 oz. of translucent clay-at least 2x the amount of white White clay
Black clay A pinch of copper clay (optional) -additional color for granite or pick your own colors for the color of faux granite you want. Liquid clay
Acrylic paint-black, dark brown, or warm/neutral color Optional: black and white embossing powders, macro pearl powders

Tools & Supplies pasta machine Waxed paper Nu-blade or firm blade or knife Tissue blade Optional: food grater (dedicated to nonfood use) Wet/dry sandpapers-220-, 320-, 400-, and 600-grits Acrylic roller Needle tool Tile or a piece of card stock

Starry Night Cane ‘Starry Night’ Technique

Materials

3 colors of clay that you chose to put together (1 color dark, 1 color medium, and 1 color light-more can be added of different hues and intensities)

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