Here more results from a bunch of bracelet experiments from about four or five years ago. I made the tile bracelets after watching Gwen Gibson’s bracelet video and the cuff bracelets after taking a class with Donna Kato. I learned the technique for the beads in the pink bracelet in a Margaret Maggio class.
I have been a member of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild for over ten years. Joining the Guild is one of the best deals around.
Aside from offering an extensive library of books and videos, clay days, field trips to Polymer Clay Express, and loads of good people ready to enable your clay adiction, the Guild has a twice-yearly newsletter, The Clay News, a Blog, a Flickr site, and our yearly retreat held in May, Polydelphia.
During the time I have been a member, I have taken guild-sponsored classes with Gwen Gibson, Maggie Maggio, Lindly Haunani, Elise Winters, S.L. Savarick, Donna Kato, Grant Diffendaffer and Dan Cormier and Tracy Holmes.
And don’t forget the Guest Artist Program, the only one if its kind. Nationally known artists give classes on a Saturday to Guild members who pay tuition. The the artist attends the regularly scheduled Sunday Guild meeting and teaches and demonstrates for the entire Guild. Or maybe the teacher comes to the meeting only, as a guest teacher. The artist fees come out of member dues and Guild fundraisers. How cool is that? To learn more about this great program, click here, and read the story in the September 2007 issue of The Clay News on page 4.
If you want to join us, check out our web site. Dues are only $30.00 a year. At that price, how can you afford not to join?
You can achieve beautiful effects by screen printing on polymer clay. I was introduced to this technique several years ago when Ellen Marshall, who literally wrote the book on polymer clay surface design, Polymer Clay Surface Design Recipes, encouraged me to take a class with Gwen Gibson, S.L. Savarick, is another polymer clay artist who uses screen printing with breathtaking results.
They all inspired me to create my own designs and see how far I could take this process. You can find my article, Surface Techniques: Silk Screening Polymer Clay, in the Fall 2007 issue of Polymer Cafe Magazine.
In the meantime, please enjoy my slideshow. It includes some things I have come up with while playing with screen printing and polymer clay. This is a journey and I am just getting started!