February 15, 2013

The February meeting of the Central Mississippi Polymer Clay Guild will be on Saturday, February 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. at the Pearl Library, Pearl, Mississippi. Back by popular demand for this meeting are a couple of mokume gane techniques.  One I call Water Color Mokume Gane using alcohol inks.  We did this technique about a year ago but several members asked for a repeat so here we go!  Because the alcohol inks have to dry for this technique, we will need to get started as soon after 10:00 as possible. It will also help if you have either fairly soft (fresh) translucent clay or condition it well before the meeting.  You are going to need to run it at the thinnest possible thickness. 
While we wait for the alcohol inks to dry, I thought we would review by making a typical mokume gane stack.  You can bring three of your favorite colors or color mixes to use for this.

We need to pull out the Christmas items and update our “window” in the library so if you have something you would like to add to the display, please bring it with you.  

This is the last meeting before our Jana Roberts Benzon workshop in March so if you have anything to contribute to the goodie bags, please be sure to bring them with you.  

Now for our supply list:

Two 2 oz blocks of white
One 2 oz block of black
Two 2 oz blocks of translucent
One 2 oz block of ecru
3 blocks of clay in your choice of colors – should be a light, medium, dark for best contrast

Alcohol Inks – just bring whatever you have.  I’ll have some to share.
Gold leaf – you’ll need at least 2 sheets
Small cookie cutters, circles, squares, triangles, etc. to impress into clay
Any interesting shapes – screwdriver bits, paper rollers, etc.
Small ceramic tile or work surface that you can turn (2 small tiles would be ideal if you have extra)
Plastic wrap
Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol

Be sure to bring your normal travel kit with a minimum of your pasta machine, clear roller, clay blade, ceramic tile or other work surface, baby wipes.
A sharp flexible blade/tissue blade

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