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Jewelry Making With Polymer Clay: Crafting Your Own Beads & Pendants!(Ages 9-13)
In this one-time jewelry making class, students will learn the essential starting skills for creating sophisticated beads & pendants from clay, including blending colors, shaping clay, making clean holes, & creating unique designs!
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
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What better way to create truly unique jewelry than to create your very own beads and pendants to incorporate into your jewelry designs? In this introductory class to jewelry clay working, students will learn about the supplies, tips and tricks, and core skills needed to create amazing designs and strong beads using polymer clay. We will discuss how to shape clay into our desired beads, how to create swirled and decorative patterns in our work, and how to craft with durability in mind. The...
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, shape, and smooth out polymer clay to make different styles of beads and pendants. • How to successfully create holes in beads without squishing the clay. • How to create unique imprints into the clay for fancy designs. • How to turn beautiful clay creations into stunning jewelry pieces once the class is complete!
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.
1 file available upon enrollmentRequired 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 Strongly recommended: • Flexible clay slicer or stiff business cards (they will get smudgy from the clay; make sure you don’t need them anymore before you use them!) 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!): • Glitter, small glass seed beads, and/or bugle beads for decorating • Small shaped clay cutters (look like cookie cutters) • Fancy loose buttons or other small objects with fancy designs • Rubber texture sheets for polymer clay • Very small cup of water and a couple of paper towels • Small pieces of Saran wrap Needed for After Class and After Baking: • Elastic or string to turn your new beads into bracelets or necklaces! • A dab of glue to secure the knots in your new jewelry 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.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Educator in Professional Style Jewelry Making
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
57 total reviews
86 completed classes
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...