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Carol Blackburn - The Ripple Effect Workshop

Sunday, August 21, 2011
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London, United Kingdom

Learn how to make new and interesting bead shapes and unusually patterned slices with polymer clay.

Layering, forming, and making angled cuts through layers of polymer, you will discover the versatility of the ripple blade. Students will also learn how to adapt the ripple blade techniques to bangles, brooches and earring designs.

Each student will emerge with fun, unusual and unique creations.

Suitable for beginners and experienced polymer clay enthusiasts will learn an array of new techniques.

Join Carol for this fun-filled adventure, your imagination will run wild with the endless possibilities.

For further workshop information and to register please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6-Day Intricate Kaleidoscope Cane Pendant Intensive

Sunday, October 02, 2011 4:00 pm - Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:00 pm
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Previously full - now one new opening!


Have fun developing your personal color palette and style while learning Carols unique approach to kaleidoscope design and pendant  construction.  Topics will include:

  • Selecting a color palette you love for your master cane

  • Color mixing to achieve color harmony and strong value contrast within your selected palette

  • Ways to modify/control your clay for better caning results

  • Applying a painterly approach to component cane design (using new and old Skinner Blend techniques)

  • Component cane types, ranging from simple to detailed, and how to construct them (level of difficulty and types of canes will depend upon interest and experience of participants)

  • Strategies for complex cane design (how to use different cane types to create rhythm, balance, emphasis, contrast and flow in the master cane)

  • Constructing and reducing the master cane.

  • Slicing the cane with the “Simmons Slicer”

  • Information on how to store/transport/handle the slices.

  • Making and using angle templates

  • Combining sections of slices to produce a wide variety of beautiful, unique but coordinated  designs


Friday, October 21, 2011 9:00 am - Tuesday, October 25, 2011 9:00 am
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Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Polymer Clay and Creative Arts Fest Midwest in Weston, Wisconsin beginning 21 October – 25 October 2011!

Six instructors for one price of $400! The confirmed instructors include: Lindly Haunani (Rainbow Roll Necklace), Doreen Gay Kassel-winner of this year's NICHE Award- (Sculpting Holiday Art), Kathryn Ottman (Snakeskin Beads), Nan Roche (Chasing and Leatherwork with Polymer Clay), Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg (One Cane Flowers), and Laura Tabakman (Polymer Clay Pendants) 

Pre-conference 8-hour workshop is Friday, 21 October 2011 and 4-hour event workshops begin on Saturday, 22 October 2011. PCCAF is the only opportunity in the Midwest to get back to back instruction from so many talented national instructors for one low price.  Registration also includes Monday evening reception with silent auction.

Registrations are now being accepted until full. Don’t wait…spaces fill fast! Visit for registration form and workshop descriptions or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Don't miss your chance to support this new Midwest event...keep us coming back with more!

Holiday Hooplah

Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:00 am - Monday, November 14, 2011 9:00 am
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Bead It! Polymer Clay and Mixed Media workshops in Denver, Colorado with Lisa Pavelka. November 10-13, 2011. Class images and details at: Slice Class

Exploring Silk Screening on Polymer Clay

Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:00 am - Monday, February 13, 2012 10:00 am
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Karen Woods comes to Creative Journey Studios in Buford, GA on February 11th and 12th for "Exploring Silk Screening on Polymer Clay"

Students will learn to create individualized graphic designs in order to make inexpensive light
activated silk screens.  They will then learn how to use their new screens
properly to create surface designs on their polymer clay (also the care and
feeding of silk screens!)  These silk screened patterns can then be combined to
create collaged jewelry pieces, wall art and other forms of work.  Silk
screening is an awesome tool to have in your arsenal.  Karen will guide you to
the making of three silk screens and have a collection of her screens for you to
try and also to purchase.

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

Julie Eakes Workshop

Sunday, March 25, 2012 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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Julie Eakes will be teaching her unique face cane techniques in Columbus OH on April 28 & 29, 2012.  All the information is posted here:

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

Stroppel "Pen & Ink on Polymer Clay" at Creative Journey Studios

Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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April 22 (10 AM - 4 PM) Alice Stroppel ""Pen & Ink on Polymer "
 $80 ~ Take both of Alice's Classes for $165 ($10 discount)
We hear "pen and ink" and immediately we panic and proclaim our
inability to draw. Alice will calm your fears and prove to you that you don't
have to be able to draw a masterpiece to create something fun and colorful, and
ready to wear in a day. With a few simple steps she will have you producing your
own fun characters or just brightly colored graphics in no time. If you are
already familiar with pen or brush, this is a perfect way to display your
masterpieces as wearable art.

Alice will guide you through all the steps and send you home
with at least one finished item and the enthusiasm to make many more. This is a
beginner class, although knowing the basics of polymer clay would be a plus, but
not a requirement. She'll show you how to cover bracelet blanks, draw the
designs, add color and finish with a protective coating.  You'll combine some
simple pre-made canes with unusual stamp shapes to create fun face pendants.
Alice encourages you to email questions and photos of your work after the

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

"Creature Feature"

Saturday, June 23, 2012
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polymer and mixed media workshop: all day

We will create several projects in various styles including steampunk (or not, if you don't want to - you'll have choices!). Creativity and individuality is emphasized, and ALL skill levels are welcome!

sideBottomLeft Bright Bold Polymer Clay Beads & Components

Saturday, June 30, 2012 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Students will create a beautiful spiral cane from 2-3 polymer clay colors. The cane will then be cut up (yes!!) using a wavy blade to reveal bright bold patterns. Techniques will be demonstrated for using the slices to create multiple bead shapes, pendants, and earring components. Eye catching pieces!

Difficulty Level: All Levels
Start Time: 6/30/12 11:30 AM
End Time: 6/30/12 1:30 PM
Total Cost: $61    ($55 + $6 Kit Fee)
Details: Technique: Polymer Clay

Kit Includes: all materials required to complete class

Teacher Provides: textures, cutters, blades, beading pins, convection oven (for baking), plastic wrap

Things to bring: Your hands! If desired, Additional Light/OttLite with Extension Cord
Class Code: 30a-LH
Instructor: Linda Hess

Rocks Cuff Class with Melanie Muir

Friday, July 13, 2012
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Melanie Muir, award winning, international polymer jewellery artist is coming all the way from Scotland to show us how to make her “Rocks Cuff”, one of Melanie's signature designs.

Melanie will share her base bead construction technique and will also include how to create hidden stringing channels on a curve, which you can then go on to use in all kinds of your own bracelet designs. She will also show you how to combine different shape designs to create a visually stunning and ergonomically perfect cuff.

See how Melanie creates her wonderful, organically inspired patterns, using her version of mokume gane, and be inspired to create your own unique surface designs, which you can use on your cuff.

Learn how to get a lacquer-like finish on your surfaces and then see how to combine your pieces into a stunning custom bracelet.

The cost for the day-long class is $130. For class details email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Faux Coral/Faux Driftwood beads workshop

Saturday, July 14, 2012 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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A half day workshop in two faux techniques! At the new Stones'n'Silver studio location in Bastrop, TX, I will be guiding a workshop on making realistic faux coral and faux driftwood beads for jewelry applications. Students will have the choice of creating either a necklace and earring set, or an expandable bracelet; you can see my FB page for samples,(Randee M Ketzel) or my flickr page,, or check the Stones 'n' Silver website for supply lists and payment details.

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

Clay ConneCTion 2012

Thursday, July 26, 2012 12:00 pm - Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:00 pm
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The Southern Connecticut Polymer Clay Guild is pleased to announce our eighth retreat:

Clay ConneCTion 2012

Join us for an inspiring, relaxing, long weekend with informal demonstrations and plenty of sharing and learning in an open studio setting. We welcome polymer clay enthusiasts of all skill levels.

DATE: Thursday, July 26 through Sunday July 29, 2012

PLACE: Clay ConneCTion 2012 will be held at Connecticut College in New London, CT

• Work area: a large, air-conditioned area with good general lighting. Each attendee is provided with a full 6 foot worktable in our large air-conditioned work room. Demonstrations will be held in a separate room. Polymer Clay Express will be there with a small store of polymer clay supplies. Pre-orders are encouraged.

• Sleeping accommodations are in air-conditioned, handicapped accessible dormitories with elevators (single rooms unless specially requested).

• Meals will be served in the dining hall. Meals are included from Thursday dinner through Sunday. Please note on your registration form if you have any special dietary requirements.

TIME: On-site registration opens Thursday, July 26 at Noon and check out is Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm


Full Package (includes space in the work room, all meals, plus a room in the dorm, linens are provided by the college)

• Thursday – Sunday: $340 single or double occupancy

• Friday – Sunday: $270 single or double occupancy

Commuter (includes space in the work room and all meals):

• Thursday – Sunday: $210

• Friday – Sunday: $180

SCPCG Members please deduct $10.

Registration: Limited to 70 people, opens April 15 for SCPCG members and May 1 for all others, closes June 25.

The Registration Form may be downloaded from our web site,

WHAT TO EXPECT: A relaxing, inspiring weekend filled with fun, friendship and all things polymer clay. Set up your tools and play. Feel the creative spirit. It doesn't matter if this is your first retreat or you've come to them all, the atmosphere is friendly, welcoming and sharing. Create, relax, play, share, learn, shop and have fun!


• Retreat Souvenir – free t-shirt with your registration.

• Massage Therapist available for extra pampering. Additional fee payable.

• Tile Swap – Bring 2 one inch polymer clay tiles you've made to be included in a pair ofbeautiful mosaic pieces. One piece will be raffled off to a participant and the other mosaic will be included in the Guild's Traveling Exhibit.

• Thursday Evening: Welcome Reception "Wear Your Work" - wine, beer & soft drinks provided. Wear your work or a piece by one of your favorite polymer clay artists! Let's show off our beautiful work while meeting and catching up with the other artist attendees.

• Ongoing: Demonstrations of a variety of techniques will be held throughout the weekend, freely given by many of the retreat attendees. Demonstrations generally cover a wide range of techniques from beginner to advanced. Please consider giving a demo!

• Friday Afternoon: Used Book & Video Sale to benefit the Polymer Collection Acquisition Fund at the Racine Art Museum. Help us support RAM's commitment to polymer by donating your used craft books, videos and dvds. Add to your personal craft library by shopping.

• Friday evening: We have not planned any special events for Friday evening to give you the option to leave campus and try out one of the many great restaurants in the area or perhaps visit nearby Mohegan Sun Casino. Or you can stick around and continue to play with clay!

• Saturday Afternoon: The Auction – donations to be provided by a variety of polymer clay artists. There is always an array of amazing items. Please consider donating something to the auction.

• Saturday Evening: Left Center Right Poker, a simple passing game using polymer clay poker chips (make 3 per game, 9 at the most). A simple and silly game. Adult beverages will be provided for those who are interested.

• Sunday: Bottles of Hope Challenge – Bottles will be available throughout the weekend. Help us with our ongoing project and make a bottle or two or more. If you'd like, please enter your bottles in our fun Bottles of Hope Challenge. There will be ribbons awarded in a variety of fun and creative categories. Bottles will be distributed to area cancer patients after the retreat.

• And more! We are still planning.

Creativity and Collaboration Retreat with Robert Dancik and Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Sunday, July 29, 2012 8:00 am - Saturday, August 04, 2012 9:00 am
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Ronna and Robert Dancik will lead this unique five day workshop exploring jewelry and small object design, inspiration, creativity and the nuts and bolts of fabrication.  You will create art using a variety of mediums and techniques all focused on breaking new creative ground.  Materials you  will explore include (but not be limited to) polymer clay, precious metal clay, various metals, concrete, Faux Bone, rock-like paper pulp mache, wire, epoxy resins and putties, and more.  Some of the techniques you will employ will include texturing, shaping and learning to get cozy with custom coloring polymer clay, cold connections (for all sorts of mediums), wire working, low-tech die forming, simple casting, hinges and forging.

You may want to create art jewelry, you may want to create small-scale vessels and sculpture, you may want to create a handcrafted journal … or do all of the above.

Design principals will also be explored since a better understanding of design makes our art better, whether you are exploring how to make jewelry fit a body well or how to make a journal functional and inviting, or any of the objects you make more pleasing and successful. Students may bring their not-yet-begun ideas, half-finished projects and almost-but-not-quite-right creations for collaborative help on taking them to the next level. Robert and Ronna will both be in the classroom at the same time so every student has lots of personal time with each teacher.

Explore new levels of artistic creativity while enjoying charming accommodations, fabulous food, comfortable high-desert climate and the magical charm of the collaborative jewelry studio.

Chicago Area Polymer Clay Guild

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Every Month until November 21, 2012

Monthly Meeting

Taking it to the Next Level with Polymer Clay and Wire

Saturday, August 18, 2012 8:00 am - Monday, August 20, 2012 9:00 am
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Do you have the support you need to take your jewelry to the next level? Ronna will guide you on your path to personal excellence. Focus will include principles of jewelry design, construction techniques, color concepts, and an exploration of what makes a piece beautiful.  We will experiment, play, laugh, create, critique and transform as we explore and expand ideas about art as adornment. We will take art seriously without taking ourselves seriously. Aimed at students with intermediate experience in polymer clay and beginning wire experience.

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