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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February Meeting: Heart-Shaped Polymer Clay Boxes

Heart Cookie CutterThis month we’re using a humble cookie cutter to create a great Valentine’s Day box. Angela Mabray will be showing the group how to make a box by baking it right on the cookie cutter. Then Penni Jo Couch will demonstrate how to line the box with velvet for an extra-special touch. Once you’re done, you can toss a few chocolate kisses in the box & have a great handmade gift.
Here are the meeting details:
* When: Saturday, February 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 (any colors you like) and any clay tools you think you’ll want.
* Metal cookie cutter. Hobby Lobby has the heart-shaped cutters for $0.50 each, so you can come early and buy one if you don’t already have one. If you would prefer to make a round, square, etc. box, bring that shape of cookie cutter instead. Remember, once you’ve used it for clay, it shouldn’t be used for cooking again.
* Dues! It’s time to pay club dues of $36/year. (If you need to break it up into smaller payments, that’s fine.)
We will provide a couple of toaster ovens and a couple of pasta machines. Come join us for a “sweet” meeting!

New Polymer Clay Guild in Tulsa

Good news! I just heard from Mary Davis in Tulsa, and she reports that the new Tulsa Polymer Clay Guild will have their first meeting on March 3, 2007. They’ll be meeting at the Martin Regional Library on the first Saturday of every month. I’ve added the listing to our calendar (see sidebar) so folks can keep track of the meetings.
Mary asked about the possibility of a joint meeting sometime, which sounds like fun — and I know Penni Jo’s already expressed interest in a swap with our neighbors to the north — so it’s great to hear that the group is coming together. Best of luck, Mary!

January Meeting: Artist Trading Cards *POSTPONED*

*** UPDATE 1/12/07: Due to the ice storm that’s just rolled into town, we’re cancelling the January 13th meeting. We’re looking into the possibility of re-scheduling, so watch this space (or sign up for our mailing list) for updates. ***
Polymer Clay ATC from AngelaHave you heard of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)? They’re 2.5″ x 3.5″ cards that artists make and trade — a great way to meet other artists, share techniques, and show your personal style. (Read more about ATCs here.)
At the Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild’s January meeting, we’ll learn how to make Artist Trading Cards from polymer clay. Deena Parsons has offered to demonstrate how to make these cards, so we can all be ready for the ATC swap we’ll be doing at our next meeting!
If you haven’t taken one of Deena’s polymer clay classes (she teaches at and Bear Makes 3 in Moore and the Firehouse Art Center in Norman, along with various other places around the country), you’ve gotta come see what you’ve been missing! Deena was active in the Dayton area polymer clay guild before she moved back to Oklahoma (hmm… maybe she can give our guild some pointers, too!). Now she’s a full-time artist, and she owns an up-and-coming rubber stamp company called DP Artworks. Deena’s a lot of fun — we guarantee you’ll have fun and learn a ton when she’s in the room.
Angela will be bringing a few ATCs she received in a recent swap to show as examples. If you’ve got some, feel free to bring them along, too.
Here are the meeting details:
* When: Saturday, January 13, 2007, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. [See weather update above]
* 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 (any colors you like) and any clay tools you think you’ll want.
* Any embellishments you might want for your ATCs — i.e., small beads, trinkets or charms. If you want to transfer words or images, bring toner-based mirror-image print-outs/copies.
* Dues! It’s time to pay club dues of $36/year. (If you need to break it up into smaller payments, that’s fine.)
We will provide a couple of toaster ovens and a couple of pasta machines… and lots of fun and encouragement! It’s going to be a great meeting. Don’t miss it!