Workshops

I do polymer clay workshops in my studio, in Rimpton (halfway between Yeovil and Sherborne). I can accommodate up to 4 people at a workshop in my studio, but if there is a larger group I can do the class in the village hall. I am also willing to adapt a class, or create a one to one workshop just for you.

Please email shelley@shelleym.co.uk  for more information.

Polymer Clay Texture and Surface Decoration Workshop

In this workshop we will explore different surface techniques to embellish the clay. You will be shown how to create your own 'stamps' and textures from polymer clay. When these are cured we will use them to create our own pendants or beads that we will turn into earrings. We will also use mica powders or paints to decorate our pieces. Once baked we will finish the pieces so you can go home with some earrings or a pendant - and probably several more beads or pieces for you to finish off at home.

This is an all day workshop suitable for complete beginners. It will take place in my studio in Rimpton, Somerset. Places are limited so please email for more details and availability. Cost £45 for the day to include all materials.

 



Polymer clay Kaleidoscope Workshop

In this workshop we will make several simple canes and then combine them together to make a colourful kaleidoscopic patterned cane. Then we will concentrate on reducing the cane and make some beads and a pendant. After baking we will sand and finish the pieces and construct the beads into earrings. A cane is where the polymer clay pattern runs through the length of the ‘cane’ as in a stick of rock. You only see the pattern at the ends. This is an all day workshop suitable for beginners or those with some experience. It will take place at my studio in Rimpton, Somerset. Places are limited, so please email for availability of workshop and more information.

Example of kaleidoscope beads and pendant: 

 


Mokume Gane Workshop

Intriguing, delicate, sparkling laminated layers of polymer clay are used in this version of Mokume Gane. Mokume Gane is an adaptation of an ancient Japanese metal working technique that simulates the beautiful patterns in the grain of wood. It literally means ‘wood grain metal’. You will learn how to tint translucent clay, construct a mokume gane stack and create beads with an illusion of depth. We will then transform the beads into a necklace, earrings or pendant and bracelet. A stunning and wonderful unique gift for someone, or for yourself if you can’t bear to part with it!
 
Suitable for complete beginners. This workshop uses sharp blades and is therefore not suitable for children. This is an all day workshop.

Examples of mokume gane polymer clay jewellery



Lace Cane Workshop

This is an ideal starting point if you've never used polymer clay as it is a short workshop for you to try your hand out. You will be gently introduced to polymer clay and shown how to condition the clay properly and then we will make some beautiful bulls eye canes and turn them into lace canes. From these we will then go on to make some simple beads and a pendant.

This is a half-day workshop suitable for complete beginners. This workshop uses sharp blades and is therefore not suitable for children.

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