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Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop - Falmouth - Tregenver Centre
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About this course
Polymer Clay is a fun, versatile medium where you’ll explore new techniques to create more jewellery. As well as blending two or three colours together, you will learn how to create simple pattern flower canes to insert into pendants and rings, plus make your own patterned beads; learn how to make a mould from a found object using polymer clay and then using this mould to make charms from polymer clay. You’ll also learn how to use texture mats and/or rubber stamps with small shaped cutters to make your own pendants. Plus you’ll discover different ways to varnish and finish your jewellery.
Who is this course for?
This workshop is for anyone of any ability, who wants to learn jewellery making with polymer clay in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. No previous experience or skills are necessary, if you have made some jewellery or had a go using polymer clay before it may be beneficial but not essential.
There may be a few questions about previous experience in the Initial Assessment, but this is for the Tutor to help pitch the course for all skill levels.
What will I learn?
Recognise when polymer clay is ready to use, by knowing the correct consistency and suppleness.
Demonstrate use of colour by blending two or more colours of polymer clay using the Skinner Blend method.
Make finished jewellery items to wear using the blended polymer clay and by using shaped cutters.
Demonstrate knowledge of creating a simple flower cane and how to cut the clay safely
Show knowledge of making charms using polymer clay moulds from found objects or a stamp to create your own pendant or charms.
Demonstrate safe working practices when using a pokey tool to make small holes for jewellery.
Learn the correct and safe way to use a tissue blade for cutting polymer clay.
Demonstrate knowledge of safe working practices when baking polymer clay and correct temperature for different brands of polymer clay.
Perform simple jewellery making techniques such as adding jump rings, clasps and earring hooks to make finished jewellery.
How will I learn?
This is a ‘learning by doing’ class. The tutor will demonstrate throughout the course but most skills will be learnt through you practising. The workshop is fun, stress-free and allows you to learn at your own pace. Assessment will be on-going throughout the workshop, with practical activities that will help you and your tutor to recognise your progress.
What do I need to bring with me?
Handout instructions will also be available, but you may want to bring pen, paper or notebook and small pointy scissors along too. If you have your own jewellery making pliers, you are welcome to bring these with you – pliers will be available if you don’t have them. If you have rubber stamps with a design you would like to use for jewellery in this workshop, you are welcome to bring this along. The Tutor will bring some of her own rubber stamps for you to use.
What can I do next?
The tutor offers a variety of Jewellery courses and workshops - please refer to the website or contact your local adult education centre for further details.
About the tutor
Amanda Crago has been a Professional Jewellery Maker since 2010, when she started her own business Bowerbird Jewellery – but jewellery making has been a hobby since she was a teenager. Largely self-taught in a variety of jewellery making techniques such as beading, wirework and polymer clay – she also loves to experiment with different materials and push the boundaries of mixed media jewellery. Her work has been displayed at the Northampton Art Gallery and Royal Cornwall Museum and has had many jewellery projects published in magazines in the UK and Australia.
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