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
- Overlay with TLS
- 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