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We have so much great information on the Blog that it is now our front page! Scroll down the page to read the posts from the Guild Reporter.

We have a new meeting place, Blue Santa Beads in Media, PA.

We meet the third Sunday of each month at  Blue Santa Beads, 1165 West Baltimore Pike, Media, PA 19063.   348sBlue Santa owner Sara Caldwell kindly volunteered her wonderful shop. The shop has a parking lot parking and is easy to get to by car or public transit.  Get directions here.

We have a new web address, too!   It’s the same blog and website, but our new address is Phillypolymerclayguild.com.

Go to our Welcome Page to learn more about us and how to contact us. Follow this link to the FAQ file for everything you need to know about our meetings.

Enjoy the most up to date news on the blog, or check out the rest of the site. Hope to see you at a meeting soon!

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Join us for our September meeting at  Blue Santa Beads where Martha Aleo will be demoing Wire techniques that will go well with polymer clay.

September guild meeting 

Where: Blue Santa Beads
1165 W. Baltimore Pike, Media Pa. 19063
(610) 892-2740

When: Sunday, September 16th – Noon to 5pm

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.   
 
 Learn how to make two cool bracelets with Martha Aleo   
 
These bracelets would look great with some polymer beads added. If you want to follow along with Martha, here is the supply list. 
 
Supplies
14 gauge wire – Martha uses copper
Steel wool
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
Wire cutters
Mandrel – the size of a sharpie pen
Sandpaper
Steel bench block
Ball peen hammer
 
Martha will bring some supplies and tools to share. Blue Santa Beads sells most of these supplies.  
if you plan on attending please RSVP by clicking HERE so we have an idea of how many people to expect 
Don’t forget your show and tell!
Upcoming Meetings  
September 16th – Wire bracelets
October 21st – Holiday Ornaments
Please note our new meeting time of noon to 5!
We know Sunday mornings can be busy with church or family obligations so we changed our hours to make it easier to attend.

!PLEASE NOTE:  Our new meeting hours at Blue Santa Beads are from Noon to 5:00 pm.!

Don’t miss our next meeting on  Sunday, August 19 at Blue Santa Beads.  Sherman will show you a ridiculously easy way to make molds and use them to cast copies of your polymer creations or anything else you want
in quick-curing resin.
We can have a molding party making molds of each other’s treasures. Below is the list of supplies to bring if you want to join in on the fun.
Supply list:
1.) Items to mold ( old jewelry, items with a cool texture, your polymer creations,  natural items (twigs, seed pods, shells) or anything else you would like to copy.
2.) Silicon molding material (Information below)
3.) White casting resin (information below)
4.) Work surface
5.) Baby wipes and paper towels
6.) Disposable cups and toothpicks (for mixing resin) if you have them
The silicone molding material can be found in most craft stores or ordered from Amazon.
Amazing Mold Putty
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White Opaque (not clear) Amazing Casting Resin. Make sure you get the opaque white one in the purple box. The clear takes too long to cure. This might be harder to find in a store. 

You can order this from Amazon.

Here are some pictures to get you inspired.

July Guild Meeting

July guild meeting  

 

Where: Blue Santa Beads

1165 W. Baltimore Pike, Media Pa. 19063

(610) 892-2740

When: Sunday July 15th – 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 demo liquid clay techniques 

 

if you wish to clay along  with the demos bring

liquid clays, mica powders, pastels, alcohol inks, normal claying supplies. 

 

if you don’t have all the supplies don’t go buy anything. Sherman will have some on hand. 

 

Don’t forget your show and tell as well.

 

 

if you plan on attending please RSVP by clicking HERE so we have an idea of how many people to expect 

Upcoming Meetings  

We are back to our normal schedule of the third Sunday of the month.  We never met in the summer in our old space partly because the air conditioning didn’t work much but since that is no longer an issue we are meeting through the summer. our next meetings are …

July 15th – Liquid clay Techniques

August 19th – Miniatures and making molds

September 16th

 

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.

Please sign up today using the paypal link below

 

  

Changes to the website 

We have changed our website.

the new website is

www.phillypolymerclayguild.com

The best way to keep up on what’s happening with the guild is through this newsletter and our facebook page.

Clayathon 2019 Save the Date  

Due to circumstances beyond our control we have moved Clayathon 2019 from our normal dates in February.

The New Dates are April 4th to April 10th. Mark those dates on your calendar and stay tuned for registration info once it’s available

Thanks for taking a little time to catch up with us. If you have an article or any upcoming events of interest to the Guild, polymer clay gossip etc. etc. Please contact Sherman Oberson.  I will happily spread the news.

June Guild Meeting
 
Where: Blue Santa Beads
1165 W. Baltimore Pike, Media Pa. 19063
(610) 892-2740
When: Sunday, June 17th – 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 demo faux cloisonne and faux ceramic.
if you wish to clay along with the demos bring
white clay, black clay, scrap clay, gold mica powder, pastels, acrylic paints, clear packing tape, small paintbrushes.
if you don’t have all the supplies don’t go buy anything I’ll have some on hand.

Don’t forget your show and tell as well.

 
if you plan on attending please RSVP by clicking HERE so we have an idea of how many people to expect 
The best-laid plans sometimes falter at first. The last two months have been a good example of that. We were unable to have our April and May meetings due to scheduling issues and me dealing with some family issues. Things are back on track now and the next few meetings are scheduled.
Join us for our June meeting at Blue Santa Beads where we’ll be demoing two faux techniques. Check out the newsletter to find out all the info on the meeting and for information on upcoming retreats.
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Why A New Meeting Space?

We have moved our meetings from the Sydney Hillman building. Hillman no longer meets our needs for a variety of reasons. We to find a new space in Center City that would work but had no luck. Luckily for us, a longtime friend of the guild Sarah Caldwell was kind enough to offer us the meeting room in her lovely bead store Blue Santa Beads in Media. While the space is smaller than our old space it has many advantages including free parking, easy access to public transportation, shopping and more.  There are coffee and dining choices in the same complex and a clean well lit room to meet in. It’s my hope that this change will help to revitalize the guild. March’s meeting was a huge success. I hope you’ll join us at this months meeting to check it out.
Upcoming Meetings!!!!!
We are back to our normal schedule of meeting the third Sunday of the month.  We never met in the summer in our old space partly because the air conditioning didn’t work much but since that is no longer an issue we are meeting through the summer.!!!  Our next meetings are
June 17th Theme: Faux techniques
July 15th  Theme: TBA
August 19th  Theme: TBA
Membership  – Join now 
We were able to keep the membership fee at $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 the first shot to sign up for a master class and a discount at Blue Santa Beads in Media.
Please sign up today using the PayPal link below
 
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Clayathon 2019 Save the Date  


Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have moved Clayathon 2019 from our normal dates in February.
The New Dates are April 4th to April 10th. Mark those dates on your calendar and stay tuned for registration info once it’s available.
Clay Connection Retreat   


The Southern Connecticut Polymer clay guild is holding it’s retreat on July 26th -29th in New Haven Connecticut. There are still some spaces available. Many of our members attend, if you haven’t signed up yet here is your chance.  Click Here for more info.

Enjoy these pictures from our March meeting where the theme was flowers.

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Clayathon is Coming

The holidays over and the dark frigid days of January have descended and parked themselves at our doors for a few bitterly cold weeks.

But behind the facade of ice, snow, and despair, Arlene Groch and her Polymer Army are working like nervous beavers to make Clayathon 2018 a reality.

If winter’s here, can Clayathon be far behind? (Apologies to all the usual suspects.) 

Here are some pictures to tide you over.

 

No Meeting in November

The bad news-we will not be having our previously-scheduled November 19th meeting.  This is a busy time of year for most of us and our plans for a demo and a meeting simply fell apart.  We are always looking for people to volunteer to organize meetings and to demo.  If you are interested, please leave a comment and maybe we can pull off a meeting in January

The good news is that the newest issue of The Polymer Arts  came out today and look whose work is on the cover: Emily Squires Levine !  And I had the good fortune to interview Emily (who lives within walking distance of my house) and write the article. If you can’t wait for your printed copy, you can order a digital issue here.

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