Inclusions in Polymer Clay: Embossing Powders with Donna Kato

In this class with stills and video clips, students will learn how to work with a simple inclusion to create a focal piece, how to make disc and tube beads, metallic bead caps of clay and how to assemble all the components on buna cord.
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Class Materials List

• Polymer clay: Translucent - 1, 2 ounce bar. Color for discs - I used Beige Flesh for one and Black for the other. 1 large bar of chosen color.
• Liquid clay - Kato Clear Medium
• Repel Gel (optional, Disc Method 2)
• Clay blade, Nublade
• Ruler or Marxit
• Deli Paper
• Light bulbs or rounded metal or glass draping form
• Needle tool
• Cutters - approximate sizes of 3/8", 1.25", 1.5 - 2" round
• Bamboo skewer - approx 2mm diameter
• Texture sponge - Clay Yo!
• Clean paintbrush
• Optional: circle template from Clay Yo!

• Baking soda in a pan
• Wire or metal mandrel to cure beads on

In this class, I've used:
• Adirondack "Ginger"
• Embossing Antiquities "Claret", "Terra Cotta" and "Chinese Red"
• Personal Stamp Exchange "Verdegris"
• Bronze (don't know brand!)

If you have some, use yours!

• Burnt Umber oil paint, a rubber glove and paper towels
• 2mm Buna cord and 2 "O" rings
• Substantial hook and eye clasp
• CA glue
• Might need: pin vise or drill bit same diameter as threading cord
• Finishing materials: Coarse and medium grit sanding blocks.
Optional, Micro Mesh for finer wet/dry sandpapers or wet/dry sandpapers - 400, 600, 800 grits.

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Donna Kato

Donna Kato owes her career in clay to procrastination. You see, she was supposed to find a demonstrator for Kemper Enterprises at what was then known as the ACCI Show, and she didn’t. Having painted herself into that corner, she had no choice but to demo her way out.

Having been born with that “sure, I can do it” attitude, she forged ahead into what were parts unknown and discovered she really liked demonstrating, she really liked the art and craft industry. Through demonstrating, she discovered she loved to teach! She already loved polymer clay so she...
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