An adaptation of an ancient Japanese metalsmithnig technique will be used to layer polymer clay, apply a controlled pattern, and slice into veneers that will be shaped into stick bead components. Students will learn the beauty of negative space in their design by incorporating a solid-colored center bead with a metal accent, which will add a sense of whimsy and elegance to their bead set.
Students will Learn:
Students will be guided through: polymer color mixing, design imprinting, veneer creation, bead shaping, curing and finishing. In this multi-bake process, students will learn how to attach metal or other objects to their cured beads with the use of “polymer rivets”, and learn tricks to drill their bead sets for stringing.
Project will be completed in class
Minimum Age Requirement:
At least 12 years old.
Supplies to Bring:
Pasta machine, roller/brayer, small tile or glass work surface with non-slip material underneath, plastic container for sanding.
Materials in Kit:
Tissue blade, imprint tools, wet/dry sandpaper, textured metal disks.
One seat per person per class.