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6/6/18

June Meeting Notes & Supply List

The June meeting of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild will be on Saturday, June 16th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearl Library, Pearl, Mississippi.  The topic for this meeting will be The Meeting of the Canes.  Joyce will be leading this meeting.  This will be a fast paced meeting so be sure to be on time so you won’t miss anything.

June is also our annual membership renewal month so if you did not fill out a membership form and pay your 2018 dues already, be sure to come prepared for that. 

Bring with you to this meeting: the following supply of Premo clays

CONDITIONED - Large 8 ounce Premo White or two, lots (or a minimum of 4 two ounce bars)
CONDITIONED - Large 8 ouncePremo Black block (or a minimum of 4 two ounce bars) 
Translucent at least 2 two ounce bars
Lots of colors – these can be the 2 ounce bars in bright colors, light colors and dark colors

The more clay you bring, the more canes we can make. Each cane we make can use up to a whole bar of at least 2 clay colors.  Must have lights and darks. You can work from the block or make your own colors by mixing. You will want some contrast so an abundance of black and white is useful. And bring at least one yellow and 3 bright colors that will go together for a fanciful fish cane.

We will be going over the following canes:

Bull's-eye Canes
Jellyroll Cane
Shaped canes- triangle, square and round
Wrapped bull's eye
Striped slab
Snail jellyroll
Fish Cane
Complex Canes

In Addition: Bring your normal working supplies- pasta machine, roller, work surface and stiff blade

You will also need: a knitting needle for the fish eye

There is lots to go over for this meeting. Please make the effort to condition at least the black and white clay before the meeting. That will allow us to start on time and you will have time to condition other colors as you get caught up. The more you condition the more we can accomplish on Saturday.

Reminders: The weather is getting HOT- you may want a cooler with an ice pack to transport your clay.

The library has no control on the temperature in the room making it very hot at times, very cold at others. We recommend layers of clothing.

The Display Case can use new items each month. Thinking this month we might go with the fairy house scheme. I'm going to make a flow chart but it would be lovely to put some done pieces in there.

NOTE TO GUESTS:

We have had several people visit 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 after the June meeting will pay a prorated new member fee. 

5/5/18

May Meeting Notes & Supply List



The May meeting of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild will be on Saturday, May19th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearl Library, Pearl, Mississippi.  The focus for this meeting will be fairy houses and while it will be a project based meeting, we will explore various techniques to create our own fairy houses.  Several members have been collecting small glass Oui Yogurt cups (available at Walmart – and by the way, the yogurt is delicious!) to share as a beginning point or you can bring whatever you want to build your fairy house on. 

Another way to prepare for this meeting is to do an internet search – or go to my favorite inspiration place - Pinterest – for fairy houses and get some ideas about how you want yours to look.  This is going to be a fun, relaxed, easy-going meeting so collect your ideas so you’ll be ready to create.  Print them out if you can or save them to your phone for reference.  Here’s the link to my Fairy Houses Pinterest Board but there is a world of information out there.  These are not my designs but ones that I’ve collected and added to the board for future reference.  https://www.pinterest.com/ashpaints/fairy-houses/

CLAY SUPPLIES:

Bring at least three (3) packages of clay in colors that you think your fairy will like.  My fairies like bright colors! As always, bring at least one block each of black and white in addition to your colored clay and at least 1 package of green for leaves and vines (even if you have a leaf cane).

OTHER SUPPLIES

Normal clay supplies including tissue blade and pasta machine
Work surface (smooth 12 inch ceramic tiles work well and are available at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
Texture plates and/or small molds (my favorite is the blue Sculpey wood texture plate - back in stock at Michaels)
Small jewelry type findings or charms that you think your fairy might like
Fairies like shiny things so bring anything shiny that you want to add (flatback crystals, beads, etc.)
Clay extruder and dies (optional but very handy in making vines)
Liquid clay, Bake ‘n Bond, or Genesis Clear Medium
Leaf and flower canes (if you have a stash)
Small cutters (teardrop, flowers, hearts, whatever you might have)
Circle cutters in various sizes
Lucy Clay Slicer if you have one

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 May would pay $2.00 for May, then renew in June with the rest of the guild.