Extrodinary Effects with Polymer Striped Canes

What do you think of when you think of polymer clay? If you are familiar with the work of Cynthia Toops you think, magic.  The mundane becomes magical when viewed and worked as a material worthy of artistry.  In this class students will start with simple striped canes, reassembling and transforming them into more complex canes like leaf and floral designs uncovering endless possibilities.  These canes can then be used to cover beads and cabochons to create unique decorative elements for your jewelry.  Techniques like combing, carving and mokume gane will be covered expanding and enlivening your repertoire.  Finally students will explore "thin sheet work" to make simple pins, bracelets and other alternative polymer clay forms.  This class is open to all levels, from the beginner curious about the many possibilities of polymer clay to the advanced student interested in focusing on a particular aspect of the medium. No experience necessary. Some materials included

Students May Bring:
  • -Students who have made striped canes previously should bring an assortment of canes.
    -If you want to work with colors other than black, white, yellow and red, you should bring those other colors in Fimo Soft polymer clay.
    -Pasta machine and tissue blades if you have them.
    -Bring preconditioned clay if you want to get started right away! email Cynthia for more info