July 11, 2009 Kathleen Dustin Techniques

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! Our next meeting will be Saturday July 11th 1-4p.m. at the **Hobby Lobby** **in Norman **(2417 W. Main, Norman OK)**
It was originally listed that I, April Gregory, would be teaching flower cane techniques, but after talking with Jane, we thought that the group might enjoy learning some of the techniques we learned at the Kathleen Dustin workshop. One of the techniques is called “lamella” and it is a way to create a log that looks like “fish flesh” or “plated layers “. Paraphrased from Wikipedia, lamella means- thin layers of plate like structures that appear in multiples. Kathleen uses thin slices of the lamella in her translucent layering technique. I also learned a simple way to make a polymer clay slab of lines. Kathleen Dustin uses this technique to accent the inside of her purses. Nance and I used it to cover a pen. We will not actually be making a finished piece, but will, instead, learn techniques that can be incorporated into a finished piece.
This month will be our raffle, so everyone bring something we can raffle off, so we can buy more resources for our wonderful library! Also, bring the name of a book or video that you would like to have added to our library.
Tissue Blade
Pasta Machine
Other Routine Polymer Clay Tools
Will need to bring something to take the raw clay slab and log home in
-1 bar of translucent Premo, unconditioned.
-At least 3 sheets of gold leaf, plain or variegated gold leaf will both work and it can be faux gold leaf. It doesn’t have to be the real deal.
**Striped Slab**
-1 bar of gold Premo -conditioned
-3-5 other colors of Premo-conditioned
Premo is the clay that Kathleen Dustin primarily uses. These techniques should work well with other polymer clay brands as well so feel free to use whatever clay you are comfortable with.

May 9, 2009: Meeting at The Delux Indie Craft Bazaar

Hello clayers! This months meeting is going to be a special treat and a great adventure! We will be having our meeting at The Delux Indie Craft Bazaar which will be located at the OKC Fairground’s Centenial Building. The Centennial Building is located south of and diagonal to the Space Tower and it is also adjacent to the Cox Pavillion and accross from the Hall of Modern Living. If these directions have you totally confused, please go to to get a site map. We will be having our regular meeting so everyone bring book ideas and a raffle item. Jane and Nance were the winners of the last raffle. Jane is currently out of the country and Nance may be unable to attend the meeting, so lets all try to bring something in their place. We will be making Bottles of Hope and Nance has made arrangemetns for bottles and other BOH things to be available at the meeting. This meeting is a chance for the craft loving public to get to know about our wonderful guild and about this amazing medium we all love, polymer clay, so perhaps it might be a great idea for us all to bring items, not just for show and tell, but also for the public to see what we do and what can be done with polymer clay. Also, for those of you who like to incorporate beads into your polymer clay work (or for those of you who may be just plain addicted to beads) there is also a Bead Jamboree show going on at the fair grounds May 8-9 at the Oklahoma Expo Hall. See you at the meeting!

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
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
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)

March 14, 2009 Bookmarks by Nance

Hi clayers! It’s almost time for another fun and interesting poly clay meeting! The next meeting will be **March 14, 2009, 1-4 p.m., at Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK)**. We are truely blessed to have such skilled members in our group. Every class taught by our wonderful members has been exceptional. And speaking of wonderful members, are own red headed Scottish lass, Nance, with be teaching us how to make book marks. She says we will be making four different kinds of bookmarks, and the same supplies will work with all of them. In Nance’s own word, the supply list is as follows:
Tools: cutters, blades, rollers, work surface, modeling tools, texture plates or stamps, scissors to cut paper.
Supplies: several shades of clay, mica powders, tiny beads or glitter, if desired, Zap-a-Gap glue, (or whatever permanent glue you prefer), ONE metal bookmark sold at HL in the “Findings” area (“S”-shaped, or straight) with a chain and jump ring attached.
Do-Aheads: You might want to draw a design for a 6 inch long bookmark, and bring along some pre-made canes or “button” style thin, round or rectangular decorative pieces…..about 3/4 of an inch wide, and up to three inches long. OR YOU CAN JUST BRING CLAY AND SUPPLIES AND WING IT!
This month is our swap. The winners of the swap in January should bring something for this month’s swap, unless of course, they are brand new baby mama’s and may not be able to attend! The January Swap winners were Sue M. and our own new mother, Angela M.
Everybody be thinking of which books they would like to add to our wonderful library and bring a title or two for the library draw.
I hope to see everyone there!

February Meeting: Soldered Cookie Cutters

Hi Clayers! It’s meeting time again and we have another great one planned. The next meeting will be February 14th, 2009, 1-4p.m., at the Hobby Lobby in Norman (2417 W. Main, Norman, OK). Sue M. will be showing us how to solder metal and make our own personalized cookie cutters! I know a lot of you have really been looking forward to this class just as I have! Sue will be bringing the metal and soldering tool for us to use so the supply list is real simple.
1. ruler
2. fine point Sharpie
3. old scissors (they will be used to cut the metal-special metal cutting scissors
are not necessary)
4. some kind of clamp
5. tweezers that clamp or a straight needle nose pliers
6. alcohol and paper towels for flux clean up
Also, bring a simple design idea for the cookie cutter you would like to make.