March 31st Play Day

Bottles of Hope logoMarch has 5 Saturdays… and that means it’s time for a 5th Saturday Play Day!
While our play days don’t have a specific project or teacher, a few members are planning on making Bottles of Hope during this meeting. The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild started donating small glass medicine bottles covered with clay to cancer patients as a symbol of hope. The “bottles of hope” idea caught on, and clay artists and guilds from around the country have joined in. Amaco (makers of Fimo clay) is sponsoring a Bottles of Hope Designer Challenge to help create awareness of the project. Entries are due May 1st.
Whether you’re interested in making your own Bottle of Hope, or you just want to come work on your own clay project, we hope you’ll join us. Here’s the details:
* When: Saturday, March 31, 2007, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
* Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
* What to Bring:
* Clay. Note: If you’re planning on entering Amaco’s contest, their rules require you to use Fimo clay. Both Michael’s and Hobby Lobby have their clay on sale this week, if you need to get some.
* Any clay tools, embellishments, etc. you need. If you’re making Bottles of Hope, you might want to bring glue for adhering the clay to the bottles.
* Ideas. We’ll be talking about future meeting topics, so think about project you’ve wanted to try or techniques you’ve been wanting to learn.
Penni Jo has offered to share some of her extra bottles with folks who don’t have any. We will have a couple of toaster ovens and at least one pasta machine.
Hope you’ll join us for a fun time!

Voting Begins for Logo Design Contest

The two entries for Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild’s logo design contest have been posted. You may view photos of the entries and vote for your favorite here until March 31st. One vote per person, please. Members who prefer to vote in person can do so at our March 31st Play Day.
Thanks to our contestants for their excellent entries!

March 2007 Meeting Notes

Spring Necklace SetThanks to Penni Jo Couch for writing up the minutes for the March 10th meeting.
Penni Jo started the meeting by showing three necklaces that could be made using similar techniques. Each person picked up a project sheet for the necklace of their choice.

  • Faux Silver with AB crystal
  • Burgundy Rose with leaves and earrings
  • Spring flower cluster with Jonquil crystals and matching butterfly earrings with Peridot crystals

Members then followed these steps:

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March Meeting: Silver Rose Necklace

Silver Necklace ProjectThis month’s project is a choker-style necklace designed by Sweetbrier Studio’s “Miss Martha” Root. Penni Jo Couch will be teaching the lesson, and she’s also bringing along molds (or folks can sculpt their own pendants), a bead-baking rack, and her oven.
Here are the meeting details:
* When: Saturday, March 10, 2007, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
* Where: Hobby Lobby at I-40 and MacArthur, 6104 West Reno, Oklahoma City, OK. (The classroom is in the very back of the store.)
* What to Bring:
* Clay: Color or colors of your choice — Penni Jo used pearl and silver clay mixed 50/50 for the ‘silver’ pendant.
* Translucent Liquid Sculpey: Just a few drops, so if you do not already have some, Penni Jo will have some she can share.
* Pearl powders: Penni Jo will also bring some to share with the group.
* Small brushes: about 1/8″ for pearl powders, about 1/4″ for varnish to seal the jewelry.
* Decorative jewel(s): The jewel shown on the sample is a glass iron on jewel (found in Walmart’s section for decorating clothes with jewels) that was pushed into the clay before baking. The heat set glue on the back of the glass jewel bonds to the clay.
* Large hole beads: Available at Wal-Mart. (Or you can make your own beads to match your jewelry.)
* Skewer or round tooth pick to make large holes in your beads.
* Poly-fil: for baking the pendant the second time to add the ribbon carriers to the back.
* Baking surface: tile, cardstock, etc.
* 1/8″ satin ribbon: about 2 feet long for stringing your pendant and beads.
* Earring backs (optional): If you want to make matching earrings you will need a pair of your favorite style of backs; glue on clippies or glue on pierced posts or french hooks.
* Dues — we’re all set up to receive ’em now. (See the details here.)

Bank & PayPal Accounts Now Set Up

Good news! Our group is now set up with a Tax ID, a bank account, and a PayPal account. So now it’s even easier to join the group — just make your check out to “Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild” or send us your payment via PayPal. Details are on the About Us page.

February 2007 Meeting Notes

Pink Love Heart BoxWhat a great meeting! We had our biggest crowd yet & the creative juices were really flowing.
Our February project was heart-shaped polymer clay boxes, inspired by one of Lisa Pavelka’s projects in Elegant Gifts in Polymer Clay. Angela Mabray demonstrated making cookie-cutter boxes by wrapping a long strip of polymer clay around the outside of the cookie cutter. Bake the clay on the cookie cutter, then slide it off for a cool all-clay box. The box sides can be used as a template for the matching box top and bottom. And if you need an extra-special touch? Penni Jo Couch showed the group how to glue PolyFill and velvet onto a cardboard cutout to make a wonderful box bottom. This simple step made the boxes look like very nice gift or jewelry boxes.

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Sweetbrier Studio Product Design Call Out

Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild member Penni Jo Couch passed along this design call out for Sweetbrier Studio molds:
Sweetbrier Studio is pleased to announce a product design “Call Out” to all designers who work with polymer clay or light weight air dry clay.We are in need of new, finished pieces designed with Sweetbrier Studio molds. Projects will be used in trade shows, project sheets and new instruction booklets.
Projects should include “step outs” (photos of each step and written instructions plus a list of tools and supplies).
We are interested in simple finished pieces. On a scale from 1-10, with #1being the easiest, we need the projects in the 3-5 range.
Projects are desired for the following segments:

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