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Creating With Polymer Clay

This course will show you how to make beads for use in a necklace and earrings, Brooches, Bands for salad servers, a tea light jar and tiles for decorating your own mixed media mosaic box lid.

Students are encouraged to bring the following which they may include in their work: • A small selection of mixed media pieces such as old bits of jewellery, small magnets, and postage stamps, found objects such as small flat stones, greeting cards or card stock for cutting up. • Beads which you may like to use in a necklace with the beads you make during class • A container to store your beads and tiles in

Early Bird Promo

  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status bookings open July 1, 2018.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course





Andrea McKey

Andrea McKey

Colours and patterns always make me smile. They fill my heart with such joy. It’s the spirit of children’s books, the circus, nature, beach umbrellas and lollipops. Glass lends itself wonderfully to this spirit with its myriad of saturated colours.
Nature and people inspire me. Faded old sandstone, lichen on trees, sunlight on water, dots, stripes and checks on textiles and beads, there are colours and patterns all around us. Markets, galleries and books are filled with amazing work created by talented people. Time, energy, spirit and love have gone into wonderful creations and I fill my home with them. They inspire me to create, to enjoy what I do, continue to grow and to take failures in my stride as a learning experience. Largely self taught but also helped by many artist friends I try new paths with glass always striving to make pieces that give me joy and bring joy to the person who gets to call it their own.
I work with:
? Pure wool felt, either bought or made by me, creating whimsical, colourful, hand embroidered pieces
? Glass, making beads for jewellery or creating functional and/or decorative kiln fired work
? Found objects, such as driftwood, metal bits picked up at dump shops, op shops, on the street or gifted by friends and strangers to make little vignettes incorporating my glass beads and also kiln fired glass pieces
? Polymer Clay made into beads, elements or tiles which I mix with a variety of materials to make jewellery, mirrors, vignettes or whatever else rocks my boat
? Leather, wool, cotton, cane or whatever I can lay my hands on to create pieces to give joy















Course Requirements

A material cost of $70 covers all materials and tools that you will need. You will make

  • 1 necklace using the polymer clay beads you have made as well as handmade glass beads, small spacer beads and findings provided by the tutor
  • 1 brooch
  • 1 pair of earrings using polymer clay beads and beaten silver wire
  • 1 pair of salad servers decorated with polymer clay patterned handles
  • I small tea light jar with a polymer clay patterned band
  • 1 wooden box with a mixed media mosaic lid using polymer clay tiles you have made, some tiles and mixed media bits provided by the tutor (students are encouraged to bring their own memory bits to add to their mirror)

There will be extra materials to purchase if students wish to go beyond the above items. 

The tutor will provide all tools as part of the material cost. A full list of these tools is on the website.

If you wish to bring your own tools please mark them with your name.


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