This is a one day mixed media workshop where you will pull out all the creative stops to make a whimsical little creature called a Bird Peep: Little bird bodies designed with “human” personas instead of beaks! Working with polymer clay, inks, paints, wire and other materials you will build your Bird Peep, just bursting with sweetness!
A rudimentary bird-shaped armature quickly takes flight when you cover it with textured polymer clay and highlight with paints to showcase the detail. Experiment with the application of alcohol inks, enjoying their translucency, blend-ability and plethora of colors! They can be combined with other materials available to use in class to achieve a richly layered surface for your bird.
A selection of face molds from the teacher’s personal collection will be available to choose from to use for the face of your Peep. You will be able to optionally glaze the face or leave it a matte finish. Your Bird Peep is designed to stand on its own two legs and the finished size will be approximately 4 to 5 inches tall. You will have the option to give it a sparkly “crown” using beads, and with the hand-formed heart that adorns it will find your Bird Peep simply irresistible. Please join me and let your creativity soar! Supply List to bring to class:
• 3 or 4 (2 oz each) packages of White Premo Polymer clay OR you can use Sculpey Original White. It comes in a l lb box. You will not use the entire box – I suggest White because it is best suited for what we will be doing. I do not recommend Pearl or Translucent because the same effects are not achievable – just check the color on the package carefully when buying. (Condition clay before class, roll each package into a sheet using the thickest setting of the machine and placed in a plastic bag, each sheet separated by plastic wrap. Search for clay that is squeezable in the package-not too firm!) *If you are not familiar with “conditioning” clay, there are a lot of free tutorials on line if you google “how to condition polymer clay”. If you do not have a pasta machine you can roll the clay out to an approximate thickness of 1/8” after conditioning using a smooth drinking glass.
• Smooth tile or glass work surface (12 x 12 or larger is a good size)
• Chain nose and round nose jewelry pliers
• wire cutters
• gloves and apron
• roll of paper towels
Optional items (but helpful!)
• pasta machine if you have one (Teacher will bring a couple for class to share)
• acrylic rod to roll clay
• favorite texture mats or implements (Teacher will bring some to share)
• clay slicing blade (Teacher will have some to share)
• roll of foil if you want to make your own armature (one comes in your kit)
$20.00 materials/kit fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes:
Detailed handout with step-out photos, an armature for the body, pre-cut wire for the legs, materials for crowns, use of face molds, Tools to share: clay blades, needle tools, knitting needles, sculpting tools, texturing implements, inks, paints, metallic gilding pastes, embossing powders, heat tools, colored chalks, glazing mediums, liquid clay, paint brushes, glue, and anything else not listed for students to bring.
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: