Creating Realistic Mushrooms from Polymer Clay (without using paints!)

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What you will learn in this sculpting course online


Class 1:
  • About the instructor
  • Supplies needed
  • Cremini Mushrooms: Clay prep (crackled surface)
  • Psilocybin Mushrooms: Clay prep (Skinner Blend variation)
Class 2:
  • White Elm Oyster Mushrooms: Create a sublime, glowing, luminescent clay mixture
  • Apply Mushroom shaping processes
  • Impress and form mushroom
  • Create “gills” with innovative usage of standard studio tools
  • Add “blush” to mushroom throat
  • Cure using highly effective and advanced curing methods
Class 3:
  • Cremini Mushrooms: Layer and manipulate mushroom cap
  • Form and apply sturdy and durable stem
  • Cure using highly effective and advanced processes

Class 4:

  • Cremini Mushrooms: Style variations

Class 5:

  • Psilocybin Mushrooms: Form mushroom cap with innovative usage of standard studio tools
  • Create luminescent stem
  • Assemble and “treat” mushroom
  • Cure using highly effective and advanced processes

Class 6:

  • Assemble an arrangement using realistic mushrooms and bonus class items

Class 7:

  • Museum-quality backing on arrangement, with instruction on bail and pinback

Class 8:

  • Shaggy Mane Mushrooms: Blend clay
  • Shape and layer mushroom cap
  • Create durable stem base
  • Apply mushroom cap texture with innovative usage of standard studio tool
  • Apply “shaggy” texture to stem with a tool swiped from another medium
  • Cure using highly effective and advanced methods

Class 9:

  • Surprise Class Additions! Organic Seashell Beads: These lightweight, magical, spiraling seashells seem to defy the abilities of polymer. A truly innovative technique!

  • Millefiori Cane Makeover: Learn how to bring a disappointing millefiori cane from fugly to gorgeous! Like magic, you’ll learn how to salvage all those less-than-desirable canes and turn them into lovely wonders using techniques I developed (one of my proudest discoveries:). This is a happy-making method for caners who have scads of seemingly unusable canes! Learning this technique will allow you to profit from old, unattractive canes you put time into, but thought wasted. The price of this course will quickly be covered with your ability to sell old (but now new) canes! You will also learn in this segment, how to store and keep canes so they stay fresh, soft, pliable, and “like new”, even after a decade of storage!


  • Materials List

  • Grasses: Learn my innovative technique for using a basic grooming tool to create delicate, fine grasses that will add life to any piece you create!

  • Fantastical Mushroom Pods: Learn to create these sweet little pods using basic tools, scrap clay (always a win!) and not much effort — yet they look so complex! Add a spot of interesting whimsy to your work with these colorful pods.

  • Realistic Twine: When basic materials are combined and treated in a specific way, realistic looking twine is born! You’ll learn the tricks in this class! Reishi Mushrooms: Reishi’s grow in wild varieties, and in this class you’ll learn innovative skills to create two varieties that can then be altered to achieve other varieties of Reishi shrooms. The process is fun and “out of the box”, and opens your mind up to new ways of combining polymer clay and alcohol inks!

About this online sculpting course

Students will learn proper ways to fully cure polymer for a super durable finish, even when creating thin and delicate components, how to efficiently and easily condition polymer clay — yes, even the old, hard stuff, and how to handle the clay in ways that will assist in creating museum quality pieces. Additionally, the many tips and tricks that Jana has learned and developed over her years of teaching will be sprinkled throughout our sculpting course time together! This is a great art course to get you mastering polymer clay.

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Creating Realistic Mushrooms from Polymer Clay

Time table:
9 hours

Beginning / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, polymer clay artists

Main objective:
Learn how to create realistic looking mushrooms from polymer clay



About the instructor

Jana Roberts Benzon

Jana has a diverse artistic background in various mediums, but polymer has captured her creative spirit like nothing else....its ability to become just about anything is the height of creative freedom. Jana has focused on creating her brand of intricate "millefiori" canework and in perfecting her innovative techniques for building and reducing canes. From those canes, Jana loves creating interesting, dimensional jewelry pieces often evocative of Arabic or old-world designs. While she'll never leave the geometric symmetry of caning, these days she's having a great time exploring the world of organic forms and "cutwork". Jana has always loved being a teacher and enjoys teaching polymer clay workshops internationally. She loves living in the Intermountain West where she can indulge in her favorite outdoor pastimes of hiking, snowshoeing and exploring. Jana's art is dedicated to her mother.

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