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.

 

Covering Vessels

At our next meeting we’ll be covering a small vessel of your choice.   Please see the discussion forum for more information on supplies needed and how to prep for this meeting.

Here are a couple examples of finished projects.

 

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.

Getting started

As people who are new to polymer clay join the group, questions about basic supplies come up. We have discussed this a little in our meetings, but there is a very thorough article on this subject at The Blue Bottle Tree, a great source of knowledge for all things polyclay.  You’ll find the article here: Make a Polymer Clay Starter Kit.  Ginger divides her list into levels of expertise and commitment.

Please feel free to ask questions here or in the discussion forum before you spend a lot of money.

At yesterday’s meeting there were questions about cutters.  There are so many sources and options for cutters that it’s difficult to provide specifics, but a few things to keep in mind:

You can use almost anything with a fine edge as a cutter.

Cutters made for fondant work very well for polyclay.

Avoid cutters with seams, which will compromise the shapes you’re trying to achieve.

Some places to start:

There are a dozen polymer clay artists who have produced their own lines of cutters.  Most of them sell on Etsy.com, as in this case to be found here.

Cutters by established companies can be found on Amazon.com and every clay tool and supply distributor.

Kemper cutters are highly regarded for their workmanship.

They come in a wide range of shapes and sizes.  Searching Kemper Kutters on Google will show you dozens of sources. Watch prices and shipping, because they differ, sometimes wildly.

 

 

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.

Displaying Work

Anyone active in this group is welcome to post photos of work (in progress or finished) here, but it might be a good idea to set up a Flickr page as well.  A basic Flickr account is free, and worthwhile. There are hundreds of excellent polymer clay artists who post their work on their Flickr pages.

I’ve put a link to my Flickr polymer clay page in the sidebar and would be more than happy to add yours, too. Just leave a comment here or email me.

Carnival mixed media necklace

The latest addition to my Flickr page. With this mixed media necklace I was challenging myself to use strong primary colors, something I generally avoid.

 

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.