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.

•POLYMER Workshops at Meiklem Kilnworks (on the Franklin/Bozrah border)
 Here is a listing of my  new workshops for 2018.    The dates and topics are below. Registration information is available on the web site:  http://www.mkwcenter.com/

Saturday, April 14, 2018    Cane-based Cuff (no metal form)           ~ 9 am - 2 pm

In this class, the participants will learn to make a cuff bracelet that does not use a metal base.  If preferred, the participant can use the design developed to make a pendant or earrings.   We will make several small simple canes, then place them on the cuff base to create a patchwork of color and design.  Using canes you have already made adds another dimension to this project.

Materials Cost: Participants will need polymer clay in white, black, and any other colors they like.  It is not necessary for all the colors to match or blend.  Also needed are sharp tissue blades, ruler, pasta machine, extruder, canes and stacks you have already made, and other clay tools of their choice. Instructor will have clay available for sale if desired.

Saturday, May 26, 2018    Silk Screening on Polymer Clay          ~ 9 am - 2 pm

·      There is something really elegant and lovely about silk screened designs on polymer clay.  Participants will learn to use acrylic paints and real silk screens, (not stencils) to create sheets of polymer clay that may be used in a variety of ways.

·      Materials :  Participants will need polymer clay in white, black, and other colors they like.   The instructor will bring acrylic paints, and some silk screens for use.  Participants will need all the usual tools:  pasta machine, glossy work surface, tissue blades, shape cutters and other tools of their choice.

Saturday, June 16, 2018    Imbedded Figure Cane          ~ 9 am - 2 pm

·      Come learn how to create a cane depicting a simple figure imbedded in a mottled background.  This technique is used by many polymer artists to make canes of figures which can be incorporated in a variety of other pieces.  For this first piece, you will want a simple design or figure such as a Native American symbol.  The smoother the edges of your design, the easier this process will be. The instructor will have samples of simple symbols that you can use, or you can design your own.  The image will be encased in a solid color, or in a neutral background of mixed tones.
·      Materials :  Participants will need polymer clay in white, black, and a few neutral, compatible colors. They will need all the usual tools:  pasta machine, glossy work surface, tissue blades (both thin/flexible and stiffer), acrylic roller or brayer, and other tools of their choice.
Saturday, August 4, 2018    Organza and Liquid Polymer          ~ 9 am - 2 pm

·       Here is something a bit different! Learn to incorporate organza fabric into your polymer piece using translucent Liquid Sculpey as a binding medium.  The fabric will be laid over a polymer base, so the base may be plain, swirled, or decorated with canes you already have.
      Materials :  Participants will need polymer clay in white, black, and other colors they prefer. They will need Translucent Liquid Polymer, Sculpey Translucent will work well. They will need all the usual tools:  pasta machine, glossy work surface, tissue blades acrylic roller or brayer, scissors, heat gun, and other tools of their choice.  Simple canes such as flower canes or simple designs can also be incorporated in this work, so bring any canes you may have.  Alcohol wipes will be useful for cleaning up the liquid polymer.  The instructor will have organza pieces for use in the project.  

Polymer Workshops at ThistleBeads

•I also offer Polymer Clay workshops at Thistle Beads, 24 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic, CT  (860) 739-6552.  Here are classes for the Winter,  2018  Join us!

3-D figure - Sea Turtle  ~  Sunday, May 20,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm
Join us for a sweet and fun 3-D project.  We will make a sea turtle, a little figure you can hold in your hand and set on a shelf.  Since it’s polymer, you can even set the little piece in a dish of water. ;)  

Materials:  Participants will want to bring their pasta machine and clamps, glossy work surface,  and blades.  In addition, participants will want clay in various colors, needle tool, any clay working tools for impressing designs, a smooth metal or acrylic rod for smoothing surfaces, and any sculpting tools you may happen to have.  Special tools are not necessary.  Toothpicks work well, too!

Color Transfers on Polymer  ~  Sunday, June 3,  2018 ~ 1 to 4 pm

In this class, you will learn how to transfer color printed images onto polymer clay in order to incorporate them into your designs.  Options for embellishments and finishes will also be explored.  This is a great way to add a wide variety of personal or legal-to-copy images into your work.

•Pasta machine
•Glossy work surface
•Tissue blade
•White polymer clay, such as Premo!  May be mixed with translucent and/or pearl.  Other colors of your choosing.
•70% alcohol wipes
•Color images printed on regular paper on a laser printer (instructor will provide some for class)
•Finish such as Preserve Your Memories II or Magic Gloss (with needle or headpin)
Optional items:  texture sheets for backing, shape cutters, items to cover with transfer sheets, jewelry findings, embellishment items such as powders

Alcohol Ink Backgrounds w/ Inked Stamps  ~  Sunday, July 22,  2018 ~ 1pm to 4 pm

We will be combining several processes for this workshop.  We will begin by making – and baking - polymer backgrounds.  You will then learn how to use alcohol inks to create colored backgrounds.  Next, you will use rubber stamps to add color and design to your piece.  We will also explore various finishes.

pasta machine
•blades and shape cutters
•work surface
•polymer clay in white and black
•alcohol inks
•alcohol wipes
paper towels and/or Kleenex and/or Q-tips
•black  stamping ink (indelible is best, but won't wash off your stamps)
•chalk ink pads, such as from Colorbox  - colors of your own choice.  Metallics add a special shine
•rubber stamps
•extruder  - optional, for adding edging
•texture sheets - optional, for texturing the back of the piece
•Varnish for polymer clay, PYM II, Magic Gloss, or finish of your choice

The Damascus Ladder  ~  Sunday, August  2018 ~ 1pm to 4 pm

Damascus ladder is the name of a particular technique that is used by metal craftsmen to give spectacular designs on knife and sword blades. The designs look like flowing water that swirls and curls around.  The designs are created by fusing different grades and types of metal together and manipulating the heated metal to produce particular patterns. The patterns are revealed by acid etching almost at the end of the process.  From what I have been able to find, Alan Vernall was the first to develop a technique which replicates the look of the Damascus blades in polymer.  This is a fun and unusual project, and the ending design can be used in a variety of ways.


•Polymer clay in 4 or 5 colors – I have found that Premo! or Fimo Classic work well
•pasta machine
•acrylic roller or brayer
•tissue blades
•tile or other hard work surface
•Shape cutters
•Findings as desired
The photos below provide an idea of the variety of projects we've done in the past.