Date/time: 2 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 7
Place: To Bead True Blue 2014, Tuscon, AZ
Class fee: $100
Kit fee: $25 (Payable to instructor at time of class) includes materials. Workshop attendees will leave with a finished necklace featuring a resin casting set into a bezel, along with chain and handmade clasp components.
Class Description: For those of you who love treasure hunting and incorporating found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based 6 hour workshop tailor-made for you. Learn how to easily make molds of your found object treasures with non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from your molds. Once the resin is fully dry, learn how to add surface treatments to completely alter your resin castings with paint and patinas. See how easily it is to replicate your found object castings with paint and faux finish techniques, or how to completely alter your castings to turn them into entirely new components. If you are someone who thinks twice about using your precious objects in your work, this workshop will help overcome that and have you seeing your treasures in an entirely new light.
Student Supplies Needed For Class: Found objects. Smooth ones, flat ones, round ones, intricate detail, interesting texture ones, old doll parts, keys, shells, gears, buttons, etc. Look around your studio at interesting objects and bring them. The workshop is all about experimentation. Paint brushes, travel size baby wipes, 1 bottle of craft raw umber paint, 1 bottle of black paint. Also basic jewelry pliers: round nose, flat nose and chain nose pliers. Bring a few beads and baubles from your stash to personalize your piece.