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Meeting Date: November 18, 2000 12:30-4:00

Attendees: Paula, Debbie, Deborah, Diane, Amy, Gail and Jen. Welcome new member Meredith

Regrets: Maureen, Christine, Bonnie and Emily

Polymer Clay News

Today's meeting was the final meeting for 2000. An informal meeting was held with lots of discussion on polymer clay, beading techniques, future meetings and holiday plans.

Congratulations to Diane! Diane has several clay pieces for sale at local rubberstamp stores.

Congratulations to the Rhode Island Polymer Clay Guild (RIPCG) on establishing their website. You can find RIPPCG at http://www.manxnewmedia.com/ripcg/

I have discovered a wonderful new tote for transporting clay, tools, etc to clay days and classes. Generation's Crop Station or Cropper Hopper Roll-Away Tote. This is a rolling case complete with retractable handle. (e.g. Just like carry-on luggage). Approximate measurements: 16"x18"x9". Cropper Hopper designs products for rubberstamp and scrapbook crafters.
There are two zippered side pockets, a zippered front pocket and a zippered padded interior.
One side pocket has zippered mesh pockets suitable for holding small items (e.g. pearl-ex powders, stamps). Both side pockets also have heavy plastic sleeves suitable for sliding in pictures for transfers.
The interior will hold a pasta machine and blocks of clay. The lid of the interior has more zippered mesh pockets. Finally, there is another zippered pocket off the interior for more storage.
The Generations Crop Station is available at AC Moore. List price $119. But! Use either an AC Moore discount coupon or a Michael's 40% discount coupon for a more reasonable price. AC Moore recently had this item on sale, but I think the price was better using a 40% off coupon. I did not find the Crop Station at my local Michael's.
The Crop Station is also available to members of Crafter's Choice in the latest mailing. However, even with a Best member's discount, the AC Moore deal was better once shipping and handling were calculated into the Crafter's Choice price.
I'll try to take pictures soon and post them at Photopoint. I know my description is rather cryptic.

Just a reminder. Here is the guild's snow policy regarding the cancellation of meetings.

Snow Policy: If we decide to cancel a meeting due to inclement weather, you will receive email notification by 10am the day of the meeting. You may also call the Burlington Library at 781-270-1690. And, as always, use your best judgment.

Next Meeting: The CMPCG does not meet in the month of December. Have a safe and happy holiday season. See you in January 2001.

Future Meetings: All meeting dates are tentative, pending library approval. All winter meeting dates are subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Use your best judgement.

Saturday, January 13, 2001, 12:30 - 4:00 Tentative Demo: Name or signature cane. Faux stone bead swap due.
Saturday, February 10, 2001, 12:30 - 4:00 TBA
Saturday, March 24, 2001, 11:00 - 4:00 CLAY DAY! Includes a tentative schedule of a face cane demo and claying with a video. Stay tuned for more information.

Web Sites

Don't forget our own web site. We have a message board that has been quiet lately. This would be a good way to keep in touch with fellow members during the holidays. Check it out! http://newenglandclay.tripod.com/index.htm

Diana Crick has put together another online color mixing lesson at http://www.webhaven.com/crick/colorwheel2000/

Someone asked about cane ends. Here is the URL I have. http://www.crookedriverinc.com/

Show and Tell

Paula shared her finished basket from Cassie's demonstration on basket weave vessels. Created with gold polymer clay, Paula's basket looked like leather.
Meredith, who claims to have only worked with polymer clay for a few weeks, shared delicate miniature roses, a metallic maple leaf and metallic beads.
Debbie shared polymer clay vessels covered with a variety of canes.
Diane also brought more bottles to be covered for the Bottles of Hope project. Please bring your covered bottles to the January meeting.

Guild Swaps

The first swap for 2001 is here! If you are participating in the secret holiday swap, your swap gifts should be sent to your secret swapper by  January 5, 2001

Theme: Faux Stone Swap (Ivory, Opal, Turquoise, Jade, Amber, Malachite, etc)

Format: Beads

Requirements: 12 beads. The beads should be no larger than 3/4 inch and no smaller than 1/2 inch. The shape and design are your choice, but the bead must meet the size requirements. All beads must be ready for stringing.

Due Date: Next guild meeting, Saturday, January 13, 2000.

Please put the beads in a baggie and include your name. If you are unable to make the next meeting, you may send your beads to me. Please include money or stamps for return postage.

One or two beads will go toward the guild bead strand. If you have any questions, please email Amy.


Polymer Clay Classes

Sunday, December 3, Polymer Clay Workshop, Linda Faiola, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge.

Upcoming Craft Shows

Nov. 30 - Dec. 3 Crafts at the Castle, 15th Year! Thur. 12-9, Fri. 12-9, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5 CityZen Cane will be at this show. For more information and to see some of the artists, check out the following web site. http://www.artfulgift.com/catc/intro.htm

Other Guild Meetings

Southern New Hampshire Polymer Clay Guild meets the second Tuesday of each month, 6:30 - 9:30pm at the Peterboro Craft Center, Peterboro, NH. Contact Betty Abdu, 603-774-0011 or badu@Lr.net.
Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild meets the third Saturday of each month, except December, at The Rock Garden, Branford, CT. Contact Diane Villano, 203-467-7090 or DianeVillano@yale.edu. Web site: http://members.home.net/melanctha
Rhode Island Polymer Clay Guild meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:30 - 4:30. Each meeting is a clay day! Locations currently vary. Contact Sandy at smbeaudry@ids.net or Antoinetta at aphilibert@netzero.net for more information. RIPCG's next meeting is December 30.