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May 9, 2020

Our next clay day will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. Fiona Able-Smith has kindly agreed for us to use one of her YouTube tutorials ‘Polymer Clay Box’. In this tutorial Fiona shares how to make a hexagonal box, using a template made from card. Then we get to learn how to make a beautiful cane to cover the box, and how to match it so that the cane pattern fits wonderfully together around the box and on the lid. The tutorial can be found here.  

Instructions will be sent out on how to use Zoom, with links to how to access Zoom in advance of the day once you have purchased your ticket.  

South of the River, our Croydon group, had a virtual mee...

April 30, 2020

Back on the 8th March, as the pandemic was breaking but lockdown had not yet started, a few determined souls met on the Sunday braving the weather, engineering works and virus to once again swap stories, experiences and tips on polymer clay. 

The demonstration was led by Kirsti, who showed us how with a few simple techniques you can make stunning sculptural items.  So by the end of the day we had plenty of seahorses, dragons, parrots and dolphins to show for our day’s efforts. 

The show and tell table was again full of amazing originality. As ever, a most useful time and place to not only get inspiration but to swap ideas on how to progress with...

January 30, 2020

Despite the gloom of January we welcomed twenty members to the first Clay Day of the new millennium. It certainly wasn't gloomy inside. It was great to see many old friends and to welcome some newer members. 

We are so lucky to have such talented demonstrators within our group so thanks to Theresa, Ruth and Jude for showing us how to make interesting canes, some simple, some more detailed.      


Because we were asked to use only blue and white clay for our canes we were able to share slices, giving us the possibility of mu...

November 26, 2019

We had a delightfully busy and buzzy Clayday on Sunday.  It was great to see so many regular friends, and to welcome five new members.  Alex, Diana, Marion, Mel and Pauline - we all enjoyed meeting you, hope you had a good day and that we’ll see you again next time. 

Demos were given by Ann, Ruth and Theresa using a range of products for surface effects.  People then got creative trying out Pan Pastels, ultrafine glitter, nail foils and others together with different texture sheets and stencils. There was a fair amount of golden gleam and silver sparkle in evidence on the many pieces so it was all very seasonal.  As someone said “you can n...

November 7, 2019

Hello everyone, Hope that you are all looking forward to our Clay Day on 24th November, the last one before Christmas, with an opportunity to try out some interesting SURFACE TREATMENTS.

We will be exploring a range of products available for use as surface treatments on polymer clay and experimenting with their use.

These will include Pan Pastels, Pearl Ex, Cosmic Shimmer, Derwent Inktense pastels, Ultrafine Glitter, Gold Leaf (sadly imitation), Nail Art Foils and maybe more.

These will be used along with stencils and texture tools.

We will also be looking at ways to seal these products - possibly Renaissance Wax  etc...….

Examples of the products will...

October 21, 2019

Our September clayday with Clare Mcknight was, as always, a jolly and convivial gathering.
Clare demonstrated her Christmas Heart tree decorations and tea light holders.

It was so lovely to see the innovative ideas members brought to their creations. That is always the
joy of claydays – the originality of the response to the work demonstrated. So we had everything
from traditional Christmas to very subtle designs and utter bling! All were fabulous. Thank you Clare
for your friendly demo plus delicious recipe.

The Show and Tell table also held some treats for us all so please take a look at Bridget’s photos.
It was very difficult to have to inform y...

September 1, 2019

September's clay day will help you get ready for Christmas!

 Clare McKnight will be sharing two Christmassy options for our September clay day.  Pretty tea light holders and heart tree decorations.  You can choose to do one, or both.

Tea lights holder will be formed using translucent clay over a glass jar, with a pierced pattern, allowing the light to shine through the tiny holes.  Clare uses empty 200g Nutella glass jars,  (See her Nutella Brownie recipe below to use up the contents).

Heart are made using scrap clay.  These make attractive Christmas tree decorations. with a subtle sheen finish.  Clare will also show a very simple way t...

August 4, 2019

Clay Day 28th July  

We had a super day on Sunday learning all about clasps, closures, toggles, hooks – you name it - with all the demos by our lovely members.

Ann showed us how to create intricate wire clasps (which she claimed were quite easy really), Ruth showed a selection of simple link closures and toggles and even I managed to finish one of these!

Following this Theresa’s embedded magnets were a hit, with one new member, who does not have pierced ears, discovering that the magnets were strong enough to hold earrings together through her ear lobe. Who knew? Finally, Jude demonstrated how to make wire pins for a large “statement” brooch.