Sunday, February 20, 2011

Corpus Christi Guild Class ~ Sliver Flowers & Leaves

In the regularly scheduled guild meeting the members have "show and tell". I brought a number of items made using a technique I called Sliver (not silver) Flowers & Leaves. The members really liked the items I'd made and asked if I could teach the technique to them.

Last year I developed this technique, wanting to use the pretty scraps of my skinner blends and wrote and photographed the tutorial in order to teach a class at Central Oklahoma Polymer Clay Guild. The guild members loved the tutorial and some even emailed me the next day to say again how much fun the class had been.

Cutting slivers of skinner blend ropes, flowers and leaves could be created in graduated colors from light to dark or from one color to another. Since the tutorial was complete, it was easy to send a materials list and plan for a class two weeks later, the last Saturday of January.

Students receive a full color step by step tutorial and instructions to make this heart shaped pendant. In no time, we had a full class and a date to teach.

Allyson a polymer clay artist nearby would be able to go and to attend the class so we could ride together. This time the trip to Corpus would be a time to catch up with Allyson, a sign language teacher, who also designed lovely polymer clay projects.

The class was in the home of guild member Lynn, a gracious lady who greeted us with lunch and refreshing drinks after our long drive.

The ladies had a great time, learning the techniques of making the slivers, how to pick them up and place them where desired.

The technique can be used in a number of ways. On soft, unbaked clay, applied to baked clay, cut larger and added to glass ornaments. Shown right, an ivory pendant, soft pearl cabochons and a colored pencil portrait on polymer clay that had been baked and varnished.

I'll be teaching in San Antonio Sunday the 27th of February at the Chandler Senior Center 137 W. French Place San Antonio, Tx. If you are in San Antonio, come on by. Class starts at 1:00.

For more info, feel free to contact me.

1 comment:

surfingcat said...

they're beautiful, what a wonderful technique - especially if it used up tiny scraps of skinner blends!