February 2015

Minutes for January 2015 Meeting

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Minutes recorded by Angel.

We had 17 members and 1 visitor at our January 10th meeting.

Show and Tell included Penni Jo with samples of her experiment with the French Ribbon Effect, Angela with examples of the Cookie Cutter Box she will demonstrate at the February 2015 meeting, and Tom with the Jumping Jack Owl sample he was demonstrating at the meeting.

Our presenter this month was Tom, who showed the group how to make a Jumping Jack Owl! His instructions, handouts, and extras made the project one that could be completed during the meeting! Thanks Tom for a great project.

In the business meeting we did not have minutes to approve because Angel had lost them over Christmas. They have since been found and submitted!

Treasurer’s report shows we have 27 paid members.

Librarian Jane talked about the new Polymer Clay Magazine we received, and the upcoming challenge “All White” due February 28th.

Web Master Myra reported that the classes for the retreat were half full at that point.

Discussion about holding a position in the guild was brought up by Tom. Tom is ready to move out of the president position, and Penni Jo was nominated and she agreed to be the new president. Connie agreed to serve another year as vice president. Jane agreed to serve another year as Librarian with Lee Ann as co-librarian. Lee Ann also agreed to be part of the “team” for secretary, with Angel and Angela. Lee Ann also agreed to be co-treasurer with Angela. (Edited 3/2/14, per February meeting discussion.) Deborah wants to wait and serve in 2016.

We had 5 items for the drawing. The winners of the drawing were: Shirley, Wendy, Laura, Angel and Connie.

Vice President Connie gave an overview of the upcoming programs:

  • February: Angela – Cookie Cutter Box
  • March: open work time with a focus on inchies
  • April: Retreat – No Meeting

Connie wanted to discuss inchies and how the group felt about continuing to do them. Many suggestions were thrown around. Monthly, quarterly, seasonal and every other month were discussed. Tom suggested having a contest to encourage everyone to participate. No solid decisions were made.

Retreat Discussion: A question was raised about the convection ovens, Tom said they were purchased over Christmas.

We currently have 6 sponsors: Best Flexible Molds, AMACO, Nunn Designs, TFCU, The Polymer Arts Magazine, and Poly Clay Play.

Angel brought the bags TFCU donated to show the group.

Minutes for December 2014 Meeting

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Minutes recorded by Angel.

We had 17 members and 0 visitors at the December 14, 2014 meeting. Show & Tell items included Santa’s, Dragons, a Sock Monkey, Jewelry, Bottle Stoppers, Gingerbread Men, Fireplace Night Light, Scarf with pull, and Snow Globes.

This month instead of a demonstration, guild members brought a large array of treats ranging from sweet to savory and most everything in between! Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship.

During the business meeting, we discussed the following:

Minutes from the last meeting were approved, Penni Jo motioned and Jane seconded the motion.

Vice President Connie gave an overview of the upcoming programs:

  • January: Tom – Jumping Jack Owl
  • February: Angela – Heart Box
  • March: Open
  • April: No meeting due to the Retreat

Angela sent the treasurer’s report. We have 27 paid members. Reminder: dues are due in January $24.00

Librarian Jane indicated that we did not have a new book, and asked for suggestions. Penni Jo recommended the book “Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay” by Katherine Dewey. Shirley also had a suggestion, but could not remember the name and would email Jane.

Web Master Myra spoke about the registration page for the retreat and that it would be up soon. She also went over prices for the retreat $65.00 for members.

Retreat Business: The members present worked through many details of the retreat. Tom indicated he needs help with different areas of the retreat. This prompted members to come forward and commit to help. Angel was tasked with purchasing more cord cover, and volunteered to get bags for the “goodie bags”. Marsha volunteered to make thank you notes. Lori volunteered to take on the auction. Tom has purchased gift bags and table cloth for use at the retreat.

Tom shared some of the recent donations to the retreat, Kalmbach Publishing Co – 1 year Art Jewelry subscription, and Artway – sending auction item.

The meeting was adjourned. Our next meeting will be January 10, 2015 at 1:30 at the Contemporary Arts Center on the OKC Fairgrounds.

February 2015 Meeting: Cookie Cutter Containers

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Our next meeting will be Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Contemporary Arts Center at the fairgrounds. Enter from Gate 5, across from Forest Lumber on May Ave.

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This month, Angela will be teaching us how to use cookie cutters to make polymer clay containers.  This technique was used by Heather Roselli in Irene Semanchuk Dean’s book The Weekend Crafter: Polymer Clay: 20 Weekend Projects Using New & Exciting Techniques, and Dean generously granted Angela permission to teach the project at our meeting.

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Materials

  • Clay to make the container, approximately 3 oz (one and a half packages). You may choose to make the walls, base and lid of your container the same color, or you may want to mix things up.
  • Additional clay colors, canes, etc. for your embellishing your container
  • Liquid polymer clay *
  • Corn starch, Repel Gel, or other release agent *

Tools

  • Pasta machine
  • Metal cookie cutter in whatever shape you want your container to be *
  • Clay blade
  • Craft knife or Sculpey 5-in-1 Tool Kit
  • Clay extruder *
  • Knitting needle or Penni Jo’s Clay Tools *
  • Any other favorite clay tools you might want
  • Stamps, textures, transfers, or anything else you need for your design
  • Working surface

* Don’t worry if you don’t have the items marked with asterisks. Angela will bring extra to share.

Pink Love Heart Box

Red Heart Stamp Box

Blue & White Mosaic Clay Box, Inside View