Monday, June 18, 2012

Sorry - I did forget a few things :

  • index cards for drawing a template
  • painter's tape is handy to hold things in place for drilling
  • Sculpey bake and bond glue - this is probably optional but does give a stronger bond for the hinge
  • sand paper
  • pick to start the holes
You can bring a dremel for drilling, but remember a face mask too

And a clarification:
We will be making the polymer clay covers and I plan to teach the hinge method, but the cover design is open to your personal interpretation. I liked using the Cabezel and the size is good and I'll demo using it, but the clay choice and cab veneer are up to you. 


Sunday, June 17, 2012

There are three steps to making this book:
1. The pages are paper coated with ice resin using Susan Lenart Kazmer's method:
This needs to be done ahead and bring the images to class. If you use photos, they should be approx. 45mm by 65mm leaving space at the top which will go under the hinges and eyelets.

1a. I haven't tried this but an interesting alternative would be an image transfer on the inside of the back. We did this with Wendy a few classes ago.

2. The covers are polymer clay approx. 40mm by 70mm. I used a Cabezel, but there are many possibilities. The hinge is made using an extruder with the 3mm hole and the 1mm centre thingy.
  • extruder with tips
  • regular clay kit
  • a block of clay and something nice for the front
  • texture sheet if desired
  • Cabezel if desired

3. Join the front to the back with eyelets sandwiching the images between the front and back.
Tools needed:
  • bench block and hammer with flat and pein ends
  • wire cutters
  • pliers: flat nose sand round nose
  • centre punch (big enough to open 1/8 inch eyelets)
  • drill and bits including 1/8 in and 1/16 in
  • scrap of wood to drill into
  • wire straightening pliers
  • utility knife
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • safety glasses
  • hope that i've remembered everything!
  • i can share my tools
  • jump rings i used 3/8 in 18 gauge and 3/16 in 18 gauge
  • 1/8 in eyelets
  • 20 gauge (0.8mm diam) wire or long headpins
  • rivets and washers are optional for adding decoration to the cover.
  • i can bring enough to share - I paid about 50cents each with the shipping.
The inspiration for these books was also Susan. 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Barb Fajardo is coming to town!

Hi Everyone,

I'm happy to announce that Barb Fajardo will be coming the weekend of Sept 22, 23 to Toronto to teach her Mandala Beads and More workshop.

The workshop price will be approximately $225 for the weekend excluding materials and the venue will be picked at a later date.

Skill requirements are determined beginner and above.  Anyone currently participating in the Guild has the required skill sets and people are more than welcome to come to Guild meetings to learn more.

If you'd like to reserve a spot, please contact