Lotus treasure boxes from Mari O'Dell polymer clay workshop
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My polymer clay guild basically said, "OH, HAI, MARI, TEACH US ALL THE THINGS, OK?" And she did.
Mari presented us with a phenomenal, two-day workshop that covered everything we asked for and more: we got a goody bag with shrink-plastic name-tags, an instruction booklet, templates, and some hard-to-find materials. Mari brought lots of specialized tools for us to use (and a few to buy if we wanted to after we'd used them) and was extremely generous with her knowledge. She also had amazing visual aids and samples.
She packed a huge amount of info into a short time but her pacing was fabulous and we all managed to complete a texture plate, a tool for forming flowers, a patterned, extruded, shaped cane, and the covered "lotus treasure boxes" above that incorporated her texturing and antiquing techniques.
We were so busy at the workshop that we didn't take very many pictures, but five of the ten people who participated also made it to tonight's Guild meeting so I got to take some quick pictures of their completed boxes (including the one at the top of this post).
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