Carol Blackburn


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Carol Blackburn

I teach one & two day workshops and classes for up to 3 students in my South London studio. I offer a range of introductory and advanced classes using polymer clay.

If you would like a one-to-one class or prefer to create a tailor-made workshop or a technique from my book, please contact me.

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1. The Ripple Effect – Using just 3 colours and a little black and white we’ll make a multi coloured ripple effect pattern.  We’ll use these stunning ric rac wavy designs to make unique beads and pendants.


2. Extrusions Galore – This workshop is all about exploring the exciting ways of using the extruder tool.  A ‘must have’ for your tool box.  We’ll use the smallest to the largest extruder tool and experiment with the different dies and ways of using colour to make unusual beads.


3. Big Beads, Hollow Beads – This workshop is what it says, big beads and hollow beads.  We’ll make big, stunning, in-your-face sort of beads that will get you noticed yet are as light as a feather to wear –well almost!

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4. Feathered Features – If you love the feathered end papers of old books you’ll love this simple-to-make adaptation to polymer clay.   These decorative patterns make beautiful beads and pendants.


5. Millefiori Cane Making – In this workshop you will learn how easy it is to make flower and leaf canes and the different ways a complex kaleidoscope cane can be achieved.


6. The Inside Story – This workshop is great as it’s always a surprise to cut into a chunk of multi coloured polymer to reveal the design inside. I’ll show you several ways to design these to create unexpectedly beautiful beads

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7. Taster Day – If you’ve wanted to try polymer or played with it years ago, this class is perfect for you.   I’ll take you through the basics and show you several simple but effective bead making techniques.  This workshop will give you the confidence to create your own wonderful beads and pendants.


8. Chop & Change In this workshop we’ll make zig zag patterned sheets of polymer using a quick and easy technique.  Think of Bargello and patchwork patterns but these patterns will be in polymer.


9. Beaux Bangles – These bangles are made entirely of polymer.  Start by making a bangle base, then creating a decorative veneer and finishing it to a professional standard.  You’ll want to show off your bangle by shaking hands with everyone!.

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10. Pen Making – In this day long workshop you’ll make a beautiful pen that you’ll be careful not to lose


11. Frayed Denim and Ikat – Here are two workshops in one!  Textile meets polymer.


12. Faux Techniques – There are so many natural materials that polymer can mimic perfectly such as coral, amber and lapis lazuli to name a few.  

Workshops, by Carol Blackburn  

Workshops, by Carol Blackburn

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13. Mica Magic– Create patterns in these metallic mica clays that appear 3 dimensional, almost holographic but are totally flat.



14. Bull’s Eye Bonanza – The Bull’s Eye cane will be the starting point from which to create many different designs and patterned veneers of polymer for all sorts of beads, pendants and bangles.


15. Start to Finish – Learn how to give your polymer pieces that professional touch - a beautiful finish.

There are many ways of finishing your work to achieve matt, satin and glossy finishes.  I’ll show you how to achieve all these including antique effects using simple tools and materials.

Beads above with different finishes, matt, satin and glossy.

Check my book ‘How to Make Polymer Clay Beads’ to see a wide selection, then contact me with your choice for a tailor made workshop.


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Future Workshops

22-23 February 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Date: Saturday & Sunday February 22nd & 23rd, 2014

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday
9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sunday
Location: 96 Bluestem Drive, Santa Fe 87506
Price: Workshop - $200 - a deposit of $50 is required
Lunch Box: $14.00 each
Photography: $40 per shot
Space is limited to 10 students

Please join us in Santa Fe, NM for a weekend workshop making patterns in polymer clay. In this two day workshop we will explore ways of creating dramatic patterns using the simplest of techniques. We will use them to make beads and pendants that are unique to you, or you can apply these patterns to your own choice of objects.

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Taster Day, 12th June 2014


Polymer beads by Carol Blackburn

Workshops, by Carol Blackburn

Taster Day
12th June 2014

During this introduction to polymer clay you will learn some basic techniques which are the building blocks for more complex designs. This course will give you confidence to make beads to create your own necklaces. You will now be well equipped for further polymer clay courses at West Dean. From beginner to intermediate level in one day!




West Dean College
Chichester West, Sussex


Make Bangles in Polymer Clay, 13th - 15th June 2014


Make Bangles in Polymer Clay
13th - 15th June 2014

Learn how to make a decorative bangle in polymer clay using a variety of techniques. Starting with a basic bangle shape you will create patterned sheets of clay to embellish and personalise your creations. The bangles will be finished to a professional standard by sanding and buffing.

This is an intermediate class but if you have done a Taster Day with me you will have the basic skills necessary for this class.

West Dean College
Chichester West, Sussex


Make Shell Earrings, Saturday 12th July 2014


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Shell Earrings

These pretty shell shaped earrings are a favourite with
students and by far my most popular design. There is no limit
to the colour variations you can use. You can make them to
match a special outfit for yourself or as a perfect gift,
whether for a birthday or as a little thank you.

In this class we will use 2 or 3 colours of polymer clay to create
a rainbow blend of colours for the shell shapes. There will be a
small amount of wire work to fit the ear wires or studs to make
the earrings. Also during the day there will be the opportunity
to make a necklace to match the earrings.








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