Laurie Mika

MONDAY
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
LAURIE MIKA
JEWELED ICONS
$145 one-day class
Jeweled Icons is a workshop where we will delve into working with polymer clay combined with jewelry bits and pieces to create beautiful mixed media mosaic icons. Students will make personal icons that have a highly embellished and jewel-like quality. The focus in this workshop will be on embedding jewelry parts into polymer clay. It is a fabulous way to utilize some of your small junk jewelry in a new way. We will cover a wide range of mixed media tile making techniques that include rubber-stamping, painting, gold-leafing, collage, embedding and transfers. This class is technique driven and a variety of surface effects for polymer clay will be explored. Students will leave class with a beautiful jewel-like icon that is ready to adorn a wall!
KIT FEE - $10 – payable to instructor at class time and I will have the following for use in class  
gold leaf
ink
collage images
paint
mica powders
Rub n Buff
seed beads
gel medium
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
- A wood substrate not larger than about 6 x6  inches and at least  ½  inch thick, can be square (5x5) or rectangular. (4 x 6)  I love the deep cradle birch panels from Dick Blick online). Michaels now also sells birch deep cradle panels too though I haven’t seen them 6x6 or less.
- 7 small (2 ounce) packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay: buy 3 of the same color,  other 3 related colors and 1 package of white or ecru (for transfers) . Buy clay that is somewhat soft to the touch by pushing on it, if it feels rock hard don’t buy it!  Please condition the clay prior to class by kneading it until soft, then placing in a baggie to store it.
- Rolling pin or even a large diameter piece of PVC pipe works (about 12 inches long)
- A small bottle of Weldbond glue (Michaels or Ace Hardware)
- Assorted paintbrushes to include a fine detail brush and a one-inch brush
- A small bottle of metallic acrylic paint-gold, silver or copper
- A pencil with an eraser
- Small Doo-dads- like junk jewelry pieces, metal charms, beads, wings, crowns, Milagros, buttons, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, pearls and ball chain to embed into the clay.
OPTIONAL
Laser copies of preferred images, I will be bringing plenty of female figures for you to use!
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TUESDAY
FEBRUARY 3, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
LAURIE MIKA
WEARABLE RELIQUARIES
$145 one-day class
The earliest reliquaries were simple box-like designs meant to hold relics that were often the physical remains of saints. In the broad sense, a relic is a venerated object and in this workshop we will be making ancient looking polymer pendants based on that traditional box-like shape.
We will cover a variety of techniques using polymer clay including using rubber stamps, acrylic paint, transfers, mica powders, mica, gold leaf and even shrink plastic. I will also demonstrate techniques for embedding all types of materials into the clay and for creating windows in clay. We will also explore ways to create faux metal-like surfaces.
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
- 4 small (2 ounce) packages of Premo polymer clay. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft before buying, if it feels rock hard, don’t buy! I prefer the darker colors-buy two packages in two colors. Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until softened and then placing it in a baggie to store it.
- 1 small (2 oz) package of Premo white or tan clay-for transfers
- Rolling pin (larger diameter pvc pipe works too)
- A small bottle of Weldbond glue
- Small doo-dads like charms, jewelry parts, Milagros, beads, wings, crowns, glass domes, metal findings, small frames, rhinestone chain, ball chain, glass rhinestones, pearls and collage elements to place in the tiny window and for embedding into the clay. I will be bringing lots of “female” images to use. See pictures for ideas.
OPTIONAL
jewelry pliers
scissors
a few paint brushes
jump ring and ball chain for your pendant
personal images-tiny laser copies
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WEDNESDAY
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
LAURIE MIKA
EMBEDDED HEART SHRINES
$145 one-day class
Hearts are one of my favorite symbols and in this workshop we will focus on an embedded polymer clay heart as the centerpiece of our shrines. The unique thing about this project is that the embedded heart pendant will be removable so that when you would like to wear the pendant, you can simply take it out of the shrine! We will explore a variety of mixed media techniques that include rubber stamping, painting, collage, transfers, embedding, beading and metal leaf. This class is a great way to create something that is both an art piece for the wall and a wearable piece of art! 
KIT FEE - $20 – payable to instructor at class time and includes
handmade frame with hook
heart bezel
jump ring
ball chain
I WILL HAVE THE FOLLOWING FOR USE IN CLASS 
acrylic paint
gold leaf
mica powders
Rub-n-Buff
Ink
collage images
gel medium
seed beads
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
- 5 small packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay. Have 3 packages of the same color and 2 in a related color. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft by pressing your thumb into it, if it feels rock hard, don’t buy it! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until soft and then rolling into a ball and store in a baggie.
- Rolling pin or even large diameter PVC pipe works
- A one-inch paintbrush and a detail brush
- A pencil with an eraser
- A small bottle of acrylic metallic gold, silver or copper paint- (like the Folk Art small bottles)
- Small bottle of Weldbond glue
- A few Doo-dads to embed in clay like rhinestones, charms, buttons, beads, found objects, Milagros, jewelry parts, watch parts, metal findings, ball chain, rhinestone chain.
***Also a few TINY embellishments for your heart pendant.
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THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
9:00 am until 4:00 pm
LAURIE MIKA
HERALDIC CLAY BANNER
$145 one-day class
Creating banners is an ancient craft and traditionally in medieval Europe, banners often displayed a coat of arms with designs that were unique to an individual or family. While these ancient banners were usually done on cloth, we will be creating our own polymer clay banners! This is a perfect class to explore a number of techniques using polymer clay because each triangle provides an opportunity to try out a new way of embellishing the surface. These  techniques include rubber stamping, painting, using gold leaf, layering, collage, embedding jewelry pieces and image transfers. The cross-over possibilities for these techniques is endless and this is a great foundational class for understanding the basics of polymer clay surface design. Students will leave class with a beautiful banner that can be hung on the wall or used in another piece of art.
KIT FEE - $10 – payable to instructor at class time and I will have the following for use in class
wood triangles
paint
ink
gold leaf
mica powders
Rub n Buff
gel medium
collage images for transfers
seed beads
STUDENT SUPPLY LIST
- 6 small (2 ounce) packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay: buy an assortment of related colors. Buy clay that is somewhat soft to the touch by pushing on it, if it feels rock hard don’t buy it!  Please condition the clay prior to class by kneading it until soft, then placing in a baggie to store it.
- Rolling pin or even a large (2 inch) diameter piece of PVC pipe works (about 12 inches long)
- A small bottle of Weldbond glue (Michaels or Ace Hardware)
- A few paintbrushes
- A pencil with an eraser
- Scissors
- Small Doo-dads- like junk jewelry pieces, metal charms, beads, Milagros, crowns, buttons, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, pearls and ball chain to embed into the clay. See pics for ideas
- Tiny “wire-edged ribbon” or jute to string your banner together. The holes are 1/8 inch in diameter. The clay banner is a bit on the heavy side so string might sag. I bought metallic wire- edged ribbon from Michaels that is 1/8 inch x 7 yards. It works great!
OPTIONAL
- Items or laser copy of images to create your own personal coat of arms.
- Pasta machine
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