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May 2014

Minutes for May 2014 Meeting

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We had 9 members at the May 2014 meeting. Show & Tell items included texture tools, covered utensils, Bottles of Hope, baby footprint kit, Swelligant pieces, and auction wins from the Fandango retreat.

Nance Ross was our instructor this month. She taught the group how to make bugs captured in faux amber. We had lots of creepy crawlies… and lots of fun! Thanks, Nance.

The business meeting began with a motion from Angel and a second by Jane to approve the March minutes.

Vice President Connie gave an overview of the upcoming programs:

  • June: Everybody bring your favorite tool. Penni Jo will also demonstrate using her tools.
  • July: Jane – Extruders
  • August: Angel – Swelligant

Angela gave the treasurer’s report. We have 21 members.

Librarian Jane talked about the latest additions to our library: the DVD from the 2013 retreat, a HandCrafted magazine from Stampington, Polymer Clay Artist Guide by Marie Segal, and the latest Polymer CAFE.

We discussed last month’s retreat:

  • Folks were pleased with our decisions to buy cord covers and hire a clean up crew — said it made Saturday night’s tear-down much easier.
  • We got good feedback on the round tables and mats in the classroom. The group agreed we should purchase mats again next year.
  • We discussed this year’s changes to the inchies swap (instead of trying to do a formal swap with baggies, retreat attendees approached others they wished to swap with). The consensus was that this made it more casual, and worked as a nice conversation starter.

In new business, we briefly discussed next year’s retreat:

  • The 2015 retreat will be the 2nd weekend in April (April 9-11, 2015), in the same location.
  • Lisa Pavelka will be our featured teacher.
  • Tom will be our retreat director.

Penni Jo also gave a report from the Fandango retreat that she and Cheryl both attended.

Next month will be a raffle month, with Penni Jo, Elizabeth and Connie scheduled to bring prizes.

The meeting was adjourned. Our next meeting will be June 14th at 1:30 at the Contemporary Arts Center on the OKC Fairgrounds.

May 2014 Meeting: Faux Opals & Fossils

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Meeting announcements: Our May guild meeting will be on Saturday, May 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center at the State Fair Park (3000 General Pershing Blvd.). We’re doing inchies this month, and there is no set theme – bring as many as you would like to trade. We will have a raffle next month, so if you won an item in the item last time, bring something next time!

Nance will be presenting our lesson (or lessons) this month – fossils and faux opals! Following is the supply list:


  • For fossils: Reptile colors….quarter of a package in each of three or four colors of your choice, plus a small piece of black or brown clay.
  • For faux opals: Half a package of silver, half a package of pearl white….and a little piece of black or brown.


  • Donna Kato Transparent Liquid Clay OR Mod Podge, or  Crystal Accent (made by Ranger and available at Hobby Lobby)
  • Mica powder to match colors you chose in clay
  • Alcohol ink in yellow
  • Good box to bring home your projects safely


  • Regular slicers, sculpting tools etc. No need for pasta machines.


  • You may want a leaf texture stamp, if you have one.

We will be making a decoration to apply to a trinket box in the future….no need to get one for the project, just one to put the project safely inside for the drive home, in case it is still not fully cured!

NOTE: Construction is still likely on May Avenue next to the fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 5 further south on May, across from Forest Lumber. See this map for reference.