Polymer Clay dates back to the 1930s when it was first invented in the USA. In the last 10 years in particular it has become very popular in Europe. It’s an interesting medium that encourages creativity and experimentation. It requires very little specialised equipment and is rewarding for both beginners and the more experienced. Because polymer is a relatively young medium, new ways of using and developing it are always being discovered and often shared freely online.
Polymer clay is very versatile. It can be used to create traditional jewellery, tribal jewellery or very futuristic stuff. It can be used to faux turquoise, agate, opals and other faux gemstones. You can stamp it, emboss it, carve it, paint it, or just use it as it was originally intended. It doesn't have to be confined to jewellery making either. Polymer can be used to make buttons, to cover boxes, picture frames or to create mixed media projects with acrylics, oils, gold leaf etc. Some people have even created 'paintings' with it.
This is a small hands on group where ideas are freely shared and experiment is encouraged. There is always help available, but the essence is sharing knowledge and hands on experience. Each member has their own equipment. However, we will lend you materials for a few weeks to get you started. The list of equipment required is available from the group leader. We have a small oven for "cooking" the clay.
So far we have learnt to make small items of jewellery. We have also created embossed mirrors, photo fames, boxes and faux gemstones.
During the first few meeting we have learned various techniques. We have all produced earrings using a kaleidoscope cane. We made skinner blends, bulls’ eye canes and Jelly roles which have become necklaces, earrings, buttons and covered boxes.
Some of us as are now moving towards making plaques and 3D pictures.
*At the time of posting; the Parquesol Restaurant is now closed on Mondays and new meeting dates/venue are being looked at. Please contact the Group leader via the Admin email for an update.