Flip Pendants: Exploring the ColorWash Technique

Intro to Colorwashing MosaicTravel the world of color while making a collection of simple flat beads and color coordinated, reversible pendants inspired by the look of torn paper collage.

Maggie discovered the ColorWash technique (aka the Watercolor technique) over twenty years ago while playing with applique beads. This two-day workshop combines the basics of Maggie’s Smashing Color Mixing with an intro to her signature ColorWash technique.

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Stone Beads

The ColorWash technique brings out the richness of color in polymer by washing thin sheets over a white base. Because muddiness disappears when the colors are washed, your starting palette needs to be much less saturated than the colors you want in the final piece.

On the first day you will make a color collage, analyze your personal preferences for color and contrast, and then mix a personal palette specifically toned down for color washing.  A good part of the day will be spent auditioning your colors by making sampler “stone” beads and testing variations in the technique to find just the right undertones and color combinations for you.

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Fishtail Pendant


On the second day we will refer to your test swatches and “stones” to refine the colors in your personal palette before collaging the base sheets used to make the reversible beads and pendants. The real fun begins when you cut out the pieces, flip them over, and mix and match them for a full collection of solid color and collage beads! Once they are all cured, you can select your favorite pieces to finish and string into a fishtail pendant. Take the rest home to create color washed jewelry of your own design.

Kit Fee : $15 kit fee includes clay, handouts and group supplies.

Materials to Bring: Polymer clay – minimum of 6 oz of dark scrap or black clay.
In addition to pasta machine, work surface and blade, students should bring scissors, glue stick,  and a large Ziploc bag with 100+ randomly selected images clipped from magazines with the white and text trimmed away – note that clippings will be shared so it doesn’t matter whether or not you like the color, just clip, clip, clip!

Level: Basic polymer clay experience required. Contact Maggie if you have questions.

Class Length: Two Days. Fourteen hours of instruction.

Instructor Fee: $175/student plus travel and lodging. Home stay is fine. Note that the total cost is dependent on site expenses and is determined by the hosting organization.
Contact Maggie for group/guild pricing.

Class Size: Minimum – 8 students. Maximum – 24 students.

Classroom Requirements: Demo table and chair. Dedicated convection oven(s), whiteboard or flip chart with markers.  Additional chair for each student at demo table if possible.