Polymer Clay Seven Bead Sampler

  • $590.00
    Unit price per 

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Polymer Clay Seven Bead Sampler
Instructor: Cynthia Toops
September 13-15, Friday - Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $590 | Materials Included, Materials List


Prerequisites: no experience necessary

Class Description:

The skillful mastery and creativity of Cynthia Toops will inspire you to explore the vast possibilities available to a jewelry artist using polymer clay. Learn to transform this relatively mundane material in this intensive and comprehensive workshop. While focusing on seven unique polymer beads, students will investigate various bead shapes, explore hollow and foil cores, surface decoration with simple and complex canes, as well as carving, drawing, onlay, mokumegane and mosaic work. Time permitting students will have the opportunity to work independently to pursue a particular area of interest with guidance from the instructor. Students will work with a restricted pallet in order to give focused attention to technique and construct either a bracelet or necklace. All levels.


Materials INCLUDED:

  • Polymer clay and other supplies

Students MUST Bring:

  • Fine tipped tweezers (available in studio store)
  • Sewing needle

Students MAY Bring:

  • Additional Fimo Soft polymer clay
  • Optivisors for additional magnification, (available in studio store)

Instructor Bio:

Seattle artist Cynthia Toops has always been fascinated with beads. An ivory cicada bead carved by her father is one of her most cherished possessions. However, it was a copy of Lois Sherr Dublin's "The History of Beads", which catapulted this fascination into a passion and career. Falling in love with the Roman face beads on the cover, Cynthia was inspired to make her own versions. During a visit to her native Hong Kong, Cynthia discovered polymer clay and fell in love with the medium. Cynthia is inspired by 18th Century Italian micro mosaics, as well as the elaborate works of Mexico's Huichol Indians, who embed seed beads in hot wax. Adapting these styles to polymer clay, Cynthia developed techniques that work for her and are 'simple and very low-tech'. Using this technique of mosaic in her work, Cynthia is able to create tremendous richness, texture and subtle color variation on a single piece. Cynthia is widely published and exhibits and teaches throughout the United States.

Learn ore about the Instructor, HERE.


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