The Rickie Report is proud to share this good news! A Rickie Report subscriber, Sarita Neun, from Hobe Sound, FL has been selected as the First place winner of the 139th Polymer Clay Central Challenge for April, 2012. The theme was “Spring”. Sarita makes these realistic looking beads and fanciful flowers from polymer clay. The designs are not painted. They come from her manipulation of different colored clays!
Sarita and her daughter, Marissa, combine their talents to make beautiful and affordable jewelry that is one-of-a-kind and totally hand made. They sell their work at local art shows as well asLoggerhead Marine Life Center Gift Shop and Local Treasures on Cypress Drive in Tequesta, FL. For more information: email@example.com
To learn more about polymer clay, come to a meeting of the South East Florida Polymer Clay Guild (SEFPCG) on Monday May 21st at 6:30 pm at Beads on the Ave, in Delray Beach, FL.
For the May program, Pam Carman will present Mokume Gane. Mokume Gane is a Japanese method of manipulating metal to achieve a wood grain like design which we mimic in polymer clay by stacking, rolling, and layering many sheets of different colors of polymer clay and gold or silver leaf, poking them with different types of tools, and slicing them up to achieve beautifully patterned designs to cover boxes, jewelry, bottles, buttons, mirrors, picture frames, etc.
Here are two Mokume Gane links for those that would like some written instructions: http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/cyclopedia/4colormg.html or http://www.sculpey.com/projects/mokume-gane-pendant
To show you some wonderful examples and unique designs using Mokume Gane and polymer clay canes, Pam, a very talented polymer clay artist and painter, has sent us a link to her beautiful and comprehensive on-line photo album of the things she has made using polymer clay and that she has painted. (First read the descriptions below each picture to find the ones that are using Mokume Gane and then if you want a real close up of each, either click on each picture or click on slide show which blows the pictures up to a much larger size. Then sit back and enjoy looking at all the crafts that she has made): http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamelacarman/
The Rickie Report reminds you to check out Pam’s work and story in the premiere issue of The Rickie Report (9/8/2011) at www.therickiereport.com
Pam invites you to try making Mokume Gane along with her at the meeting or just watch and learn. If you want to participate, please bring the following tools and supplies (don’t worryif you don’t have everything because we share): A work surface or tile to protect the tables. Flexible tissue blades for cutting/slicing. Pasta machine. Acrylic roller. Polymer Clay (Premo is best but any will do) in sheets made with the thickest setting of your Pasta Machine: 2 light value colors in 2″x 3″ (business card size) prepared sheets of conditioned clay ( white or light ecru) 3 medium value colors in 2″x 3″ prepared sheets of conditioned clay ( choose colors that you like & look good together!) 2 dark value colors in 2″x 3″ prepared sheets of conditioned clay (dark brown, black, or dark value of colors chosen above) 1 translucent sheet of clay in 2″x 3″ in a prepared sheet of conditioned clay. 1 sheet of gold or silver leaf. Deep etched stamps or things to make an impression in the clay ( needle tool, knitting needle, Kemper cutters, the ends of different sized paint brushes, screw drivers, different sized embossers/stylists, screws, nails,etc). A small spray bottle of alcohol and/or spray soap and paper towels to clean up the tables, your hands, and your tools at the end of the meeting. (Always clean clay off your hands before snacking or eating.) Plastic wrap (Glad Wrap is best) or patty/deli paper to wrap and store your finished Mokume Gane pieces and to wrap and save your opened clay and scraps and your sheets of rolled clay. You can place sheets of clay first between sheets of wax paper so they can be stacked without sticking and then wrap them in plastic wrap. A carton or box to transport the decorated sheets and pieces of Mokume Gana home for your next projects.
Also, don’t forget to bring the following to the general meeting: Any projects you’ve made in the last few months and/or articles that you would like to share for Show and Tell; Any library books that you have borrowed and not yet returned and dollars to rent more polymer clay books and videos; A small donation for a raffle ticket to cover the rent; Handmade polymer clay crafts or polymer clay related items to donate as raffle gifts to cover the classroom rent. A camera to take pictures for our websites and Facebook.
Your 2012 registration if not already paid (Annual Membership is $24 pro-rated or Part-Time $4 – checks made out to Karen Leeman).
If you plan to attend Alice Stroppel’s classes on June 10th, Pen and Ink on Polymer Clay, and/or June 11th, Contours in Polymer Clay, at the Davie Women’s Club and have not already given your payment to Pam Carman, bring checks ($60 for guild members and $75 for non-members), made out to the teacher “Alice Stroppel” and with the class name and date written in the lower left corner, to this general meeting to secure your seat before the classes start. For those registering for both classes, please write a separate check for each class. No refunds will be issued after May 21, 2012,unless the class is canceled or there is no seat available. For more information: Karen Leeman,SEFPCG President, firstname.lastname@example.org
And Now To Celebrate Sarita!
There is time for you to enter the May contest, whose theme is, “Memories”.
Contestants Can Now Submit Photo Entries!!!
Deadline: May 18th
Polymer Clay Central is holding its 140th Polymer Clay Central Challenge for May 2012, sponsored by our good friends at Polymer Clay Express! And as a special extra prize, each winner will also receive a copy of the “GREEN” issue, supplied by our new friends at From Polymer to Art Magazine! Our theme for this contest is MEMORIES, so get your imaginations going and get your project ready!
We now allow PHOTO entries for the PCC Challenge! Under the new rules, contestants can send in a total of three views of their entry – one full size picture and up to two optional detail shots. To authenticate the projects, we also request a picture of the contestant holding the entry. This will be a total of four photos. Submissions can be sent by using the form on website, or you can use your own email. If you use your own email, the subject HAS to be PCC Challenge Entry (this will get through our spam filters), and be sure to include your name and address (in case you win).
For those contestants who don’t have digital cameras, or who aren’t confident of getting a good picture, you can still send in your entry, with name, address, email address, and return postage included, and we will photograph your entry.
The deadline to send in pictures for the contests is the 18th of May (If you are mailing in your entry, and it will be a little late, please email us and let us know and then send it Priority Mail) - and the Contest page will be posted on or about the 20th of the month. Voting will continue to the end of the month, and then the Winners will be announced. To plan ahead, please visit our Contest Schedule Page for the upcoming months and their Themes and Sponsors!
To enter now, read the rules below and send in your pictures for the May Challenge by the 18th of May, and try for a great prize package from our sponsor Polymer Clay Express, with special extra from From Polymer to Art Magazine.
CONTEST RULES – PLEASE READ:This contest is open to ANYONE.Young, old, male, female, staff members and web surfers, anyone who loves to play with Polymer Clay.
- One entry per contestant. Contestant can email photos of their entry, or they can send in their entry to be photographed (Details below). If you mail in your entry, multiple items will be photographed as one entry.
- Your entry must be based on Polymer Clay. Other added embellishments will be accepted.
- Projects must be original.
- Projects must NOT appear anywhere on the Internet or in any collections where they could be recognized before or while the contest is in progress. Contestants must NOT identify their own project at any message board or email list or their entry will be disqualified.
- To send in your photos (JPG format with a neutral background: 1 full view and up to two detail photos. Also send one photo of you holding your entry for authentication – it will NOT be used in the contest) please send to email@example.com. The Subject line for the email HAS to be PCC Challenge Entry (the previous link will add it to your message). PCC reserves the right not to include entries where the photo is too blurry or unuseable.
- If mailing your project please include your name, email address and mailing address. On the outside of the package please write Polymer Clay Challenge or PCC, so we can identify what pile to put the packages in!
- If you mail in your entry, and want your project back, send it in a returnable package with sufficient postage (NO metered strips, please!) to make it’s way back to your house. For international members, PCC will pick up the return postage if you want your piece returned. All other submissions will be treasured and stored to use in future lessons and Galleries on the Polymer Clay Central web site.
- Voting will take place from the minute the Projects go up until Midnight the last day of the month!
- After the votes are tallied, the winner will be announced, and the name of each artists will be revealed on the contest pages. The projects will remain on that Web page until the next contest is uploaded, and then they will then be archived to the Master Index.
- IMPORTANT:1st Place Prize Winners are not eligible to win again in the next contest, but they are invited to play along anyway.
- Prizes awarded are provided solely by the Sponsor, and are not returnable or refundable.
If Mailing Your Entry: Leigh Ross PCC Challenge PO Box 66 Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
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