How to make beads out of polymer for use in jewelry. We will cover polymer clay basics, how to form different bead shapes, how to use a bead roller, feature beads and field beads, bead cores, finishing and baking, how to use polymer clay beads in jewelry. No previous experience with polymer clay is necessary. We’ll go over basic techniques if you need assistance. Students will create beads for a jewelry project.
We’ll bring pasta machines for rolling clay, ovens for baking the clay, tiles to work on, and some tools to share. I’ll send of list of suggested optional tools and supplies that students might want to bring ( roller, x-acto blade, etc.) If you have a polymer project ready to bake, bring it and we’ll start the ovens early.
Class size: 4-10 participants. The fee is $50 for DRA members and $60 for non-members, plus a $10 supply fee.
Meet the Instructors
Ken and Sue Reed
GUAC Workshop: Polymer Clay – Bead Making
Sue is a graphic artist for a non-profit organization. Sue has always engaged in artistic pursuits of some sort. Ken is an architect with his own practice in Fairfax. After many years on other pursuits, he returned to sculpture. A few years ago we discovered polymer clay together and it has become our favorite material. Sue creates jewelry, Ken sculpts.
Grown-Ups Art Camp
This workshop is a part of Del Ray Artisans’ Grown-Ups Art Camp (GUAC).