Below is the schedule and descriptions of our Gen Con workshops for 2019. If you are going to Gen Con, we’d love to have you at one of our workshops!
You will receive everything you need to start and finish this project. Most people will complete the project during the workshop.
Thur 8AM SPA19148116 Epoxy Clay 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
Thur 10-12PM SPA19148114 Leather Monster Eye Book Cover **Proposed**
Thur 4-6PM SPA19148115 Leather Monster Eye Book Cover **Proposed**
Thur 6PM SPA19148119 Bookbinding – Japanese Stab Binding
Thur 8PM SPA19148120 Bookbinding – Japanese Stab Binding
Fri 8AM SPA19148121 Gothic Style Hardback Book
Fri 10AM SPA19148122 Gothic Style Hardback Book
Fri 2PM SPA19148123 Leather Roll-up Travel Journal
Fri 4PM SPA19148124 Leather Roll-up Travel Journal
Fri 6PM SPA19148125 Medieval Inspired Hardback Book
Fri 8PM SPA19148126 Medieval Inspired Hardback Book
Sat 8AM SPA19148127 Needle Felt Your Own Pokeball
Sat 10AM SPA19148128 Needle Felt Your Own Pokeball
Sat 2PM SPA19148117 Epoxy Clay 2.0 **Proposed** (available at other times)
Sat 4PM SPA19148118 Epoxy Clay 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
Sat 6PM SPA19148130 Thermoplastic 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
Sat 8PM SPA19148131 Thermoplastic 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
** Proposed workshops will be accepted space and demand permitting
Message to Registered Players:
You will receive everything you need to start and finish this project. Most people will complete the project during the workshop. If you have taken a workshop with me in the past, you may find parts of this workshop familiar, but you will also gain new information. For more information & photos of this and other workshops I am offering this year, please visit http://www.indyupcycle.com/gen-con-2019/
Epoxy Clay 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
Epoxy clay is a self-hardening product we will use to create a dragon egg or project of your choice. We will be covering the basics as well as alternative coloring techniques, mold making, & tools.
Making a dragon egg is a fun and foolproof project for using epoxy clay for the first time. We suggest first timers stick with this project, but for those of you who have some experience with the material, have researched the material, or have a specific goal in mind, feel free to go off track! We will provide the materials for the dragon egg project. If you want to do a different project, please contact us ahead of time so that we can plan accordingly or tell you what you should bring. For those of you interested in other sculptural techniques and materials, consider taking our “Thermoplastic 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques.” (You can create a base structure out of thermoplastic and a long lasting & detailed outer shell with epoxy clay. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring source material for inspiration or reference.
Leather Monster Eye Book Cover
(If this workshop doesn’t run this year, it will run next year.)
Learn how to manipulate leather to create a 3D effect on your book’s cover. Choose to incorporate glass eyes to give your book personality or keep it simple and make a more ornamental cover.
To save time, we will start with an existing book and apply this technique to customize the cover. Though we plan for everyone to complete their book during the workshop, you may or may not finish the book in the time allowed depending on the complexity of your design. Your book will need to dry for at least 24 hours before it can be tossed into your bag without damaging it.
Bookbinding – Japanese Stab Binding
Elegant & simple, Japanese Stab Binding is a classic non-adhesive binding which allows you to bind single flat sheets of paper between soft or hard covers. We will make two examples in this workshop.
The Tortoiseshell book we will make will have leather covers and a decorative wrapped book block. The Ledger book will be a smaller paper-covered book with a clever paper clasp.
Thermoplastic 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques
Thermoplastic can be used to create custom game pieces, elements for your costume, or OOAK dolls & accessories. We will cover the basics, alternative coloring techniques, mold making, & tools.
This workshop is very open ended. Past participants made the following items: Flowers, a knife, repaired a toy, a fireball that lit up with a spare LED from his costume, fangs, finger extensions, and more. This really is a fascinating material, and a great way to learn how to use it is by sitting around with a bunch of new friends experimenting together! For those of you interested in other sculptural techniques and materials, consider taking our “Epoxy Clay 2.0 Beginning & Advanced Techniques.” (You can create a base structure out of thermoplastic and a long lasting & detailed outer shell with epoxy clay. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring source material for inspiration or reference.
Leather Roll-up Travel Journal
Using leather & paper, we will create a soft-cover travel journal. The cover can double as a pencil holder with a clever element to keep the book rolled up when not in use.
For this book, we will learn a variety of bookbinding techniques that can be used to accentuate many of the other book styles. We will prepare pages from a roll of paper, create leather lace, and experiment with the function and structure of the cover.
Medieval Inspired Hardback Book
Wood covers, Leather straps & exposed stitching along the spine give this book a rustic look you will be proud of.
Medieval books are a celebration of materials, construction, and craftsmanship. With their hearty materials, pronounced ridges along the spine, ease of use, and attention to detail. These books are truly an inspiration! It took a long time for master artisans to create these fine works. In this 2-hour workshop, we will create a lovely, yet simplified, book inspired by much older tomes.
Gothic Style Hardback Book
Learn the techniques used in 14th-17th century book binding. Using a sewing frame, we will sew our book block on cords & make our covers out of wood. Keep as-is or cover with leather later.
This style of binding is a great foundation in old world binding techniques. If you are one of the ones who have been longing for an historical book binding experience this is the class for you! Create a beautiful book and experience new techniques that will further add to your book binding experience.
Needle Felt Your Own Pokeball
Needle felting is used to sculpt and color with wool. We will felt & decorate a pokeball out of colored wool. Which will you choose? Standard, Great, Ultra, Luxury, Master, or your own design?
Needle felting is extremely fun, but creating something detailed the first time you experiment with it can be frustrating. We will start with a simple form to create the base of our project. You will learn the basics of felting from building a form to coloring without the fear of creating something unrecognizable. Choose from standard colors or make up your own design. Whatever you create will look awesome!