We meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 12 noon. Due to the Holiday we meet the second Saturday of December. We will post if a meeting is cancelled. Contact the guild for directions.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

August 26, 2017

Business:  Laurie is looking into a group getting together and going off to Into The Forest.  More info to come.  Kathleen was working on getting a date for us to have a lesson on photographing our work.  More info to come later. 

 Demo is not in stone yet for the month of September.  Laurie is working on it.  More info to come.  October demo is Nancy with the pen kits.  Pen kits have been ordered and there is one for each (paid) member provided by the guild.  If you desire more than one pen, these pens can be purchased at Penn State Industries, you can find them on line (I normally go for the less than $4 slimline ones.)  If you are bringing a friend, let me know so I can pull a pen kit from my personal stash so everyone has something to work on.   I will demo how to attach your clay, how to sand your pieces to smooth as butter finish and lastly show you how to put your pen kits together. 

November is a no meeting month as it falls on Thanksgiving weekend and that is an issue for many.  December meeting will be the usual party and ornaments or whatever you might want to work on.  The date is the 2nd week of Dec rather than the 4th.  Make note of this.  Keep in mind when you bring treats that there are some with allergies to some food items.  I know there are some that need gluten free, some are vegan, and some cannot do any kind of dairy.  So, with that in mind, please prepare some goodies and be certain to know absolutely what the ingredients are so no one is getting ill.  Label things if you know they have dairy and we can prevent anyone going to the ER! 

Pattie gave a wonderful demo on a surface technique for transparent clay.  Chalks, pan pastels, silver leaf, gold leaf were all used, and from what I could see before I left, colors were varied and bright and everyone was getting ready to do some carving/cutting and forming.  Pattie had shown us several different techniques she has experimented with and brought some finished items as well.  Everyone was busy creating and enjoying.  Thank you Pattie for being so generous with your time and patience.  It was splendid.

Attendees:  Laurie, Pattie, Sally, Maggie, Cheryl, Kathy, Linda, Michelle, Brian, Nancy and Sally brought her daughter in law as a guest.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22nd meetup

We all met at Linda's home to learn a bit of wire wrapping.  Linda provided us with tools, wire and stones.  We went crazy with wrapping and making necklaces and then we began on bracelets.  She gave us excellent instruction and guidance.  Thank you so much for being so kind and generous to the group.

Attendees:  Laurie, Linda, Sandy, Bridget, Maggie, Nancy, and Brian

Thursday, July 6, 2017

June's Meet Up

Business:  Linda Simon will be doing the demo on wire wrapping for July.  The meeting may be held at her home.  More info on that will come in personal emails.

Maggie gave a fantastic demo on the tile bracelet for us to use our tessellation canes.  After the demo we all worked on various projects and though we all started the bracelet, I'm uncertain if anyone finished their bracelet while at the meeting.  I think many of us carried it home to cook at a later time.  There was a lot of gabbing and fun!  Excellent demo.  Thank you Maggie.

Attendees:  Cheryl, Maggie, Kathleen and Nancy

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 17 meeting

Hi Y'all, Almost time for our next meeting. We are going to be making tile bracelets from the canes we made last time. If you didn't get to make the cane last time you can still participate. Just bring a 1" x 1" cane or a decorated sheet. If anyone has one of those fancy cane cutters and could bring it that would be great. If you don't have everything don't worry. It's going to be lots of fun! Maggie Supplies: Clay kit 2 blocks Premo clay color to accent cane choice 2 long small gauge knitting needles clay blade Mold release (corn starch, armour all or water sprayer) Texture sheet of choice to texture the back of tile Index card Elasticord (stretchy plastic cording) Spacer beads to match with holes large enough to take the elasticord. Markxit Ruler

Monday, May 29, 2017

May Meet Up

Business:  Dues are still being collected for this year.  If you have not gotten your dues paid to Cheryl, please put that on your list. The member list is being updated and if you have not supplied your name, address, email and phone, please contact Nancy and do that so the list can be updated and complete.  Thanks

Next meet up is in June and Maggie will be demo-ing how to make a tile bracelet from the canes you created at the May meet up.  If you missed the May meet up come with a cane, any cane that is rectangular and you can get at least seven slices off of it for your tiles. All is not lost if you were not able to attend.  Print outs of the directions for this cane are available upon request. 
July meeting is going to be wire wrapping.  Linda will demo for us.  More details to come later.

Demo today was done by Nancy using Judy Belcher's lesson on Tessellations.  Everyone seemed to understand the concept of the jelly roll cane and the skinner blend plug.  That made our efforts easier.  Everyone dove in and we took it at a pace that all seemed to be able to keep up with.  The components were made, the placements were shown (randomly) and the cane ends were used to reduce our canes.  Once we had a good four inch cane (and some were way more generous with their efforts and had a great deal of cane to play with) we began the magic of cutting and placing and reducing and creating designs.  What fabulous colors came about and the class attendees did a fabulous job!  Pics did not come of all the canes and some were made after the pics got snapped but this group dove in and made absolutely lovely designs. 
It was amazing to see the fantastic canes that happened.  I think these individuals have learned the technique for this method and could produce another set of canes if they so desired.  Very proud of you all for taking on this beautiful process.  Every single individual left with a variety of canes with coordinating colors.  FABULOUS!  Seriously I was so proud of you all taking on this task and sliding right on to the end with very little effort and big results.

Attendees:  Maggie, Cheryl, Michele, Sally, Brian, Linda, Kathy, Kathleen, Laurie and Nancy.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Supply List for your Tessellations Cane

1 full 4 oz package of white and the color you want to be your main skinner plug.  Go with a bold dark color.  Dk Blue, Dk Purple, Dk Brown, something that will give you a nice skinner plug with a variance of color.

Also need: 
Black 1- 4 oz pkg
Another White 1 - 4 oz pkg
Gold  2 oz
Green 2 oz

This should give you the basics for your cane.  If you desire another color then add it as well.  I try to go with the main color for the blend and almost always use the black & white and gold and green as it adds enough colors to make your cane pop.  Bring enough clay for you to use the full 8 oz for your plug as this may very well be the BEST CANE you'll ever create!  You want enough to have extra!  So your plug is going to use 1 full 4 oz of color and 1 full 4 oz of white to get your basic blend. 

Bring your usual tools etc to play.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April meeting supply list

Reminder, I think this is the month to pay dues. I think they are still only $15. Mica Shift Demo A variety of different techniques will be demonstrated using rubber stamps, extruders and twisting clay. Clay with mica included such as Premo Accents clay works great, however you can blend Pearl with a standard color to obtain a pretty good result. Besides your usual clay kit, bring the following. I will have some stamps and extruders to share. You don’t need to have all the colors listed in the supply list they are just suggestions. Gold generally produces the most dramatic stamp and shave product. I did a skinner of two Accents colors and had pretty good result stamping with them. Supply List: Usual Polymer Clay kit including blades, tiles, pasta machine, etc… Extruder Premo Accents clay (the brown pendant uses Gold, Pearl, Copper and Brown) (spiral uses White Pearl, 18k Gold, Bright Green, Purple Pear, Blue Pearl, Orange and Purple) Cutters (optional) Deep rubber stamps See you Saturday, 12:00. Laurie