4 day class
July 14-17 or July 21-24
This class is open to all levels of experience in both polymer and PMC.
Nowhere else in polymer clay work can you see the range of this versatile medium as clearly as in bracelet construction. The brand of clay, the proportion of different brands (if you mix clays), the thickness and the firing duration are all factors that relate to strength, durability, rigidity and flexibility; all issues routinely negotiated in the design of a polymer clay bracelet.
In this class you’ll make mokume bracelets (pictured) adorned with PMC rings and dangles, both 2 and 3-dimensional.You’ll also make bracelets constructed on brass forms, textured and carved.
About the techniques covered in the class: The polymer portion of the class will cover polymer clay mokume: You’ll use the tools and techniques I’ve developed to produce the vivid, resonant colors and porcelain-like finish characteristic of this polymer version of mokume gane, an ancient Asian metalworking technique. This advanced design process, adapted for polymer clay, produces exotic, calligraphic patterns revealed through layers of metal leaf and delicately tinted translucent clay. Tools and techniques for carving polymer will also be covered.
PMC Techniques: You’ll use hollow form and 3-D construction techniques combined with principles of ring making (for sizing) to make bracelet adornments such as tube beads, cones, and other cylindrical forms. You’ll explore variations on the lentil (inside out, pierced, etc.) and other leather hard constructions. Several approaches to making unique name tags, and various metal working techniques (riveting, using Argentium Sterling, drawing balls on wire, etc.) will be demonstrated and discussed.
The class cost is $495.
The Material Fee is $95.
The material fee includes supplies and consumables, several packages of polymer clay, Teflon, Argentium Sterling, brass, copies (for tear away), Celie's demo materials (PMC, polymer, precious metals), finishing materials, including sand papers for PMC and polymer, studio rent, studio prep, administrative costs, and handouts. Also included are many tools and supplies for you to use including a glass work surface, glass palettes, and a desk lamp.
I suggest you budget 1-2 packs of PMC Plus (28 gram or 25 gram packs of PMC3) for this class.
(You are welcome to substitute Art Clay in place of PMC.)
A PMC work kit containing a rolling tool, pin tool, deck of cards, blade, palette knife, slip container, Teflon sheets, and a water color brush will be available to pre-order for $25. For those who don't have those supplies, they will also be available to purchase individually during the class. Additional polymer clay will be available to purchase, as well.
If you don’t have a kiln I am happy to fire your PMC for a year from the date of the class. Box it and send it to me, with a SASE, and I'll fire and return it.
A material list will be sent later.
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 $590 (if you want a PMC kit, please add another $25) by April 20th. 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.