OUR NEXT MEETING

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.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 10th meeting

Hi Y'all,
We are having our December meeting this Saturday. It is the part 2 of the Santa/elf sculpting demo. Last time we made the armature and head. Come join us for the fun even if you missed part 1. Don't forget to bring show and tell too.
Supply list:
You can choose the costume colors. I will most likely use red, brown or green.You will need your regular clay kit (work surface, blade, acrylic rod, pasta machine, hand wipes...)I will be using premo clay and recommend it for this.2-pkgs of your chosen costume color. 1- of beige (the flesh color)1-white1- black or brown (boots and belt)Small amounts of gold or silverScrap clayLiquid polymer clay for "gluing" pieces togetherAluminum foil,batting and index cards to bake onsculpting tools if you have themextruder to make "clay hair" Or uncarded wool for a real hair look.white floral wire white floral tape -I will have some to shareOther handy things:double ended knitting needles,clean paint brushes (I find filbert tip works well) for smoothing raw clayNon-linting cloth for textureAcrylic paints and small (fine tip) brushes for eye and face detailslarge embroidery or doll needle. If you don't have one I will have some for you to use.hope to see you all there!Maggie

Monday, November 14, 2011

October meeting

Hi Y'all,

Just a quick note about our October meeting. It was a busy one. I (Maggie) demonstrated part one of making an art doll Santa/elf sculpture. We learned a method of armature making. Hands, tools and white floral tape were flying. Then made faces (no not just at each other). There was a quick demo on making hands while our faces were baking. Then time was up. Next time (December 10th) we will hopefully put on the finishing touches. If you didn't make it to the last one please don't let it stop you from coming. I'm sure we can catch you up. I will re-post the supply list soon. Please feel free to add any comments.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

meeting reminder

Just to remind you that our next meeting will be October 29th. This is the 5th Saturday, not the 4th like usual.
We will be doing a sculpture of an elf or Santa. You can choose the costume colors. I will most likely use red, brown or green.
You will need your regular clay kit (work surface, blade, acrylic rod, pasta machine, hand wipes...)
I will be using premo clay and recommend it for this.
2-pkgs of your chosen costume color.
1- of beige (the flesh color)
1-white
1- black or brown (boots and belt)
Small amounts of gold or silver
Scrap clay
Liquid polymer clay for "gluing" pieces together

Aluminum foil,
batting and index cards to bake on
sculpting tools if you have them
extruder to make "hair" Or uncarded wool
white floral wire white floral tape -I will have some to share

Other handy things:
double ended knitting needles,
clean paint brushes (I find filbert tip works well) for smoothing raw clay
Non-linting cloth for texture
Acrylic paints and small (fine tip) brushes for eye and face details
embroidery needle

Hope to see you all there!
Maggie

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October meeting and September report

Hi Y'all,

At our September meeting we had 3 new people! Welcome Nancy, Mary Jo and Patty. Julie, Laurie, Cheryl and Maggie were there. Julie showed off some of her new works and a few pieces she traded for from other artist. Laurie brought her latest people sculptures. Cheryl did a great job demonstrating a method from Julie Picarello's new book. We all had fun trying it.

Please note that our next meeting will be October 29th (not the 22nd). It will be at the usual meeting place. We will be working on an elf type sculpture. This will be a 2 part demo to be continued in December if needed. I will post a supply list soon.
We will not be meeting in November because of Thanksgiving.
We will be meeting the 2nd Saturday (the 10th) in December. There won't be a scheduling conflict with the BRPCG meeting because they do not meet in December.

Monday, September 19, 2011

24th September Meeting @12noon

Hello everyone,
It's that time again. We have decided on working on techniques from Julie Picarello new book called Patterns in Polymer. Here is her Flickr site: www.Flickr.com/photos/Julie_Picarello
You can view her wonder art.

Supply List:
Basic Polymer Clay kit (surface to work on, Tile or glass, pasta machine, blade, roller, etc)
*"Conditioned" polymer clay Premo or Kato in 3 or 4 colors that compliment each other and contrast
*"Conditioned" ecru, translucent & pearl clay
** (we do not want to spend the whole class just conditioning clay so please have this step done prior to meeting)
- bring items like circle cutter, wavy blade, etc. things to imprint (poke, press) into the clay to make the design
That is about all I can think of at the moment for supplies. But of course if in doubt bring the item along, at least you'll have it if you need it! : )
Look forward to seeing everyone, if you need directions please e-mail and we'll get the information out to you pronto.
Cheryl

Monday, August 22, 2011

August meeting

Our August 27th meeting is an exciting change up. We will be meeting at Linda's. She has generously offered to teach her wire wraping technique. She has some extra tools but if you have any jewelry/wire working tools please bring them. She has also offered to make some photo transfers for us on her printer. So bring pictures to copy if you would like to do that to.
Contact me if you need her address or phone number. 12:00 at Linda's.

Report on Julie's cane workshop

Hi Y'all,

Well, time's fun when your having flies - er - I mean time flies when you are having fun.
The cane workshop on July 23 and 24 with Julie Eakes was a wonderful blur. Cheryl, Linda, Kathy, Bridget, Pat, Sharon, Teresa and I were lucky enough to attend. Besides being a the queen of face canes and a great teacher Julie has a wicked (good thing) sense of humour. So there was never a dull moment. She and some of the other characters there (you know who you are) would occasionally erupt into song or joke telling. Julie even renamed me sister Mary Margaret. Maybe it was because I kept calling her Teeeacherrr. In spite of all the fun and a white clay shortage that forced us to make only a 2 pound cane instead of a 4 pound one we left with some good looking canes, if I do say so myself. Thanks to Julie's generosity we also left with a cd and templates so we won't forget how we did it. I now have a much greater appreciation of all the work that goes into Julie's canes. THANK YOU Julie! We had a great time and learned somthing too.
Thanks to Cheryl and her husband all their hard work for the meeting place and lunch arrangements.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Improtant Announcement

Hi Y'all,
The long awaited Julie Eakes face cane workshop in Charlotte is a go! Saturday and Sunday July 23 and 24th.
There are a limited number of seats. It is open to QCC and BRPCG members. Cost will be reasonable, depending mostly on the cost of the clay and lunch. I know it is short notice and we need to order the clay asap.
I need a firm commitment by Saturday June 25th if you want to attend the class and a deposit by July 6th . It will be held in Charlotte at our Queen City Clayers Meeting Place.

Maggie

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

June 25th Meeting

Hello all,
What to put in a reminder the QCC Meeting is this Saturday. Seems like everyone has been pretty busy since Memorial Day. Please let me know if you plan to come and what you'd like to see Demo'd, otherwise, it looks like it will be a free for all clay day. Bring your current project.
Ok, hope to see you there,
Cheryl

Monday, May 9, 2011

updates

I have failed to report on our March and April meeting. Shame on me because both were so much fun!
In March we had special guests from the BRPCG. Sharon and Bridget came all the way from Asheville. Where these two go there is always a party. Kathy very generously demoed her lath turning of polymer clay again. We all got to take a turn (no pun intended;)). Too much fun, laughing and learning for one meeting.

April was just a little quieter although our most famous member, Julie, attended. She filled us in on her travels and committed to teaching our groups a face cane workshop. Yea! Details will follow. Maggie demoed the faux brocade surface technique and made square tile bracelets with it. Cheryl had to be different and made round tiles instead. Very clever. Again, time just flew by.

Our next meeting is scheduled for the 28th which happens to be Memorial day weekend. Please let us know if you can come.

I will post the demo soon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Supply list for April 16th meeting: Regular clay kit (work surface, pasta machine, acrylic rod, clay blades...). 2 pack Black clay (you can use other colors if you like but this method really looks good on black). Faux Brocade Deep cut small design rubber stamp, Water spray bottle, metallic acrylic paint (tube type), Perfect Pearls powders. Tile bracelet quilt template plastic with grid pattern, 2 skewers or small dia. knitting needles, liquid polymer clay, stretch cord or elastic cord, beads for spacers with holes large enough for the cord to go through, index cards to bake on. Don't worry if you don't have all this stuff. We can share.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Meeting Date Change

Hi Y'all, Please note we have moved the April meeting to this Saturday, April 16. Sorry for the short notice. To many of us could not come on the 23rd because it is Easter weekend. I will post the supply list asap. Maggie

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

February meeting report 2011

Hi Y'all,

Our February meeting was great! We have a new member, Linda. She and her husband do beautiful jewelry. He cuts and polishes the stones and she wire wraps them. She has recently gotten interested in polymer clay. Welcome Linda. She brought some of her lovely pieces to show. Brenda brought one of her fabulous necklaces with a cold connected metal piece that she learned to do in a class with Kim StJean. Kathy showed us a silver pendant with a bezel that she had made in a silversmithing class. Cheryl showed us how to make cool canes using our extruders. Maggie did a quick demonstration on how to use small glass bowls as a mold of sorts for polymer clay bowls. We got busy making canes , extruders squeaking away. Some of us used our canes slice by slice applying them to the glass bowls. Some of us made sheet from our canes to drape over or even in the bowls. The result was at least one broken extruder and a bunch of unique bowls ranging from very serous elegant ones to a funny one with purple feet (complete with toes).

Our membership fees are due at the March meeting

Next meeting: Back by popular demand - Kathy will demonstrate turning polymer clay on a lath. It is such an amaizing technique. Hope you all can be there.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Book

Hi all,
Here is the website to buy Julie Eakes first book!
http://www.polkadotcreations.com/books/detail_do5365.html
Can't wait to see it!
Cheryl

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Supply list for Feb Meeting

Hi Y'all,

Cheryl and I (Maggie) are going to collaborate on the demo this time. We will be doing extruded canes and polymer clay bowls. The canes because they are cool and the bowls because you have to have something to use those cool canes on.

You will need your regular clay kit. (Pasta machine, work surface, clay blades, acrylic rod, wet ones or something to clean hands)
clay in at least 3 coordinating colors
Extruder
little glass clay dedicated bowls. I have several to share if you don't have them.

Like Cheryl said in the prior post: Bring your lunch, show and tell and we will see you at 12:00
Blythe location.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Meeting this Saturday

Hello all, its that time again. Meeting is at the Reames Rd (Blythe Location) @ 12 Noon!
Bring your lunch and we'll start w/ the meeting then show and tell. We don't have a set Demo, but was thinking we could all bring our Extruders and work on some colors for spring. Or bring whatever project you are working on. If anyone has any ideas they want to see Demo, please let me know for future meetings.
Can't wait to see you all
Cheryl

Thursday, January 27, 2011

meeting this Saturday

Hi Y'all,

Our first meeting of the year is this Saturday. It's been too long! Those of us that have them should bring our pandora type beads to exchange. Can't wait to see you all. 12:00, Blythe location.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Wishing everyone a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year!
Santa Hubby bought me the kits for the SHARK & PEELER by Dan Cormier. I am looking forward to making some new an improved skinner blends and cutting a perfect slice off my new cane!