In this non-traditional approach to quilt making, we will use polymer clay to create individual quilt squares. Each square will have an intricate design leading to an overall beautiful, jewel-like quilt. We will take the day to explore the many surface possibilities using polymer clay. Our experimentations in clay will push the medium to the max, emphasizing a layered approach. A myriad of mixed media techniques will be used to create each handmade quilt square. These techniques include using molds, stamping, painting the raw clay, using mica and embossing powders, gold leaf, beading and embedding metal, fabric, paper, and jewelry into the clay. By the end of the day, students will be able to arrange their squares and glue them to a substrate to create a clay quilt masterpiece! No previous clay experience necessary.
Materials fee $10 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
Acrylic paint and related supplies
Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:A small substrate-a piece of wood, MDF, or a plaque that is 6 x 6 inches. I prefer the 6 x 6 inch deep cradle (1.5 inches) birch panel boards from Blick.com
6 (2 ounce) packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay-an assortment of re-lated colors. Make sure the clay is soft to the touch, if it is rock hard, don’t buy it! Please condition the clay prior to class by kneading it until softened and then place it in a baggie.
Rolling pin or even PVC pipe about 1.5 inches in diameter by about 12 inches long works too.
Assorted paintbrushes to include a fine detail brush and a one-inch flat brush
Pencil with an eraser
Small bottle of Weldbond glue or other similar white glue.
Doo-Dads-like beads, charms, jewelry parts, rhinestones, rhinestone chain, ball chain, metal findings, wings, crowns, buttons and tiny frames. See pics for ideas.
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.