Roll out the colour and cre­ativ­ity

Penrith Press - - HOME - Laura Tri­este More in­for­ma­tion at ena­m­

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.”

Clay class

›› 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

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Some of the colour­ful poly­mer clay bowls Ena & Al­bert de­signer Therese Lyons teaches peo­ple how to make at her work­shops.

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