Laurie Mika: Mosaic Mandalas

Laurie Mika
Mosaic Mandalas

Thursday 6th April
Full Day Workshop

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Mosaic Mandalas is a class where students will be guided through the process of using polymer clay as a background material on which to embed and attach glass tesserae, jewelry pieces, beads and millefiori. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize students with the medium of polymer clay and how it can be combined with traditional mosaic materials to create beautiful pieces of art. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn how to condition clay, roll out slabs, rubber stamp, paint, gold leaf and embed the clay. A variety of mixed media techniques for altering the substrates will also be emphasized that include rubber stamping with ink, using stencils and collaging.

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Kit Fee $15 includes: a 5-inch substrate, acrylic paint, Rub n Buff, mica powders, gold leaf

Student Supply List:
5 (2oz) packages of either Premo or Sculpey III polymer clay. 3 of one color and 2 of a different color. Make sure the clay is somewhat soft before buying, if it is rock hard, don’t buy it! Please condition clay prior to class by kneading it until soft and then placing in a baggie.

Rolling pin or large diameter, 1.5 inch PVC pipe works too about 10-12 inches long

Paintbrushes to include a one-inch flat brush and a small detail brush

A pencil with an eraser

Small bottle of Weldbond glue

Doo-Dads- jewelry parts, tiny millifiori, tiny glass tesserae, glass rhinestones, rhinestone chain, ball chain, metal findings, bead caps, buttons, beads, charms, small glass pearls, tiny mirrors (see pics for ideas). Stay away from plastic/ adhesive rhinestones!

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