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 students will focus on carving various types of bracelets in polymer clay then adorn them with PMC rings and dangles, both 2 dimensional and hollow-formed.
The intricate mechanics of joining these two dissimilar materials in a way that enhances them both will be taught, from the standpoint of design and technical challenge.
The polymer clay part of the class will cover basics such as choice of clay brand, conditioning, baking for strength, texturing, and preparing the baked clay for carving. Also covered will be bracelet design: Shape and sizing, scale, color choices, color mixing, and adding acrylic paint both before and after carving.
You’ll learn my technique for making polymer clay “plates’ on which to both practice carving and make texture plates. Various carving tools will be demonstrated and discussed as will how to keep your tools in perfect working order.
PMC Techniques: You’ll use hollow form construction techniques combined with principles of ring making (for sizing) to make bracelet adornments and embellishments 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 as well as several approaches to making unique nametags, and basic riveting. We’ll be using the new PMC Sterling alloy, 960. For more about 960 please visit my blog.
The class cost is $495.
The Material Fee is $115.
The material fee includes supplies and consumables, several packages of polymer clay, Teflon, acrylic paints, sterling silver, Argentium Sterling, sterling, brass, copper, 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.
PMC: I suggest you budget approximately 2 packs of PMC (One each of PMC3 and PMC Sterling 25grams) for this class but clay use is highly individual, you may use more, or less.
A supply list will be sent in July
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 $610 by July 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.