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Creative Play With Polymer Clay:Making Your Own Clay Beads & Pendants!(Ages 6-9)

In this one-time class, students will begin exploring how to make their own jewelry using polymer clay by learning the basic techniques of blending and shaping clay to make beads and pendants from scratch!
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
71 total reviews for this teacher
6 reviews for this class
Completed by 10 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
60 minutes
per class
Meets once
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

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Class Experience

In this class students will learn:
• How to blend different colors of clay to create amazing swirled patterns in their work
• How to roll out beads and shape polymer clay to make different styles of beads and pendants
• How to successfully create holes in beads and press pendants flat without squishing the clay
• How to use basic household items to help craft and design your custom jewelry pieces!
I have over 15 years of experience in jewelry creation, which began with using polymer clay to design my own pendants and earrings. As an established jeweler, my experience includes designing and selling my work through artisan festivals and e-commerce. As an educator, I have been teaching students from ages 6-15 through the world of jewelry making for over 7 years through homeschool classes, birthday parties, and private instruction, and after-school enrichment courses across 8 elementary schools.
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Required Materials During Class: • Polymer Clay, at least 3 different colors (recommended brand: Sculpey) • Toothpicks • Clay roller or pencil/other thin cylindrical object with perfectly smooth round edge • Blank white printer paper, several sheets Required Materials for Finishing Clay Creations After Class (with adult supervision!): • Glass pan for baking • Oven Optional Additional Materials (not required for class but can help you make fancier creations!): • Small glass seed beads or bugle beads for decorating • Stiff business cards (they will get smudgy from the clay; make sure you don’t need them anymore before you use them!) • Fancy loose buttons or other small objects with fancy designs • Very small cup of water and a couple of paper towels • Small pieces of Saran wrap Material Costs & Where to Buy: • Sculpey Clay: ~$2.50/brick or $10-$20 for a variety pack. (Tip: Check for Glow-in-the-Dark clay too!) • Materials are available at your local craft store such as Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics. Check your stores for coupons, such as saving a fixed percentage off your entire order!
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
Parental assistance is required after class to help students bake their polymer clay creations using an oven. Parental guidance is not required during class as beads and pendants are being designed. Parental assistance may be needed during class for help with first learning how to make a hole through a bead.


April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Lives in the United States
Educator in Professional Style Jewelry Making
71 total reviews
94 completed classes

About Me

Hi there! My name is April and I love to share my passion for jewelry making with students of all ages! My mission is to give every student the same life-changing moment that I had when I first discovered my passion: When I was in high school, a... 
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