My Polymer Clay Guild had its Christmas pot luck yesterday. There were four long tables filled with the most yummy food imaginable. I wish I could have tried every dish, but that would have been an insurmountable feat.
I was looking forward to Sherri Sneed's demonstration on armatures, but unfortunately, she couldn't make the meeting. Babette Cox took her place and demonstrated a Satin Swirl Egg. She used this huge egg for her demonstration, but you can use the more ordinary chicken egg.
The lesson was inspired by Kyle Savastano. His mom had given Kyle (who was only five at the time) scraps of clay while she was demonstrating mica shift covered eggs. He proceeded to mush and smoosh the clay then placed the scraps on an egg. You can read about Kyle and see his incredible egg by clicking on the following link: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/satinegg.html
The link also has a tutorial on how to make this beautiful egg. I'm anxious to try it myself.
We also had a demonstration by Shelly Traub on "Polymer Clay Menorahs" I thought it was quite ingenious using bolts for the candle holders. They fit the Menorah candles perfectly. Shelly has used this demonstration when teaching children, because it is such a fun and easy project to do.
Our meeting ended with our swap which is always so much fun. I came home with three beautiful clay creations. I love the swirl earrings by Ruth Steiner and the steampunk gingerbread man by Teresa Stites, but was quite awestruck by Cindy Walker's creation of Kellie Mowat's "Singing Angel Ornament" that was featured in this months Polymer Clay Cafe magazine. We have such wonderfully talented artists in our Guild.
Lucky Me!!! One of our Guild members bought a used toaster oven (previously used for polymer clay) at a garage sale. She thought someone in the Guild would like it and that lucky someone was me. She only wanted what she paid for it and would you believe it - it was only $10.00. I couldn't wait to get it home and put it in my clay room and as you can see, it fits perfectly in my wicker cabinet. I have to get a temperature gauge for it, which I will buy today, then I will be ready to try it out with my next project.