Faux wood, pebbles and stones with Sylvie Peraud

In the first part students will learn how to make faux wood with polymer clay. They will imitate the veinings and the tints of wood and cut out personal shapes with home made templates. In a second part the student will learn how to make rough, smooth water pebbles and black sprinkled stones. To thank them for taking both classes they will be offered a third class teaching them how to assemble a very nature looking bracelet made of faux wood and faux pebbles. 4 Broadcasts.

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Faux Wood
• a pasta machine
• Polymer clay - 2 oz packages :
     • 1 white
     • 1 translucent
     • 3/8 + 3/8 brown
     • 1/16 yellow
     • a nut of black of Kato polyclay or any other stiff clay of your choice
• rigid blade and a scalpel
• oil paint in burnt sienna" or "burnt umber" or any other shade of brown
• a compass, a ruler, a pencil, scissors, a felt pen and paper
• 1 round or oval cutter type Kemper cutter
• baking soda (for baking) • 
• A round cookie cutter set (to make curved shapes)

Faux Pebbles and Stones
• a pasta machine

For the beach pebbles :
• 1 package of translucent clay
• 1/8 of brown clay
• 1 pinch of white and black clay
• brown oil paint (the shade depends on the color you want for your pebbles)
• liquid polymer clay
• a piece of plasterer's grid

For the black stones :
• 1 package of black clay
• a nut of grey (scrap clay mixed to a grey shade) and a nut of light brown
• a small grater
• liquid polymer clay
• sanding blocks coarse and medium grit and sanding paper #400 and #600 or the 1500 and 1800 sheets from a micro-mesh sanding kit.

• 7 Faux pebbles, one of which has to be very small
• 3 faux wood pieces one of which has to be opened to be used as a clasp
• 35 inches of round leather cord
• a mini drill
• CA glue

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Sylvie Peraud

Making jewelry has been part of Sylvie’s hobbies since childhood. Beads when she was young, melted recycled plastics later and polymer clay since 2005. Inspiration is everywhere around her, when walking in the nature, when discovering other art mediums, when reading a book. What she loves best is making faux: faux wood and faux stones. The closer she gets to the real material, the happier she is. Working with a medium as versatile as polymer clay makes it endless.

When working with polymer clay, there are no limits other than those you fix to yourself. It has led Sylvie to create a simple...
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