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A Riff on Maggie’s Necklace at the Next Meeting

Our next meeting is October 15 from   10am-4pm  at the Hillman Apartment building  22 S. 22nd street  Take the to the second floor,  make a right and go through the rec. room to the union hall.  Liz Schwartz will be demonstrating a bracelet making technique that she describes as  “a riff on Maggie Maggio’s split ring chain necklace, these bracelets are simple and versatile. They can be made in different sizes and covered, carved, colored. Well, you can see where we’re going here… sky’s the limit. Very comfortable to wear, too.
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Textures! Textures! Textures!

Our next meeting is Sunday, September 17 and the  theme is, you guessed it, Textures!  We’ll demo how to make your own texture plates,stamps and texture wheels. After lunch we’ll use all the textures we created in a variety of ways. Bring your favorite texture sheets, stamps and cutters and some scrap clay to play along. Don’t forget show and tell as well.

When: Sunday September 17th 10am-4pm
Where: Sydney hillman 22 S. 22nd street
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Future Meetings

October 15: Liz Schwartz demos bracelets

November 19: Gloria Davis demos paper clay

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What I Learned in Claire Maunsell’s Class

Another great class sponsored by the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild!

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11.ClassI learned how to make hollow stacked beads and hollow pod-shaped beads.

I learned that hollow pod-shaped beads were only a starting point and that I could take the clay wherever I wanted it to go.

I learned how to assess whether a given paint would work with polymer clay.

12.PaintsI learned that Claire is an incredibly generous teacher who prepares illustrated handouts bursting with information, ideas, resources and more.

I learned why Pan Pastels look so ##@&^#$@ gorgeous on polymer and I discovered that I need to buy them in all my favorite colors.  Like right now.  Or sooner.

I learned different techniques to crackle, seal, antique, enhance, texture,  carve, wax, paint, emboss, finish and (whatever else you can think of) polymer clay.

I learned about some new software that just might change my life. (Ok, that’s an exaggeration but Repper is pretty cool.)

If I have to  stop…

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Midsummer News from Sherman

There will be no July or August Meeting. Things resume in September. Have a great summer, I hope to see some of you at  Synergy .   In the meantime,  here is some polymer related news of interest.

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Three Workshops with Leslie Blackford  at CharmdImSur Studio in Mechanicsburg, PA.

CharmedImSur has accommodations for overnight guests.  Click here for more information.

Guild Master Class with Claire Maunsell  September 9-10.  Surface Design and Hollow Forms. Additional information including cost and registration is forthcoming.

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Synergy 4 conference comes to King of Prussia this summer. If you haven’t signed up yet now is the time.  Hotel rooms must be booked by July 20th to get the discount rate.

The International Polymer Clay Association Conference will be in the Philadelphia area this August.  There will be Seminars and master classes, a gallery of work for sale as well as supplies,  an auction and gala and much much more. You’ll get to meet polymer clay artists from around the world and some of the biggest names in Polymer. You won’t want to miss out.

For more information about this exciting event Click Here.  Besides the conference there is also a Retreat plus option. Our members get a discount for either option. to get the discount code please Contact me.

in addition their are now day passes available.

Membership  – Join now 
We were able to keep the membership fee to the low price of $40.00. Being a member helps support the guild and gives you the benefit of access to Guest Artist meetings which are member only, it also gives you a first shot to sign up for a master class and a discount at Blue Santa Beads in Media. Members also get a discount for the Synergy 4 conference.
Please sign up today using the PayPal link below.

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Mokume Gane in May; No Meeting in June

Sherman Oberson demonstrated some pretty cool ways to make Mokume Gane with alcohol inks at the May meeting.  Below are some examples including a candle holder  lit by the glow of Sherman’s cell phone flashlight.

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Sherman was kind enough to write up his tutorials for two versions of the technique which you may access below:

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Remember, there will be NO MEETING IN JUNE.  But we have some special things planned for next Fall, so stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn Mokume Gane with Alcohol Ink At Our May Meeting on Sunday

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Join us for our May Meeting. Sherman Oberson will be doing a demo on Translucent Mokume Gane using alcohol inks.

Where: Sydney Hillman Apartments – Second floor past rec room in union hall

22 South 22nd street, Philadelphia Pa. 19119
When: Sunday May 21st – 10am to 4pm
Cost: Free to members

Join fellow polymer artists and enthusiasts for a day of claying and fun. Bring some clay and basic tools and clay along .

Sherman Oberson will be demoing how to make translucent mokume gane using alcohol inks. If you’d like to follow along bring 2-4 oz. of translucent clay, gold or silver leaf, alcohol inks and a glass form to cover and try this technique yourself.

There is a good chance someone else will demo as well.

Don’t forget your show and tell.

Sherman in a Landslide

The Philadelphia Guild’s very own Sherman Oberson  recently became  President of the American Regional Board of the International Polymer Clay Association.  Congratulations Sherman!  Sherman is also President of our local guild and one of the forces behind Clayathon which had a record 80+ attendees this year.  When he is not teaching polymer clay classes  at one of the many  art centers around Philadelphia,  Sherman  is busy consulting and designing for Penn State Industries who chose him to help them expand their marketing reach from wood crafts to polymer clay.  

Sherman’s work is pretty spectacular too.  To have a look, press here and here.  

Here is a video Sherman made for Penn State Industries. 

 

 

 

 

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