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Polymer Clay: START HERE : Beginner Intro
 

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Polymer clay is possibly the most versatile medium available to today's artist. In this class students will learn basic techniques for working with polymer clay, and how it can be used to create a virtually unlimited variety of projects. Techniques such as conditioning, caning, Skinner blends, and covering objects with clay will be covered while we decorate an ink pen. This non-toxic clay may be safely and easily used in the home environment.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

 

Polymer Clay: Imitative Techniques - Ivory and Jade Beads from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Discover how polymer clay can imitate other materials such as ivory, bone, and jade. Use this technique to create many different items such as beads or pendants. Also covered are finishing techniques used to transform your creations from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

 


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Polymer Clay: Mica Shift Pendant or Pin from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Using the unique quality of metallic polymer clay, students will create an amazing pendant or pin that will fool the eye. Also covered in this class is how clay can be used to make a mold of other objects such as buttons, so multiples can be made -- to match your hand knit sweater or felted purse perhaps.

Bring your favorite rubber stamps and interesting items you may want to mold.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

 

Polymer Clay: Mokume Gane Hollow Beads from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Mokume Gane is an ancient Japanese metalworking technique. Learn how it is adapted for use with polymer clay with stunning results. Use this technique to create beautiful and unique hollow beads.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

Polymer Clay: Image Transfer Beads or Pendant from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

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Instructor: Patty Pulliam

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Ever wanted a bead with a picture of your child on it? Or want to make a statement by including words in your polymer clay creation? Several image transfer techniques will be covered in this class.

Bring a few favorite images reproduced on a toner-based black and white copy machine.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

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This class will move beyond simple canes to learn more complex caning techniques. Canes such as chrysanthemum and multicolor Skinner blend jellyrolls can be used to create many objects such as beads, and pendants, as well as covering objects like pens, tool handles, or candleholders.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

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Create a beautiful stained glass effect using polymer clay. Assemble an abstract design cane and apply slices to a recycled votive candle holder. The flickering light of a candle will enhance the stained glass illusion. 

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 

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Ranging from simple cane slices to elaborate art pieces, the versatility of polymer clay allows you to create custom buttons to coordinate with any item of clothing or other project needing a closure. Many of the techniques you may have learned from our other classes can be used to create buttons. Learn how molding, caning, and faux bone/ivory as well as other techniques can be used to fashion unique closures for many applications.

Bring any canes or faux ivory "stacks" you may have left from earlier classes, as well as any buttons you'd like to mold and reproduce.

Bring your pasta machine if you have one, along with a smooth work surface, roller, needle tool, and clay blade. Some tools will be available for use during class. Several ounces of clay are included in the registration fee. Additional tools and clay are available for purchase in the Design Center.

 


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Instructor: Jennifer Bezingue

Come and learn Jenny's signature technique in the creation of glittery, sparkling, focal beads. Glass artists have been fooled by these fabulous beads. They have been referred to as "faux dichroic". These beads are included in the book 400 Polymer Clay Designs.

Students must have taken Beginner Basics and Imitative Techniques & Finishing or have equivalent polymer clay experience.

Bring your stash of Premo clay in various colors along with 2 oz of translucent and 2 oz each of blue pearl and a metallic. All are available here in the design center if you need to purchase. Bring your polymer clay tools - we've got the oven.

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Instructor:  Jennifer Bezingue

Students will finish two pieces in one class - a solid polymer clay bangle and a two-sided polymer clay pendant with a sterling silver bezel. In the student's choice of two or more colors, we will make a bangle bracelet that's patterned inside and out, utilizing a reusable wooden form as the initial armature. The pendant will be made in two steps with a different pattern and texture on each side. The sterling silver bezel is predrilled for wire or beading wire, so students can easily make a wearable pendant with a beautiful finished look. Students are encouraged to bring canes or patterned sheets from previous classes and to mix custom colors before class, as this day will be fast-paced. We will also discuss ways to make bangles and pendants with more complex designs. Class fee includes sterling silver bezel and 4" sterling silver head pin. 

Students must have taken Beginner Basics and Imitative Techniques & Finishing or have equivalent polymer clay experience.

Bring your stash of Premo clay in various colors or come a tad early to purchase clay from us. Bring your polymer clay tools... we'll supply the oven.

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Instructor: Jennifer Bezingue

This mixed-media project combines clever polymer clay techniques with origami paper folding to create a little fan shaped art book. Students will bring their own paper.... the polymer clay book covers will be designed to coordinate. The book will be finished in this fast-paced and fun class. 

Students must have taken Beginner Basics and Imitative Techniques & Finishing or have equivalent polymer clay experience.

Bring your stash of Premo clay in various colors. (All are available here in the design center if you need to purchase. Bring your polymer clay tools - we've got the oven.

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Polymer Clay: Mosaic Boxes from TLD DESIGN CNTR & GALLERY on Square Market

Instructor:  Jennifer Bezingue

Jenny shares the techniques and tricks that go into the creation of her award winning Mosaic Boxes. Each student will make their own round box which is created from the inside out. The lining is formed first around an armature, with the base, feet, and outer design added in successive bakings. When the base is finished, students will learn how to make a tight-fitting lid to top it all off. During the construction of the boxes, Jenny will discuss design and color concepts to further  students' abilities with polymer clay.

There won't be one specific design that we are all making, so students are encouraged to think of the box as a canvas and decorate their box in his or her own way for a completely individualized design. This project requires several bakings, so the class will be on a tight schedule for getting all the parts done. 6 oz of clay, use of Liquid Sculpey, gold/silver leaf, armatures & powders provided through class fee.

Students will need to bring their own pasta machines and basic tools - especially a straight edge, Xacto knife, clay blades, waxed paper. Optional items include: rubber stamps and other things you'd like to incorporate, like glass beads. Students are strongly encouraged to bring complex canes made during the
Creative Caning class (or on your own).

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