Learn to Make Texture Plates

Learn to Make Texture Plates with Barbara Becker Simon

88 minutes

Learn from award winning jeweler and author, Barbara Becker Simon, the how-to secrets behind making customized texture plates.

Learn 12 different methods to create unique one of a kind plates to use for adding texture to your art . Everything from making molds to photo polymer techniques will be covered.

Barbara shares her best ways to utilize the plates and explore sources for textures. Use with polymer clay, metal clay, plus any moldable surface.

How to use plates with metals will also be addressed.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn this popular new technique direct from Ms. Simon.



Barbara Becker Simon has been a jeweler for over thirty-five years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in metalwork and jewelry from the University of Wisconsin. Recently, she has traveled the country as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. 2004 saw her in Japan teaching PMC workshops in the land of its origin. In 2001, her necklace, "Winter", earned the Grand Prize "Millennial Metal, The Art of Precious Metal Clay," held at the Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT. Her work appears in CeCe Wire's book, Creative Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. Barbara's own book, Metal Clay Beads, has been met with high praise as an incredibly informative book for all levels of metal clay fans.

Covered In This Class: 
  • Tear away technique for plate making
  • Mold making
  • Carving polymer plates
  • Low etched image on metal
  • PPP plates
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • black and white image
  • Photocopier (toner type)
  • PNP film (Order from: www.techniks.com)
  • Scissors
  • Piece of copper or brass
  • Steel wool or 3M cloth
  • Alcohol
  • Household Iron
  • Thin cotton cloth like a handkerchief or napkin
  • Towel
  • Timer/clock
  • Contac paper or electrical tape
  • Shallow plastic container just large enough to hold the piece of metal
  • Copper Etching Solution (CES) otherwise known as ferric chloride
  • Sticky wax or oil based clay
  • Tweezers
  • Rubber gloves
  • Acetone or nail polish remover
  • Paper towels

Included is a class handout with notes and all the resource information you need to get started.