Years Teaching: 21
Years Teaching Clay: 5
Years Working w/Clay: 13
School or Studio: School
Specialties: I originated faux cloisonne technique (combination of polymer clay, wire, and resin). Another specialty is miniature hand-sculpted flowers, especially all kinds of orchids.
First Experience With Clay: I tried polymer clay as a temporarily solution while I was looking for a new ceramic studio after moving, but I liked polymer clay so much, that I never switched back after that.
Past Teaching Experiences: I taught my techniques to members of a few polymer clay guilds, including Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and Kansas.
Book by Shirley Rufener, Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry, 2009
Polymer Cafe, Vol.7 No.5, 2009
Polymer Cafe, Vol.7 No.4, 2009
Step by Step Beads, Vol.6 No.6, 2008
Polymer Cafe, Vol.6 No.6, 2008
Jewelry Maker's Comprehensive Catalog by FMG, 2007-2008
Brochure Bead Dreams, 2007
Step by Step Beads, March-April 2007
Polymer Cafe, Summer 2006
Polymer Cafe, Winter 2006
Teaching Level: Professional
- Private Lessons: No
- Group Lessons: Yes
- Minimum Number of Students: 7
- Maximum Number of Students: 20
- How Far Will Travel: Within USA
- Reimbursed Expenses: Travel and lodging
Class Prep Time: 2 weeks
Maximum Consecutive Days Teaching: 2
Class Listings & Descriptions:
Faux Cloisonné Class
Cloisonné is an ancient metal-working technique that involves soldering pieces of wire to the metal base and filling them up with glass enamels in various colors. Faux cloisonné is made using polymer clay right in your own house, and does not require any complicated equipment or toxic materials.
The class includes step-by step hands-on demonstration of the basic technique and its variations, such as use of the metal leaf, mica powders, and various beads and crystals for additional visual effects. Special attention is paid to possible errors and ways to correct or avoid them. The class also includes a comparison of various types of dimensional glazes and resin products available on the market.
Sculpted Orchids Class
Orchid flowers are ideal models for polymer clay because they come in so many interesting shapes and colors. In this class, you will learn how to create different patterns found on the orchid petals, such as color gradation, spots, and stripes. You will also learn how to form four basic types of orchids phalaenopsis, cattleya, cymbidium, and paphiopedilum. To make your arrangements even more colorful and exciting, sculpting of many types of polymer clay leaves will also be demonstrated in this class. The last part of the class covers such topics as construction of focal beads with sculpted flowers, use of pearls and semi-precious beads, and various finishes (mica powders, glazes, and acrylic paints).
Words of Encouragement to Novice Teachers:
"Start with a small group of people you know first. Do a project with your kids or a group of friends. Once you have more confidence, move on to other groups. Most important, have fun! When teacher enjoys what she is doing, her class is a guaranteed success."
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