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July Meeting: All About Polymer Clay Beads

This month is an exciting learning opportunity. **We will be sharing tips and techniques on creating polymer clay beads.**
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Many members have expressed an interest in learning how to make polymer clay beads. There are so many different ways and kinds of beads that we thought it was time to have a meeting where we can all share tips on what works, what doesn’t work, how to operate some of the bead making rollers and anything else that comes up about polymer clay beads.
If you don’t have any idea how to do any of these things, this would be a wonderful opportunity to come learn, play and ask any questions you may have, I’m sure there will be plenty of members that can share experiences.
– **When: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.**
– **Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK.** (The classroom is up front, near the check out stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
– **What to Bring:**
– Polymer Clay: Bring whatever polymer clay you would like to use in attempting to make polymer clay beads. Some clays will lend themselves better to certain techniques and others are better for other techniques. The main thing is to come, experiment and share and learn. *On a personal note, I’ve found that Sculpy III tends to be to soft of a clay for any beads that I try to make, so tend to stick to using Premo, Fimo and Kato clay’s.*
– Wax Paper or other clean working surface.
– A Bead Baking Tray if you have one – no need to go out and buy one just for this lesson, as there will be a couple available.
– Any Bead Rollers that you may have – no need to go out and buy them just for this lesson, there should be plenty to share.
– ***Optional:***
– Pasta Machine (for conditioning clay)
– Clay blade
– Any texture or detail type tools that you may want to experiment with
– Canes that you may want to apply to any beads
– Latex or non Latex, thin gloves (if you want to try to eliminate fingerprints)
If you have made any Polymer Clay Beads, we would love for you to bring them to the meeting and show what you have made. On the same note, if you have found any books/resources about polymer clay beads, we would love for you to either bring them or the names/locations to share.
**REMINDER** – We will be having a raffle this coming meeting. **The prizes this meeting are to be provided by Penni Jo and April S.** If anyone else would like to contribute to the prizes, feel free to. Members will purchase tickets and place their tickets in a container for the prizes they would like to win. The winners take home the prize and are to provide a prize the next time we have a raffle (every other month).
We hope to see you there!

April Meeting: Articulated Teddy Bear

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Nance Ross will be showing us how to create an Articulated Teddy Bear. It is small, fits in your pocket, and yes, the arms and legs move. They are cute and fun to make. They are baked in pieces and then assembled.
**When: Saturday, April 12, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.** (Do not forget about the new meeting time)
**Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, 2417 W. Main, Norman, OK**. (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
**What to Bring:**
***Supplies:***
– 1 package any color Premo you wish for a color for your bear….ecru, black, white, brown etc.
– Scraps in a good complimentary color for pads on paws, inside ears
– Scrap in pink or red for tongue, if you plan to have your bear’s mouth open!
– Two eye pins in silver or gold, whichever will look better on the color bear you make.
– Little black bead for a nose
– Little fiber optic or tigereye beads for eyes ~ She will have some extra with her, if you are not able to bring any.
– 1 toothpick
***Tools:***
– Needle tool
– Your favorite sculpting tool
– Wire cutter
– Needlenose pliers
***Optional:***
– Scrap colors to make a lei around the bear’s neck, if you wish
– canes to decorate bear’s body, if you wish
– Pearlex and brush, if you wish to glitter your creation up a bit
Nance is a new member to our guild, she has come to us from Orange County California, and was a two year member of the Orange County Polymer Clay Guild. She informed us that she has had the joy of knowing Dottie MacMillan, Trina Williams, Kathy Davis and so many more helpful mentors, and look forward to getting to know us and finding new ideas and people with whom we can all share. We are glad to have Nance as a part of our guild and very thankful for offering to teach us this lesson.

March Play Day: Bottles of Hope Program

Our March Play Day will be this Saturday at Angela’s house, and we’ll be discussing Bottles of Hope. Local breast cancer survivor **Cindy Matteson** will join us to talk about her experiences with the Bottle of Hope program, and to share her own bottle, which she received from a polymer clay artist via a Kansas event. Cindy has very generously provided our group with lots of small glass medicine bottles to cover.
She has also offered to help us make connections with local cancer patients to distribute finished Bottles of Hope, either on a one-on-one basis or as part of an organized event.
In addition to our Bottles of Hope discussion, we’ll also be doing “normal” Play Day meeting stuff… which is anything you want! Our play day meetings don’t have a specific teacher or lesson — they’re intended to be more laid-back. You can bring along whatever project you’re working on, or you can just come and chat. And if you forget something, Angela’s craft room is right down the hall.
– **When: Saturday, March 29, 2008, 1:00 p.m. (Stay as long as you want!)**
– **Where: Angela Mabray’s house (Yukon, OK)**. The address & directions are being sent to the [group’s mailing list](http://lists.okpolyclay.com/mailman/listinfo/okpolyclay) — feel free to use our [contact form](http://www.okpolyclay.com/contact.php) to request directions if you’re not on the mailing list.
– **What to Bring:** Angela will have bottles on hand if you want to cover them to make Bottles of Hope. (*These bottles are available at every meeting, actually. If you don’t see them sitting out, just ask Angela*.) Feel free to bring your clay, tools, and any other project you’d like to work on.
We’ll have some snacks & drinks available — if you’d like something special, feel free to bring it.

March Meeting: Extruder Canes

April Salcedo will be showing us how to create four different extruder canes, her method to mapping extruder canes, how she wraps and preserves her canes. You can visit her [Flickr Site](http://flickr.com/photos/kreativekarma/) if you would like to view more of her extruder canes and other polymer clay items.
**When:** Saturday, March 8, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Do not forget about the new meeting time)
**Where:** The new Hobby Lobby in Norman, [2417 W. Main, Norman, OK](http://www.google.com/maps?q=2417+W+Main+St,+Norman,+OK+73069,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title). (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
**What to Bring:**
– **Already conditioned clay** (amounts for each cane are listed beneath their pictures. All in all you should bring about 5 packages of clay) April recommends Fimo Classic, or maybe Premo, or Kato (if you can get it good and conditioned) for the canes. The firmer the clay the tougher it is to extrude, however, the less distorted and better the cane will be. *April strongly suggests conditioning your clay ahead of time, as we will be pressed for time to complete the 4 different canes in 3 hours…. mostly due to having to extrude the pieces*
– **Pasta Machine**
– **Tissue Blade**
– **Ceramic tile or other hard, flat, smooth surface for reducing**.
– **Clay extruder and the small square and small triangle dies**. (If you have the Makin’s Extruder they come with this extruder) – If you don’t have these dies, I’m sure we can share.
– **Circle cutter** (close to the size of the barrel of your extruder) *optional*
– **2-3 Quart size Baggies, scotch tape and scissors** (April can share if needed) *optional*
**A simple Jelly Roll Cane** She made these beads with this technique:
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*Clay amount:
1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B*
**A Checker Board Cane:**
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*Clay amount:
1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B*
**A simple Quilt Pattern Cane:**
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*Clay amount:
1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B*
**A “Retro” cane:**
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*Clay amount:
1/2 pkg of Color A and 1/2 pkg of Color B and 1/2 pkg of Color C*
***April regrets that we won’t have the time to make any actual projects with our canes, but we will have 4 wonderful canes to take home with us!***

February Meeting: Hearts

This month, Angela Mabray, April Salcedo and Cassy Salcedo will be showing us how to make three different types of hearts. They will also be informing the guild about the Hearts 4 Heroes Campaign with a hand out containing information on guidelines for creating the hearts. You can read about Hearts 4 Heroes [here](http://www.itsjesterclay.com/fromtheheart.htm).
– **When: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. (Do not forget about the new meeting times)**
– **Where: The new Hobby Lobby in Norman**, [2417 W. Main, Norman, OK](http://www.google.com/maps?q=2417+W+Main+St,+Norman,+OK+73069,+USA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title). (The classroom is up front, near the check stands. Go right after entering & it’s the first door on the right.)
**Angela will be showing us how to use image transfers with polymer clay
to make candy hearts.**
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Supplies:
– Clay: Small amounts of several pastel colors
– Tools: Scissors, needle tool or toothpick, stiff-bristled paintbrush, clay knife
– Rubbing alcohol (optional)
– Corn starch or baby powder (optional)
**April will be showing how to construct pillow bead hearts with optional stamped words, patina and a demonstration on using the Kato liquid medium to get a clear glossy finish.**
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Supplies:
– Clay: Approximately a half a block of any type of clay you prefer – you also may want to bring a small amount of scrap clay.
– Tools: a small amount of craft wire, wire cutters, chain nose pliers and round nose pliers (April can share if you don’t have these items), Pasta Machine, small heart cutter (April will have hers to use if needed)
– Rubber gloves (that fight tightly to your fingers – this is to eliminate finger prints on your hearts during construction)
– Lanyard hooks, if you plan on making hearts for heros.
– Optional: Kato liquid medium, clay friendly heat gun, small paint brush.
**Cassy will be showing us how to make an encased heart.**
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Supplies:
– You can use from the supplies listed for the other projects (just bring some additional clay and the color of clay you would like to encase your hearts in, Cassy used black).
*Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.*
*~ Lao Tzu*

Meeting Time Change

We are an enthusiastic bunch and we love to clay. This seems to cause our meetings to run right to 5pm or a little over and causes an issue for the class that follows us at 5pm. In an attempt to eliminate being rushed toward the end of our meetings and running into the class that follows us, we have made a change in time. **We still meet on the second Saturday of the month and at the same place, but we will now be meeting at 1pm until 4pm.** All in all this solution should work out better for us and for the class that follows us.