Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Trade School Manila Class: Polymer Clay for Beginners

The DIY Paper Decors for Intimate Events class ended at 5:00 PM. I had two hours to kill before the start of the next class: Polymer Clay for Beginners. Good thing there were some GT brides who joined, specifically Ayi. She had her sister with her, too. Plus, I made a new friend! Her name is Aila, and no she is not a bride. She is actually a very young 23 year old nurse who just happens to like crafts like us. So we spent the 2 hours bonding over some snacks and telling stories.

Soon, it was already 7:00 PM, time to head back to the training room. Anna Quitallas was our teacher and when we got back to the room she was already there and prepared.

Her barter items are stuff that we will also use for the class. It was a whirlwind of activities for me to find the item that I was supposed to bring: Sculpey Satin Glaze 1 oz. I initially went to the Beadlady in Cubao Expo but they did not have this, they were carrying a different brand. I was planning to go to Devoir Arts in Cartimar but decided it was too far. They also had a branch in Megamall which opened in April 1st but I kinda found that out too late. Good thing I found Purple Nook Clay Shop which is just located along Katipunan. I sent an email to them asking if I can pick the item up the following day and good thing the owner, Mel Felipe, agreed. What a life saver!

Anna taught us the basic things that we need to know as we began the class. She discussed the type of clay that are available and the good brands to use, the tools that we need as beginners, the baking style, conditioning the clay and all that. I'd say it was pretty comprehensive. It was sad though that we did not have an oven to use so Anna had to bring our creations home to be baked. Here is what I made:

So yeah, it's a dice and a crown. Two very different items but it was all I could think of to do at that time. The crown was the first one I created, it took a lot of time because I had a tough time succeeding with the shape! The dice was a lot easier to make. It was just a cube and then small dots. 

Here is a group picture of all the stuff that we made:

Some of my classmates were really creative. Look at all that!

I will be picking up the baked clay on Saturday from Anna at The Collective where she practices with her Ukulele Group. I can't wait to see my first clay creations!

And what is a class without a class picture?!?

Grabbed from the Facebook of
Trade School Manila

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