Polymer Clay Surface Design Techniques

Learn how to use a wide variety of materials to decorate and embellish polymer clay surfaces, then combine them to make jewellery that reflects your personal style.

Essential Techniques Covered

  • Smooth and patterned mica powder crackle finishes
  • Metal leaf
  • Metal foil application and special effects
  • Using stencils and silkscreens (screenprinting), with several variations
  • Additional mica powder effects
  • Image transfers from laser printed, inkjet printed and commercially printed source material
  • Finishing decorated surfaces to protect your designs.

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.
  • Optional: A few laser printed (toner‑based) images that you would like to transfer to polymer clay. The transferred images will be mirror images of how they look on paper, so use a graphics program to reverse any that contain items that must appear the right way around (e.g. text). A variety of suitable images will also be provided at the class.
  • Optional: A few commercially printed paper samples that you would like to transfer to polymer clay. Examples of suitable materials include magazine pages, wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper and comic book pages. Please be aware that the paper will be destroyed during the image transfer process so do not bring anything important! A variety of suitable papers will also be provided at the class.

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.