Friday, October 31, 2008

Creativ Festival

Hi all!

Here's some pictures from the recent Creativ Festival taken at the Shades of Clay booth.


Sunday, October 26, 2008

October Results!

Barb B did a wonderful job at teaching a Donna Kato bead today (and the shortbread cookies were much appreciated). The above photo is a sample of our results before we started trying to add the thin layer of translucent clay to them. I think all of us were impressed with the beads (and if not our own, of others for sure).

The inking and stamping were fun, but the class got quite a bit quieter as we all wrestled with the translucent layer. For those that need additional help, please bake your beads for 30 minutes or more. Sand with 400 and 600 grit sandpaper and bring to the Christmas Party. Janice will be bringing her buffer and allowing us to finish our beads then.

Other items of note:
- next month's meeting is the Christmas Party, if you'd like to participate in the gift swap please either bring something hand made or of less than $10 value.
- membership fees are due - you save $10 if you pay before Jan 1
- we had two new members join us and they've already paid for next year. Welcome!
- Cathy will be teaching versions of the brain cane for January's class and Janice has agreed to teach and demo the myriad of mokume gane techniques. We have a request for a class mosaics so any volunteers would be great for that.

So thanks Barb, for a beautiful class. I'll speak for everyone by saying you did a great job and we were glad to have been a part of it.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Materials list for Oct 28 Meeting

As a reminder, the October 26 meeting will be a demo from Donna Kato's Simple Inked Beads. If you have Donna's second book (blue cover) Creative Surface Effects, it's shown on page 122.

Janice posted my first effort (which you can see here) in the blog after she sanded and polished it for me - thank you!

For supplies you will need
- your basic clay stuff (pasta machine, tile, blades, etc)
- a bit of scrap clay (for the bead base)
- white clay, translucent clay,
- liquid claychalk inks, I have some and Sharon and Sandy have offered to bring theirs along
- stamps - something for a design around the bead (lettering or a floral spray),
- small stamps (a swirl or small designs to dab here and there)
- a permanant ink
- gold leaf
- bamboo skewer
- sand paper for finishing

Janice will be bringing her buffer with her and if there's time we will be able to bake and buff some beads.

Barb B.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Come see Shades of Clay this weekend...

I've copied the next bit directly from the Shades of Clay website. For those that don't know, Shades of Clay is run by our past president and founding Guild member, Marg Scott. Marg is a beautiful woman and well worth meeting. Her booth, I'm sure, will be tempting. Other guild members will be helping out at the booth as well.

This fall, Shades of Clay will be at booth 560 of the CreativFestival at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This annual event covers 200,000sq' of vendors, exhibitions, demos, book signings, make 'n takes, fashion shows and so much more. There are over 300 workshops held in conjuction with the festival. Workshops start October 15th; vendor sale starts October 17th and runs through to the 19th.

The Festival originated as the Sewing & Needlework Festival and has evolved to include all arts and crafts; after all, creativity has no boundaries and so many of us enjoy multiple crafts, often combining them in new and unusual ways!

Shades of Clay is proud to be sponsoring workshops by Donna Kato and Helen Breil; booth demos by Donna, Helen and Susan Pickering Rothamel. Plus book signings by Donna. And the introduction of the "Cabezel".

Save on tickets when using the link below and the Shades of Clay promo code 180SC

Adults $12.00 (save $3.00) Seniors 60+ $10.00 (save $2.00) Youth $4.00 (8-17)

purchase tickets

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, October 4, 2008 - a way to always get your Michael's coupon

Just as an FYI, our local Michael's has issued a notice that the Michael's brochures are now carried electronically at Once you sign up they will send you an e-mail everytime a new flyer comes out for whatever stores you want to track.

You can print off the coupon and use it at your leisure.

Here's the link to this week's coupons for those that are thinking they might like to buy some inks for this month's bead demo.

And here's the link for the Michael's brochure this week:



Tuesday, September 30, 2008

October's meeting bead

I sanded and buffed Barb's bead that she will be demoing at October's meeting. I just used the coarse then fine sanding blocks and then went to the buffer.

The bead is based on a technique from Donna Kato's Surface Techniques book.


Two of our members are featured on Polymer Clay Daily!

Congratulations to Wendy and Bev. Polymer Clay Daily posted a very nice blurb about their Cabezel molds on September 22. You can see the link here here.

We're honoured to have such talented members in our Guild and it's nice to see others recognizing the talent.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Today's lesson - Silk Screening

Hi Everyone,

We were honoured to have our very own Janice V teach us how to silk screen today. She did a wonderful job and thanks to her generosity with the supplies we all came away with screens that we liked and can re-use. This first photo shows the materials that are used. Essentially a black and white image is copied onto a transparency. This is then placed over the light sensitive undeveloped screen, covered in a dark bag, and then taken into the sun. Stand facing the sun for half a minute or so and then bring the kit back into the room, plunk in water for 10 minutes, scrub away whatever wants to come off, and presto - a wonderful silk screen!

Janice is in love with inro boxes and brought along several of her samples that she's embellished with silk screening. These, according to her (and only her) are "not very good". The rest of us think otherwise.

We all spent our 30 seconds out in the sun waiting for the plates to be exposed. Then we set the screens and dried them. Once they were completed we were able to use them to squeegee paint onto clay. Here are a couple of samples after they've been painted. They show some of the differences in playing with colours and clay.

I didn't get a decent photo of Barb's amazing colour interference acrylic paint - it was neat to see what it did on different colours of clay. Everyone had a wonderful time. Janice and her excellent teaching skills demystified the process that looks intimidating on paper.

This last image really shows the impact of white balance in a digital camera. It's exactly the same piece, but the camera settings on the first one were true and were taken only after I noticed that the photo on the right made the clay look really blue. For those that are never satisfied with their colours in the digital cameras (particularly for indoor shots), I'd highly recommend a camera that allows for changing the white balance.

You can buy the StencilPro kits at Janice doesn't recommend the high resolution screens.

Next month's class is from Donna Kato's surface techniques. It'll be taught by Barb B. Materials list and other information to follow.



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Donna Kato Classses

These rings show the techniques learned.
Pods, zippers, canes.

BIG Beads and fine rings.

Samples of finished products by the students.

Like Wendy has stated, the bracelets are wonderful but not something that can be accomplished without alot of practice.. unless, of course, your name is Janice.

Another great tip from Donna was how she stores her canes. In Ammo boxes (for bullet storage)! I have sourced out a Canadian supplier. Check them out.

Cabela's shotgun cases

I called the gun store (Giovanni's) that I know, here in Toronto (on Wilson Av) and they said they do have some ammo boxes (but I didn't clarify if they were the ones shown above). Cheryl and I were going to check them out the other day but the store was closed when we arrived. Must go back.

All in all, a great weekend class. Gail

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Kato Workshop

I had a wonderful time on the week-end learning from one of the greats, Donna Kato. When all was said and done I had a wonderful collection of tiny canes and a lot of new methods and ways of doing things. Donna taught us how to make pods and beads and a great way to store Skinner blends. She also taught us how to make her gorgeous, chunky bracelets but I don't think I'm alone in admitting that this lesson was a lot harder than it looked and only after weeks of practice would I be able to make anything that even began to resemble one of Donna's bracelets !!!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Posted by Picasa Here is a little teaser of the finished projects from Donna Kato's class.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Donna Kato Workshop

Tomorrow is the start of the Donna Kato workshop in Toronto. I am getting quite excited at the thought of learning new techniques from Donna. I've never had the opportunity to take a class from her but I've heard that she is an amazing teacher. We'll be learning all about creating pods and bracelets. I can hardly wait. I will take some photos and tell you all about it when it's over.

Wendy O