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Meeting Date: Saturday, February 10, 2001
Attendees: Paula, Meredith, Diane, Emily, Amy, Maureen, Deb, Gail and Deborah
Regrets: Kim, Christine and Bonnie
New members: We welcomed Helen B. to today's meeting

Meeting Schedule:

The next meeting will be Saturday, March 24, from 11am-4pm. This meeting is a designated clay day. We have the following demonstrations planned: simple face canes and a chrysanthemum cane. A video review of Gwen Gibson's "Ancient Images" will also be provided. More details to follow.

Future meeting dates:

Sunday, April 22, 1-4pm
Saturday, May 19, 12:30-4pm
Saturday, June 9, 12:30-4pm.

Please note: Library hours will change during the summer. The Guild will adjust its schedule accordingly.

Polymer Clay News:

The Guild enjoyed a wonderful demonstration on dichroic beads. Diane shared her discoveries with Art Institute Glitters in creating dichroic beads. Everyone spent the better part of the meeting mixing translucent clay with glitter and pearl-ex powders. Then members applied thin strips of clay to base beads. Oohs and aahs were heard when it was learned that altoid boxes are great to use in making bicone beads. I think a dichroic bead swap will be in our future!
Paula informed members that the library has asked the Guild to teach a polymer clay class to middle school students. Many members were interested in supporting this request. Several class ideas were discussed, including pins, pens and critters.
Members swapped items in the heart swap, hosted by Diane. Pins, pendants and earrings were popular creations. The interpretation was outstanding: bargello, chrysanthemum, mosaic, textures, transfers and teddy bears. Dichroic, skinner blends, canes and Kato's heart. Time to bring out the digital camera!
Thank you to Diane for hosting this month's swap and providing a demo!
Meredith reported that Mike Buessler is leaving the world of polymer clay. I located a brief statement on his web site: http://www.narrows.com/~Buesseler/Classes.htm#Classes  Sad, but true L But, I respect his decision. Sometimes, you just need to take a break.
Maureen reports that the spring Bead Affaire will be held on Saturday, April 21 in Watertown. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Favorite Web Sites:

If you haven't visited yet, check out Polyzine at http://www.pcpolyzine.com
Polyzine is an online polymer clay magazine (e-zine) with tips, tricks and lessons. Lots of lessons!
Looking for online tutorials? Check out http://www.geocities.com/turkeymama/UPCG/tutorials.html

Guild Swap:

Meredith will host the swap for March. The theme is "green." Any type of item: beads, pins, pens, vessels, etc. Other colors may be incorporated with green being the predominant color. The shade of green is your choice. Meredith will provide additional information.