Meeting Announcements

Christmas Party – December 12, 2020

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

Meeting for August 8, 2020: Air Plants and Baby’s Breath

Our next meeting on August 8, 2020, at 1:30 pm, will be at Unity Church, 5603 NW 41 st., 73122 (across from the Putnam City Administration Building). We hope to see you there! For those who can’t attend in person, we will once again be doing a Zoom meeting. Details will be posted in our private Facebook group and sent out via email. If you will be joining us as a guest on Zoom, please contact Betty here to get the Zoom info.
 
Connie will be showing us how to make air plants and baby’s breath.
 
  
Note that the middle air plant is real!
 
Supplies for baby’s breath and air plants
  • work surface  
  • pasta machine
  • tissue blade
  • any other basic tools
  • ball tool
  • 22 Gage floral wire
  • clay, not a lot, about 2 oz
  • color: Air plants come in all colors. Google air plants.  Small amount of white clay for baby’s breath

  • super glue 

  • round varied sizes glass to shape leaves on. I use glass: Christmas balls/small jar to hold while baking. You can use a glass jar or paper tubes, something it can bake on to get a curved shape.

Meeting for July 11, 2020: Wings and Tails from Angelina Film

Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Betty Bolerjack’s home, 6712 Randi Rd, Oklahoma City. We look forward to being back together again but we will also be broadcasting over Zoom (contact Betty here for more info) for those who cannot attend in person. Hand sanitizer will be available and there is plenty of room to spread out. Though not required, feel free to wear a mask.

Tom will be doing a demo of Angelina film for wings and tails. There are many variations and styles of wings that can be made. Following is a list of the items he will be using:

Angelina Film and Fiber

Wing patterns and Vellum or Premium Tracing Paper

Liquid clay – can be any color, but a color that contrasts with the Angelina Film is preferable

Wire – 20, 22 and 24 gauge

Wire tools

Quick drying glue –like Lisa Pavelka Poly Bonder, Super Glue, Mend-All Mighty Gbutlue

Scissors

Craft Knife

Hemostat (clamps)

Iron and/or other heat source, i.e., Candle, Wood burning tool, Heat gun

Ironing board or heat resistant surface

Teflon sheet or Parchment Paper

REMINDER: This is Inchie month. Bring Inchies to trade. The theme is Summer.  This is also Drawing month. If you won a bag from our last drawing in January, please bring one this time.

 

Meeting for June 2020: Deb Hart Demo

The Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild will have its regular monthly meeting on Saturday, June 13, 2020, via Zoom. The meeting will begin at 1:30 pm CT. Since we are meeting via Zoom again, we will not be doing any hands-on work. Instead, Deb Hart has graciously offered to do a demo for us on Making Tube Beads.

We will be having Show and Tell, too, so be ready to show us what you have been working on! If you are a member, you will be receiving an email with information to access the meeting a day or two before. If you are not a member and would like to join us, we invite you to do so. You may contact Betty Bolerjack here for the access information.