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Clay Alchemy Sunday, August 2, 9:00 AM  
Laurie Mika $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite:
Workshop Category: Mixed-Media, Polymer Clay

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Inspired by the concepts of alchemy and the Medieval age quest to turn lead into gold, students in this class will be turning polymer clay into artful elements using gold leaf, paint and powders. Using this modern material, students will be guided through a number of techniques to transmute polymer clay into ancient looking pieces. Students will learn how to do (nearly) fool-proof transfers, stamping on clay, collage on clay, painting, leafing and embedding the clay to create super cool art pieces that are ready to hang on the wall.

We will also explore mixed media techniques like napkin collage for the edges of the substrate. Students will leave with one original piece of art (heart or hand) ready to hang on the wall.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $15 includes:
  • Wood substrate 5" x 5"
  • Paint and related supplies
  • Gold/silver leaf/mica powders
  • Rub'n Buff
  • Napkins for collage
  • Gel medium
  • Image transfers

Student should bring:

  • A total of 5 small 2 ounce packages of clay either Premo, Premo Souffle or Sculpey III to include 2 packs of translucent polymer clay, and 3 packs of another color. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft before buying by denting it in a little, if it feels rock hard, do not buy! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until softened, then place in baggies.
  • A rolling pin or even a piece of PVC pipe about 1.5 inches in diameter by 10 inches
  • A small bottle of Weldbond glue
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • Assorted paintbrushes to include a one-inch flat brush and a small detail brush
  • Small scissors
  • Doo-dads to embed in the clay: a few small charms, crowns, hearts, halos, vintage jewelry parts, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, ball chain, watch gears, metal leaves, acrylic roses, beads… Stay away from acrylic rhinestones or those with adhesive backs. See pics of samples for ideas.

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

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Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
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call: 602-956-0189


Questions: laurie@mikaarts.com
Website: www.mikaarts.com