Monday, June 23, 2014

Color Mixing and Polymer Clay Bead Making Class

About a month ago I saw a post on Facebook that Heather Powers was doing a new online class called The Art of Color Polymer Clay Bootcamp.  I was so excited not only to learn about color, but to do it using Polymer Clay!  I think the best part is that I can learn from one of my favorite bead artists!!  I knew I HAD to take this class.

Week 1 has been amazing, this is a 4 week course but we have lifetime access to the "classroom" so the fact that I work a FT job is okay.  I can work at my own pace.  Heather has been so great with her gentle teaching style, she gives advice and let's us figure some things out on our own.  That's perfect for me, I don't want to be told all the answers, if I can figure something out I will retain it so much better.  

Here are my 2 color wheels from this week.  

CMY Color Wheel Polymer Clay

RYB Color Wheel Polymer Clay

 Here's my complimentary palette chosen from 2 colors in one of the wheels above.
Polymer Clay Color Palette

and the canes I made using the palette
Polymer Clay stripe cane and leaf cane

and some beads I made using the canes

Polymer Clay beads

Polymer Clay beads using stripe cane

Polymer clay beads with cane slices

I'm excited to see what we will be doing this week but I also want to explore lots more of these complimentary palette's to see what the other colors look like.

I will post more pictures of what I make next week.


  1. That's beautiful! i was not sure about signing up for this class, but after seeing what you did, I am regretting. Hoping she willl offer it again.

    1. I bet she will Kashmira, I think Heather is having fun with all of it too! Definitely take it if she offers it again!

  2. Looks like a great course for anyone wanting some relaxing "playtime" with their polymer clay, Cory :)

    1. Yes Monique, it definitely is that! I'm so glad I took the plunge!

  3. Oh this looks like such a fun class! Now I wish that I had taken it even though I haven't really had anything to do with clay.

    1. Shaihi, there are several participants who are complete newbies and they are doing great!

  4. Great post, Cory. You are going to take off like a skyrocket, if what you've done so far continues.

  5. Years ago when I was in college, my spouse & I spent a lot of time with the arts community. I remember how critical color study was to the painters. And, some of our most cherished oil paintings are color studies! I think this is a sophisticated, wonderful course. How lucky to study under Powers, and what beautiful work you are creating so far! Your beads are beautiful to start -- I'm excited to see your expanding art! Thanks for sharing with us, Cory.

  6. Thank you for such a lovely review of the first week of class. It's a pleasure to have you a student Cory! Looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

  7. This looks like a great course and you are doing terrific!


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