Are you out there?

If things are functioning as they are supposed to, everybody who has either been to one of our meetings or showed an interest in coming should be getting this post as an email.

In the way of things technical, it’s not entirely clear if it’s working.

Updated to say: the comment button seems to be missing, which of course makes responding impossible. So please email me to say whether or not you’ll be at tomorrow’s meeting: rosinalippi  (at)  mac (dot) com

We have a meeting scheduled for tomorrow at Mary’s house. PLEASE comment on this post to say if you are coming tomorrow or not. ***

Mary has something interesting planned to demo.

***Click this link if you are reading this as an email, and you’ll be transported to  the website.

 

Our next meeting, and looking beyond jewelry

We meet next on Tuesday, January 2 at Mary’s house. I can’t remember if we decided on a theme or a project. Could somebody remind me please?

If there is something specific you’d like to work on, please make sure the clay you bring is conditioned ahead of time. I’ll post once again the day before to clarify what we’re doing and the supplies needed.

To the casual observer it might seem that most polyclay artists create jewelry, and in fact that is probably the biggest contingent. But there are very active communities of people who work primarily sculpting with polymer clay; there are also doll makers, mosaic and wall hanging artists and those who specialize in dollhouse furniture or furnishings. There are purses and bags, as well, dishes and serving pieces and cutlery.  Last time we met we had a basic look at covering vessels with polymer clay.

What you see above is a mirror, about eighteen inches square. I painted the frame a muted gold and then used floral and leaf canes to create something meant to represent a cottage garden. There are also a lot of small insect sculptures. I’m satisfied with how it turned out, but would approach it a little differently if I were try it again: I’d like to use a round frame, and recreate the color wheel with floral canes. As soon as I find the right frame, I’ll start that.

Detail. Click for larger image.

Welcome

Welcome. We are a new, very small group of polymer clay enthusiasts located in Bellingham, Washington. Watch us grow.

Business Cards

We have business cards.  Please get in touch so I can figure out how to get a supply to you before the next meeting.

 

Next meeting: Tuesday, November 28

We will meet after Thanksgiving, at the usual time, in Mary’s studio. Her generosity in allowing us to meet in her home and take advantage of her experience and expertise is what makes this group possible.

Thank you, Mary.

Tuesday October 31 Meeting

We have a number of new members joining us on Tuesday: Amber and her mother, Penny, and Meri.

Tere, Alan, Rosina and Mary will also be on hand. Things are starting to pick up for the group, and I am thrilled.

Mary will be demonstrating how to work with an extruder. For those who need a review of basics (or introduction to them) there will be plenty of time for that, as well.

Here’s a very simple one-page visuals-only tutorial that might be of interest, from Irish Mishly’s weblog.

October 31: next meeting

I apologize for the confusion on the date for the next meeting. We are not meeting on 10/24. We are meeting on 10/31 (yes, Halloween) at Mary’s.

She’s planning a demo on extruders, and I know she’s got all kinds of tricks to show us.

The sky is the limit

Georg Dinkel is a German polymer clay artist who knows no bounds. He was featured at this year’s big IPCA conference – – and yes, that creation of his is primarily of polymer clay.

Agenda & Supply List: September 26 meeting

I’m planning on a three part-demo:

  1. The simplest kind of skinner blend;
  2. The two basic (and crucial) ways to fold (that is, make a cane out of) a skinner blend: jelly roll (bottom) and fan fold (top).  
  3. How to reduce a skinner blend cane.

I hope you will bring clay along so you can follow along as I demonstrate. We won’t have pasta machines for everybody, so we’ll do this mostly by hand with acrylic rollers

Supplies:

If you are starting from scratch and have no tools, there’s no need to spend a lot of money before you figure out how much you like working with polyclay. For this demo you’ll need only three things:

  • Two colors of polymer clay that are very different from each other (black/white; red/blue; green/yellow — you get the idea) .  For those who are just learning these basics, any kind of clay will do but you’ll have an easier time working with Sculpey Premo or Fimo.
  • A roller,  metal or acrylic (but not wood). We’ll have four or five of these on hand. If you want to get one before the meeting you’ll find them at places like Michael’s, or online.

  • A tissue blade or exacto knife. Again, some will be on hand to use.

Ginger at The Blue Bottle Tree is a great source of information about everything polyclay-related. She has a post on the basic tools that will serve you best, which you can find here.

If you have questions you can ask them here, or email Rosina or Mary. See you Tuesday at 7.

How We Got Started

Mid-summer 2017 a small group of people interested in polymer clay got together for the first time with the help of meetup.com. We met at the Colophon Cafe in July, and in August in the studio of one of our members.

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Mary is the most experienced of us, with more than twenty-five years of creating with polyclay. This pendant is hers.

Rosina has been working with polyclay for about five years. She has a lot to learn but is fully engaged in the polyclay world. The door plaque below  is hers.

If you’d like to meet the whole crew, please consider joining us. The discussion forum is only available to registered and logged in users of this website.

Please feel free to get in touch here, or by email at info@polyclaybham.org

 

A sample of what’s possible with polymer clay

Kathleen Dustin

Kathleen Dustin

Thermesos Purse

 

Srebrna

Srebrna

Translucent millefiori bowl by Srebrna

 

Dawn Schiller

Dawn Schiller

Oddfae sculptures

 

Mandarin Moon

Mandarin Moon

One of Mandarin Moon’s elaborate dragon eyes

 

Cynthia Tinapple

Cynthia Tinapple

Raw canes featured in Polymer Clay Daily (Cynthia Tinapple)

 

Lynda Moseley

Lynda Moseley

Faux Ivory

 

Randee Ketzel

Randee Ketzel

Texas Tornado RMK Design

 

Page McNall

Page McNall

Rolled and impressed beads

 

Lauren: Aqua Isle Design

Lauren: Aqua Isle Design

Handmade statement jewellery with saturated color

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Clever fishy beads