Ocean Commotion: Mosaic Assemblage with Polymer and Epoxy Clays!

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What you will learn in this sculpting course:


Class 1:

  • Overview of the course
  • Why I love polymer clay / polymer clay basics
  • Let's make sculptural a starfish from polymer clay
  • Let's talk about powders
  • Adding powders to your starfish and setting it in the bezel
  • Let's begin to make an octopus / mixing marbled color polymer clay

Class 2

  • Making an octopus from polymer clay
  • Adding powders to your octopus
  • Let's talk about baking polymer clay

Class 3

  • Let's talk about sgraffito
  • Let's make a sea turtle from polymer clay
  • Let's add gold leaf to our turtle / let's use the sgraffito technique to add designs
  • Let's explore a sgraffito variation with powder
  • Let's talk about tesserae (tiles)

Class 4:

  • Let's create polymer sheets from which to make tesserae (tiles)
  • Let's sculpt a fish from polymer clay
  • Let's add the tesserae (tiles) to our fish
  • Adding powder to our fish

Class 5:

  • Let's talk about epoxy clay
  • Let's talk about embellishments for the mosaic assemblage part of our projects
  • Let's look at a few other tools we'll use
  • Time to begin our starfish assemblage by first looking at the embellishments we can use

Class 6:

  • How to mix up epoxy clay
  • Let's assemble our starfish pendant
  • Let's make a sand ring from our leftover epoxy clay
  • Adding an epoxy clay shell to the turtle and covering it with mosaic assemblage

Class 7:

  • We keep on going with the turtle assemblage on his driftwood base!
  • Let's look at embellishments for the base
  • Smashy smashy! How to break a ceramic to create mosaic shards
  • Let's talk about screws! And why we need to add them to the turtle and the wood
  • Let's attach the turtle to the wood / create the mosaic ‘puddle'
  • It's octopus time - let's look at embellishments for his mosaic scene
  • Let's snip filati glass
  • Designing the scene shape / mixing epoxy clay / creating a freeform shape on a non-
    stick surface
  • Let's add sand rings to the scene
  • Adding the octopus and creating the black crystal swath

Class 8:

  • Continuing the octopus' garden scene - adding the corals
  • Let's use those filati glass snips to make a flower pattern / variation using tube beads
  • Adding texture to the epoxy clay
  • Let's add the shell section
  • Let's make a spikey sea accent / add it to the scene
  • Let's talk about the fish assemblage and working directly on a tile
  • Let's begin the fish assemblage by looking at embellishment possibilities
  • How to fracture a rock cabochon
  • Mixing up epoxy clay and adding the fractured rock
  • Let's assemble the rocky ocean bottom of the scene using so many things

Class 9:

  • Let's keep on assembling our rocky ocean bottom
  • Adding powders
  • Let's make dimensional coral mosaics in the scene / add powders
  • Let's add the fish and create pearly waves and ocean currents
  • Let's add powders to make the details pop
  • Time to talk finishing - making sure all your pieces are finished properly
  • Let's add a hanging hook to the back of the octopus' garden scene
  • Final wrap up thoughts


  • Bonus class: Jelly Pendant
  • "Fugu Fish" PDF Download
  • Supplies list
Mosaic Assemblage with Polymer and Epoxy
Mosaic Assemblage with Polymer and Epoxy
Mosaic Assemblage with Polymer and Epoxy Clays

About the course

In this course you will enter an underwater world of possibilities by exploring the Mosaic Assemblage style using polymer clay and epoxy clay and incorporating mixed media embellishments. Because we use almost anything in creating the mosaic assemblage, you will be able to dig deep into your creative stash and find exciting ways to finally use all those lovely beads, findings, and crafty things you’ve been accumulating. Doesn’t that sound fun?!

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Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

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Main objective:
Learn how to create a mosaic assemblage style piece using polymer clay and epoxy clay and incorporating mixed media embellishments.


Christi Friesen

About the instructor

Christi Friesen

Christi Friesen is an award-winning artist, who works in mixed media. Her work has been showcased in numerous books, magazines and exhibits. She is the author of over a dozen how-to books on creating with polymer clay. She teaches throughout the world, using humor and positive energy to encourage students to stretch their creativity, technical skills and artistic confidence.

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