Polymer clay jewellery


Who is this course for?

This course may suit you if you would like to make decorative work with polymer clay (e.g Fimo or similar) These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around arts, creativity and wellbeing. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course. This course is suitable for anyone, this is a course for all abilities.

Course content

You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course. You will be trying a variety of techniques to create simple decorative pieces and/or jewellery from polymer (plastic) modelling clay. Polymer clay comes in an extensive range of colours and is easy to use at home, requiring baking in a domestic oven to harden. You will be encouraged to research themes and generate ideas, perhaps drawing and planning your project(s). You will be following some set tasks and applying techniques to make your own decorative and jewellery pieces. There will be the opportunity to explore your own ideas and follow set practical tasks.

Support and feedback

Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and feedback on your progress where appropriate. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.

Additional costs and requirements

You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection. You will need a range of polymer clay (Fimo is a good brand – you can buy separately wrapped blocks of chosen colours – but there are also kits/boxes available online and in craft shops which have a range of colours, some even include jewellery fixings and tools) and this can be an economical way of starting with polymer clays. A selection of fixings for

jewellery could be useful, but you can also start with simple makes that require little more than coloured embroidery thread, string or leather laces to construct. . A selection of polymer clay tools would be useful but you can also use everyday items like old cutlery, wire and other items, tutor will discuss this in the first session. Also useful to have some cling film, a wooden or plastic board to work on, a rolling pin, a craft knife or small pointed paring/fruit knife, baking paper and a baking tray.

Will I have to do anything outside of the session?

Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning. The tutor may set some optional tasks for individuals or the whole group, both within the sessions and to do in your own time

About the tutor

Franca Westaway has been teaching art and design since she came to the South West in the 1990s. Franca is passionate about helping others to gain creative skills and confidence, whatever their area of interest. She has a wide range of experience both in schools and with people of all ages within the community and is particularly keen on 3D and practical techniques across many materials and disciplines, as well as the use of art for personal development and expression and as a therapeutic tool.

Start date27 April 2021
End date11 May 2021
Start time13:30
End time15:30
Concessions not available