Hi Everyone...
Welcome to MPCG 2011. This is where you will come to get all the information you need to attend our seventh annual Polymer Clay Gathering held here in Morrisburg Ont. from Thurs. April 07 to Sun. April 10.. Here you will find registration and hotel information as well as demo descriptions, schedules and material lists. Be patient with us, we are just getting started!
You can also come here and post any questions or queries you may have.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Face cane information

Louise did an exhaustive research on face cane sites that can be found. She sent me the following text to be published on the blog.
Merci Louise pour ton travail minutieux.

Face cane links

General info


Blogs :

If you want a blog by an artist that does stupendous elaborate face canes
and see her photobucket for more inspirations

Another blog on face canes
She has a video on making face canes and side face canes. You can buy it at her etsy shop.
For those of you who don’t know what to do with the face cane she gives a lot if ideas.

General: many face cane tutorials

http://www.sculpey.com/projects/archives/witch-face-cane-lesson witch cane
http://ristellebircole.canalblog.com/archives/2008/11/30/11578194.html French

Packing the face cane ( in French but look it up , many links)
in French another tutorial in pictures.

For inspiration
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/claypen_canes2.html many types of face canes and other canes
http://houda7.canalblog.com/archives/2007/09/05/6116314.html French
http://jefoju.canalblog.com/archives/2008/02/22/8053873.html French
http://maniguette.canalblog.com/archives/2008/07/29/10070126.html French a manga face

Michael Jackson in black and white

Skull and bones
http://chloefimo.canalblog.com/archives/2009/11/28/15954718.html French
http://medusacreations.canalblog.com/archives/2006/10/31/3879461.html French

Complex face canes and components:
http://florenceboheme.canalblog.com/archives/tuto_a_la_bobo_/index.html French look at the different components used.

Complex eye cane



http://www.finger-tips.co.il/projects/fimo/galil-face.asp Israël

http://xtine.ifrance.com/xtine/tutorialoeil.html French

http://xtine.ifrance.com/xtine/ French

http://www.kerstinsfimoseite.de/fimo/ German

lip cane

face cane complex: Japanese man


Face with hair Complex ( French)

Face cane with shading ( French)

Puca ( little girl) French
http://paroledepate.canalblog.com/archives/canes_tutos/p20-0.html under April 28 , 2008

African face cane ( French)


Strange face (French)

Side face cane ( French)

What to do with a face cane
( French)
http://www.hgtv.com/crafting/polymer-clay-face-bead-watch/index.html watch bracelet

This a fascinating video on a complex face cane

Animals face canes

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shimshoni-gallery/3871654514/in/set-72157606371383384/ in pictures


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Before you leave...

Hi everyone!

We are almost there, less than one week to go: our yearly clay fest is about to begin.
If you have any questions just ask us:
Margi: margilaurin@sympatico.ca
Vio: fxvio@sympatico.ca

Last checklist

Basic clayers kit
Materials for each class
Driving instructions and phone numbers
Books and magazines (optional)
Table de Junque a great opportunity to recycle (optional)
Shop, Hawk and Gawk, we want to see what you make (optional)
Canes and beads for swaps (optional)
Smile (not optional)

How to get to Morrisburg

From the 401 take exit 750 at Morrisburg. Follow signs to town about 1km
from highway overpass. (You will be turning RIGHT into town if you are
coming from Toronto, and LEFT into town coming from Montreal). Turn left at
the lights and drive another 1 km approx. On the left side of the road, you
will see the MacIntosh Inn. It is well marked and you will already have seen
the signs directing you to it. Drive safely!

The Hotel number is: 613-543-3788
Vio and I will be around and the contact person to speak to at the Inn is

When You Arrive

Someone at the front desk will direct you to the conference room and give you your keys and room number. You may want to drop your “stuff” off so you don’t have to lug it upstairs or downstairs.


You will receive a folder upon arrival with class descriptions and schedule as well as some useful information about the town.

This is YOUR event. You have paid for all of the classes, it is your choice whether to attend them or not. If you feel you have too much on your plate, or that a class may not be beneficial to you, you may opt out and go for a long lunch or a nap or a Jacuzzi. (You need to book Jacuzzi times with the front desk.)

Or you may want to continue working on something that has piqued your interest. And even though you may choose to work on something else, you will benefit just from listening. The instructors will be willing to answer questions and help you any time you need it, not only during their class time.

This is our eighth MPCG gathering and we feel every one has been very successful. If you have any questions, concerns or comments, come directly to Margi or Vio. We will do our very best to help you.
Margi and Violette

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Sandy's description and list

This is what Sandy Willis wrote on her blog Friday.
Her list of things to bring is pretty complete; you might want to check it out.
Thanks Sandy!! And by the way, go and visit her blog; it is interesting.

Hi Everyone,
In just a few short weeks Morrisburg will be upon us. It's an annual gathering of 30+ women from Ontario and Quebec. We meet for a long weekend and clay all weekend long. I was dragged kicking and screaming to it five years ago by some women I had barely gotten to know at Guild. I then became one of the biggest converts as the session had met and exceeded my every expectation. It's now something I look forward to every year.

There's lots of claying, eating, laughter, friendship, and happy exhaustion. Everyone is incredibly warm and giving in their time, talent, and companionship. I'm smiling as I type this because it's just so much fun.

The photos above are a collage of the lessons that we'll be learning this year. It's a good mix of items and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them. I'll be giving a tutorial in one of the evenings, on some caning techniques that I've been playing with. You'll get to see the canes after Morrisburg.

I've started putting some things aside for packing. Here's the list of everything I've got to put together and figure out how to pack. There will be a lot of "oh, and I guess I should also add..." as I browse my hobby room. Fortunately I know that if I forget something someone else will have one.

Paints, Inks, Liquids and other tints

•Acrylic paints in favourite colours
•Glazing medium or pre-mixed acrylic glazes
•Dollar store paint brushes
•Paint Pallette
•Pallette knife
•Acrylic gel medium that dries clear (Golden brand or modge podge)
•Pearlized acrylic paint
•Stamping ink
•Water container
•Alcohol inks
•Pearlex powders
•Future floor finish
•Water spray bottle
•fabric acrylic paints or inks(Dye Na Flow) - 1-3 colours
•sponges and makeup brushes
•Liquid Clay


•Wooden boxes
•Small tins
•Empty match boxes
•Glued books


•Glue – White craft glue and acid free glue stick – PVA or archival
•Adhesive Tape

Blades and Cutters

•Cane cutting blades
•Heavy duty utility knife with supply of extra blades
•Cutting mat
•Cookie cutters
•Chef scoopy thingy
•Kemper cutters


•Cork-backed metal ruler
•Cutting Mat or cardboard
•Small measuring containers from Lee Valley
•Bone folder
•Wax paper
•Paper towels
•Hole punches
•Gloves for hot clay
•Bull dog clips
•Straight pins
•Key rings
•Plastic sheet protectors
•Credit card
•-20 g. wire and flat-nose plier
•-cotton balls
•knitting needle
•mica sheets
•Small white vinyl canvas
•Mr. Clean magic eraser

Clay Tools

•Pasta Machine
•Polymer clay extruder with discs


•Bake n Bend clay
•-polymer clay - white,black, translucent,ecru,pearl and brown
•black clay
•Scrap clay
•light coloured polymer clay
•Play dough
•Other colours
•Samples for tutorial

Textures and stamps

•Images for collages and transfers
•-small rubber stamps (ex. star,leaf)
•Word stamps


•headpins, earrings
•marker pens,
•brads, eyelets & eyelet setter,
•found objects,
•ribbons, yarns, wire, bits of fabric, sewing needles, thread, coins, buttons

Junque Table stuff

Show and Tell

Friday, April 9, 2010


Thurs. April 29
Afternoon: Arrival and Set-up
6:00 to 7:30 Dinner
Evening: Welcome and announcements;
Leslie Lockhart and Sherry Nash: A Book with a Secret (part one)
Fri. April 30
Fri. 7:30 - 8:30 Breakfast
Fri. 8:30 – Gaby Orbach: GoingWild and Fine With Surface Design
Fri. 12:00 - Lunch
Fri. 1:30 – Louise Gagné: Best Face Forward
Fri. 6:00 - Dinner
Fri. 7:30 Sandy Willis: demo with canes
Sat. May 1st
Sat. 7:30 - Breakfast
Sat. 8:30 – Georgia Ferrell: A Tisket A Tasket, a Polymer Clay Basket
Sat. 12:00 - Lunch
Sat. 1:30 – Fanny Achache: Inkjet Transfers on Polymer Clay
Sat. 6:00 - Dinner
Sat. 7:30 –Melani Litwack: demo origami: making a box
Sun. May 2nd
Sun. 7:30 - Breakfast
Sun. (Time TBA) – Leslie and Sherry: A Book with a Secret (part 3 or 4)*

* Leslie's and Sherry's class will be ongoing during the weekend. They will intervene here and there as this project advances. We will be finishing up on Sunday morning. To prepare your book go to the blog: http://mpcg09.blogspot.com and look up their instructions. (I (vio) just did mine! easy)

Once again, we are anticipating a super weekend of learning, laughter and lots of claying. Don’t forget to bring your smile and energy because we plan to have some fun.

Margi and Violette

Thursday, April 8, 2010

MPCG10 - a reminder

Hi there,

The 8th (I know, I can't count) Morrisburg Polymer Clay Gathering is going to happen in a few weeks! This message is a reminder of things you can bring along with you to share, show or sell.

LIBRARY: once again we ask for your cooperation for the reading table; we all like to read and if you have any magazines or books of interest, please bring them along. They don’t necessarily need to be clay related: anything to inspire will do the trick. Please mark the books/magazines you bring so that they can be returned to you.

TABLE DE JUNQUE: how about making a special effort for the table. In this time of recycling, take a good look at all your clay related tools/supplies. There are a lot of things that you don’t use and won’t use. Why don’t you give them to someone who will? We can’t think of a better way of sharing. We all have stuff lying around begging to be used…by someone else!! Think about it. There are always little treasures to be found on that table.

SHOP HAWK AND GAWK: if you have anything to show and tell we would be happy to see it (does not have to be for sale). Just bring anything you are proud of or maybe things you want input on. And if you have stuff to sell, we will set up a table like in the years past.
Mark each item with your name and price.
You are responsible for the sale (i.e. receipt, taking cash,
packaging etc).
We will have an area assigned, but if you have special display requirements, please bring them.

CANES: Do you have canes that are never-ending? Why don’t you bring them along to exchange? that way, you will have a greater variety of canes to work with. The more canes, the merrier. This has worked well in the last three years and we want to do it again this year.

BEADS: Do you want to swap beads?, bring some with you to exchange.

If you have any ideas you want to share, please go right ahead. The information we gave you will be uploaded to the Morrisburg blog. http://www.mpcg09.blogspot.com
Once again, we are anticipating a super weekend of learning, laughter and lots of claying. Don’t forget to bring your smile and energy because we plan to have some fun.

You will be receiving driving directions and phone numbers etc. closer to the date.

Margi and Vio

PS: we have also planned two demos.

The first one by Sandy Willis who will show us more elaborate things to do with caning. For sure, this will be a great complement to Louise's class.

The second demo will be given by Melly who will show us how to make a pretty box to give that special gift in. Get ready to fold paper!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A note from Georgia

Georgia sent this out to the Clayamies list recently. You might not all be on that list so here is the information:

if you are going to morrisburg and have no other way to get some superflex
bake and bend clay, please let me know and i will try to bring some for
you. it has many uses besides what i will be doing with it, so perhaps you
might want to either purchase a 6- one ounce package or an 8 - 2 ounce
package at michaels with a 40% coupon... or share one of these packages with
two or three friends.