Kathleen Dustin. I wasn't sure how my back and legs were going to hold up given all the standing I did but I am happy to report I didn't do too badly and there were a few times when I was able to sit down so I wasn't in too much pain.
The class was amazing. And even though I took copius notes, I am sure I won't remember everything.
The most important things I learned were, that I must get some Genesis Heat Set Paints as well as a heat gun. I loved these paints. The piece I am showing you here is really the only piece I made that I was happy with. It isn't finished yet, since it is in need of a border and I have some corner repairs to do as well as more sanding. The paints are oil paints and they don't dry until you want them too. Hence the heat gun.
After they dried I applied the imitation gold leaf and then a layer of translucent clay. The design is simple. I didn't use the full repertoire of inclusions as in my other pieces, but I really like the simplicity in this piece. It looks more like one of my oil paintings.
The second most important thing I learned is how interesting unconditioned translucent clay can be. I had never worked with translucent clay before. At least not like this. Very, very thin. Number 7 or 8 on the pasta machine. I had no idea clay could be used this thinly. Any time I have tried to make my clay this thin, I have not had luck with it going through the pasta machine. But I learned the technique and gained a new technique from my polymer pieces.
The other two pieces that I made, I am not showing you because I was not happy with the way they came out. I did learn a lot from them anyway. For example I learned how to carve and then back fill the carving for an interesting additional linear layer.
And I learned a new word. Lamella. What is a lamella you ask? Here is the definition from Wikipedia.
In polymer clay it is a cane made with gold or metal leaf and translucent clay in such a way that it resembles fish scales. It is a lovely technique Kathleen developed and I was happy to have learned how to do it. It does take some getting used to since I didn't get it thin enough and you can't really put it through the pasta machine because of the metal leaf in the cane. But I am sure with practice I will get better at using it and be confident in adding it to my work.
So I was happy to have been able to take the class. I wasn't too sure about it for a while. Next week I have a one day seminar in photographing my jewelry. That should be interesting and hopefully I will learn more about manual settings on my camera. Right now I am all about the "auto" setting.