CMAG Newsletter July 2014

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In this newsletter: CMAG Survey, Workshops by Bruce McKay and Greg Wilbur, Sunstone Festival and more!

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** Table of Contents
* Selling and Promoting Your Work Online
* President’s Message – It’s All About You!
* Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions
* First Annual Sunstone Festival
* Stone Carving with Bruce McKay
* Wax Carving Workshop with Bruce McKay
* Raising Workshop with Greg Wilbur
* Upcoming Programs
* Member News
* Steamaster for sale
* Shop Tools for Sale
* Membership Information
* Newsletter Information
* View Past Newsletters on the Website

** July 8th – General Meeting Program

** Selling and Promoting Your Work Online

Presented by Leslie Zemenek
Our very own Leslie Zemenek will present Selling and Promoting Your Work Online. She will cover setting up shop on Etsy, alternatives to the world’s largest crafts marketplace, how to use Facebook and Pinterest to reach customers, and generally how to get your work seen in the crowded, loud world of the internet. The talk will include slides and a handout of resources.

Leslie has been selling her work on at since May of 2013, and has mastered the art of promoting her work via Pinterest and Facebook. If you have been looking for new venues to sell and promote your work, or if you have been wanting to sell online but not sure how to get started, this program is for you.

** President’s Message – It’s All About You!

By Leslie Zemenek
It’s that time of year again! Membership renewal forms went out in the mail 2 weeks ago. This year we’ve included a short survey as part of our membership mailing. CMAG would really like to get your feedback, whether you plan to renew your membership or not. (But we sure hope you do!) As we move into the future, CMAG wants to ensure that the guild is serving its members’ needs. We can only do that if you tell us what those are.

We’ve already begun to make some changes that we hope will make CMAG more inviting, more user friendly and more fun. We’ve got the beginnings of a new web site that will continue to evolve. Work has begun on the private members area and we will soon be adding the ability to renew your membership and sign up for events via the web. (I’d like to take a moment here to shout out a big thank you to Sharon Smith for stepping up to become our official dedicated web goddess. Sharon, you rock!) We’ve got plans for more workshops in the coming year, and we are brainstorming ideas on how to make the guild experience more interactive.

I encourage you to take the time to fill out the survey and let us know what’s important to you. You don’t have to answer every question, but even if you do, it should only take about 20 minutes. Mail it back with your membership, mail it back in a separate envelope, or if you really want to insure that it’s anonymous, fill it out online at . While we are by definition a guild dedicated to metal arts, ultimately we are a membership organization. That means it is your participation that that helps to define our vision, shape our future, and keep us a living, thriving entity. Thank you!

Your President,



Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.

** Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions

** First Annual Sunstone Festival
Submitted by Bruce McKay We are excited to announce the first annual Sunstone Festival. Open to the public, on July 12, we are celebrating our state’s best treasure, Oregon Sunstones. There will be live music, vendors, all-you-can-eat spaghetti feed and more. Loose stones and finished jewelry available for purchase. See the attached flyer for more information about joining us or about becoming a vendor. Time to shine! Visit us at: ( Friend us on Facebook!: Feel free to contact us with any questions! (


** Stone Carving with Bruce McKay
August 18, 19, 20th, 2014 9 AM to 5 PM Location: Newberg Jewelry Studio and Supply
2401 E Hancock St. Suite A2
Newberg, Oregon 97132 Learn the ancient art of carving gemstones using modern tools and Oregon agate and jasper. This class is geared towards learning to carve using a flexshaft and basic bench tools.
Students will carve a rough piece into a highly polished jewelry sized gem ready to be worn or set into a piece of jewelry. Suitable stones for carving will be discussed and all stones for class work will be provided.
Day One and Two will be spent carving a design that includes all the basic carving techniques: slab trimming, drilling, grooving, shaping, concave plus convex surfaces, then taking the piece through the stages of grinding, sanding and up to a high polish.
Three is Open Studio where students can work on their own carving designs or learn basic cabbing.
The price of this Stone Carving Workshop includes a $100 tool kit of diamond carving tools that students get to take home. Cost:
Two Day Workshop, August 18 and 19: $200
Three Day Workshop, August 18, 19, and 20^th: $300 To sign up, Send payment to: Bruce McKay
1725 NE 55th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97213

Wax Carving Workshop with Bruce McKay
I am giving a workshop at the Multnomah Arts Center this July 12th and 13th on Wax Carving Organic Forms. Although the design to be produced in class will be a flower form, this class is about learning to create fluid organic forms without the strict symmetry that I have taught in my other classes. This is a class on how to loosen up and have fun carving. Please consider this Workshop, and pass on this opportunity to anyone you think might be interested. For more info, contact me at 503-796-5966 or (

Official Description of class:
Wax Carving: Organic Forms Workshop
Learn to carve waxes into organic floral forms, creating pendants or brooches, ready to be cast into metal. Hand carve flowers from a solid block of carving wax using basic wax carving tools. Start with a basic five petal Plumeria and move on to carve a more complex flower.
Please note: We will not cast in this class, but learn how to carve fluid, organic, realistic flowers in wax. No prerequisite. Price includes materials fee of $70, which covers all demo materials and a set of wax carving tools for the students to keep. After 1st class, these fees are non-refundable.
To get details about MAC’s Metalsmithing Program and Studio go to (
Cost, including tools to take home: $172

To register,
Please drop by the Multnomah Arts Center office or call (503) 823-2787.

You may also register online by going to

** Raising Workshop with Greg Wilbur
Greg Wilbur and Arnon Kartmazov will be teaching a 3-day workshop at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast, July 16-18. The course introduces students to the amazing world of hand-forging and provides them with an understanding of basic skills needed to shape iron rod and copper sheet by hand. Other projects and techniques will be considered for students with more experience. For more information, visit Sitka’s website or call them at 541-994-5485.


** Upcoming Programs

Bruce McKay has taken on the challenge of being our program director and has lined up some truly fabulous programs for 2014 so far. Stay tuned for additional information in upcoming newsletters! Here’s a quick glance at what is scheduled for the next few months:

** August: Swap Meet!

Plan to bring all your tools and supplies you no longer need and find new homes for them among eager guild shoppers.

** September: Spring Show Potluck

September we will have a potluck meeting to discuss the results of the Spring Show, and ideas on how to make the next show even bigger and better.

** Member News

** Steamaster for sale
Submitted by Betsy Bensen I bought this from a jeweler closing up shop about 25 years ago and have never used it. It’s been sitting in my basement. I don’t know if it still works, but I do know that Otto Frei refurbishes them if it turns out to need spiffing up. And free is a pretty good price, I have a new ring saw and want to put it right where that big red steamer is sitting… If interested, please call Betsy Bensen 503-650-0046

** Shop Tools for Sale
Submitted by Carey Smith
First Dibs Sale for CMAG’rs ( before general public ) Moving & need to downsize studio.
* Complete Oxi- Propane torch set , new value $600, sell @ $ 275 OBO
* One inch Delta disc / belt sander $50
* Mikita angle grinder $45
* Nice 10″ Bench Top Drill Press with extras $75
* Craftsman 5″ Bench Vise $25
* Some findings, even new emery paper @ 1/2 price.

Carey @ 520-270-4312 or careynsmith@ (


Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.




When: General CMAG member meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 6:45pm, meetings begin at 7:15pm, and adjourn by 9:15pm.

Where: Room 33 at the ** Multnomah Arts Center, (
7688 SW Capitol Highway Portland 97219.

What: Meetings consist of a general business and a short break with refreshments, followed by a program which may be a demonstration of a technique or tool, a slide presentation, a panel discussion, or other presentation of interest to CMAG members. The CMAG Library is open before the meeting and during the break for checking out books and magazines.

Who: Meetings are open to CMAG members and their guests.


Board meetings are generally held prior to the General Meeting at 6:00 pm in Room 33 at the MAC (same room as the regular meeting). Members are encouraged to attend and contribute.

CMAG Board

* Leslie Zemenek, President
* Maggie Bowman, Vice President
* Barbara Covey, Treasurer
* Karen Craig, Secretary
* Michele Lukowski, News
* John Wirth, Spring Show
* Bruce McKay, Programs
* Cindy Proctor, Education
* Deb Steele, Membership

Have ideas for CMAG? Get involved! We are currently seeking volunteers to head various projects and committees. If you are interested, come to a board meeting and let us know!
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The Creative Metal Arts Guild, a non-profit organization, exists to create a community for metalsmiths, jewelers and metal artists, by facilitating communication, providing information and benefits, promoting a positive image of the creative metal artist and increasing public awareness of the artist’s contribution to the community.
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Annual membership dues are $60; students $30

Newsletter Information

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