March 22-Laurie Mika, Artful Elements (mold making)

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March 22-Laurie Mika, Artful Elements (mold making)

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As always we are giddy excited about Laurie coming to our studio. Registir by sending a check written to Laurie Mika for $130 and mail to:

Katherine England. 221 N. Woods Ave. Fullerton, Ca. 92832

Artful Elements

My obsession with creating molds began many years ago. I have collected beautiful found objects and jewelry pieces at flea markets throughout Europe and Mexico and was using these original pieces in my mosaics. As they started to disappear, I thought I better make molds so that I could continue to have them for future projects! I also have a variety of face molds from Renaissance-era bronze sculptures. In this class, we will discuss mold making but will be using my vast array of unique molds to create artful elements and faces. Students will learn the process of using polymer clay in molds, painting it, collaging it and embedding the clay with beads and small jewelry parts to create truly unique elements. These pieces made from polymer clay can be used in a variety of other mixed media projects from mosaics to jewelry.

Student Supply List:

4 small (2 ounce) packages of Premo polymer clay. The colors of your choosing NOTE: the darker colors like black, brown, alizarin crimson and purple work better because they end up looking more like rusty, metal pieces. Make sure clay is somewhat soft to the touch before buying. If it feels rock hard, don’t buy it! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until soft, then rolling into a ball and then storing it in a baggie.

2 small (2 ounce) packages of white or tan Premo polymer clay for faces.

Rolling pin or even a piece of large (1.5 “) diameter PVC pipe works (about 10-12 inches long)

Silver Rub n Buff (from Michaels)

A few assorted small paintbrushes to include a fine detail round brush

A pencil with an eraser

A small bottle of Weldbond glue (Michaels or Ace Hardware)

Small doo-dads to embed in clay: charms, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, small glass pearls, milagros, jewelry parts, crowns, wings, halos, glass domes, ball chain, beads, metal findings and buttons. See pics for ideas. (no acrylic or self-adhesive doodads)

Optional: Golden Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold paint in tube

For those of you traveling I have 3 students that rent out rooms at $50/night. Contact me for contact info

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