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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.

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July 16, 2019

July's clay day is all about clasps, hooks and toggles​

 A lovely matching closure can make all the difference to a necklace or bracelet.  A polymer toggle, a bead clasp with embedded magnets a handmade wire hook, bail or link is just what you need for a perfect finish.  At our July clay day we will have a series of short demos of different ways to make your own clasps, hooks and toggles, and Ann will also demonstrate how to make best use of her products.

The Show and Tell table will have this as a theme, and we hope everyone will bring pieces with elegant closures they want to show off, pieces where the do-up raised a problem they’d like t...

May 30, 2019

Sunday 26th May clay day was our regular ‘focus on colour’ session, with Jude demonstrating three different options for people to work on their understanding of colour and colour mixing in polymer clay.

The three exercises were:

  • instinctual colour mixing – a reliable way to get the colour “recipe” of any colour you want.

  • pivot tiles – an exercise in seeing how colours shift when colour-wheel neighbours are added in controlled quantities, and then how they shift again when white, grey or black are added.

  • mosaics – Jude brought along some really beautiful mosaic beads with colour shifting “tiles” running around them – a very effective tec...

April 29, 2019

On May 26th we will have our third colour special. As before Jude Parker will be demonstrating three activities each prompting you to explore an aspect of colour. You can choose one of these activities or, if you'd prefer to follow a worksheet from an earlier activity, that is fine.

We will be making mosaic beads to explore the effect of colour placement, continuing to develop our instinctive colour mixing and revisiting pivot beads.

To get the most out of the day you should bring:

  • Our usual clay day kit

  • A range of polymer clay colours, including the primaries (blue, yellow and magenta) plus black, white and scrap

  • A small cookie cutter f...

February 5, 2019

Fantastic Clay Day on Sunday 27th January, with Bridget Derc giving us a very broad ranging demo - turning a large cane into a complex table top or large mandala.

We were each given 30+ slices of a “master cane” and shown in great and careful detail how to use protractor and graph paper in order to trim the slices to fit a square, hexagonal and circular layout.

We all had great fun trimming and laying out and were impressed with how many different beautiful tiles we managed to make between us, with every single one different despite all using the same source cane.

Brilliant demo with loads of useful learning for everyone - thanks Bridget!

December 2, 2018

For 27th January 2019 we've got a special look at pattern-making with large canes courtesy of Steering Group member Bridget Derc.

Polymer clay is an enticing medium for pattern making as Bridget will demonstrate at our January clay day.  She uses the repetitive placement of cane slices in a systematic way to make fascinating patterns.

Check out Bridget's Pinterest page here, which will show some of the wonderful work she has created using these techniques.

In her demonstration she will show how she prepares geometric grids to ensure the slices of polymer canes are placed accurately and how to build up patterns that ‘flow’.  She will take you thro...

December 1, 2018

Due to very difficult unforeseen circumstances Raji was unable to offer her planned demonstration but we hope that she will be able to present it next year.

In stepped Jude Parker, who had worked hard to prepare a seasonal demo, in which she showed us how to make absolutely delightful baubles, which could be hung on the tree and opened up to reveal tiny treats.

As Kirsti's photos show the imagination of our lovely group was inspired and the results were fantastic. Many thanks to Jude for taking the lead at such short notice. 

You will also note that the Show and Tell table was, as always, full of fresh surprises.

We all agreed that it was a really enjo...

November 3, 2018

We are so glad that Rajitha Nandakishor, one of our long term members who many of you will have met at clay days, has agreed to demonstrate the creation of her delightful rounded hinged boxes with us on Sunday 25th November - just in time for you to make your own super Christmas treat boxes! 

Rajitha has sent us photos - see below - of her Easter boxes but is busy working on examples of Christmas boxes for her demo (I have to confess I want to do both).

You will need your usual kit (including mug - Greenside no longer provides mugs).

If you have any of the large wooden balls from Jana's workshop please bring them along or maybe any compressed papier m...

October 3, 2018

We had a wonderful day last Sunday with really good attendance - seeing some old friends and meeting new ones too which was a real treat.

In her demonstration Jane Cox showed us how to make ring bowls of different shapes, textures and finishes and also showed how to cover small glasses to make very pretty tea lights. The ovens were busy all afternoon and the results were varied and delightful. Thank you so much, Jane.

The show and tell table was full of treasures and we spent some time discussing how many of the pieces on display had been made. Hopefully in November there will be a selection of ring bowls and tea lights on display inspired by Jane's...

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