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Creating With Polymer Clay

Have fun while creating jewellery plus functional and decorative pieces in a wonderful array of colours and patterns.

Make a variety of patterned canes from polymer clay and apply them in making beads for jewellery, tiles for a photo frame and thin sheets to decorate parfait spoon handles. We will use opaque as well as translucent polymer clay which we will overlay to create wonderful patterns. Create jewellery using beads they have made and combine them with silver wire components, natural materials such as seeds and a variety of my handmade glass beads as well as assorted beads including pearls, seed beads and more.

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  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole Day
Status Filling up. There are only 4 places available.
Location Bellingen High School

More about the course

Material costs $65 – The material costs include all the materials needed to make the following items plus make plenty of patterned canes to be able to use and also take home to continue creating with polymer clay.

• 1 necklace and or bracelet using the polymer clay beads you have made, handmade glass beads, small spacer beads, leather and findings provided by the tutor

• 1 brooch and 1 pair of earrings and 1 pair of studs using polymer clay patterns

• 2 parfait spoons decorated with polymer clay patterned handles

• 1 mixed media mosaic photo frame using polymer clay tiles you have made, some tiles and mixed media bits provided by the tutor (students are encouraged to bring their own memory bits to add to their mirror)

Check out Andrea's website  www.artbyandreamckey.com



Andrea McKey

Andrea McKey

Colours and patterns always make me smile. They fill my heart with such joy. It’s the spirit of children’s books, the circus, nature, beach umbrellas and lollipops. Glass lends itself wonderfully to this spirit with its myriad of saturated colours.
Nature and people inspire me. Faded old sandstone, lichen on trees, sunlight on water, dots, stripes and checks on textiles and beads, there are colours and patterns all around us. Markets, galleries and books are filled with amazing work created by talented people. Time, energy, spirit and love have gone into wonderful creations and I fill my home with them. They inspire me to create, to enjoy what I do, continue to grow and to take failures in my stride as a learning experience. Largely self taught but also helped by many artist friends I try new paths with glass always striving to make pieces that give me joy and bring joy to the person who gets to call it their own.
I work with:

  • Pure wool felt, either bought or made by me, creating whimsical, colourful, hand embroidered pieces
  • Glass, making beads for jewellery or creating functional and/or decorative kiln fired work
  • Found objects, such as driftwood, metal bits picked up at dump shops, op shops, on the street or gifted by friends and strangers to make little vignettes incorporating my glass beads and also kiln fired glass pieces
  •  Polymer Clay made into beads, elements or tiles which I mix with a variety of materials to make jewellery, mirrors, vignettes or whatever else rocks my boat
  •  Leather, wool, cotton, cane or whatever I can lay my hands on to create pieces to give joy















Course Requirements

If students wish to and have time to make more than what the materials costs include the tutor will bring extra materials which students can purchase.

Students are encouraged to bring the following which they may include in their work if suitable:

• Mixed media pieces such as old bits of jewellery, small magnets, and postage stamps, found objects such as small flat stones, greeting cards or card stock for cutting up.

• Beads which you may like to use with the beads you make during class

Materials and tools the tutor will bring for students to use

• Polymer clay, tools (knives, rollers, extruders, hole piercers, mats to work on etc)

• Seed beads, pearls, seeds and variety of my hand made glass beads

• Stringing materials, crimps, ear wires, bails, brooch backs, silver wire

• Pliers, cutters, crimpers and other tools

• Silver wire for students to make their own necklace clasps and ear wires

• Photo frames, parfait spoons, paint, varnish and glue, brushes

• Small selection of mixed media items for frames

• A container to take your amazing work home in

If you wish to bring your own tools please mark them with your name.

Material cost of $65 is payable to the tutor on the first day. Please contact Andrea on apple.strudel@bigpond.com for more info.




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