'Culture on a String'

3 strand necklace in blues, oranges, and browns
At left a strand of beads of black and white. At right set of beads, bracelet and earrings
At left a double strand of beads in yellows, white and black. At right, a 6 strand beaded necklace in yellows, white and blues

Date: June 18-20, 2021 (Summer Semester)
Medium: Polymer clay
Instructor: Debbie Jackson (email)
Skill Level: All

Learn how to create a beautiful assortment of imitative African Trade Beads and Batik Bone Beads out of polymer clay that look just like the originals! Discover the origin, technique and ‘language’ of these tribal beads, and make several striking collections to use in your own personal creations. You will learn how to make a variety of bead shapes, (millefiori) cane construction, color mixing and necklace composition. You will complete an assortment of necklaces, even earrings and bangles as time allows.

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Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

  • Premo brand polymer clay in 2 ounce packs: 5 packs of Black, 4 packs of assorted contrasting colors for Trade Beads; 2 packs of White, 1 pack of Burnt Umber and 1 pack of Ecru for Batik Bone Beads.
  • Pasta Machine (if handy)
  • Acrylic roller
  • Needle Tool (for piercing holes in beads)
  • Scissors
  • Loctite Super Glue Gel
  • Firm Cutting Blade
  • Pack of 2mm round elastic
  • Note Pad & Pen
  • Assorted Beads in coordinating colors
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Long copper or brass rods
  • acrylic rectangles
  • leather and Buna necklace cord
  • tissue blades.

Materials supplied by instructor: $25-35

Note - Due to the pandemic, polymer clay resources are extremely low at this time, so there's a possibility that the instructor may have to provide the clay to sell. In other words, the fee listed above is tentative.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Artist, author, and educator Debbie Jackson is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), where she received a B.S. degree in Art Education. She currently teaches a variety of polymer clay classes at conferences, to Guilds and other art-related venues. She resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Debbie is the author of Polymer Clay Jewelry, which was published in 2004. She has over 25 years of experience in teaching and working with polymer clay. Her works are currently being sold at art shows and in the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.