Surface Exploration on Polymer with CLAIRE MAUNSELL With a side helping of polymer findings...

In 2017 ( April 22-23rd, to be exact....) I'll be leading a weekend workshop for the New England Polymer Artist Guild where I'll be sharing my strategies for creating unique surfaces on polymer clay. We'll be working with many different products and learning how to assess their compatibility with polymer - as well as with each other. I will share some of the unique interactions I've discovered over these last few years...

At the end of the first day each student should have a good number of veneers to work with to make hollow beads and findings on the following day! The photos following of some of my beads give some idea of the scope of the surfaces to be covered.

Beads that show off a myriad of different surfaces!

In the following series of annotated photos, you can see some close up photos of some of the many veneers I have made and also a few of the many polymer pieces which show my focus on surface.

It is worth noting that, for me, the veneer is often just the beginning - often there is a lot of colouring and altering after the piece is first cured. We will be covering some of the methods I use to alter work after it has been cured.

Cell crackle 1

Cell crackle 2

Cell crackle altered...

Crackle within crackle....

Carving and colouring....

'Bark' crackle...

Very soft Mokume Gane

Printing with texture...

Printing on polymer...

Making raised crackle...

Direct application on texture...

Reimagined crackle...

One of many metallic applications possible....

Transfers on hollow beads

Transfers as collage...

Aging and integrating transfers...

Due to the sheer bulk of the material covered on surfaces during the workshop, all participants will receive an 'aide memoire' in the form of a 50 page PDF. This will briefly review the procedure for each idea and have pictures as well. This will be given out at the end of Day 1.

I will also have available for purchase a new tutorial, which is called: 'Printing on Polymer: Customizable alternatives to silk screening'. Participants in this workshop can purchase this at 50% off the regular price, if interested.

These surfaces come together in interesting ways on the surfaces of my jewelry, vessels and beads, as you can see in the examples in the grid below.

Surface applications are the essence of my work with different forms

On the morning of 2nd day of the workshop, we will work on simple hollow tube beads and stacked strata beads - these provide a base that is easy to make. After curing them we will discuss the wild world of colouring after curing! in the afternoon, we'll be exploring some approaches to making your own polymer clay findings. The technical nuts and bolts will be dealt with - to ensure a strong and durable closure - and then we can use veneers you've developed and/or finishing techniques you've learned to match or customize these findings.

The more weird and wonderful the better! There is no limit to what you can dream up for findings...I feel that I personally have only scratched the surface!

Various odd closures
Keyhole closure
Spiral clasps

If you liked this and your curiosity is piqued, please contact Kathryn Corbin of the New England Polymer Artist Guild for more detailed information on what you need to bring,how it will roll, and how to pay! You can reach her at the following email address: corbindesign@brown-corbin.com

When: April 22nd & 23rd, 2017, Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5

Where: 244 Prospect St, Franklin MA

Cost: Guild Members 215$, Non members 265$ Price includes catered lunch both days!

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