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CANCELLED - Bird Peeps Friday, July 31, 9:00 AM  
Lisa Renner $145   
This workshop is 6 hours.

Student Level: All levels
Type of Workshop: Process & Project
Prerequisite: The goal - allow students creative freedom in working with polymer clay to achieve an end result that is of their own vision. Whether a beginner or advanced the balance of design and fun is always part of this class. Polymer clay experience not required.
Workshop Category: Mixed-Media, Polymer Clay

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This is a one day mixed media workshop where you will pull out all the creative stops to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep: Little bird bodies designed with "human" personas instead of beaks! Working with polymer clay, inks, paints, wire and other materials you will build your Bird Peep, just bursting with sweetness!

A rudimentary bird-shaped armature quickly takes flight when you cover it with textured polymer clay and highlight with paints to showcase the detail. Experiment with the application of alcohol inks, enjoying their translucency, blend-ability and plethora of colors! They can be combined with other materials available to use in class to achieve a richly layered surface for your bird.

A selection of face molds from the teacher's personal collection will be available to choose from to use for the face of your Peep. You will be able to optionally glaze the face or leave it a matte finish. Your Bird Peep is designed to stand on its own two legs and the finished size will be approximately 4 to 5 inches tall. You will have the option to give it a sparkly "crown" using metal bead caps topped with beads, and with the hand-formed heart that adorns it you will find your Bird Peep simply irresistible. Please join me and let your creativity soar!

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

  • $30 includes:
  • Detailed handout with step-out photos
  • An armature for the body
  • Pre-cut wire for the legs
  • Materials for crowns (beads, crystals metal components etc)
  • Use of face molds
  • Tools to share: needle tools, knitting needles, sculpting tools, texturing implements, Dremel, colored wire, water brushes
  • Inks, paints, metallic gilding pastes, colored chalks and soft brushes, glazing mediums, liquid clay, glue
  • Anything else not listed for students to bring

Student should bring:

  • Sculpey Original White polymer clay. (This is what I use for my Peeps). It comes in a l lb box. You will not use the entire box. This is a soft clay that has a nice "tooth" to it for the application of color. If you prefer a different clay, instead bring 3 or 4 (2 oz each) packages of White Premo Polymer clay - I suggest White because it is best suited for what we will be doing. I do not recommend Pearl or Translucent because the same effects are not achievable - just check the color on the package carefully when buying. (Condition clay before class, roll each package into a sheet using the thickest setting of the machine and place in a plastic bag, each sheet separated by plastic wrap. Search for clay that is squeezable in the package-not too firm!) *If you are not familiar with "conditioning" clay, there are a lot of free tutorials on line if you google "how to condition polymer clay".
  • Smooth tile or glass work surface (12 x 12 or larger is a good size)
  • Pasta machine, acrylic rod roller
  • Clay slicing blade
  • Chain nose and round nose jewelry pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • Roll of paper towels
  • Black or burnt umber acrylic paint for antiquing
  • Cheap 1" paint brush for applying paint
  • Awl (for making holes for legs)

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: lisarenner@tx.rr.com
Website: www.lisarenner.com