Making Polymer Clay Jewelry
Lynne Bergschultz & Jenni Stultz
May 26 - June 1
The first half of this class will be devoted to the exceptional versatility of polymer clay as a perfect medium for making many kinds of jewelry. You will begin by forming canes, mixing colors with the Skinner blend, and preparing mokume gane sheets. These will become the material you use to create big beads, little beads, focal beads, pendants, doughnuts and cabochons. Lynne will provide demonstrations and examples that will help guide you, and individual exploration is always encouraged. If you have any items that require color coordinating, feel free to bring them to class.
All tools and materials will be provided, but any student who has a pasta roller that’s “dedicated” to polymer clay is welcome to bring it.
The second half of this class will focus on turning your polymer clay pieces into one-of-a-kind jewelry. Jenni will go over the basics of jewelry making. You’ll learn some beading and stringing techniques and look at the beads and jewelry components available to use in your designs. Then Jenni will spend some time discussing design possibilities using conventional and nonconventional materials. After this, you’ll be free to explore and create your own unique pieces of jewelry.
If you have any jewelry making tools, such as needle-nose pliers, wire cutter or crimp pliers, it would be helpful to bring them. Also, bring any jewelry components or beads that you think you might want to use.
Lynne Bergschultz is an illustrator, designer, educator and fiber artist with a passion for polymer clay. Since discovering polymer clay over 15 years ago, she has produced countless original buttons, shawl pins and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Her work has been published in national craft magazines and sold in galleries, shops (including The Clearing Bookstore) and fiber events around the country. Lynne never tires of working with the “little blocks of color” and loves sharing her passion with others.
Jenni Stultz has been teaching classes in a variety of media for over 20 years. Her classes have ranged from needle felting and art journaling to precious metal clay and “creating” from “junk.” Her work has been published in Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, Jewelry Affaire, Art Doll Quarterly and Green Craft. Her jewelry and home décor items are sold in shops around Door County, including The Clearing Bookstore, the Milwaukee Art Museum gift shop and the Caberra Art Gallery in North Carolina.
Materials Fee: $20 for polymer clay, metallic powders, bakeable adhesive, wet/dry sandpaper and bakeable finish, payable at registration, and $10 to $30 for jewelry findings, chain, clasps, stringing materials and beads, payable to Jenni during class.
Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)
*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals **package includes tuition & 7 meals