Ornaments and Elements: A Treasury of Techniques to Adorn the Wrist

September 22-25, 2017

4 Day Class

This class is open to all levels of experience in both polymer and PMC.

In this workshop you’ll use techniques developed by Celie to make a group of unique charms in PMC combined with other materials like wood, paper, beads, sterling, copper, brass, bronze, and found objects. These techniques; two-sided texturing, piercing, carving (both directly into PMC and also carving polymer to make texture plates), sculpting, whittling, appliqué  leather-hard construction, how to combine unlike materials, creative friction-fit small-scale box closures, and basic metal-working.

 First, you will learn how to design and assemble a unique chain using stamping, hammering, and patina techniques on sterling and brass rings and washers and infused with your own aesthetic sensibility.  


Then, using metal clay (PMC 960) you’ll learn how to fashion a secure, textured and pierced toggle clasp, a

multidimensional re-oriented geometric charm, cylindrical vessels, a textured cone, a variety of dangles on flame patina-ed copper, cap-settings for twigs and other found objects, and a miniature book with a pierced cover and a shepherd’s hook binding. You’ll also learn how to incorporate found objects and other materials like wood, paper, pencils, mica, and tin and transform them into wearable delights.  If you would like, bring some tiny curiosities with you, you may be able to use them in the bracelet.


Celie’s instruction will be specific enough to guide you in making the charms pictured, but general enough to encourage you to express your individuality. You’ll develop skills for visualizing a design, mapping it out with paper, making simple templates, and organizing the work into manageable segments.  


The techniques taught in this class will have wide application beyond this bracelet.


You can try to make all of the charms or lavish time on your favorite designs.  This is a process and technique class and we’ll finish as much and as many as we can!


The class cost is $495.

The Material Fee is  $135*


The materials fee includes Celie’s tear-away textures, misc., gold leaf, polymer, tools and supplies specific to the project, including specialized mandrels, liquid polymer, acrylic, sanding and finishing supplies, Argentium wire, brass and copper wire and sheet, use of various other supplies and consumables, Celie's demo materials (PMC, polymer, precious metals) and handouts.  Also included are many tools and supplies for you to use including a glass work surface, glass palettes, and a desk lamp. Each student will be given a couple of sheets of Teflon paper, and water and oil for working with PMC. 


*A jump ring kit (to make the bracelet) is also included. It contains a selection of heavy gauge jump rings (14-16 gauge) in a variety of sizes, and brass washers.


PMC: I suggest you budget 3-4 packages, at least half PMC3, half PMC Sterling, but this class is highly individualized; some people will use less, some more.


Basic supplies will be available to purchase individually during the class. 


A list of local lodging choices will be sent upon registration.

A supply list will be sent in the beginning of August

The class will be capped at 9 people.

TO REGISTER:  E-mail me first to make sure there is a spot in the class. (If you've already emailed me, your spot is secure.) Then send a check for $630 by July 1st.  After August 1st this is non-refundable, unless a replacement can be found, in which case your refund would be the tuition minus a $50 registration fee. Please e-mail me if you would like to split the tuition into two payments.