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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...

July 31, 2016

We had a really great day on 31st July!

Although the summer holidays meant that there were fewer of us than usual, the sun shone and there was a warm and friendly atmosphere all day with our lovely members helping one another with ideas.

We started off with a fascinating demonstration of Mokume Duo by Alison Clarke. Alison began by telling us about her difficult journey to reach the current stage in the development of her technique.

It was such a relief to learn about her early mistakes and failures – so it’s not just me then – but brilliant to watch how she has overcome these difficulties in order to achieve the beautiful beads she now creates using...

January 31, 2016

Another fun clay day on January 31st, despite miserable weather, a poorly child and a poorly husband, a flat tyre and Carol being on the other side of the pond!

We had a lot of enthusiastic and friendly new people, and two demos – one on the mica shift technique (with elements of Mokume Gane) and the other on wire-work findings.

There was the usual delicious tray of Weetabix cake, and a show and tell table groaning with amazing creations (including Ruth Cohen’s entire collection of cuff bracelets) and lots of informal advice and suggestions.

My Mica Shift demo showed lots of different ways of approaching a tried and tested technique. We experimente...

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