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A Bird in the Hand Sunday, August 6, 9:00 AM and
Sunday, August 6, 6:30 PM
Laurie Mika $215  
This workshop is 9 hours.

Student Level: Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: Students should have foundational knowledge of working with polymer clay like conditioning clay, rolling it out and cutting it.
Workshop Category: Mixed-Media, Polymer Clay

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Students in this class will learn a variety of polymer clay techniques that include stamping, painting, embedding, using gold leaf, stamping with ink on clay and using molds. Students will also learn some more advanced techniques for covering a three-dimensional object in clay, painting, stamping and embedding it. Mixed-media techniques for painting on wood will be covered as well as stenciling. There are a variety of cross-over techniques that will be shared that can be applied to covering many objects in clay.

Kit/Materials Fee (payable to instructor at class time):

  • $20.00 includes:
  • wood house on a pedestal
  • plaster bird
  • gold/silver leaf
  • acrylic paint
  • mica powders
  • Rub-n-Buff
  • dimensional paint
  • gel medium
  • Staz-On ink pads

Instructor Provided (for use in-class, and to share):

  • Cups
  • paper plates
  • clay blades
  • rags
  • scalpels
  • rubber stamps
  • ovens
  • molds
  • pasta machine and stencils

Student should bring:

  • A total of 7 small (2 ounce) packages of either Sculpey III or Premo polymer clay to include:
    • 3 packages of the same color of clay
    • 2 packages -your choice of colors
    • 2 packages of white or tan clay for stamping with ink. NOTE: the colors of clay will not end up mattering very much as we alter the surface!(except the white/tan) Make sure clay is somewhat soft to the touch before buying. If it feels rock hard, don't buy it! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until soft, then rolling into a ball and then storing it in a baggie.
  • Rolling pin or even a piece of large (1.5") diameter PVC pipe works (about 10-12 inches long)
  • Assorted paintbrushes to includes fine detail brushes and a one-inch brush.
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • A small bottle of Weldbond glue (Michaels or Ace Hardware)
  • Doo-dads to embed in clay: charms, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, small glass pearls, 3-d crown for top of the bird if desired, halo, milagros, jewelry parts, small glass tesserae, ball chain, beads, metal findings and buttons. Watch parts, etc if you want a steampunk bird! See pics for ideas. (no acrylic or self-adhesive doodads)


  • a pasta machine

Some workshops may require that you bring supplies or tools that you may not presently possess. If you'd like to place an advance order for jewelry supplies & tools for pick-up at the on-site store when you arrive at AU, contact:

SJ Jewelry Supply LLC

Please note that SJ Jewelry Supply has an extensive selection of products but not all of them may appear on their website. If in doubt about the availability of any product, a simple phone call will get you the information that you desire.

Email your order to: info@sjjewelrysupply.com
call: 602-956-0189

Questions: Laurie@mikaarts.com
Website: www.mikaarts.com