Beginner Series I

Class 1: Intro to Polymer Clay: The Basics

  • Do’s and Don’ts of Polymer
  • Polymer clay brands: What are the differences?
  • Polymer clay resists: What are they?
  • What is TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey) and what do you do with it?
  • Tools you need to buy and what you may have around the house.
  • The wonderful world of extruders.
  • The heat gun and why you need one.
  • How to make a simple and complex Skinner Blend

Class take away: Questions answered, insights achieved and the Skinner Blend is no longer a mystery.


Class 2: Basic Surface Techniques

  • Stamps, texture plates
  • Paints: acrylics, oils, alcohol inks,
  • Mika powders
  • Pastels
  • Overlay with TLS
  • Imprints
  • Metal foils

Class take away: Pendant and/or earrings made with your favorite surface techniques we discussed.


Class 3: The Extruder and Simple Canes

  • Checkerboard canes
  • Bull’s eye canes
  • Striped canes
  • Spiral canes

Class take away: Ability to make canes with and without an extruder, know how to enlarge and reduce canes, and have created a variety of canes to combine and use in new projects.


Class 4: Three-dimensional Forms: Sculptures, Armatures, Baking and Baking Supports

  • Using Armatures: glass forms, small light bulbs, paper, aluminum foil, paper and other objects to create a support for 3D polymer creations.
  • Sculpey Ultralight: What is it and how to use it for a lightweight core for a 3D object.
  • Understand baking issues that arise when making larger 3D pieces.
  • Use baking supports.

Class take away: Your own small creature or 3D object.


Class 5: Finishing Techniques

  • How to complete your projects cleanly to add interest and create a professional look.
  • How to sign your piece.
  • Finishes: varnishes, TLC, sanding and buffing.

Class Takeaway: Finishing and signing an previously completed piece.


Class 6: Series Review

  • Opportunity to finish uncompleted pieces.
  • Ask questions and have them answered.
  • Try new techniques not previously discussed but are of interest to you.
  • Discuss books, magazines, online and other sources available to more you forward.

Please bring to each class:

  • Glass or silicon mat
  • Pasta machine
  • Needle tool
  • Acrylic or brass rod
  • Cutting blades