Polymer Clay Hollow Beads

I am honoured and delighted to have Christine Dumont’s kind permission to teach this introduction to her wonderful hollow bead technique at Sydney Jewellery School.

Learn how to make big, beautiful beads that are completely hollow and extremely light… maximum impact and incredibly comfortable to wear!

The feature beads covered in this class are sleek and elegant, with bright mica stripes that almost seem to glow.

You will also have time to experiment with other designs: the construction approach can be combined with almost any decoration, fitting it smoothly and precisely around the bead’s curvature without unwanted distortion.

Methods for achieving a shiny, glassy finish without glosses or varnishes are covered too.

This is an intermediate level class, and it is recommended that participants are familiar with basic polymer clay techniques. Beginners are welcome but may not be able to achieve the illustrated level of precision without additional practice.

This class is taught with Christine Dumont’s kind permission. Christine teaches many additional structural and decorative variations in her online hollow beads class, which I highly recommend (make sure to catch her wonderful online butterfly beads class if she runs it again too!). For information on Christine’s online classes and European workshops, please visit her web site at http://www.allovercreation.net/.

Essential Techniques Covered

  • Basic construction from sheeted clay
  • Shaping without distortion
  • Making different sizes
  • Proper curing
  • Removal of the supporting medium
  • The bright mica stripe design
  • Other decorative ideas
  • Professional finishing.

What’s Included

  • 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.
  • Tuition.

What to Bring

Please bring:

  • 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.