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Monday, August 31, 2009

Buttons & Beyond....

Materials bag with some of the tools, clay and instructions.

I can't believe that August 22nd has come and gone. That was the day for the Rockport Development Group's Button's & Beyond, a polymer clay workshop taught by me, and set up by my friend Margot Miller of Rockport ON. Funded by OMAFRA it was a great opportunity for a workshop in a rural area.


Here is most of the group, including Margot (far right in blue) with their 'goodie bags' containing some starter tools, a tile on which to work and some instructions on making Cane. With the funding from OMAFRA there was only the $20 material fee.

Demonstrating use of the pasta maker and mixing colours.

I took three pasta makers that I have and two of the participants took theirs along. It's interesting to see that pasta makers vary in that some have the widest thickness on the lowest number and some have them on the high numbers! It's a bit confusing when you might be going back and forth between pasta makers.


The lower room at the Rockport Recreation Centre.

Using the lower room we had bright lighting and direct access to the kitchen, good for firing the clay in a toaster oven and for our coffee, zucchini bread and lunches. After we got rid of a couple of wasps we got under way.


Here I am talking about the clay and the colours, showing that some are metallic - Copper, Silver Gold and also Pearl. There is also pearl in Red, Blue and Green which I introduced later when the 'girls' got rolling and had a better idea of what they wanted to do with clay, as I didn't have a lot of it.

That was a great day and we hope to repeat it again further into the Fall in preparation for Christmas.......how about making gift tags, napkin rings, I might even try covering Altoid boxes for gift boxes. Watch this space and....

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