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

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

Explore how a polymer clay adaptation of the ancient Mokume Gane metalworking technique can be used to build vibrantly patterned and eye-catching mixed media pendants.

Students will mix their own custom color palettes to form a “billet” of layered clay that is imprinted with a variety of tools (many from the garage, kitchen and sewing room!). The billets are then sliced into veneers and enhanced with hammered metal mesh before being formed into truly unique focal beads and pendants. To impart a beautiful shine, techniques for sanding and polishing will be covered, as well as how to drill polymer clay for stringing.

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 by instructor:
Clay, tissue blade, metal mesh, wet/dry sandpaper

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

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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