Upcoming Workshops and Classes

Polymer workshops and Bead-weaving classes are listed below. Registration information is available on the various web sites listed.   If you have questions, email me at kyfoss@comcast.net.  I look forward to seeing you in class!
•Nature's Art:  Beadweaving Classes are held on Saturdays from 10:30 - 5:00.  The dates and topics are below.    My workshops are listed under the "Intermediate to Advanced" tab. http://naturesartvillage.com/the-shops/absolute-beads/advanced-beading-jewelry-making-classes/


Saturday, March 4, 2017:  Superduo Bezel for Rivolis!
Rivoli crystals are beautiful!  The question is how to capture them so you can wear them.  Come learn how to use superduos to make elegant bezels that are quicker to stitch than using traditional peyote.  Make a pendant, join several to make a bracelet or even use two for earrings.  Materials:  The sample is made with  a  14mm rivoli, superduo beads, and seedbeads size 15. A size 16 rivoli would also work well.









Saturday, May 13,  2017:  Beautiful Dutch Spiral
Spiral ropes are always fun to make.  The special feature of the Dutch spiral is a section spiraling around the rope that is loose and gives motion to the piece.  Materials: Seed beads in side 11, 8, and 15s if desired.  Other beads in 3mm of 4mm may also be used.






Saturday, June 3,  2017:  Freeform Fun!  In this project, you will use primarily peyote stitch to made an exciting bracelet band.  Freeform allows you to incorporate any beads and embellishments you wish, so the materials list is up to you!




•POLYMER Workshops at Meiklem Kilnworks (on the Franklin/Bozrah border)
 Here is a listing of my  new workshops  for through April, 2017.    The dates and topics are below. Registration information is available on the web site:  http://www.mkwcenter.com/

Saturday, April 1, 2017  Surface Embroidery with Polymer ~ 9 am - 2 pm
Embroidery with needle and thread can take a while. With polymer, we’re able to produce the same effect, and it's fun!  Come learn how to embroider with clay. This process uses tiny amounts of clay, on a clay base, and the end result is lovely. Participants will need clay in your choice of colors, pasta machine, glossy work surface, sharp tissue blades, knitting needle, tapestry needle or toothpicks, jewelry findings if you wish, and other clay tools of your choice.


Materials:
•Hard work surface such as a glossy tile or glass
•Pasta machine
•Tissue blades
•Polymer clay in colors of your choice, plus translucent, pearl and white
•Tapestry needle, needle tool or toothpicks
•Clay for background if desired
•Tiny cutters.  Also cutters if you want specific shapes for jewelry
•Findings if desired 

Saturday, May 20, 2017  Skinner Blends Running Around in Circles!  ~ 9 am - 2 pm
Skinner blends are fun to make and the colors you can make are lovely. Using simple shape cutters, such as circles, squares or triangles, you will create a decorative polymer sheet that can be used to create jewelry, cover objects, etc. Materials: Clay in your choice of colors, pasta machine, glossy work surface, sharp tissue blades, shape cutters, jewelry findings if appropriate, and other clay tools of your choice.   Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired.




Saturday, July 15, 2017  Reversible Tile Bracelet!  ~ 9 am - 2 pm
Make 2 pieces at one time! In this project, we will learn to make surface sheets with 2 different designs that, through a series of steps, will turn into tiles with reversible sides.  The tiles will then be assembled into a bracelet you can wear right away!   Materials:  Clay in colors that are complimentary or will work well in a Skinner blend, pasta machine, glossy work surface, sharp tissue blades, needle tool, ruler, rubber stamps, permanent ink pad (black), 1mm elastic bead cord, size 8 seed beads.  Instructor will have elastic cord, seed beads and ink pad to share, or you may bring your own.

Saturday, August 12, 2017  Adjustable Tube Bead Lariat!  ~ 9 am - 2 pm
This workshop will give you the opportunity to try several different techniques and put them all together in a lovely, wearable piece of art.  We will start with a fun square cane, use it to cover a tube bead, create end caps and end beads, and learn how to "thread" the tube bead with buna cord to allow the straps to be adjustable.  Materials:  Clay in 2-3 colors of your choice as well as white and black, pasta machine, glossy work surface, sharp tissue blades, and small circle shape cutters.  Instructor will have buna cord and dowels for tube formation to share, or you may bring your own.






Polymer Workhops at ThistleBeads

•As of July, 2016, I am also offering Polymer Clay workshops at Thistle Beads, 24 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic, CT  (860) 739-6552.  Here are offerings for the beginning of 2017.  Join us!

Polymer Bargello  ~  Sunday, April 2,  2017  ~ 1 - 4 pm 
Bargello is a pattern most often found in fabric and sewn work. Come learn how to create the effect in polymer!  The illusion of depth is created through the use of colors what flow from darker tones to lighter tones of the same color.  This is a simple process, and allows you to create some lovely effects.

Materials:

•Pasta machine
•Hard work surface such as a glossy tile or glass
•Tissue blades
•Polymer clay in 3 or 4 colors, plus black and white
•Clay for background
•Cutters if you want specific shapes for jewelry
•Findings if desired


Torn-paper Watercolor Technique  ~  Sunday, April 23,  2017  ~ 1 - 4 pm 

Here is a great technique - easy to do, and so variable! When the torn sections are rolled smooth, the look is really wonderful.  This process creates a sheet of clay that can be used in a wide variety of ways. Though the examples are of jewelry, the sheets made through this process can be used to cover items including boxes, wine glass bottoms, handles of tools and much more.


Materials:

•pasta machine
•brayer or acrylic roller
•glossy work surface
•clay - you'll need black and white and then colors you like for a Skinner
•tissue blades
•shape cutters
•wax paper or parchment paper



Polymer Feather Canes  ~  Sunday, May 7,  2017  ~ 1 - 4 pm 


In this project, you will create an unusual and lovely feather cane.  The whole cane will be in the oblong shape of a feather You’ll be able to use slices to create 3-D effects.  This is a fun project, and you’ll want several in different colors to expand your options.

Materials:

•Polymer clay in colors of your choice plus black and white
•Pasta machine
•Acrylic roller
•Tile or other glossy work surface
•Sharp tissue blade   










Black-Line Transfers - on translucent with metal leaf   ~  Sunday, June 4,  2017  ~ 1 - 4 pm

Black line transfers add drama, interest and design to your creations.  They are not difficult to do, they just take some time and a little practice.  For this class, we will use black line transfers as the “main attraction” on a brass channel cuff bracelet, or you may make flat pieces in your own desired shape.

Please note:  The instructor will supply the following:  composite metal leaf,  printed black-line designs from which participants can choose, Preserve Your Memories II fixative. The instructor will also have brass channel cuff bracelets and bangles for sale for use in this project, if desired. 

Materials:

•Pasta machine
•glass or tile work surface
•smaller tiles (4” or 6”)
•Translucent clay
•Brass cuff or bangle forms with channels
•small scraps of colored clay
•Black line drawings
•composite metal leaf
•Tissue blade
•shape cutters, if desired
•scissors

•small container to hold water


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The photos below provide an idea of the variety of projects we've done in the past.