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Polymer clay at the library

So, I guess you’re wondering where I wandered off to, eh? Well, it’s been such a crazy busy week here, and much of what I’ve been doing has been un-photograph-worthy, and frankly, really boring to talk about.

Library class

One noteworthy thing I did do, was teach a class at the local library on Thursday evening. And I have the pictures to prove it.

Library class

It was open to kids grade 6 and up, and we had 5 or 6 of them, along with a handful of younger kids who were accompanied by their mothers. I think some of the mothers had as much fun as the kids did.

Library class

I showed them how to do simple millefiori like striped loaves, jellyrolls, and striped jellyrolls, and an easy flower cane. We then built a few beads using their canes and some old boxes of my own canes that I never use anymore.

Library class

It was a 2-hour class, and since it was my first time, and I was pretty much just winging-it, we went a bit over, and didn’t have enough time to actually string the beads onto anything. If there’s a next time, I’ll be sure to watch the clock a little better.

All in all it was a good experience, and I’ll probably do it again.

Everything else I’ve done this week has been along the lines of trying to get this pixel to line up with that pixel in both major browsers, or food shopping, or whirlwind (uh-oh, unexpected company is coming!) cleaning and I don’t really want to bore you with any of that.

Next week will be more interesting here. It will have to be! I’ll be unleashing my new website design on Monday morning (assuming those pixels cooperate), and somewhere in there I have a skirt to sew for a little friend, and I’d like to make a few patchwork bibs to bring to a baby shower Wednesday night. And it would be nice to find some fun summer activities to do with my little men.

Actually, I’m just looking forward to having a week where my nose isn’t in the laptop quite so much!  Balance.  Balance is key 🙂

6 thoughts on “Polymer clay at the library

  1. When you teach the class, do you bake the clay there too (please ignore my ignorance on working with clay – this may be obvious to others).

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  2. Your class at the library sounds terrific. I would love to take a beginner polymer clay class. Must search for one closer to home. Best wishes, Frivolitea

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  3. Looks like fun and I would definitely sign up if we had one nearby. I was going to ask the same question about baking – you do have to bake them right? And do they come in all those multicoloured bricks like that or did you make those? Maybe you should do an online class 🙂

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  4. I so wish I lived in your city, so I could have taken your class! Polymer clay is one of those crafts that I am really drawn to, but have no idea where to really start. Can’t wait to see the new and improved blog : )

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  5. @ Michele:

    Yes and no. I brought my toaster oven with me so that we could bake it, but we ended up going over time and some people just carefully carried their pieces home to bake. Other people were able to bake for about 15 minutes, which is enough to make it hard enough to transport easily. Then they gave the pieces another 15 minutes or so at home to be safe.

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  6. @ Kim:

    Yes, you can see my answer to Michele for more specifics Re: baking.

    The multi-colored bricks are called “canes.” You’re seeing them from the side, so it’s hard to tell, but there are patterns in the cross sections (like that slice and bake cookie dough). I have lots of images of canes in my flickr photos, like these. If you want to get an idea how I make them, I’ve written a few tutorials that might give you some idea.

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