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Instructor: Julie Picarello
Award-winning artist, author and international instructor known for her color aesthetics, design sense, and joyful teaching style. Learn more at

Currently not available.
Skill Levels: All
Dates/Times: February 7, from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Fees: $85

Immerse yourself in a riot of color, pattern and texture as you design and shape unique focal beads in polymer clay! Students will explore my adaptation of an ancient metalworking technique and "imprint" a design into a custom-mixed stack of polymer clay. The imprints will be made using a variety of tools and implements that I have gathered over the years - many of them from the kitchen, garage and sewing room! Slicing techniques, focal shaping, drilling and polishing will all be covered, and for those interested, we will also add an element of interest with the incorporation of metal accents.

A pasta machine will be available in class to share, but bringing your own is optimal. Clay is underwritten by Polyform, and all other consumable supplies will be provided by the instructor.


Provided in Kit:
Clay, tissue blade, metallic powders, metal accents, wet/dry sandpaper

Instructor Share:
Plastic sheets, deli paper, imprint tools, cutters

Student Supplied:
Pasta machine, c-clamps, small plastic container for sanding, acrylic roller/brayer, work surface (small tile or non-skid silicone mat), water spritzer

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