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Welcome to the North Texas Polymer Clay Guild!

We are a group of polymer clay artists and enthusiasts who meet once per month from September to May. We like to share information and keep up on what is going on with polymer clay in Texas and around the nation. We encourage anyone with a passion for polymer clay to come and visit our guild.

Our next monthly demonstration will be...

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NTPCG - Home Page - Demo Section May 2015

Making Pendant Cords by Edie Stanger


Sliding Necklace Closures by Jan Jones

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Making Pendant Cords by Edie Stanger

Sliding Necklace Closures by Jan Jones

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   Artist Biography: (Show Details...)

Edie's Bio:

Edie came to the NTPCG in November 2004 as an absolute beginner and made Nancy's Lotzer's swirly bowl, to her absolute delight. She was introduced to the Natasha bead at that meeting, and have been enamored with the clay ever since. And, like all of us, she wishes she could make more time for the clay.

After loving the work of Laura Timmins, she became interested in the hand twisted cords in her jewelry. She found some information about making cords online and in the juvenile section of the library. Naturally, she wanted to find a way to make the process faster and easier than the historical way. And, using a variety of threads, including embroidery floss, silk cord, regular thread, other threads/yarns, and metallic floss, you can make cord to coordinate with that single beautiful polymer bead in your stash. You can also finish the cord ends in several ways. Yes, she uses a tool - the Fiskars hand drill, but there are other options, including your hands.

Jan's Bio:

When Jan was just old enough to walk and talk, she would come up to her mother and say, "Mommy, my hands need something to do." She has been creating, crafting, and doing things with her hands ever since. She is a process person, not a product person and has explored many different crafts. The ones she still enjoys are beading, knitting, crocheting, needle tatting, paper crafting, and of course, polymer clay. In the 1980s she, her future husband, and other family members started mining quartz crystal in Arkansas. After determining that she needed to do something with all those crystals, she became interested in stringing beads. One day while she was shopping at "Rock Barrell", she discovered some purple, green, and white tubular beads made out of something called Fimo. She found Nan Roche's book and started learning more about it. She was eager to share it with her mother and when they got stuck at the family Thanksgiving gathering in 1993 due to the huge ice storm, they made their first cane - a Happy Face.

During this time Jan also discovered the Polymer Clay bulletin board on the Prodigy online service (before the internet). One night she started chatting online with a woman named Marty Woosley. When they discovered they both lived in the Metroplex, they took their conversation to the phone and talked for a long time that first night. They agreed to meet in person. Jan, her mom and stepdad, and Marty met at Luby's for lunch. They decided that it would be fun to meet with people who enjoyed working with polymer clay. Marty had been taking classes from Jeanne Sturdevant, who graciously let us use her mailing list to invite interested people and what later became the North Texas Polymer Clay Guild was born in March 1996.

Jan Jones will demonstrate 2 ways to make a sliding necklace closure using knots - one with beads and one without beads. She will bring satin rattail cord and beads so that you can try it out yourself. If you have a pendant that you would like to hang on a satin cord, you can bring that & leave with a finished necklace.

Note: The two photos show the two sliding closures. The demo will be for the closures only - not for the pendants shown in the photos.