Please join me in a fun-filled day creating a unique, one of a kind and functional vessel you can truly call your own. Polymer clay, acrylic paint, chalk, and alcohol inks are just some of the elements you will use to transform an ordinary tin into a unique tool caddie for the tools of your trade! Measuring approximately 4” in height these whimsical tins are perfect to contain your favorite markers, pens, colored pencils, paint brushes, scissors, or even cosmetics such as eye pencils or brushes!!
You will use polymer clay and molds from the teacher’s personal collection to form a prominent face which will proudly grace the front of the tin. Simple sculpting techniques will be shown so that you can customize the face in your own way. Placing innovative textures in the clay surrounding the tin puts your own creative mark to your piece and will really make it sing!
Supplies needed to Bring to class:
Polymer clay (Please bring Original White Sculpey by Polyform. It comes in a 1 lb (approx.) box. You will not use the entire box in this project so you can share with a friend if you wish.
Pasta machine, clay slicing blade - if you are traveling, A&S will have one to share
Work surface (a 12 x 12 smooth tile works great. You need something you can cut against like tile or glass).
Acrylic paint: Burnt umber and/or black acrylic paint to antique the tin, Flesh color for face
Paper towels, Spray bottle filled with water
Cheap 1” natural bristled paint brush for antiquing
Small ½” paint brush for painting the face
Plastic container for water for the paint brushes
Your favorite Sculpting tools -Anything you already have and like to use is fine.
Some suggestions: wooden skewer for poking holes, texturing and defining features, toothpicks, a metal knitting needle for smoothing seams, texturing and sculpting (I will bring some to share), ball tipped stylus in several sizes for making patterns and for sculpting eyes (Note: a plastic ball-tipped drink stirrer can be used instead of the ball tipped stylus and I will bring some to share), rubber tipped clay shaper (dickblick.com), (I will have a few to share for class use but you may want your own- These are great for helping sculpt and adjust facial features.)
Optional: Gloves, apron, Waterbrush filled with alcohol (This is a brush with a reservoir designed to hold water, but can hold alcohol for use with alcohol inks).
25.00 materials fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes: use of all materials listed below
one metal tin,
a detailed handout
Face Molds and dry release
Metal knitting needles (for smoothing seams and sculpting)
Ball-tipped drink stirrers for sculpting
Rubber-tipped clay shapers
Chalk and a few soft brushes
Alcohol inks and small paint brushes to apply
Alcohol in spray bottles
Some selected texturing implements and rubber stamps
Metal texture wheels
Foil to make rings for baking the tins, batting
Metallic rubs and mica powders
A metal tin for everyone
Most of the required supplies for your classes can be pre-ordered from Collage. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat. For further info and to place your order, contact: