Polymer Clay is a modeling type clay that comes in numerous wonderful colors. Unlike "earth clays" it does not require a kiln to cure or harden it. It can be cured or baked in the home oven or toaster oven to a hard plastic, like PVC. In fact, polymer clay IS PVC Polyvinyl Chloride, the same thing your white or grey plastic plumbing pipes are made of.
This is my third year at Clay Carnival and every year just seems to get better and better. My first year I somehow got put in the rowdy room (which is kind of funny, as anyone who knows me knows there probably isn't a less rowdy person in the world, but I sure enjoy being a part of that group). The rowdy room got its name because it deserved it. This is a group of gals (happen to all be gals) who are a bit risque and enjoy teasing and laughter and practical jokes. It's all done in fun, though with no intention to hurt anyone physically or emotionally. It's really quite cathartic for a "stick in the mud" like me.
Getting ready for classes are the people to the right of me, Janis and Karen.
Lisa, far right with the yellow flower on her balloon hat.
With Instructor Kim Cavender being "overwhelmed" on the left.
The front table has Patti on the left (as we're looking at the picture) and I'm embarrassed to say I'm not sure, but I think the gal next to Patti is Gail. If anybody reads this and knows this for sure, please let me know.
Here are the canes I made and my finished acorns, well, almost finished, they need sanded and buffed or something to bring out the shine.
After a lunch break, our instructors were Donna Kato and Leslie Blackford presenting a colaborative project. We were supposed to have had Dawn/Dee Schiller, who had to cancel due to illness. We missed Dee's class, but enjoyed Donna and Leslie's replacement project.
While they had been in Europe together for another Clay Carnival, they had enjoyed the many, many pub signs they saw and had been playing with ways to make such pub signs in polymer clay.
Donna Kato handled the sign part with toner copier transfers and both Leslie and Donna showed their way of making the animals.
With that, I'll close today's blog post and return tomorrow with Day 2's classes and projects. Stay tuned, Smiles, Sue C