London Polymer Clay Group Annual Report 2018 AGM 30th September 2018
The London Polymer Clay Group continues to flourish. We have well attended bi-monthly meetings and have been delighted to welcome our regular members together with new and enthusiastic members joining us during the year. Our philosophy is to encourage, teach, inspire and share the development of members’ skills and interests within the polymer clay world. We aim to create a warm and supportive atmosphere where members can discuss their work and develop their talents – and have a jolly good chat over a cuppa!
Jane Cox will be demonstrating ring bowls and/or covering a small glass. Jane will bring along templates so that different shapes can be made or you can bring glass tea lights or similar to cover - see below.
In addition to the usual kit Jane suggests the following depending on what you would like to make.
Mica powders/pan pastels
Previously made canes or veneers - or make one on the day
Clay to cover the outside Jane uses black, white or grey but the choice is yours
Fine texture for the underside of the bowl
A credit card or ruler to indent pattern on chrysanthemum canes
Translucent clay, particularly if covering a tea light
We had a rather unusual clay day this time around - a whole day dedicated to the processes of sanding, buffing and polishing your polymer clay creations.
Unfortunately as I was doing quite a bit of demonstrating, I didn't get time to take many photos - apart from the abandoned buffing machine surrounded by the various wheels I used in my demonstration - and two sets of beads.
As you can see from Theresa's round beads, the difference buffing with a high speed jeweller's wheel makes is quite noticeable, from matte to quite shiny. And likewise Lindley's lovely black and red folded beads - she's planning to use alternate shiny and matte beads as part...
This Clay Day is going to focus on FINISHING - sanding, polishing, buffing - all the techniques and materials that give your polymer pieces that professional look. We will have a range of materials and equipment for you to try out and some "expert finishers" on hand to advise.
Please note - this is a week earlier than normal in an attempt to avoid the big cycling event taking place in London the following Sunday.
By popular demand, this clayday will focus on how to achieve that perfect finish to your work!
We will have short demonstrations of a number of techniques, tools and materials to smooth work into the desired shape and then to polish it up to achieve the final perfect finish, whether matt or brilliant shine.
Important note: Clayday is being held on 22 July, not the usual last Sunday of the month. This is to avoid the previous problems of clashing with the RideLondon cycling event.
What to bring
A number of baked but otherwise unfinished pieces to try out techniques on
Any materials that you successfully use for sanding and/or buffing, to show oth...
Having had our booking at Greenside cancelled at short notice, we were very fortunate to have the use of Warwick Community Hall just a short distance away. This was a cosy hall that had the perfect ambiance for our small group.There was lots of laughter and jollity as we worked with our inspirational images. Looking at the results, the exercise proved to be fruitful and creative. No doubt we will repeat this exercise.
On the show and tell table we had a diverse collection of items to marvel at and enquire about. There was wall art, experiments with glitter and shine, further trials with Maggie Maggio's technique for sculptural neck pieces and pieces...
Our next Clay Day is coming up - it's on Sunday 25th March... PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE!! Details below...
For our March Clay Day, we are looking at working from an Inspirational image.
Interesting images, randomly chosen, will be sent out to attendees a couple of days before the meeting, We hope this will give you a chance to come up with some ideas in advance. Choose any part of the image to work on, let your imagination run wild. Then at the clay day you can work on your piece.
At the end of the day we will set out all finished pieces, see if we can match them to the correct image. And discuss how we got there...
Well OK this might be a misleading title but we had sunshine (inside) at our Clay Day on January 21st 2018.
There were 22 of us present and it was wonderful to see many old friends and to meet some welcome new members. Sunshine indeed!
We were treated to an intriguing extruder demo by Jane Cox. Some of her ideas were new to many of us and judging by the super creations on the day there will be lots of fresh designs as a result. Thank you so much Jane - it was a real treat and we hope that at our next Clay Day we will see some fascinating work as a result of your inspiration. That is a hint everyone!
The Show and Tell table had a wide range of 'exhibi...
We have two events coming up and we don't want you to miss out!
First, our next Clay Day is going to focus on the amazing things you can do with a clay extruder - including wonderful shimmering beads, complex beautiful beads and loads more. Many of you will know Jane Cox and will have seen her lovely work - come and find out how she does it!
We will have several different extruders and loads of different dies available for you to try out (including the Lucy one, pictured).
It's on Sunday 21st January at our usual venue, Greenside Community Centre in Marylebone. (Please note this is a week earlier than normal so you've only got a couple of weeks left...