Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Chain Maile - October 2014

October 21, 2014 - KCPMC Guild member Pat Kuehn will teach us about chain maile, including how to make your own jump rings, if you want.

We'll provide enough jump rings for everyone to make a pair of earrings. plus info about selection of jump ring sizes and quantities.

Please bring two pliers - once for each hand - chain nose, flat nose, with no ridges on the inside.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Meeting - Epoxy Clay

In April Janice LeMasters will show us how to use 2-part epoxy clay, using silicone molds.

The meeting is Tuesday, April 15 at 7 pm.

At our April 2014 meeting we will explore using resin clay , sometimes called crystal clay or epoxy clay.

Janice LeMasters will teach us various techniques for using this versatile medium. Each member* will receive a package of resin clay to work with.

NOTE: this material is NOT clear like epoxy resin, but comes in various "metal" tones and colors. It is used for molding and embedding. 

Materials and tools to bring:
  • silicone molds (not rubber - it will not release)
  • silicone work mat (oven liners are fine)
  • vinyl gloves (to use when mixing)
  • olive oil
  • stones, findings, bales, crystals,etc. to embed in clay
  • bezel (pendant, ring or anything) to fill with clay
  • Toothpick with beeswax or small tweezers
Here's an online tutorial if you want to know more before you come. 
Another video tutorial here, using Martha Stewart epoxy clay.

  • Bring show and tell
  • March Raffle winners were: new member Davina Taylor-Hinds and Cheryl Coleman (2)
  • *NOTE: 2014 Dues are payable now! Just $24/year! If you are not a paid member, you can purchase a package of resin clay.

Everyone is welcome to join us for a no-host, pre-meeting dinner out at Cheddars (95th & Quivira) at 5:00 pm.

March 2014 - Fold Forming Metal

Our March meeting will be lead by Cecilia Rosales and we'll be fold-forming 24gauge copper

Everyone will get a couple small pieces of 24ga copper. Foil is too thin, heavier gauges are difficult to work with.

We will need to have:
Annealing stations (at least one or two)
fire brick
surface protection
quenching bowl or bucket

ear plugs
safety glasses
anvil or tree stump
bench block
hammer (raising or forging hammers if you have them)
leather mallet
anvils and stakes
large vise
pliers, both chain nose, flat and wide jawed

prying tools (like a bench knife, butter knife)

We are planning to set up a hammering board (using a couple wooden stools, a large heavy board and come C-clamps.) If you have a sturdy stool that stands 29", please contact Lynette.

Soft Solder and Texture Stamping - March 2014

The March 2014 meeting was an exploration Stamping onto Soft Solder.

Lynette Fisk's recent experiments with "texture stamping onto soft solder" are based on work by Stephanie Lee, who has a book and several e-books with video tutorials available. Do a Pinterest search for stamped solder or gilded metal and see what you find!

Check out her online ebook tutorial for HOE (Handbook of Elements) for great bookmaking ideas, plus some soldering tips.

Carol Harder's recent meeting using plaster gauze to make jewelry and Stephanie's book Plaster Studio was the inspiration for the handmade book Lynette brought.


and we also played with making a rectangular bezel out of copper or brass "foil" (36 gauge sheet available at Hobby Lobby) to solder and fill with resin.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 2014 KCPMC Guild Meeting

The February meeting we'll play with UV (Ultra Violet) resin - which sets quickly using sunlight or UV light (like those used in nail salons!)

Meeting date is Tuesday, February 18 at 7pm at
Harder Performance Driving School
10362 Mastin St
Overland Park, KS 66212 
Ruth Schroeder will be leading the evening and she's bringing resin and a pre-made 25x30x1mm bezel for each of us. If you would like to bring your own bezel (handmade, pre-made, bottle cap or wire) you may.

Other items to bring are:
  • paper or fabric background image (please pre-seal with PVA glue or other sealant to prevent color bleed)
  • inclusions
  • charms or embellishments
  • scissors 
Ruth will also cover using other types of resins and will bring some to show. Most 2-part resins require 12-24 hours to set so don't work quickly enough to use at our meeting.

Online tutorial here.

For more information or to add your name to our email list, please contact Lynette Fisk at bylynette @gmail(dot) com. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Party and Gift Exchange

The KCPMC Guild December meeting is our annual Christmas Party and gift exchange.

Tuesday, December 17 at 6:00 pm - at Carol Harder's Driving School - our normal location

Please bring:
  • Food to share
  • Beverages and serving stuff provided
  • Gift for exchange (something you have made, that you are proud to give. Use your best media, not necessary to use PMC)
  • Show and Tell - what are you working on? what did you make this fall? We want to see!