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August 11, 2010

Saturday August 14th, 2010-Deco Clay Flowers

Hello Clayers, It’s that time again! Our next meeting will be Saturday August 14, 2010 *at *1:00 *at the new *Hobby Lobby store -2650 S Service Rd, Moore, OK- (405) 912-8100. We will be having a truly interesting and fun class this Saturday! Our own Nance Ross will be teaching us how to make lovely life like flowers from an air dry clay called Deco Clay. These flower making techniques can also be adapted and modified for polymer clay. Nance learned these techniques from the people who developed the clay. Nance had graciously purchased all the supplies for us and suggests that we **bring a small pair of scissors, a tray on which to work that is waterproof as we shall be working with damp towels, and maybe a spray bottle. If everyone could bring $2.00 to help defray the cost of the supplies, I know Nance would appreciate it. Nance states that she will have the clay, little dishes in which we shall build our little arrangements, a spray bottle, toothpicks (major “tool” of choice for working with Deco Clay) a mold for making the foundation leaves, fillers (plastic sprays) to go between our flowers, and the towels.

Nance told me that “This clay cannot be entered in the Polymer Clay area of the State Fair, because it is not a plastic product….it is made of a secret formula that includes wood fiber, and was invented by a Japanese family in Hawaii…..and can be purchased on line from Piecemakers in Costa Mesa….and from Hawaii….but I am sure no one will want to pay the shipping from the Islands! See everyone on Saturday…..with clean hands ready to use them as the major tools for working Deco Clay! “

August is swap month and the August swap item is anything made using a technique learned at guild.

Don’t forget to bring a suggestion for a book, magazine or DVD to add to our amazing library.

Also Nance states that she has a bunch of bottles for Bottles of Hope, so hope people will be willing to take two or three so that in the fall we can donate to some of the local hospitals. We have several finished ones on hand, but can always use more, so I shall have some with me on Saturday for anyone interested to take.

August 10, 2010

Minutes of Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild meeting held July 10, 2010

Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild Meeting July 10, 2010

Our meeting began as usual with members visiting with each other while setting up for the meeting.

1. Introduce / welcome guests~~ Our guest was Starla Ballew. She brought a lot of lovely jewelry to the meeting for us to oohhh and aahhh over.

2. Show and Tell ~~ As usual there was much ooohing and aaaaahing as members showed their most recent creations. Jane showed the hand sculpted gum paste figures sculpted by herself and Penni Jo for Christian’s birthday cake. Lee Ann brought a beautiful necklace and wonderful two pins. Nance showed a lovely thisle ring. . April brought hollow vessels and hearts that blew us away.

3. Minutes ~~ Approved.

4. Program~~ Pinched Petal Necklace — We made canes from the colors we identified in our last meeting from the book Polymer Clay Color Inspirations. Members made skinner blends from multiple colors, created a blended cylinder and inserted the almond shaped skinner blend center into the blended cylinder. After reducing the cylinder to a long rope, slices cut from this cane went slowly from one color to another revealing a beautiful set of petal beads.

5. Old Business ~~

A. State Fair Reminder - be sure to sign up before the 14th of August!!

B. We discussed Penni Jo’s idea to a very simple retreat and have a two day event where we could learn, share and grow. She would like for us to think about the idea. Makin’s will send samples for an event or guild special event. Successes: PJ has been asked to make a project for the Makin’s website and has been tapped to teach at 2011 Fandango.

C. August 10th is the deadline for the PolymerCafe challenge “Mica Shift This”

D. We celebrated Angela’s tool article in the PolymerCafe magazine.

Reminder: Christi Fresian will be teaching in Liberty Mo Oct 23 & 24. for more info: www.beadbrowsery.com .

E. Alberquerque workshops:

  1. Lindley Haunan Saturday Sept 26, $200.00.
  2. Jana Roberts Benzon April 2&3 2011
  3. Heather Campbell ‘Faux Batik’ Oct 2011
  4. Sarah Shriver Summer 2011

F. Shirley: reminder about the Midwest City Library needing items for their display cases. She will call for info. An email update was sent to the group recently. April seems good for everyone, so I have scheduled our guild display at the Midwest City Library for April, 2011.

6. New Business~~ None.

7. V.P. Report (upcoming lessons)

August - Air dry flowers - Nance - Deco Clay can be ordered from Piece Makers.

September - Pillow beads by Jane

October - Faux Enamel & Faux Cloisonne - Angela

November - Carving - Angela

December - Meeting to be members ideas

8. Treasurer’s Report~~ Angela Balance - $612.55 - Members - 10

9. BOH Report~~ Nance Nance has been out of the loop but is coming back.

10. Librarian Report ~~ Jane: Reported about the new DVD Claying Around with Lisa Palveka. Showed the newest PolymerCafe June issue.

11. Drawing for a new book ~~ Jane: We drew for the new book, Artful Ways with Polymer Clay by Dottie McMillan.

12. Raffle / Swap

July Raffle winners were Nance, Penni Jo (2 items) and Starla.

August Swap ~~ Anything made using a technique learned at Guild

Next meeting August 14 at Hobby Lobby in Moore.