|Where||Ceramic Haven, 75 Gilbert Road, Castle Hill|
|When||Not currently scheduled.
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|Level||Advanced Beginner / Intermediate|
New for 2016! Building on the skills covered in Polymer Clay for Mosaics — Beginners, this class starts by delving more deeply into canework with a beautiful modern flower cane that introduces the use of colour gradients and construction of complex canes from basic component canes.
Then, for something entirely different, we’ll make decorative polymer clay tiles using several variations of the mokume gane technique, where thin layers of contrasting polymer clay colours are manipulated to form striking patterns. From a simple starting point an incredible variety of looks are possible with relatively minor changes in technique.
Essential Techniques Covered
- Enhancing common component canes with colour gradients
- Creating complex canes from basic canes using a variety of construction technqiues (additive, symmetry, cut-and-insert, etc.)
- Packing shaped canes for easy reduction
- Reducing canes of various shapes, including tips for minimising wastage
- Tips for slicing canes evenly and with minimal distortion
- Clay and colour selection
- Making colour stacks
- Simple stacked mokume gane
- Patterning mokume gane with texture sheets
- “Butterfly wing” mokume gane technique
- Variations with translucent clay and metal leaf
- All materials, including a generous allocation of polymer clay. Additional polymer clay will be available to purchase if required.
- Loan of all tools required for the techniques covered.
- Comprehensive notes.
What to Bring
- Notebook and pen.
- A plastic takeaway container to take home any uncured pieces or leftover clay.
You are welcome to bring your own pasta machine and polymer clay toolkit if you have these and would like to use them instead of the loan equipment.