Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Polymer workshops and Bead-weaving classes are listed below. Registration information is available on the various web sites listed.   If you have questions, email me at kyfoss@comcast.net.  I look forward to seeing you in class!
•Nature's Art:  Beadweaving Classes are held on Saturdays from 10:30 - 5:00.  The dates and topics are below.    My workshops are listed under the "Intermediate to Advanced" tab. http://naturesartvillage.com/the-shops/absolute-beads/advanced-beading-jewelry-making-classes/

Saturday, March 4, 2017:  Superduo Bezel for Rivolis!
Rivoli crystals are beautiful!  The question is how to capture them so you can wear them.  Come learn how to use superduos to make elegant bezels that are quicker to stitch than using traditional peyote.  Make a pendant, join several to make a bracelet or even use two for earrings.  Materials:  The sample is made with  a  14mm rivoli, superduo beads, and seedbeads size 15. A size 16 rivoli would also work well.








•POLYMER Workshops at Meiklem Kilnworks (on the Franklin/Bozrah border)
 Here is a listing of my  new workshops for 2018.    The dates and topics are below. Registration information is available on the web site:  http://www.mkwcenter.com/


Saturday, December 2 , 2017     Translucent  Opaque Extrusions for Polymer Clay Votives
         ~ 9 am - 2 pm
Here is a project that is perfect for the holidays.  Learn to use an extruder to make translucent and solid color canes. Then use the canes to cover small votive glasses.  The translucent clay will allow light from a candle to shine through and augment the design.  Use these at home or give them away as gifts.


Materials:  Participants will need a clay extruder, (or borrow from instructor),  translucent, white and/or colored clay, blades, small circle shape cutters, and other clay tools of their choice.  Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired, extra extruders to share, and small votive containers for covering with clay. 

Saturday, January 20, 2018   Wedge Petal Canes to Make 3-D flowers    ~ 9 am - 2 pm
      Come learn how to make a basic “wedge” petal cane that can then be used to make all sorts of flowers and buds!  We will also learn how to make stands from polymer to use as forms for making the flowers.  You’ll go home with a great cane or two, pretty flowers, and a new useful tool.
      Materials:  Participants will need polymer clay in white and any other colors desired,  sharp tissue blades, and other clay tools of their choice. Participants should also bring a few long (3”) headpins or eye pins and some “junk” clay.  Findings for making earrings, including beads, pearls or crystals, may also be desirable.  Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired.

Saturday, February 10, 2018   Using Extrusions to Create Beads     ~ 9 am - 2 pm
      
      In this class, participants will learn to use extruded clay “strings" of different sizes to create individual polymer beads.  Some beads will be round, others long, and we’ll explore how to bring forth hidden colors from inside the strings.  This is a fun, creative project.

       Materials Costs :  Participants will need polymer clay in any colors desired,  sharp tissue blades, and other clay tools of their choice.  A clay extruder is also necessary for this class, and the instructor will have extra extruders to share.  Instructor will also have clay available for sale if desired.

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Saturday, March 10, 2018   Making Hollow Donuts & Other Shapes      ~ 9 am - 2 pm

 


Making part or all of a polymer bead hollow makes it even lighter – and gives the shape more of a 3-D form.  Participants will learn how to “coax” height out of the clay, and how to make the final piece hollow.  The shapes we will work with will vary, including making a hollow donut!

Materials Costs Participants will need polymer clay in white and any other colors desired, sharp tissue blades, a needle or other thin sharp object, and other clay tools of their choice. Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired.



Saturday, April 14, 2018    Cane-based Cuff (no metal form)           ~ 9 am - 2 pm

In this class, the participants will learn to make a cuff bracelet that does not use a metal base.  If preferred, the participant can use the design developed to make a pendant or earrings.   We will make several small simple canes, then place them on the cuff base to create a patchwork of color and design.  Using canes you have already made adds another dimension to this project.

Materials Cost: Participants will need polymer clay in white, black, and any other colors they like.  It is not necessary for all the colors to match or blend.  Also needed are sharp tissue blades, canes and stacks you have already made, and other clay tools of their choice. Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired.


Polymer Workhops at ThistleBeads

•I also offer Polymer Clay workshops at Thistle Beads, 24 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic, CT  (860) 739-6552.  Here are classes for the Winter,  2018  Join us!

Polymer-Covered Twist Pen  ~  Sunday, December 10, 2017  ~ 1 to 4 pm


Here is a great project, just in time for gift giving!  Just about everyone uses pens, and having a unique pen hand-decorated by you is extra special.  We will make a mokume gane stack to create a cover for a twist pen.  We will use black kits so they’ll go with any color combination you desire!  Of course, you may want to make more than one – and keep one for yourself!


Materials: 
•Pasta machine
•glossy work surface
•sharp tissue blade
•twisted pen component (kit will be available for $4 from instructor)
•polymer clay in colors of your choice
•items to press into the clay stack to create interesting impressions and designs
•small ruler
•item for rolling smooth such as small acrylic roller, small metal tube, etc.
•cotton batting for baking

Upcoming classes - check back for dates!

Painting with Pearl-X  ~  Sunday, January 28,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm

In this class, we will use Pearl-x powders to “paint” textured designs on polymer.  The effect looks a bit like watercolor on clay, (think Monet!) and is a really fun to do!  

Materials:  As usual, participants will want to bring their pasta machine and clamps, glossy work surface, blades, acrylic roller and shape cutters.  In addition, participants will want rubber stamps and other texture items for imprinting on the polymer, very small paint brushes, and pearl-x powders.  The instructor will have powders to share, as well as some rubber textures.







The Sutton Slice  ~  Sunday, February  18,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm

Come learn a really fun technique that allows you to place a 3-dimensional design on the flat surface of your clay.  The technique is called the “Sutton Slice” and it really creates a lovely effect. 

Materials:  As usual, participants will want to bring their pasta machine and clamps, glossy work surface, blades, acrylic roller and shape cutters.  In addition, participants will want rubber stamps and flat texture sheets.  This process works best with flat texture sheets that have deep patterns. You will also want to be sure you bring some good sharp tissue (flexible) blades.  If you plan on making jewelry, be sure to bring findings.

Roll-Up Beads  ~  Sunday, Marh 18,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm
Here is a great way to make beads you may use in a variety of ways.  We will use powders, pastel chalks, textures and stamps to make wonderful roll-up beads!  Depending on the materials you use, and the way in which they are decorated, you may have a look that is tribal or a look and feel of elegance. 

Materials:  As usual, participants will want to bring their pasta machine and clamps, glossy work surface, blades, and acrylic roller. In addition, participants will want rubber stamps, a ruler, powders (like pearl-x), pastel chalks, a scalpel or other item to scrape the chalks with, and several small paint brushes.  The instructor will have materials to share, so don’t worry if you don’t have everything.
3-D figure - Sea Turtle  ~  Sunday, April 22,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm
Join us for a sweet and fun 3-D project.  We will make a sea turtle, a little figure you can hold in your hand and set on a shelf.  Since it’s polymer, you can even set the little piece in a dish of water. ;)  


Materials:  Participants will want to bring their pasta machine and clamps, glossy work surface,  and blades.  In addition, participants will want clay in various colors, needle tool, any clay working tools for impressing designs, a smooth metal or acrylic rod for smoothing surfaces, and any sculpting tools you may happen to have.  Special tools are not necessary.  Toothpicks work well, too!


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The photos below provide an idea of the variety of projects we've done in the past.