Luminous Color Blending for Polymer Clay Canes

Course Description

About this course

Color blends are one of the most dynamic and challenging techniques to explore with polymer, but create luminous effects that can be used to make beads, stand alone components, and much more. In this live, virtual course, students will first learn how to make vibrant, glowing color blended sheets of polymer and then how to construct a variety of canes using these gradients. Color mixing, blending methods, cane construction, and finished methods will be discussed throughout the class. Handouts, pre-recorded video and live demonstrations, along with in class work time will help students tackle this intriguing polymer clay process! 

This course will consist of one session. There will also be an Open Studio Hour at 6:00PM Eastern Time on Monday, 1/11/21.

Class will be held live via Zoom during the designated time frame. A link to the Zoom room will be sent via email. 

The session will be recorded and you will receive a password protected link to the recording that expires after 30 days.

Please read the Materials & Tools tab! 

Meet the Instructor

Bonnie Bishoff

Bonnie Bishoff has worked collaboratively with her artistic partner and husband J. M. Syron since 1987. Starting as furniture makers, they made work that incorporated large panels of polymer veneers for 28 years. Gradually they shifted their focus to explore jewelry and mixed media pieces.They tend to work in series and on several fronts at once. The focus of their jewelry has been creating metal armatures, textured and oxidized metal surfaces, and polymer marquetry surface designs. In addition they have been exploring a series of wall panels or "paintings" in polymer veneers and wire armatured sculptures. 

They have exhibited widely in galleries and fine craft shows including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions include the Peabody Essex, The Museum of Art and Design, NY and the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum. Their materials include veneers of polymer clay, silver, bronze, copper, and wood. They aim to create work that projects an expansive notion of art and creative pursuit to be shared by the wearer with the world.

Materials & Tools 

Students will need to have the following materials in preparation for this online workshop. If you do not already have them, a suggested item and/or a vendor from which you can purchase these items has been provided below. Click the vendor name (in red) to be redirected to a page where you can find or choose the item. The quantities you need for each item are listed first. Please be aware that some items may come in larger quantities than needed for this class. Please order these materials as soon as possible due to longer than usual turn-around times. We recommend not opening the packaging until the day of the workshop. 

Due to a bit of a shortage of polymer, the instructor recommends the following colors of either Premo!, Fimo Soft, or Sculpey III polymer clay which can be purchased from Polymer Clay Superstore, the Sculpey websiteFire Mountain Gems, Joann Fabrics, Sculpey Products, or Shades of Clay (in Canada). Stay away from glitter options. Do your best to get a selection of the following:

  • 1 x 2oz bar of black 
  • 3 x 2oz bar of white or sahara or ecru
  • 2 x 2oz bar of pearl or silver
  • 1 x 2oz bar of pomegranate or cherry red
  • 1 x 2oz bar of yellow or zinc or lemon
  • 1 x 2oz bar of brilliant blue or cobalt blue or ultramarine blue or purple
  • 1 x 2oz bar of orange or tangerine

The following items are required to complete the objectives of this workshop. Please ask about substitution, do not assume they will work! 

Students should bring 

In addition to the above items, you will want to have the following common items available: 

  • masking tape
  • ruler
  • waxed paper or "deli sheets" 
  • cleaner for board and blades (rubbing alcohol, windex, etc.)
  • notebook and writing implements 
  • paper towels or soft cloth




Bonnie Bishoff


January 8, 2021


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


1 day

All Levels
Virtual - Eastern Time Zone
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