Polymer Clay Jewellery Making (online)
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This on-line course aims to develop new skills that will allow you to design and create bespoke jewellery pieces using polymer clay. Together will explore together ways to use polymer clays, including creating different canes as a way of developing interesting patterns onto the surface of your jewellery, and technique one can use to join your pieces including a demonstration on creating bespoke metal findings. At the end of the course you will have a basic understanding of the skills you will use to develop your pieces, these skills will give you the freedom to create earrings, pendants, cufflinks, charms and keyrings in the future, developing your own designs.
There are no entry requirements for skill level to enjoy this course, however you will need to have access to these resources to practically re-produce the week by week examples:
- an oven to bake your clay,
- a rolling pin,
- baking tray,
- grease proof paper
- aluminium foil
- at least 6 colour variations of polymer clay,
- metal wire (silver/copper or aluminium),
- round nosed plyers,
- side snips,
- and a polymer clay knife.
How to apply
For information on how to apply, please call The Endeavour Centre on 01482 615 349
Over eight weeks you will learn how to:
- Make a flat, light weight matching earring and pendant set using two colours of polymer clay. We and how to combine the clays, impress (stamp) detail and smooth edges. During the break we will bake our pieces and then in the 2nd half of the class we will learn how to mount the pieces using metal findings and pliers.
- Building on last weeks skills today we will learn how to create marbled polymer clay canes. We will then use these canes to produce a long pendant and marbled beads.
- This week we will make blended jelly rolls. Learning how to create precise colour blends in the polymer clay that can give one the ability to use shading in the work.
- This week we will learn to add different coloured cores into our canes so that we can create re-occurring patterns. We will use these canes to make button backs for stud earrings, rings and cufflinks. This technique can lead onto being able to make mandalas in the polymer clay canes as you develop and practise the skill.
- Building on the last few sessions will make two flower canes, one in bold colours and one using blended clay to create orchid and blossom flower petals.
- This week will learn how to make 2 different colour leaf canes and how to reduce our canes so that we maintain the shapes, colour and detail. We will use these leaves to make components in polymer clay rings.
- This week we will build on the last two weeks projects and use our canes to make bespoke blossom flower and wild orchid jewellery parts. Learning to make broaches, hanging parts to create dangling earrings and pendants.
We will re-cap on our skills and make a more detailed mandala cane and evaluate our learning culminating in a group discussion on how we can continue to develop our own creative practise building on the process that we have learned.
This course is assessed through the RARPA process. You will receive guidance and support identifying and setting individual targets, feedback along your creative journey and support to achieve your aims.
Where can it lead?
Once you have built up your confidence and skills the world of progression opens up to you. You can progress onto further accredited Pottery classes or even stretch your craft skills by enrolling onto other courses which interest you, learning new skills and gaining great highlights to add to your CV. New courses and skills give you interesting talking points and can show diverse interests and skills which all help when in an interview.
Progression routes to gateway qualifications are open to you once you have completed this course.