May 29th 2016 Clay Day

A VERY SPECIAL EVENT IN CELEBRATION OF LONDON POLYMER CLAY GROUP’S 9th BIRTHDAY!

Ginger Davis Allman (of Blue Bottle Tree), renowned expert on Polymer Clay is coming to the UK. She has chosen the LPCG as one of the groups she will be visiting on her tight schedule.

Ginger will be sharing information about translucent clay. Having done extensive testing on many of the brands, she has a wealth of knowledge on this subject.

We are also delighted that Alison Clark, who many of you know well, will be demonstrating her Mokume Duo technique. Please see Alison’s information below.

Agenda for the day

The hall opens at 9am when members can arrive and help to set up the room.

  • 10.30 Welcome, Announcements and Show and Tell.
  • 11.00 Mokume Duo demo with Alison Clark
  • 12.00 Nursery Class
  • 13.00 Lunch – Birthday Cake and nibbles!
  • 1.45 Translucent clay talk by Ginger Davis Allman, Library closes
  • 4.00 Last bake
  • 4.30 Clear up and leave by 5.00. Please be kind enough to help put away tables and chairs.

Mokume Duo

We’re mostly familiar with mokume gane and the effect of shaving through all the many layers. Alison Clark will show some of the effects that she can produce by limiting the number of layers to just two.

The restricted structure allows for much greater control by manipulating what’s underneath and what’s on top – with a wide range of results, ranging from an appearance of crushed silk, Murano glass and the sparkle of opal.

Alison will show how to make a silk veneer and several different uses for it, and demonstrate in detail her quick way of making patterned lentil beads.

Materials needed

  • All usual tools and your choice of clay colours
  • Flexible blade (new if possible)
  • Rubber texture sheets or other impression tools
  • Cornflour and stiffish small paint brush (I use the flat synthetic ones for acrylic paints)

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  • Fimo clay (the technique does not work well with Primo, probably OK with Kato)
  • · Translucent
  • · White pearl (other mica clays if you wish)
  • · Normal opaque white
  • Alcohol inks / Mica powders / superfine glitter – in colours you like – some or all of these. The more options you have, the more fun. Superfine glitter as used by fingernail artists can be found on ebay, holographic works well.
  • Metal leaf (optional)

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Murano glass

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Holographic opal

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Crushed silk effect

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Multicolour

Show and Tell

Our Show and Tell table is the place for you to show off all your latest polymer creations whether they are necklaces, bangles, earrings or vessels. Everyone will have a space and a name tag on the table, so don’t be shy – you may well have your necklace or earrings removed on arrival if you don’t bring something to show!

It’s a great way to learn more about polymer and lots of other techniques such as closures, hangings and other “tricks of the trade”. You are also encouraged to use it to troubleshoot a ‘failure’ or a problem piece that needs advice from our many talented and experienced members.

It’s called Show and Tell for a reason – be ready to answer questions about your piece/pieces.

Library

One of the library crates will be brought to this meeting but if you want something specific please contact Ann on ann@lpcg.co.uk and ‘place an order’ in advance. A deposit is required to use the library and updated library rules will be posted on the website.

Venue and other information

Our venue near Marylebone Station and a general kit list are available here.

Tea and coffee are provided and included in the fee, but there are no café facilities on site. However there is an M & S food hall within about five minutes’ walk. Please bring a mug!

HOW TO BOOK

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If you encounter any problems with the booking system please contact admin@lpcg.co.uk .

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BULK ORDERS FOR MAY

Take advantage of our group bulk order and receive discount on clay. The deadline for sending in your orders is Tuesday 17th May, to be ready for collection at our next meeting on Sunday 29th May.

We have an arrangement with Penny at www.clayaround.com to place bulk orders and receive a discount of 15% off all the clays they stock, with free postage. No discount off accessories. This offer is only available to members, who will be attending our next meeting, and are able to collect their clay.

Contact me at ann@lpcg.co.uk for the instructions and the password

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April 3 2016 Clay Day

Agenda for the day

The hall opens at 9am when members can arrive and help set up the room.

  • 10.30 Announcements
  • 11.00 Bead-making demos, including
    • lentil / bicone and swirl beads
    • folded beads
    • tube beads
    • spacer beads
    • puff beads
    • disc beads
    • roll ‘n’ cut ‘n’ squish beads
  • 12.00 Nursery class for beginners (this will run for 1 hour max)
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 1.45 Show and Tell, short explanation from each exhibitor;
  • Library closes
  • 2.00 Demo on bead piercing
  • 4.00 Clear up and leave

LCPG Design Challenge

We’ve had so many great ideas and suggestions in the “Suggestion Box” we are working through these at present, so the Design Challenge cards are having a well-earned rest.

Fimo 50 World Project

Bring your completed 10cm x 10cm tiles for the show and tell table – we will be posting everyone’s tiles to Fimo in Germany straight after the Clay Day.

For more information see http://www.staedtler.com/en/inspirations/for-creative-hobby-users/50-years-of-fimo/

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Bead-making demos by Ann Parker, Jude Parker, Carol Blackburn and Jan Riordan

These will be a series of short demos to show how to make each bead type. Feel free to drop in and out as you choose

Ann Parker will be doing Disc and Folded puff beads:

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Disc beads are just about the easiest beads to make, they make great spacer beads, or many can be strung to make a complete necklace, as in the lime green image.

Folded puff beads are an invention of my own. As with all PC ideas, these may have been done by others before me. They are formed by folding a piece of clay, trapping air inside, to make a light -weight bead. Pierced at one end for a necklace, or at both ends for a bracelet.

Jude Parker will be demonstrating how to make Lentil/bicone/swirl beads. These use the same basic technique. These simple beads take some practice to get right, but can be beautiful either as focal beads or spacers. I will be giving tips on how to get the size and proportion ‘right’, whether you want flatter, wider lentils or tall, pointy ones.

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Jan Riordan will be demonstrating her “roll ‘n’ cut ‘n’ squish” beads!

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Carol Blackburn will be demonstrating Spacer Beads, Tube Beads and Folded Beads – Spacers are useful beads that can match perfectly a pendant or focal bead or simply threaded to make a necklace of similar striped beads.  You will need some ends of canes but not old and crumbly canes.

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Tube Beads - These beads are made of scrap clay and decorated with a variety of veneers.  To finish the beads you will need a set of round cookie cutters and a pointed rubber clay shaper or knitting needle for modelling.

Small piece of glass (optional)

Folded Beads – There are several ways to make folded beads, I’ll be showing two designs using several colours of polymer and a round cookie cutter about 2cms.

Materials required for bead-making demos

  • Usual set of tools & pasta machine
  • Acrylic square for rolling beads (a glass coaster will do!)
  • Set of circular cutters
  • Knitting needle or silicone tipped clay-shaper
  • Pieces of leftover canes if you would like to make patterned beads (preferably not old crumbly bits!)
  • A stiff straight wire 15.5 cms (6 ins) and a Marxit tool or ruler.
  • Needle tool or bead piercing pins if you have them
  • Skewers, ‘sate’ sticks, cocktail sticks or other ‘holders’ for beads during curing

Bead piercing demo

Accurately piercing holes in a variety of beads is an essential skill…. Jude Parker will be demonstrating several techniques.

Show and Tell

Our Show and Tell table is the place for you to show off your latest polymer creations, whether they are necklaces, bangles, earrings or vessels. Everyone will have a space and a name tag on the table, so don’t be shy – you may well have your necklace or earrings removed on arrival if you don’t bring something to show!

It’s a great way to learn more about polymer and lots of other techniques such as closures, hangings and other ‘tricks of the trade’. You are also encouraged to use it to troubleshoot a ‘failure’ or a problem piece that needs advice from our many talented and experienced members.

(NB it’s called Show and Tell for a reason – be ready to answer questions about your piece / pieces!)

This month, we will be collecting in Fimo 50 tiles – please put your tile on the Show and Tell table!

LIBRARY – One of the library crates will be brought to this meeting but if you want something specific, please contact Ann on ann@lpcg.co.uk and ‘place an order’ in advance. Please return any previously borrowed items. A deposit is required to join the library – please bring a cheque book if you want to join.

The latest issues of Meg Newberg’s Cane Builder will be available to borrow.

Venue and other information

The day will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm and will cost £15

Our venue near Marylebone Station and a general kit list are available here.

Tea and coffee are provided and included in the fee, but there are no café facilities on site. However, there is a M&S food hall within about five minutes’ walk.

HOW TO BOOK

Click here to book.

If you encounter any problems with the booking system, please let us know.

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BULK ORDER – CLAY

Take advantage of our group bulk order and receive discount on clay. The deadline for sending in your orders is Thursday 10th March, to be ready for collection at our next meeting on Sunday 3rd April.

We have an arrangement with Penny at www.clayaround.com to place bulk orders and receive a discount of 15% off all the clays they stock, with free postage. No discount off accessories. This offer is only available to members, who will be attending our next meeting, and are able to collect their clay.

Contact me at ann@lpcg.co.uk for the instructions and the password.

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SOUTH OF THE RIVER – FEBRUARY MEETING

South of the River’s next meeting will be on Sunday 28th February. Our venue is in Selsdon/Croydon and we meet from 10.00am to 5.00pm. No formal plans, just come along, play and meet new friends.
Please Email me on ann@lpcg.co.uk, for further information, or to confirm a place.
Ann

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Booking open for January 31st Clay Day

Agenda for the day

The hall opens at 9am when members can arrive and help set up the room.

  • 10:30 Announcements
  • 11:00 LPCG Design Challenge: Mica Shift demonstration
  • 12:00 Nursery class for beginners
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:45 Show and Tell, short explanation from each exhibitor;
    Library closes
  • 14:00 Demo on Findings – Simple and Wrapped wire loops
  • 16:00 Clear up and leave

LCPG Design Challenge

The selected cards for the LPCG Design Challenge which we are focusing on for the January clay day are

  1. Technique = Mica
  2. Shape = Triangle
  3. Mood = Fun & games
  4. Colour = Analogous

In case you’re wondering what the Design Challenge is about – we use the card draw to help us keep the demonstrations and focus of our Clay Days varied. People often take the four themes (or one, two or three of them!) as their inspiration, and make pieces in between the Clay Days to bring along.

Mica Shift demonstration – by Ruth Winchester

Mica shift is an amazing and effective technique that uses the properties of mica clay to produce a 3d-like effect in a sheet of clay. It is credited to Pier Volkus and Mike Buesseler, but many artists have done amazing things with this simple technique.

In normal mica or ‘pearl’ clay, the mica particles act like tiny mirrors, and produce a metallic shine. The effect is enhanced when the particles are fully aligned by repeatedly rolling the clay through the pasta machine.

Mica shift takes advantage of the ‘lining up’ of the mica particles by distorting the sheet or stack (usually by pressing a texture or a shape into the top layer of clay). The uneven top layers of clay are then removed, leaving an image of the texture in the (flat) remaining layers. This results in a strange 3d effect where the clay looks textured but is actually completely smooth.

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One of Carol Blackburn’s beautiful pendants showing several different versions of the mica shift technique.

Materials required for Mica shift demo

  • Usual set of tools and pasta machine
  • Mica clay – your choice but Premo and Kato mica clays are good (translucent clay, if you would like to experiment)
  • A deep, clean texture sheet or stamp
  • Water spray bottle or release agent
  • Book or pad to help press the texture stamp into the clay evenly
  • Very sharp flexible blade for shaving the layers
  • Normal stiff blade for shaping your finished piece.
  • Set of wet-and-dry sandpaper in various grits up to 1000/1500, and micromesh sheets if you have them.

“Findings” Demo – by Jude Parker : Loops and variations

Being able to make simple and wrapped loops is a basic jewellery-making skill which enables you to make many of your own findings. These loops can be used as ‘embedded bails’ as well as offering any number of other ways of joining individual components. You might even like to make a mica shift pendant with an embedded wire loop bail… who knows!

We will supply some lengths of copper wire for people to play with, but by all means bring your own supply if you prefer. We will also have a small number of pairs of jewellery pliers for people to borrow but it would be a good idea to bring at least:

  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers

You might also like to have a pair of cutters and a pair of needle nose pliers, if you have them. Wire can be sharp when freshly cut, so if you plan to make something with your loops, cup burrs or a small piece of coarse sandpaper will help to take the edges off!

Show and Tell

Our Show and Tell table is the place for you to show off your latest polymer creations, whether they are necklaces, bangles, earrings or vessels. Everyone will have a space and a name tag on the table, so don’t be shy – you may well have your necklace or earrings removed on arrival if you don’t bring something to show!

It’s a great way to learn more about polymer and lots of other techniques such as closures, hangings and other ‘tricks of the trade’. You are also encouraged to use it to troubleshoot a ‘failure’ or a problem piece that needs advice from our many talented and experienced members.

(NB it’s called Show and Tell for a reason – be ready to answer questions about your piece/pieces!)

LIBRARY – One of the library crates will be brought to this meeting but if you want something specific, please contact Ann on ann@lpcg.co.uk and ‘place an order’ in advance. Please return any previously borrowed items. A deposit is required to join the library – please bring a cheque book if you want to join.

The latest issues of Meg Newberg’s Cane Builder will be available to borrow.

Venue and other information

The day will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm and will cost £15

Our venue near Marylebone Station and a general kit list are available here.

Tea and coffee are provided and included in the fee, but there are no café facilities on site. However, there is a M&S food hall within about five minutes’ walk.

HOW TO BOOK

Click here to book.

If you encounter any problems with the booking system, please let us know.

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Festive Greetings

Wishing all our LPCG members, wherever you are, a very Happy Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Holidays. And to all a prosperous New Year.
We hope to see you at a London clay day in 2016. The next clay day is Sunday 31st January.
Carol

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Feedback from our previous meeting

Hi everyone, we got some interesting responses in our feedback box last meeting. The steering group have discussed the suggestions raised and would like to let you all know how we plan to address them.

 We received a few demo requests: Raku and Sutton slice will fit in nicely when we draw faux (5 of spades) and texture (8 of spades) respectively, and sanding & buffing will fit in well with our series of short “findings etc.” afternoon demos.

One person suggested a discussion on selling our polymer clay work. We feel that this would work better as an online discussion than as a demo substitute at meetings, and will be starting a thread on our facebook group.

We also had some requests that don’t fit in with the current format. Some of these were a bit vague, so if you put in a request for large pieces or neat edges could you contact us to clarify? Knowing what sort of pieces you’re thinking of and if you’re hoping for a demo or a discussion would be helpful.

There was also a request to demo a variety of different bead shapes. We are planning to take a break from the card challenge in March to do something around this. There will be more details nearer the time.

We also got some responses that don’t need anything doing about them. Thanks to those people who took the time to say how much you enjoyed the day, and it was good to hear that the balance of playtime and structured activity seems to be about right.

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Clay day reminder

Not long now till clay day on Sunday 29th November and it’s the last one before Christmas.  We have a lot planned for the day – see post below.  

We don’t want you to miss out so book today and we’ll have a place ready for you on clay day.  
If you prefer to set up your work place and have a day claying, that’s fine too.  It’s your day to ‘play’ and catch up with your polymer friends.  Remember there are all the LPCG facilities to enjoy, such as the library with the latest magazines and there’ll be a Lucy slicer for cutting your perfect cane slices.  We will also have the photo booth and the buffing machine so you can give your Christmas gifts a beautiful high shine ready to gift wrap.
So sign up and we’ll see you there. 
Carol 
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Booking is open for the November 29th Clay day

Agenda for the day

The hall opens at 9am when members can arrive and help set up the room.

  • 10.30 Announcements
  • 11.00 LPCG Design Challenge: Mokume Gane demonstration
  • 12.00 Nursery class for beginners
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 1.45 Show and Tell, short explanation from each exhibitor;
    Library closes
  • 2.00 Demo on Findings – Toggle closures
  • 4.30 – 5.00 Clear up and leave

Taking up your suggestions

After reading your suggestions posted in our ‘Red Post Box’ at the September clay day, we have planned the November day around a few of them.

At this and future clay days we are hoping to have the short demo on Findings.  For November the findings will be Polymer Clay Toggles. These are useful necklace closures when you can’t find just the right one in your findings stash!

Demos on other findings like wire work will be planned for future dates.

LCPG Design Challenge

The selected cards for the LPCG Design Challenge at the November clay day are Pastels, Organic (shape), Mokume Gane, and Sense of scale. You can interpret these words in any way you like. You can use all the words for inspiration or just one or two. A Mokume Gane demonstration from Angela Guertel will kick us off.

Structured Mokume gane (Mokumeplan) – by Angela Guertel

Mokume gane is a Japanese method for laminating various colours of metals together and manipulate them through heating and melting so that they create patterns that resemble wood patterns. Various artists have used Polymer clay, foils, texture stamp and other implements to blend colours in a similar way achieving a surprise medley of colours and patterns which transfer into lovely veneers. Some samples will be on display.

Angela has been drawn to this technique for its surprise element, but has then decided to push it to a more planned approach where colours and pattern can be planned, to a point. There still remains the element of surprise when the layers are shaved. Different effects can be achieved by using layers made from canes, coloured and translucent clays. Angela will show you step by step how you can make a piece with this technique in your own choice of colour or patterns, go graphic or more painterly or figurative.

Here are a couple of finished pieces of jewellery using this technique:

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And some sample beads:

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Material list

  • Premo or Fimo clays (Kato and Pardo are rather firm and therefore not so suited to this technique). Make sure you have some contrast in your colours
  • White and translucent clay
  • Selection of smallest Kemper cutters in different shapes
  • Selection of other very small cutters such as Monkey Ann’s tubes (Ann will have some available on the day and they are also available from Clayaround)
  •  If you don’t have such cutters not to worry, we can hopefully share them amongst each other and there are other ways to create the patterns by hand
  • Very sharp flexible blade for shaving the layers
  • Thinner needles for picking up small polymer pieces (beading needles or sewing needle)
  • Layout paper
  • Pasta Machine
  • Surface to work on
  • Normal stiff blade
  • Layout paper
  • Acrylic roller
  • Other tools you like to work with

Polymer Clay Toggles – by Carol Blackburn

You’ve finished making your pendant and to complete the necklace you need a closure. So you rummage through your stash of findings but you don’t find just the right one to enhance your creation. This is where toggles come to the rescue as you can make a closure to match exactly the pendant.

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To make a polymer clay toggle you will need:

  • Polymer clay
  • Decorative veneer (optional)
  • Round Cookie cutter approx. 7/8 about 22mm or similar measure
  • Knitting needle or ball stylus Rubber Buna cord or similar suspension cord Mini drill and drill bit the same size as the Buna cord Super Glue

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Show and Tell

Our Show and Tell table is the place for you to show off your latest polymer necklaces, bangles, earrings or vessels. It’s an opportunity to trouble shoot a ‘failure’ or a problem piece that needs advice from our many talented and experienced members. There will be a place and a name label for each person to lay out their creations.

There is a possible chance that on arriving at clay day you might have your necklace or pendant removed from around your neck to go on the Show and Tell table! So don’t be shy, we all had to start somewhere and we have all had our share of polymer failures.

LIBRARY – One of the library crates will be brought to this meeting but if you want something specific, please contact Ann on ann@lpcg.co.uk and ‘place an order in advance’. Please return any previously borrowed items. A deposit is required to join library, bring a cheque book if you want to join.

Our library has just received the latest issue of Meg Newberg’s Cane Builder. We now have 5 issues, so get there early to be the first to borrow one!

Bulk Order Reminder

The cut-off date for ordering clay and other items from ClayAround is Tuesday 3rd November. Contact Ann at ann@lpcg.co.uk for the instructions and password.

Venue and other information

The day will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm and will cost £15  Our venue near Marylebone Station and a general kit list are available here.  Tea and coffee are provided and included in the fee, but there are no café facilities.

HOW TO BOOK

Click here to book.

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