Meetings

Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings until Further Notice

We will be hosting our guild meetings via Zoom until further notice.
The link, meeting ID, and password will be in the newsletter that will be emailed out a few days prior to the meeting.
Hope to see you there!

And (for those like me who are a little vain) here is a zoom youtube link from Libby that has good lighting tips: https://youtube/ACNGhPKnmok 

Also another tip - (I'm SO Vain!!!!...) You can go to Zoom -> Preferences -> Video and in "My Video you can check "Touch up my appearance" which softens up everything 😉

Dec 8, 2018 Guild Meeting

Tag Sale and Potluck Luncheon for the December 8 meeting (SECOND SATURDAY)

Tag Sale - The more people who bring things in, the better the tag sale!!!

Members DONATE Polymer Clay/art/crafts related items to sell for $1

Bigger ticket items are raffled off.

Smaller items to be packaged into $1 value

Numbers are drawn, we line up.

Members select one item each time around

After a few turns the items are reduced to 2 for $1 and so on until the table is empty.

Potluck Lunch

We all bring in something to share...

Nothing is assigned…

We have plates, napkins, cups, etc.

If it will need serving utensils, please bring them.

We can't keep food cold or cook so keep that in mind. We can keep a few crock pots plugged in.

RESCHEDULED – Pot Luck and Destash Day – Jan Meeting

December Meeting Cancelled Due to SNOW!
Let's Begin the Year with our POTLUCK DESTASH CELEBRATION!
Please bring your favorite potluck goodies!
The destash is NOT to be missed! Everyone brings crafting things that they have NOT USED OR may never use...... and for a dollar, we all take turns to bring home different things! Please note this event is for current (and past) guild members only.

Feb Meeting Demo – Flowers by Jackie

Jackie McKinney demonstrated her style of flower making at our February guild meeting

Jackie McKinney demonstrated her style of flower making at our February guild meeting.

She had quite a collection of flowers! There were Peonies, Poinsettias, Daisies, and other flowers in a variety of colors!

We can't wait for Spring!

Here's a grouping of flowers and some tools used.

Poinsettia flower in the making. The cutter is used to make the petals and she manipulates them to get just the right shape.

Step by step pictures showing Jackie creating her yellow peony. Also a variation in pink.

The tools she used are also shown.

Different tools and cutters that Jackie uses to get the shapes and textures for her flowers.

Dec 2016 Meeting Tag Sale and Pot-Luck Lunch

Our December meeting was held on 12/10/16 at the Hagaman Library in East Haven.
December meetings are usually the second Saturday in December, instead of our usual third Saturday meeting schedule.
We had a great time! Plenty of goodies were donated for the Tag Sale and all kinds of wonderful food had been brought in to share.
This year we were the recipients of  Wendy Oestreicher's donated clay collection.
Happy for the donation - many creative works will come out of her de-stash - sad that she has decided to stop playing with polymer clay for the time being. Wishing her much joy in her other creative pursuits.

Deb and Dorion – Team Demo

Debbie Goodrow and Dorian Merriman-Boddy teamed up to demo Inka-Gold and Gilders' Paste at the October guild meeting.

Debbie was lucky to find some Inka-Gold colors on clearance at Hobby Lobby. There are 20 different colors.

Deb used the Inka-Gold between layers of polymer clay for a mokume-gane effect.

Inka-Gold can be used to stamp, paint, and when thinned with water, can be used as a "wash".

When applied heavier there was more of a crackle pattern.

When used straight from the container, Inka-Gold is similar to "Rub-n-Buff".

Dorian brought in a few tins of Gilders' Paste. It is more of a paste wax, while the Inka-Gold has a smooth, creamy consistency.
If (when) it dries out, it can be revived with Mineral Spirits. She said she uses Turpinol.
Avoid using anything oily because it might not dry where it's applied.

See link for more info http://www.limabeads.com/Rejuvenating-Gilders-Paste-T19

A few different colors of the Gilders' Paste rubbed on top of textured polymer pieces.

Christy Sherman’s Flower Making Demo

Christy Sherman demonstrated how she makes flowers at our June guild meeting.
She showed us her process to make irises, roses, and calla lilies.

Christy started with a Skinner blend and cut out the shapes.

Here is the assembled flower. Notice the texture she added to the petals.

Sometimes she will follow a diagram. Here is an an example she has on her phone.

Here is a cut out petal and an assembled flower.

Christy made 2 Calla Lilies and positioned them together. Makes a nice broach.

These are some of the cutters she uses to make the petals of her flowers. They can also be cut out freehand or using a template.

Rose assembled and petals shaped to look realistic.

Some of the steps taken to assemble the rose

Starting with a single petal wrapped around the center of the rose...

another petal gets attached.....

wrapping and distorting to fit together right.

Here is a wonderful collection of leaves and flowers, tendrils and I think I even see a snake in there!

A collection of roses made by Christy.

Marilyn Malcarne’s Extruder Demos

Marilyn has been having fun experimenting with extruding polymer canes and combining with different colors to create different patterns.

 

Sometimes her results are planned and sometimes they are happy "accidents".

The single slices show the elements that were combined to create the extruded patterns.

She had so much fun that she volunteered to demo her ongoing experiments at the March guild meeting.

I can't wait to see what she has come up with!

Marilyn is Back with more fun experiments!

Carole Monahan’s Demo

Our April Meeting Demo was given by Carole Monahan. She showed us her prints made with a Gelli plate on paper.
Prints can also be done on Polymer Clay.

Picture of a Gelli Printing Plate

You can see how much fun she had with all the samples she brought to show us!

Carole extruded shapes from a glue gun and used the shapes for printing / resisting ink when printing.

Extruded shapes for printing

Dec Meeting Tag Sale and Pot-Luck Lunch

Our December meeting was held on 12/19/15.
It's usually on the 2nd Saturday, but there was a conflict in scheduling with the library.
It's always a great time! Plenty of goodies were donated for the Tag Sale and all kinds of wonderful food had been brought in to share.

Lots of great items donated for the Tag Sale

No such thing as too many desserts! LOL!

Lots of great food and friends to share it with!