Roll out the colour and creativity
IF A lack of patience has stood in the way of you mastering the art of DIY home decorating crafts, then playing with clay could be the solution.
Polymer clay is a plasticbased moulding material that has long been used to create brightly beaded jewellery.
Ena & Albert designer and jewellery maker Therese Lyons will show how it can also be used to make colourful ring dishes in a workshop at Redfern on Sunday, April 23.
“They can be used to pop your keys in, your earrings in and they make cute little gifts,” she says.
Lyons says the simplicity of using polymer clay is a big drawcard.
“Normally, all you need is some clay, a rolling pin, a baking tray and an oven,” she says. “You can bake it at home in the afternoon and have it done that day.”
The clay holds bright colours and textures well, which gives a lot of options to create fun designs.
“It comes in a bunch of beautiful colours and the great thing is you can mix them to make so many more,” Lyons says.
“At the class we will teach how to make little faces and all sorts of shapes as well as how to layer them, texture them and finish them off.
“You can raid a drawer in the kitchen and there’s probably something that you can use in there to create textures.”
›› Therese Lyons will host her Polymer Clay Bowls For Beginners class on Sunday, April 23, from 11am to 1.30pm at Work-Shop HQ in Redfern
›› Participants will learn to make colourful ring dishes with decorating techniques such as marbling and layering
›› Tickets are $70. All polymer clay and tools needed will be provided on the day
›› Lyons will host a class again at Work-Shop on June 18 and August 20
›› Details: work-shop.com.au
Some of the colourful polymer clay bowls Ena & Albert designer Therese Lyons teaches people how to make at her workshops.