the Maureen Carlson Studio

Sculpting  Hands:
Creating Hands with Something to Say
Instructor: Maureen Carlson
Suggested Tools Supplies needed for class


* Paring knife or utility knife

* Wire cutters

* Scissors

* Pliers, needle nose and flat nose

* Knitting needles in a variety of sizes, including one that is a size 6, 7 or 8

* Small brushes of good quality (no loose bristles) in these  approximate sizes: liner (size 0 or 1), round brushes (sizes 2 and 10), a flat or filbert (sizes 4 and 8)

*Sharp needle tool

* Ruler

* 2 plastic straws

* Favorite sculpting tools if you have them

* Oven that can be used for  polymer clay

* Pan for baking

* Oven hot pads

Other Useful Things to Have Nearby
* Plastic bags for leftover clay - at least 3

* 91% isopropyl alcohol in container (if you are using polymer clay)

* Alcohol wipes, small ones, individually wrapped (if you are using polymer clay)

* Paper towels or clean cloth

* Container for water

* Spray bottle for water (if you are using paper clay)

* 10 Blank sheets of copy/printer paper

* Pencil

* Hand cleaner

A Word About Ovens
 (for polymer clay users)
Your home oven is fine to use if you are a beginner or for occasional use. , but have on hand a covered pan, either foil or a roaster pan, in which you can place your clay to keep excess fumes from going into your oven or the room.

Toaster ovens may have too shallow of a depth for larger pieces. There should be at least 2 inches of space between your baking clay and the walls of the oven to prevent scorching.

Baking tips will be covered in class.

NOTE: Supplies may be limited at present, but, if you can, bring the following, or wire of a similar size, to class.
14 or 16 gauge steel wire from a hardware store, 2 feet

* 18 gauge floral wire from a craft store, 1 package
* 22 to 28 gauge wire. 1 spool or package is enough. If you don't have any on hand, you can substitute heavy thread or lightweight string.
* white florist's tape or masking tape (not blue)
* Aluminum Foil, regular weight, not heavy duty
For this class you can choose to use
Polymer Clay (PC) or Paper Clay.
If you are using polymer clay:
Flesh tone, brand and color of your choice, 8 ounces (226.8 g)

Note: Maureen's clay of choice for sculpting is Super Sculpey Living Doll polymer clay. Living Doll is a soft, flexible, opaque clay that bakes and paints beautifully. For a variety of skin tones, mix in  polymer clay in colors of your choice. Maureen uses Sculpey Premo for mixing colors. Both Living Doll and Premo are produced by Polyform Products Company

Maureen's 2nd Polymer Clay of Choice is Sculpey Premo, beige, mixed with a small amount of opaque colors of Sculpey PREMO polymer clay. This cuts the translucency and helps reduce under-the-surface blemishes.

NOTE: There is currently a shortage of some of the polymer clays on the market, especially white. Note that prices may widely vary, but buy from a reputable source. You don't want old, hard clay!
If you are using paper clay:
8 ounces of brand of your choice

* Paint:
Acrylic Paint in brown, red, white and ochre
Matte Gel Medium
(brand of your choice)

Other Paint Options:
Maureen will demonstrate the use of acrylics, oils, watercolors and Genesis Heat Set Artist Oil Colors. If you don't already have one of these types of paint, she suggests that you watch the demo to see which paints appeal to you before you purchase more paint supplies.


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