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March 2011 Meeting: Mosaic Pendant

Mosaic PendantsAngela will be giving us a fast-paced lesson on mosaics at this month’s meeting of the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. Maybe you’ve been wanting to try the mosaic clock project in her Polymer Clay 101 book, but were afraid it’d be too time-consuming. This month’s project covers all the essentials of polymer clay mosaic technique, but does so in a simplified (but oh-so-stylish) pendant design.
The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2011, from 1:30-4:30, at the Hobby Lobby on I-35 and South 19th in Moore (2650 Service Road, Moore, OK 73160).
**Supplies needed:**
* **Clay:**
* **Tiles**: Bring small amounts of a variety of colors of clay for the tiles. This might be a good opportunity to use the colors you identified from the color collage project in the Color Inspirations book. Your favorite brand of strong clay is fine (Premo, Fimo, Kato, etc.). Please condition this clay prior to meeting time since this project requires multiple bakes.
* **Background**: UltraLight (white) or Pluffy (black or a variety of other colors) are nice lightweight clays. If you don’t have those, bring white or black (or another preferred color) of your favorite brand of strong polymer clay.
* **Liquid polymer clay** (clear and/or opaque colors that coordinate with your mosaic)
* **Super glue**
* **Rubbing alcohol**
* **Pasta machine**
* **Clay blade or knife**
* **Needle or needle tool**
* **Chisel tip rubber tool** (such as from Sculpey’s 5-in-1 tool kit)
* **Thin knitting needle** (for creating pendant’s bail, optional)
* **Small square cookie cutters** (if you have them)
* **Paper towels** for cleaning (just a few)
* **Q-tips** for detail cleaning (just a few)
* **Scissors**
As with all of our meetings, beginners are welcome, and we’re happy to share any supplies you don’t currently have. *For this meeting in particular, Angela plans to have extra supplies. Neither visitors nor members should feel pressure to buy anything just for this project.*
This month we’ll hold a raffle, with January’s winners (Jane, Teresa, and Angela) supplying the prizes. Be sure to bring your $$ for a chance to win some goodies!
Shirley has also asked that everyone bring the items they plan to display at the Midwest City library in April, so we can get an idea of what we have and how we want to display it.