This medium has no limits, there are countless ways to achieve stunning effects. Children are fascinated by the beautiful patterns and colour combinations that can be achieved with it .
In this particular workshop the young artists covered a pencil with a ‘coat’ of swirley colours. Three blocks of colour were chosen and softened into ball shapes by hand. The three balls were then rolled flat and laid on top of each other, one end was flattened together using a rolling pin, then all the colours were rolled up to form a sausage shape.
Fingers rolled the sausage into a long cane which was cut into three equal lengths. Two canes were placed side by side and pressed lightly with the third sitting on top. The canes were cut in 0.5cm increments. The resulting 3-disc shape was pressed on a pencil leaving spaces between each one. The pencil was rolled by hand on a flat surface, at this point the polymer clay spread and covered the pencil, any small gaps were plugged with left over clay.
The pencils were baked in our mini oven for 20 mins on 65°c.
Some children went on to make pendants, brooches and beads, while others just experimented with the polymer clay creating their own characters. This activity definitely gets the thumbs up from the kids.
Once again I must thank Brigitta Scholz Mastrioanni for her photographic skills.