Polymer Clay Workshop


Saturday, November 14, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St. (Map)

In this virtual workshop, learn how to take a simple block of polymer clay, and, through conditioning, shaping, and baking, turn it into an amazing piece of one-of-a-kind jewelry. HCCC’s Tarina Frank will cover the basics of working with this incredibly versatile material and explore a variety of techniques for achieving different color combinations.

Working with polymer clay, an oven-bake modeling material, is a great way to experiment with color and design.  The material stays continually soft until baked in an oven, retaining its color and size, and is available in many colors, allowing you to make a range of unique combinations.

Your materials kit will include all the basic tools and a selection of colored clays to get you started. (You will need to provide your own set of jewelry pliers.) During the class, you will create a necklace and pair of earrings, but afterwards, you will have enough knowledge and materials to make an endless assortment of pieces!

No experience necessary. A materials kit will be provided and available for pick up at HCCC the week before the workshop or can be mailed for an additional cost. Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Registration fee includes instructor, materials, and administration fees. The class is for adults only (age 18 and over) and requires a minimum of 12 participants to hold.

Register online here.

$50 HCCC Members
$65 Non-members

Kits can be picked up at HCCC on Thursday, November 12, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. If you are unable to pick up your kit during that time frame, please email education@crafthouston.org. Kits can be mailed to you for an additional cost of $15; however, due to increased shipping traffic during COVID-19, delivery times may be longer than normal. If you wish to have your kit mailed, make sure to register no later than November 5th.

Materials Included in Kit

  • 5 colors of polymer clay
  • Rolling Pin (PVC pipe)
  • Plastic work mat
  • 3 cookie cutters
  • One necklace chain, earring findings, jump rings
  • Small tools like straw, bamboo skewer, and 2 clay tools
  • Index cards
  • Metal rib
  • Parchment paper

Required Materials Not Included in Kit

  • Baking oven
  • Jewelry Pliers

Optional Materials, Not Included in Kit

  • Polyurethane varnish
  • Cornstarch
  • Aluminum foil
  • Nail polish remover
  • Liquid polymer clay
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Epoxy glue
  • Other texture tools, such as a toothbrush, fabric, or toothpick

Workshops are subject to cancellation or change due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified seven (7) days in advance if the workshop is cancelled by HCCC. If registrants need to cancel their reservation, they must do so at least 14 days in advance to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop date. To cancel your registration, email HCCC at education@crafthouston.org, so that someone on the waiting list can attend the workshop.