Last Wednesday I did a beginner's clay class with 7 students. I usually do the Mokume Gane technique because students are awe struck when they take that first slice off the top of the stack. The last class I taught I gave them the clay to teach them how to condition it and we had problems with a couple of the clays. They were really hard and the students were getting frustrated so this time, I spent all day Tuesday conditioning clay and making the stacks ahead of time. At the class I showed them how I did it in order to save time but I let them make all the indentations in the clay. I had them slice pieces out of the clay stacks and we made pendants and earrings with cutters. We did get them baked but not finished. Today only two people were able to bring their pieces back to finish. I showed them how to sand and put the holes in their pieces and then we took them outside and sprayed them with Preserve Your Memories II. We really didn't have time to do a class on buffing and they wanted their pieces to make jewelry with.
Next week I'm going to do a demo on bead rollers. I love bead rollers. I make all kinds of shapes with them. When I got my first bead roller I made over 100 beads. I couldn't stop.
MY OH MY NECKLACE
Last week when I was doing the stacks of clay, my other friend Judy came over and was watching me. I cut some end pieces off of one the stacks and gave them to her because she liked the colors. I showed her a couple different shaped beads that could be made with the clay. Today she showed up with this incredible necklace. I know I'll never get to wear it but at least I got to touch it. LOL
The clasp is rhinestones and has a magnet. I guess I'll just sit and make beads and give them to Judy, Rose and Evelyn and let them make jewelry.
Last week at clay day we made some Natasha beads using Iris Mishly's method of making them. I had a lot of canes left so I made a bunch of beads. I sanded them all and I was going to buff them but I bought some new gloss and thought I would try it. Big mistake. Will be resanding these and buffing them. I never did like using gloss or Future or glaze of any king except Magic Glos. That taught me a lesson. I was trying to save time. Some got spots and parts didn't dry clear. These beads are too pretty to leave them like that. Made more work for myself. DUH.
HEY GIRLFRIENDS, THANKS FOR YOUR HELP WITH THE CLASS LAST WEEK. IT WAS FUN.