Meeting Announcements

October 2021 Meeting – Medallion Cane Reduction and Projects

The October Meeting will be Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 1:30 pm. We will once again be meeting at Betty Bolerjack’s home, 6712 Randi Rd, OKC (map

The meeting will also be broadcast via Zoom. If you are unable to join us in person, you may contact Betty for info to join us on Zoom.

Penni Jo and Jane will be showing us how to reduce and use the Medallion Cane we made in August. The supply list is below. If you didn’t get to make a Medallion Cane, feel free to bring any other cane with which to decorate your choice of project as the principles will be the same. We hope you’ll join us!

Part 2, Medallion Cane, Reduction and Projects

Supplies:  

Medallion cane from Part 1 (August 14) or cane of your choice

Tools for Reduction:

6-inch ruler

Acrylic rod

Blade

Worksurface

Acrylic sheet, 1/8-1/4 inch thick    (I will be bringing some acrylic sheets to use).

Optional: 6-inch tile

Optional:  “Polymer Clay Cane Reducing Guide” by Cheryl Reich

Some ideas for Projects with Medallion cane:

Terra Cotta Wind Chime (See photo below in September post)

Supplies:

3 Terra Cotta pots of decreasing sizes

Minimum 45 inches Jute or Chord

4 Beads larger than the drain holes in the pots.   I used wooden and clay beads ( that I made)

Salt and Pepper Shaker

Supplies:

Salt/Pepper Shaker, your choice of size

Sculpey Bake and Bond

Serving Utensil

Supplies:

Serving spoon, fork, etc with flat handle

Water-soluble white glue.  If not wrapping clay around the handle back and front, coat handle with water-soluble glue and let dry.

August 2021 Meeting – Canes

Our meeting will be on Aug. the 14th at 1:30 at Betty’s home at 6712 Randi Road, Oklahoma City (map). We will also be offering it on Zoom. Please contact Betty for info to join us via Zoom. The project will be done by Jane.

Canes

We will be doing a couple of canes with ideas for projects  (pen, knife, craft knife, flower pot, Bottle of Hope, etc) to use them.  Pictures of projects will be coming soon with projects to choose from. Here is the clay and tools list.

 

Tools:

Work surface

Knife

Pasta Machine

Craft Knife

Straight edge

Scissors

Poly paste or Bake and Bond

Extruder, die with 1/4 inch square (or Lucy has a 4 square).  It is not a problem if you don’t have this!

 

Clay:

1/2 oz (1/4 block) of 5 colors of your choice-

To give an idea until the pictures come, as an example, in 1 cane I used primary colors.  In another cane I used earth tones. Monochromatic could be used.

1 oz (1/2 block) Black

1 oz (1/2 block White

April 2021 – Unofficial Meeting

Hello clay friends,

We are planning a small project to work on in person at Betty’s home in April. (4/10/2021 at 1:30)
This is an unofficial get-together and there will be no zoom at this time.
Hope you can join us!

Connie

Betty’s Address
6712 Randi Road, Oklahoma City (map)

 

Materials and tools:

  • Polymer clay (colors of your choice)
  • Pasta Machine
  • Czextuder* + LC Disk 1 (extension with 3 small holes)
  • Clay Blade (tissue blade)
  • Bowl on which to form basket (see example below which is available from Dollar Tree – 4 inches across is the best size)
  • Baking paper
  • Work mat
  • Rubber tip tool

 

*You can use whatever extruder you have on hand. There will also be some extras available if you don’t have one.

Contact us with any questions.

Christmas Party – December 12, 2020

We have had to cancel our party. See you in January!!!

 

It’s time for our annual Christmas Party! Instead of having a lesson, we will be bringing snacks to share and will play Dirty Santa which is always a lot of fun! We’ll meet at Betty’s house again. Her address is 6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City. You can find a map here. There will be NO Zoom this month.

Everyone, please bring a yummy holiday dish to share and a serving utensil if needed.  Please let Connie know what you plan on bringing.  Plates, napkins, and forks will be provided.

About Dirty Santa: REMEMBER the items in the Dirty Santa game are NOT gag gifts but should be something you’d like to receive. Everyone playing the game brings a hand-crafted polymer item. An item using a technique learned this past year or one you just enjoyed making and sharing. Playing Dirty Santa is optional – but please, please do bring an item. It is so much more fun with many participants, we had such a good time last year. 

 

November 2020 Meeting – Veneer Confetti Earrings

Our November meeting will be held both in-person and via Zoom. We will meet at Betty Bolerjack’s home  6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City on 11/14/2020 at 1:30 pm. Park on either Randi Rd or 67th St and come in either the front door or the back. You are welcome to join us on Zoom if you are unable to be with us in person. Zoom details will be available on our private Facebook group and will also be sent out via email. Please contact Betty for more info if you wish to attend as a guest via Zoom.

Marlene Gremillion will be doing our class this month and will teach us how to make Veneer Confetti Earrings. She will be joining us from Arkansas via Zoom. While we are still somewhat in experimental mode with Zoom, we are excited at the possibilities this has opened up for us in having members who live at a distance to not only join us for our monthly meetings but to also participate in teaching classes. Marlene teaches regularly in the area where she lives and we are glad to have her teach our November class. This looks like a fun project that she has prepared for us! Come join us and learn how to make these colorful earrings! I think she might even be planning to show us some other ways to use the veneers, as well.

Polymer Clay Workshop Supply List (Veneers)

By Marlene Gremillion
**Polymer Clay in a variety of colors plus white and black. I prefer Premo and Souffle by Sculpy
**Liquid Polymer would be nice but not necessary ( I will be doing a demo with black)
**Roller I like the clear acrylic type
**Pasta Machine dedicated to Polymer Clay (sometimes you can find one at a garage sale or resale shop sometimes. I like a Makins Clay Machine or Atlas 150 or 180 (You may have to order the clay machine)
**Tissue Blade
Smooth surface to work on like a ceramic tile or tempered glass or a glass cutting board (NO wood though because polymer damages that surface) I have seen some people use the plastic cutting board sheets that come in a variety of colors but they will need to be taped down to your table.
Baby wipes
Paper towels or old hand towel
Rubbing Alcohol
Rubber stamps or something you might find around the house (old buttons, lace, mesh, course sand paper, anything you can press into the clay)
Polymer clay canes you may have made
Craft or hobby knife
Spoon metal not plastic
Cookie cutters or small cutters, round, oval, square or variety, use what you have before purchasing. I will show you a variety
5×7 or 8×10 glass to put your mosaic on for curing depending on the size you wish to make
Jewelry findings if you want to make earrings
Container to cover, a jar would do fine but make sure it is clean
Parchment paper for smoothing clay
Plastic wrap like saran can come in handy
Index cards larger size or you could use card stock
Clear Plastic Sheet Protectors for a three-ring binder
Oven for Curing Clay
Makins Clay Machine, Atlas 150 or 180
Note ** items can usually be picked up at Hobby Lobby or Michaels. You may be tempted to buy the cheaper brands of Polymer Clay but I do not recommend them since they crack and break. All in the Polymer Clay Section. Most of the other materials can be purchased at Walmart, Dollar Store and any grocery or variety store.
Online shops:
Munro Crafts https://www.munrocrafts.com/default.asp
Poly Clay Play Store https://polyclayplay.com/
Sculpey Store https://www.sculpey.com/
Any questions feel free to contact me
Marlene Gremillion 501-226-9940 or gremartist@gmail.com
Pasta or Clay
Machines

October 2020 Meeting – Jan Montarsi Snowflakes

Our October meeting will be Zoom only. We will meet at 1:30pm on October 10, 2020 via Zoom. Meeting ID and password are posted in the Facebook Members Only group. If you are not a member and would like to join us, please contact Betty here for more info. Our demo will be provided by special guest, Jan Montarsi. He will be showing us his special technique to make snowflakes using mini cutters. Scroll down for more info.
 

From Jan Montarsi:

Tools for the October 10th guild meeting Demo by Me!

Gather all your mini cutters. The sponge texture sheets are kind of important. Be sure to look at the comments within each picture. I have answered a few questions. I prefer white glitter fine, but for practice purposes, any fine glitter will do. I would suggest that you match your clay color to the glitter. Clear glass glitter works also.

(NOTE: Click on photos to enlarge. More info can be found on our Public Facebook Group.)

Meeting for September 12, 2020: Anemone Jewelry

Our September meeting will be held at the home of Betty Bolerjack, 6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City on 09/12/2020 at 1:30 pm. Park on either Randi Rd or 67th St and come in either the front door or the back. You are welcome to join us on Zoom if you are unable to be with us in person. Zoom details will be available on our private Facebook group and will also be sent out via email. Please contact Betty for more info if you wish to attend as a guest via Zoom.

This month, Betty will be teaching us how to make simple, but fun Anemone jewelry. We will create the flowers, bake them, then put the jewelry (necklace, earrings, bracelet) together. If you have never tried polymer clay and would like to see if it’s something you would enjoy, this is the class for you! Very few tools are needed and some of those can be found around the house. This class is designed so that you can gather your supplies and take them to your computer so those joining us via Zoom can also create along with us.

Please have your clay conditioned and any custom colors you wish to use mixed ahead of time. Sheet your clay on #3 (medium) setting on your pasta machine. If you are rolling it out by hand, it should be approximately 5 playing cards thick.

Supplies

(Please note that if you are new and wanting to just dip your toes in, Betty has many of these items that can be borrowed if you are with us in person)

Clay: 

Approximately ½ pkg (1 oz.) each of 3 colors. You can also make the flowers in just one color for which 1 block (2 oz.) would be plenty. If using a single color, you will need a small amount of a contrasting color clay for the centers.

Findings and other items:

6mm jump rings in a finish to coordinate with your chosen clay color(s)

Clasps of your choice

1 pair earwires

Swarovski Hot Fix or other flat back glass crystals, sizes 12ss, 20ss, and 30ss (optional). If you prefer, clay beads can be made for the flower centers.

Extra-Fine Glitter (coordinate with your clay colors)

PearlEx or other mica powder (coordinate with your clay colors)

Sculpey Gloss Glaze, Varathane, or other finish of your choice

Tools:

Work surface

Baking tile

Pasta machine or clay roller with playing cards (do not need to bring if your clay is prepared ahead of time)

Clay blades

Graduated round cutters ( ½” or ¾”, 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½“, 2”)

Something to create texture – a piece of lace, a favorite texture sheet, a ball of aluminum foil, low grit sandpaper or stair tread, etc.

Stiff brush – could be an old toothbrush – stiffer is better

Needle tool or toothpicks

Small paintbrushes to apply glaze and mica powder

Needle nose pliers to open and close jump rings

Any other favorite tools you might want to use