Sunday 26th May clay day was our regular ‘focus on colour’ session, with Jude demonstrating three different options for people to work on their understanding of colour and colour mixing in polymer clay.
The three exercises were:
instinctual colour mixing – a reliable way to get the colour “recipe” of any colour you want.
pivot tiles – an exercise in seeing how colours shift when colour-wheel neighbours are added in controlled quantities, and then how they shift again when white, grey or black are added.
mosaics – Jude brought along some really beautiful mosaic beads with colour shifting “tiles” running around them – a very effective tec...
Fantastic Clay Day on Sunday 27th January, with Bridget Derc giving us a very broad ranging demo - turning a large cane into a complex table top or large mandala.
We were each given 30+ slices of a “master cane” and shown in great and careful detail how to use protractor and graph paper in order to trim the slices to fit a square, hexagonal and circular layout.
We all had great fun trimming and laying out and were impressed with how many different beautiful tiles we managed to make between us, with every single one different despite all using the same source cane.
Brilliant demo with loads of useful learning for everyone - thanks Bridget!
For 27th January 2019 we've got a special look at pattern-making with large canes courtesy of Steering Group member Bridget Derc.
Polymer clay is an enticing medium for pattern making as Bridget will demonstrate at our January clay day. She uses the repetitive placement of cane slices in a systematic way to make fascinating patterns.
Check out Bridget's Pinterest page here, which will show some of the wonderful work she has created using these techniques.
In her demonstration she will show how she prepares geometric grids to ensure the slices of polymer canes are placed accurately and how to build up patterns that ‘flow’. She will take you thro...
We had a rather unusual clay day this time around - a whole day dedicated to the processes of sanding, buffing and polishing your polymer clay creations.
Unfortunately as I was doing quite a bit of demonstrating, I didn't get time to take many photos - apart from the abandoned buffing machine surrounded by the various wheels I used in my demonstration - and two sets of beads.
As you can see from Theresa's round beads, the difference buffing with a high speed jeweller's wheel makes is quite noticeable, from matte to quite shiny. And likewise Lindley's lovely black and red folded beads - she's planning to use alternate shiny and matte beads as part...
We have two events coming up and we don't want you to miss out!
First, our next Clay Day is going to focus on the amazing things you can do with a clay extruder - including wonderful shimmering beads, complex beautiful beads and loads more. Many of you will know Jane Cox and will have seen her lovely work - come and find out how she does it!
We will have several different extruders and loads of different dies available for you to try out (including the Lucy one, pictured).
It's on Sunday 21st January at our usual venue, Greenside Community Centre in Marylebone. (Please note this is a week earlier than normal so you've only got a couple of weeks left...
Maggie Maggio is an architectural designer, artist and art educator with a passion for color and form. She believes polymer is the perfect medium for color explorations because it is “color you can hold in your hands.”
We are delighted that Maggie has very kindly agreed to extend her teaching schedule to visit London next February.
Her two day workshop will take place on Sat / Sun 3/4 February 2018, at our usual Greenside Community Centre venue. The two days will run 9.30am-5pm, and the weekend will cost £190.
Maria Beremska will be demonstrating how to make these versatile beads. The demo will be done in two parts - one in the morning when the front and the back of the beads will be made, and one in the afternoon, when the beads will be assembled.
What to bring:
A pasta machine and some clay;
Any small metal cutter - the demo will be made with Ann’s cutters CS 7 as the beads in the photo;