At the 6th birthday celebration The Sisterhood Necklace will be making a special appearance! This is a one off visit.
The Sisterhood Necklace was a donation by Melanie West at the Synergy polymer conference auction in Atlanta, Georgia in March this year. Christi Friesen and myself were both bidding and both wanted it so we will share it. We were going to halve the 2ft 6ins necklace, but this would be vandalism so we have decided to use the necklace to raise more money for charity.
The necklace has been travelling around Australia with Christi to several towns where she has been teaching. At each venue the necklace has been photographed being worn by the students and these photos have been posted on Facebook. Each person photographed is invited to donate what they can, be it coins, notes or cheques to the Samunnat Project in Nepal.
The funds raised will go to the abused women in Nepal who make polymer beads to sell to support their families. The project is raising money to help them build their own building so they can work safely and are independent of greedy and difficult landlords.
The plan is for the necklace to be photographed being worn by the most number of people where ever around the world –like a Guinness world record.
So next Sunday, during the birthday celebrations, we hope you will want to be photographed wearing the fabulous necklace and be generous at the same time.
You are all invited to be part of this fun way of raising money for a worthwhile cause for fellow polymer bead makers less fortunate than ourselves.
edited by: Vero Sturdy
Dawn is willing to do food again for us on May 26th but as the weather isn’t very cold and due to the preparation time she is willing to make sandwiches, salads or ploughmans.
If some of you do want some please could you let her know the types of fillings or if salad etc. before Friday 24th May. The prices depending on what you would like.
Contact is Laura Zodiac Jewellery on FB or firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol has found a design for our group jigsaw piece but she isn’t telling what it is! However, she has suggested that you bring some black and some white clay to the meeting (plus some colours) if you would like to take part, Penny will have her Clayaround shop at the meeting if you need more supplies.
Also a reminder that to qualify for entry to the Early Bird draw you need to have registered and paid by midnight on 15 May. Of course you can still register after that time, the deadline just gives you a chance to save the cost of the £15 registration fee
Good news. Following the success of Sarah Shriver’s 2 day workshop for the London Polymer Clay Group we have done our sums and we made a healthy profit. I love good news and profits! So, as we have already bought much needed video and camera equipment, a DVD machine and books and DVDs for the new Library, we have donated £260 pounds to a charity in Nepal.
The Charity is called The Samunnat Project. http://acolourfuljourney.com/. It is coordinated by Australian Wendy Moore and the aim is to raise money to build a safe house in Birtamod, east of Kathmandu in Nepal for abused women suffering domestic violence. By having their own building the women will be independent from greedy landlords constantly raising their rent and generally making life difficult and they will be able to continue making beads with polymer clay to sell worldwide and the money going to support their families.
Many of you will be familiar with Cynthia Tinapple. She has been raising the charity’s profile on her excellent Polymer Clay Daily website and recently visited the project in Nepal.
You may also have heard of the amazing paediatrician Ron Lehocky an American who, in his spare time, has made nearly 20,000 heart pins which he sells and donates all the money to charity. Since hearing about the Samunnat Project Ron has been donating the money to this cause as well. Many of the polymer clay community send him all their ends of canes and scrap clay which he turns into a beautifully designed hearts, each pin is different. http://polymerclaydaily.com/2013/02/08/click-to-send-your-valentine/
At Synergy 3 in Atlanta in March this year enough money was raised during the weekend for the project to begin the building. Just this week work began when they celebrated with a ‘breaking the ground’ ceremony. http://jalbum.net/a/1349858
As fellow polymer bead makers living in a privilege world, donating our profits is something we can do to help make the lives of these Nepali women easier and safer.
edited by Vero Sturdy
You can book now for our next meeting which will be on Sunday 26 May. This is our birthday meeting, so we are going to try another group project.
This time we have decided to borrow an idea of Julie Eakes which Veronika came across on Facebook Polymer Clay Artists Group. Everyone got a black-and-white photo of part of the overall picture and interpreted it in clay using colours and techniques of their choice. It was only when they assembled the tiles that they discovered the end picture! (We’ll obviously be using a different picture, half the fun is not knowing what the end result will be)
You won’t need any special equipment or clay for this meeting, just your usual kit and supplies (click here for a general list). However, if you want to buy some extra supplies, Penny is going to bring her ClayAround shop (we aren’t doing a bulk order this time, pay her using cheque/cash only).
Because it is out birthday there will be some special Eats-And-Treats (including another of Clare’s delicious birthday cakes, the whisper is that this one will have a chocolate brownie theme), and we will of course have the Show-and-Tell table, but we probably wont have time for a demo. We haven’t yet decided about Emily’s beginners’ group (she wants to be part of the group project), but if you need help there will be 40+ people to ask!)
The times and venue will be the same as usual – ie 10.30 – 4.30 at the Hugh Cubbitt Hall (address etc here). Please note that the cafe is no longer available so you will need to bring a packed lunch but we will have the use of the kitchen to make teas and coffees.
To be entered into the Early Bird raffle you will need to book (and pay your £15) by midnight on Wednesday 15 May – that’s only 10 days away so don’t delay!
We only accept bookings in advance. You can pay by PayPal when you book, or if you don’t have a a Paypal account please email email@example.com if this presents a problem for you.
Finally, a reminder that you will need to bring your cheque book if you would like to register to use our library of polymer clay books and videos
Our next meeting will be on Sunday 26 May. Last year we did the zentangle canes as a team project and we all enjoyed it so much we thought we would do something similar this year too.
After much debate we have decided to borrow an idea of Julie Eakes which Veronika came across on Facebook Polymer Clay Artists Group. Everyone got a black-and-white photo of part of the overall picture and interpreted it in clay using colours and techniques of their choice. Everyone got a black-and-white photo of part of the overall picture and interpreted it in clay using colours and techniques of their choice. It was only when they assembled the tiles that they discovered the end picture! (We’ll obviously be using a different picture, half the fun is not knowing what the end result will be)
You won’t need any special equipment or clay, although if you want to buy some extra supplies, Penny is going to bring her ClayAround shop (we aren’t doing a bulk order this time, pay her using cheque/cash only). There will also be Eats-And-Treats (including another of Clare’s delicious birthday cakes) and the Show-and-Tell table but we probably wont have time for a demo.
The times and venue will be the same as usual – ie 10.30 – 4.30 at the Hugh Cubbitt Hall. Booking will open later this week, and you will need to book by 5pm on Sun 12 May to be entered into the Early Bird raffle – watch your emails!
South of the River is a satellite group of the LPCG, our next meeting will be on Sunday 28th April, all are welcome to join us. Our venue is in Selsdon/Croydon and was the venue for the recent Sarah Shriver workshops. We meet from 10.00am to 5.00pm. As a smaller group we usually have a theme for the day, instead of a demo. Theme not set yet, any ideas.
Please Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, for further information, or to confirm a place.
It was a lovely sunny weekend and the venue in Croydon was spacious and light, and handily right next to Sainsburys. Those of us fortunate enough to get spaces on the workshops with Sarah Shriver had a real treat. Sarah’s work is amazingly detailed and beautifully executed so it was brilliant to be able to learn from her. We had a lot of fun and learnt so much!
We also learnt Sarah likes coffee!
On Saturday we made Intricate Kaleidoscope canes. They certainly are intricate but with Sarah’s teaching experience we all achieved a magical result! Sometimes the starting components didn’t look so great but there were plenty of gasps of delight as people’s canes took shape and they realised that they had made a beautiful cane.
Cara’s canes Sarah’s class pieces Dawn’s cane
Several of us went out for dinner to an award winning fish and chip restaurant nearby on the Saturday evening which was really nice to have a chance to talk to people away from the clay table (although I am sure we carried on talking polymer clay a lot too!).
On Sunday we made big beads. Sarah cautioned us about not trying to make too many and I think we mainly listened to her advice. The process is complex and rather involved but produces stunningly beautiful beads. I learnt so many news skills from Sarah during this workshop and have 2 lovely finished beads that I am very proud of. Can’t wait to make a few more and turn them into a necklace.