Myra

May 2013 Meeting: Faux Labradorite

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Labradorite is naturally occurring, mostly in Canada and Norway as well as some meteorites. Gem quality labradorite is known as spectrolite. Also used as decorative clock faces , tables and counter tops. Is said to have healing powers. Colors: Dark and light blue, purple, light brown, green and gold.

Supply List

  • One and a half sections translucent Premo clay with pea size silver clay.

Two sections translucent clay-Pardo if you have it.

Black

Silver

  • Lisa Pavelka crafting foil in silver – an option is to use one of the samplet sheets, in green or blue, you got in your goody bag from the retreat.
  • Alcohol Inks in 2 or 3 of the colors listed above. Good choices are Meadow and Stream. Also ink in Slate and Butterscotch.
  • Paper towels
  • Soft cloth like T-shirt fabric
  • Alcohol
  • Glad wrap

Tools

  • Needle tool
  • Craft blade
  • X-acto blade
  • Brayer
  • Pasta machine

The meeting will be held at the City Arts Center (which has just been renamed the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center) at the State Fair Park (3000 General Pershing Blvd.) on May 11th from 1:30 to 4:30.

 

March 2013 Meeting: Spring-Theme Candle Ring

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This month Cheryl will be doing a large wooden ring celebrating spring. She needs us to do some “homework” before the meeting so she can concentrate on the components during the meeting.

Homework:

Please cover your candle ring before you come. I would suggest a green for grass. You can cover the ring with foil to achieve a more realistic “ground” and then cover with green clay.

Clay Needed:

  • About 3 oz. of color choice for rabbit – run it through the pasta machine on the next-to-thickest setting. Cut out the following circles and roll into a ball:
    • 1 – 3.5″ circle for body
    • 3 – 2.75″ circles for legs & head
    • 3 – 1/2″ circles for cheeks & tail
    • 1/2 of a 3/8″ circle for the chin
    • 4 – 1.5″ circles for ears and arms
  • About an 1/8 of a package of pink clay run through the pasta machine on a thin setting (about a 5 on an Atlas machine)
  • 3 – 3/8″ circles for foot pads & nose
  • 1/4 each of two 3/8″ circles to make 6 toes
  • 1″ oval for belly
  • Several pastel colors for flowers and eggs; flower colors extremely well conditioned and run through pasta machine at medium thin (about an Atlas 3)
    • 1/2 oz. yellow for flower centers
    • 2 oz. of green for flower leaves

Tools Needed:

  • Small ceramic tile or index card
  • X-acto knife
  • Needle tool
  • Toothpick
  • Peej pick, wooden skewer, small paint brush or golf tee
  • 2” thin wire
  • 1/2″ to 1 1/4″ round cutters; they need to be open at both ends
  • Medium stylus with rubber end with a pointed end

The meeting will be held at the City Arts Center (which has just been renamed the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center) at the State Fair Park (3000 General Pershing Blvd.) on March 9th from 1:30 to 4:30.

This is inchies month so bring as many as you can! The inchies theme this time is BLUE – from the color to the mood, and anything in between. (Thanks, Tom, for the tagline!)

February 2013 Meeting: Magic Beads

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In February we will be making Magic Beads – not to be confused with Jack’s beans that we could climb. These are light-weight hollow beads that can be made in almost unlimited shapes and designs. For those who want to go further, we will also venture into pendants.

magic beads

Supplies:

1-2 oz. (your color choice) of 2 strong clays (not Scupley)

3 or 4 index cards (any size) or card stock

2 or 3 paper towels

Favorite alcohol ink color(s)* with the items you need to use it, such as plastic gloves, applicator (i.e., Q-tips, sponge wedge, felt applicator-?)

2 or 3 candy papers*

*If you don’t have these, I have them and am happy to share.

Tools:

Pasta machine

Thin blade

X-acto knife or craft knife

Needle tool or crochet needle

Scissors (5 or 6 inch or less scissors will be easier to use than longer ones)

Favorite clay tools

Optional:

Veil or crackle cane, if you have any from our meeting

½ -1 oz. of translucent clay

Kato liquid clay

Canes

Glitter/pearl powders/fibers/beads

This meeting will be held at the City Arts Center at the State Fair Park (3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City), on February 9, 2013 from 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

CANCELLED: January 2013 Meeting: Faux Fossils

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Update 1/12/12: We are cancelling today’s meeting due to winter weather. Our apologies!

Well, here we are starting a new year already! May you be healthy and happy in 2013.

This month, Lori will be teaching us how to make fabulous faux fossils. She sent the supply list from memory while she was out of town. If she thinks of anything else, she’ll let us know.

Supply List

  • 1/2 to 1 block Bake & Bend. I will have some extras.
  • One or more leaves or leaf clusters. Smaller than the palm of your hand works best.
  • Flat cab base 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick (roundish or angular, whatever floats your boat), already baked — scrap clay is fine.
  • 1/2 block clay, black, ecru, or other rock color.
  • Dark color acrylic artist paint — black, browns… “dirt colors” — I will bring some.
  • Mica powder. I will bring some.

Tools

  • Pasta machine
  • Roller
  • Blades
  • Work surface
  • Paper towel or handi wipes
  • Water spritzer

Tips: Crunchy leaves probably won’t work. Silk leaves will probably add a fabric texture to your fossils. Thick stems don’t work well.

I think they have renamed the Bake & Bend — don’t know the new name. [Myra’s note: It’s called PolyFlex Bake & Bend on the Polyform website.]