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August 20, 2009

August 2009 Meeting Notes

Special thanks to our treasurer, April G., for once again taking notes during the August meeting in the absence of the secretary.

Seven members attended our August meeting, and President Jane L. also welcomed two guests, Julie and her daughter Anna.

We began with Show and Tell, with the majority of members present participating! Angela M. brought a necklace and bracelet. Penni Jo C. showed a tile made with the Pietra Dure technique, from Sue Heaser’s book. Sue M. brought a bracelet made with an unusual technique and a Bottle of Hope she made using one of the techniques we learned at our July meeting. Jane L. showed a small fish sculpture she made using the “lamella” technique. What an active and creative group of clayers we have! Reflecting our concern about transporting our clay in the car in the summer heat, Nance R. displayed an insulated bag she purchased to carry her clay. She bought it at Barnes and Noble.

Program: April Gregory taught us her technique for making several different flower canes. As always, she presented a great lesson.

Business Meeting:

Old Business:

  • State Fair Entries: Jane reminded everyone of the August 15th deadline for submitting entry forms for the new polymer clay category. She handed out entry forms , although it is possible to register online at www.okstatefair. com/creativearts.asp.

  • State Fair Clay Demonstration: Angela discussed our demonstration at the fair, scheduled from 2-7 p.m. on Sunday, September 20th. Six members, Angela, Jane, Nance, Sue, Lee Ann, and Penni Jo, stated that they would be available to participate. Angela suggested that everyone choose their own individual technique to demonstrate, and Penni Jo suggested that everyone could work on covering a medicine bottle for the Bottles of Hope program. Angela will be contacting the fair authorities to obtain parking passes and tickets for those participating.

New Business:

  • Guild Hobby Lobby Display: Sue moved that the group replace the guild display board at the entrance of the Norman Hobby Lobby because it has become badly worn. The group voted to approve an expenditure of about $10.00 to replace it.

  • Jane brought magnetic name tag clips for purchase. They are $1.00 each.

Reports: Treasurer’s Report: At last count, our balance was $506.46, and Angela said that about $10-12 more had been received since then. We currently have 8 members.

Meeting Schedule: Vice President April G. reviewed our program schedule as follows:

  • September 12 - “Starry Night” Cane and Weave Cane, with Jane
  • October 10 - Mold Making and Nametags, with Angela
  • November 14 - Share a Tip Day
  • December 12 - Faux Wood with Lee Ann

Bottles of Hope Report: Nance announced that the Bottles of Hope which we donated to Norman Hospital in June are on display in their cancer ward.

Library Report: Angela reviewed the book we ordered last month, Polymer Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry: Fresh Techniques, Projects, and Inspiration, by Shirley Rufener She stated that while she appreciated the variety of mixed media techniques introduced, the book itself seemed disjointed and lacking in cohesion.

Library Book Drawing: This month, the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio.

Bi-monthly Guild Swap: This month was swap month, and items were to reflect a nautical or ocean theme. Angela and Nance participated.

Reminder: September will be a raffle month. July’s raffle winners were April G., Sue M., and Shirley C., and they will be responsible for bringing items for the next raffle.

August 28, 2009

September Schedule Switch

Just a quick scheduling note… We’ve switched the meeting topics for September and October. In September, Angela will be demonstrating how to use various mold-making materials, and showing how to make polymer clay nametags with the molded elements. October’s meeting will be Jane’s Starry Night Cane.

Angela will bring most of the molding supplies, but be thinking of small buttons, trinkets, or toys to use for molding. Look for a more complete class description coming soon!

August 5, 2009

August 8, 2009 Flower Canes

Hello everyone! It’s meeting time again. Our next meeting will be Saturday August 8th 1-4p.m. at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman OK). Unfortunately Christy Wright is unable to be with us this Saturday to teach us the mica shift technique and due to unforseen circumstances, she will not be able to re-schedule. Instead, I will be teaching a class on flower canes. If time allows, I will be teaching 4 different types of canes.

Supply List

At least 4 different colors of polymer clay at least 4 blocks. Choose colors that will work great in a skinner blend

1-2 blocks of translucent clay ( Premo, Fimo or Kato clays work best for canes) Make sure your clay is pre-conditioned


Acrylic roller

Needle tool

Cutting blade

Pasta machine

Flat block of wood to shape clay into a cane block

Work surface

Plastic wrap

This month will be our swap. The theme is nautical/ocean, so everyone bring something wonderful to share in the swap! Also, bring the name of a book or video that you would like to have added to our library.