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A 2-3 Day, Intermediate Level Polymer Clay Workshop
Learn my approach to color and caning in this fast paced two-day workshop. Take home a a beautiful intricately-patterned bracelet and perhaps a pendant. (If you prefer a more relaxed pace as well as some additional content, ask me about the 3-day version of this workshop.)
You will begin by mixing color blends from primary colors, using Skinner blend patterns I have developed specifically for this purpose. You will learn how to modify your blends to maximize the light/dark contrast and how to construct relatively simple canes that emphasize this contrast. Several cane types will be demonstrated.
Next, you will combine your canes into a more complex, “base” cane. A portion of the base cane will be reduced, cut and reassembled to produce a new cane with a detailed repeating design. The rest will be set aside for a kaleidoscope pendant.
Using my special slicer, you will slice your cane into thin, even slices and use them to veneer a metal bracelet blank.
I will share numerous tips on how to achieve the highest quality results including cane construction, veneer application, sanding, buffing and drilling techniques. Time permitting, I will demonstrate my techniques for forming and veneering a kaleidoscope pendant. I will also show you how to store and transport the remaining slices so you can create more veneers at home.
This is an information packed 2-3 day workshop. If the 2-day version is selected there is the option of adding an evening studio (recommended). The three day version allows students to explore these techniques in greater depth and gives them enough time to complete both the bracelet and the pendant. Added demonstrations can include how to veneer a blown egg and/or make a pair of earrings.
This workshop focuses primarily on techniques including:
- Color selection and blending
- Achieving graphic interest and contrast in a cane
- Component cane construction
- Combining component canes to create a complex cane
- Veneer application
- Drilling, sanding and hand buffing
- If time: Pendant construction and machine-buffing techniques to achieve an “over-the-top” glass-like shine
My workshops are intended to teach techniques, share information and promote understanding that will help students advance to a higher level of artistry in their polymer clay endeavors. Many students will also return home with a completed project.