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!)