Judi  Wild

Judi, always the consummate crafter and eager to learn new skills, started wire wrapping in 2007. She has attended William Holland twice a year since and sought additional classes to further refine her wire wrapping techniques. Judi has trained with some the best wire artists at William Holland including Sue Rowand, Diane Mason, and Dawn Thornton. She has also taken a number of chain and silver classes with John Fevedt, Howard Siegel, Case Leeser and Jim Richardson. Since 2008, Judi has been teaching at local bead stores, bead shows, and all-day retreats, as well as providing numerous programs for her local bead society. She is the co-founder and past president of the Greater Birmingham Bead Society and a member of the Alabama Mineral and Lapidary Society. Judi also teaches Polymer Clay I and II. While looking for an alternative activity to wire wrapping and weaving, she absolutely fell in love with the versatility of PC. She has organized a PC Group in her hometown to learn and share more about this colorful medium. Judi and her husband, John, a William Holland Cabochon instructor, live in Birmingham, AL with a couple of rescue Yorkies who travel well and think they rule the household.

Class List

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Polymer Clay I - Judi Wild
Don’t Eat the Clay! That’s one of two primary “don’ts,” but the list of “do’s” is nearly endless. My goal is to remove all the fear and to open a world of possibilities. A beginner in polymer clay will thoroughly enjoy learning about this fun and colorful medium. We will explore a multitude of techniques as we discover the versatility of polymer clay. We will learn proper clay conditioning, color mixing, marbling, Skinner Blends, slicing, curing, and cane building, as well as the use of extruders and molds to create several interesting and useful projects. No special skill or equipment is required for this class. Your Lab Fee covers a kit that includes a supply of project clay, tissue blade, needle tool, and a workbook, as well as the class use of molds, cutters, extruders, ovens, and artistic enhancement supplies. Additional clay and supplies will be available for purchase. You may bring your own extra clay and any clay tools you choose. Contact the instructor with questions judiwild0702@gmail.com

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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Polymer Clay II - Judi Wild
With the fear of opening the clay package now gone, it’s time to discover the creative world of polymer clay. This isn’t Play-Doh; it’s artistic polyvinyl clay, and it is A-MAZING! It’s time to learn more about the various brands’ textures and uses. You will build customized texture plates, molds, and non-stick baking forms. We will explore color theory while learning to understand Skinner Blend color results. You will learn about enhancement inclusions such as paint, glitter, chalk, Gold Leaf, embossing powder, and alcohol and stamp inks. Of course, we will continue working on more cane building designs, burnishing, texturing, silkscreening, and more. We will explore a multitude of techniques as we discover the versatility of this fun and colorful medium. Your Lab Fee covers a kit that includes a supply of project clay, tissue blade, needle tool, and a workbook, as well as the class use of molds, cutters, extruders, ovens, and artistic enhancement supplies. Additional clay and supplies will be available for purchase. You may bring your own extra clay and any clay tools you choose. Contact the instructor with questions judiwild0702@gmail.com. This class may immediately follow Polymer Clay I.

Lab Fee: $135.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: Polyclay I or 6 months experience

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Wire I - Judi Wild
This class is specifically designed for the new wire-wrapping student, but it’s also a great refresher class. We will have lots of fun learning the basics of wire work, then building on this foundation while creating beautiful jewelry. You will learn about tool selection, purchasing cabs and wire, and the wire choice for specific projects, as well as how to manipulate wire into shapes that enhance your creations. Class Projects include earrings, bracelets, pendants, and rings. I have prepared Project Kits and offer a selection of metal, crystal, and gemstone beads to further enhance your jewelry items, as well as a complete tool kit for class use. Although everything will be ready for you, you may choose to bring your own tools, beads, and cabs. An OptiVISOR or similar magnifier is a MUST for this class. Bring an adventurous spirit and your imagination. Lab fee includes workbook, two mini kits, practice wire, etc. Project costs may vary depending on the current precious-metal market

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $50 to $100
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: None

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