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Artful Objects II Monday, August 7, 9:00 AM  
Laurie Mika $145  
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: Intermediate
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: Students should have a basic understanding of conditioning clay, rolling it out and altering the surface.
Workshop Category: Mixed-Media, Polymer Clay

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Back by popular demand! Students had such fun and learned so much about mold-making and then created the most gorgeous artful objects that I am back with more, new unique molds. My obsession with creating molds began many years ago. I have collected beautiful found objects and jewelry pieces at flea markets throughout Europe and Mexico and used these original pieces to create molds to duplicate these "precious" items. Many are one of a kind. In this class, I will demo making molds but students will be using a variety of my own molds to create "artful objects". We will be using the molds with polymer clay, learning how to mold polymer clay, painting it, collaging it and embedding the clay with beads and small jewelry parts to create truly unique elements. These beautiful pieces made from polymer clay can be used in a variety of other mixed media projects from mosaics to jewelry.

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

  • Cups
  • paper plates
  • clay blades
  • rags
  • scalpels
  • rubber stamps
  • ovens
  • molds
  • mica powders
  • gel medium
  • seed beads
  • collage images

Student should bring:

  • 5 small (2 ounce) packages of Premo polymer clay. The colors of your choosing but include one package of tan clay. NOTE: the darker colors like black, brown, alizarin crimson and purple work better because they end up looking more like rusty, metal pieces. (the one package of tan clay is the exception!) 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)
  • Silver Rub-n-Buff (from Michaels)
  • A small paintbrush
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • A small bottle of Weldbond glue (Michaels or Ace Hardware)
  • Small doo-dads to embed in clay: charms, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, small glass pearls, milagros, jewelry parts, crowns, wings, halos, glass domes, ball chain, beads, metal findings and buttons. Any small laser copies of images you might prefer. I have plenty of female figures to share! See pics for ideas. (no acrylic or self-adhesive doodads)


  • Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint in tube

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