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Learn to Make Your Own Clay Hair Barrettes!

In this one-time jewelry making class, students will learn about the tools and skills they need to make colorful, beautiful, and strong hair barrettes using polymer clay.
April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
67 total reviews for this teacher
2 reviews for this class
Completed by 3 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?

Meets once at a scheduled time
Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

In this class, students will learn:
• How to blend different colors of clay to create beautiful swirled patterns in their work.
• How to roll out, shape, and smooth out polymer clay to make a strong barrette base.
• How to add decorative designs to their barrettes including bead additions and design imprints.
• And how to use bonus supplies to continue experimenting with new designs beyond the class time! 
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 online e-commerce for nearly a decade. 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) • Barrette clips, approximately 2.25 inches (or 6cm) long (recommended brand: Bead Landing) • Clay roller or a pencil/other thin cylindrical object with perfectly smooth round edge • Blank white printer paper, several sheets Required Materials for Finishing Barrettes After Class (with adult supervision!): • Glass pan for baking • Oven • Tinfoil • E6000 Glue (or other strong craft glue) Optional Additional Materials (not required for class but can help you make fancier barrettes): • 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 button or other small objects with fancy designs • Very small cup of water and a couple of paper towels • Clear plastic cling 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!) • Barrette clips: ~$3-$5 per pack of typically 20 barrettes clips. • E6000 Glue: ~$5-$7. • 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 guidance is required after class to help students bake their polymer clay hair barrettes using an oven. Parental guidance is not required during class as barrettes are being designed.


April Elizabeth Lassing Leithner
Lives in the United States
Educator in Professional Style Jewelry Making
67 total reviews
93 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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