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3/28/18

April Meeting Notes & Supply List



The April meeting of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild will be on Saturday, April 21st, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearl Library, Pearl, Mississippi.  Debbie will be leading this meeting and the focus will be on extruder basics. There are many techniques that can be done by hand but are much more precise when done with an extruder and some that are almost impossible to do without an extruder. 

If time allows, Debbie will also go over some more advanced extruder techniques.  Please be sure to get to the library promptly at 10:00 a.m. so we can get set up and started by 10:15. 

There are several extruders available on the market but our preference is the green Makins extruder.  The local craft stores do not carry this extruder so you will need to order it online.  Here are two links.  Beware that there are cheap knock-offs out there but they won’t last. 




CLAY SUPPLIES:

Bring at least three (3) packages of clay in colors that make you happy.  Since this will be a technique meeting, color just adds to the fun.  As always, bring at least one block each of black and white in addition to your colored clay. 

OTHER SUPPLIES

Normal clay supplies including tissue blade and pasta machine
Work surface (smooth 12 inch ceramic tiles work well)
Plastic wrap to store your work
Green Makins extruder and dies

NOTE TO GUESTS:

We have had several people attend our meetings recently.  Our Guild’s policy is that a person can attend 2 meetings free.  After that, people have the option to pay $5.00 per meeting or join the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild.  Our membership year begins in June with an annual membership fee of $20.00.  The prorated new member fee is $2.00 per month, so members joining in April would pay $4.00 for April and May, then renew in June with the rest of the guild. 

3/5/18

March Meeting Notes & Supply List



The March meeting of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild will be on Saturday, March 17th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearl Library, Pearl, Mississippi.  Arlene will be leading this meeting and the focus will be spring flowers.  Techniques covered will include creating a two color skinner blend, a three color skinner blend then using those to create a skinner blend log and a skinner blend accordion stack.  The skinner blend log will be used to create a beautiful organic flower cane and the accordion stack the leaf cane. 

CLAY SUPPLIES:

To create the flower cane, you will need a block of white then two other colors that coordinate well together – 1 block each.  We will use this for the 3 color skinner blend.  I’ll be using White, Purple and Fushia for my cane.

To create the leaf cane, you will need a block of white then approximately a block of a nice leafy green color.  I don’t like the colors of green available from the package, so I usually mix other colors of clay into the green to get a pretty leaf color.  Red, yellow and black are good colors to use for this.  For a more olive look, gold clay can be used. 

I also would suggest a block of gold.  I use that to wrap the canes but you can use a matching color with a touch of black added to darken it. 

OTHER SUPPLIES

Normal clay supplies including tissue blade and pasta machine
Work surface (smooth 12 inch ceramic tiles work well)
Plastic wrap to store your finished canes in