Saturday, September 17, 2011

State Fair time again!

Each year our guild, Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild, sponsors a division at the annual Oklahoma State Fair. There are four divisions.

  • Sculpture
  • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Beads and Buttons
  • Household and Functional

Most of our guild members participate and often we will see each other when we take our artworks to the fairgrounds a week ahead of time to be judged.

Since we began sponsoring the division a few years ago, many in our group will participate in demonstrating polymer clay use for three or four hours the afternoon of the first Sunday of the fair. We each bring a few of the things we have made with clay, our clay, tools etc and work on the tables while answering questions from passersby, demonstrating a technique etc. Tomorrow is show time! We will be introducing folks to polymer clay play.

It is great fun for me and the people who stop to watch seem to be surprised at what can be made from polymer. This bell doll angel is one of my entries this year in the category of sculpting.

For beads I molded eight scarab beetles (from my own original mold) and put them back to back to make a scarab beetle bead and put them on wire bead pins. I used mica powders to create the rich, brilliant colors of ancient Egypt. I strung them on an elastic bead cord with gold beads between each beetle bead. No pics of these yet.

The jewelry entry is a Green Woman earring and pendant set and household and functional was a small, red, heart shaped jewelry box with faux lace, tufted top and gathered lace edge.

Tomorrow we'll all get to see how our various items scored but more than that, we will have another chance to share our hobby with folks and play in clay together.

Penni Jo

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