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CANCELLED - Milagros: Making Miracles Tuesday, August 4, 9:00 AM  
Laurie Mika $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Project
Prerequisite: None**
Workshop Category: Mixed-Media, Polymer Clay

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Milagro is the Spanish word for miracle and in Mexico these tiny metal charms are often used for healing purposes and for giving thanks for answered prayers. Often these charms are in the shape of the body part that was healed. In this class, students will be using my molds to cast their own large milagros out of polymer clay. A variety of techniques will be cover that include mold making, stamping, painting and embedding the clay. Surface design techniques will be used to alter the clay to simulate metal and the milagros will be embedded with tiny bits and pieces of jewelry. These beautifully adorned "miracles" can be hung on the wall and will be the physical representation of a wish or an answered prayer.

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

  • molds
  • rubber stamps
  • paint and related supplies
  • mica powder

Student should bring:

  • Five 2 ounce packages either Premo, Premo Souffle or Sculpey III polymer clay: dark colors like black or dark brown work best to simulate metal. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft before buying by denting it in a little bit, if it feels rock hard, do not buy! In this class it is important to use soft clay in the molds for a better result. Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until softened, then place in a baggie.
  • A rolling pin or even a piece of PVC pipe about 1.5 inches in diameter by 10 inches
  • A tube of silver Rub 'n Buff
  • A small bottle of Weldbond glue
  • A pencil with an eraser
  • A small cheap paintbrush for glue
  • Doo-dads: rhinestone chain, ball chain, a few small charms like crowns, hearts, halos, eyes, small tin milagros, vintage jewelry parts, rhinestones, metal findings. Stay away from acrylic rhinestones or those with adhesive backs. See pics of class samples for ideas.

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 Jewelry Supply store when you arrive at ARTU19, 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