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A Highland Fling

Posted on July 18, 2013

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the wonderful Highland Fling Polymer Clay workshop that Melanie Muir hosted in Nairn last weekend. It was a luxurious 4 days of polymer clay play lead by the very talented Melanie West and Ronna Sarvas Weltman. They were both very generous teachers sharing lots of their tip and tricks. The rest of the group was made up of a very international group of clay addicts and we had a lot of fun!

Man playing Bagpipes

The workshop started in style with the Bagpipes

Melanie Muir was an excellent host and paid great attention to detail with delicious lunches and welcoming bagpipers.

It was a techniques class rather than a project based class so it was fascintating to see what everyone was up to with the techniques shown to us. Here’s some of what I made

Cara Jane blue patterned curved polymer clay inspired by  Melanie West

Small Blue Polymer Clay Sculpture by Cara Jane

I’m calling this a sculpture but it will probably become a large pendant. It’s large but it’s not heavy as it has a core of Sculpey Ultralight. I made this using the techniques Mel West shared with us.


Blue disc polymer pendant made by Cara Jane inspired by Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Blue and white polymer pendant by Cara Jane, inspired by Ronna Sarvas Weltman

Here’s a pendant I made using the techniques that Ronna Sarvas Weltman shared with us. I was in a blue mood as you can probably see 😉


Ronna Sarvas Weltman, Cara Jane, Mel West

Ronna Sarvas Weltman, Cara Jane and Mel West

Here I am with the wonderful tutors. Thank you again for sharing so much ladies and bringing your gorgeous jewellery to inspire us!

I got to wear the Sisterhood necklace. It was created and donated to the Synergy Auction by Melanie West. Carol Blackburn and Christi Friesen were the winning bidders and they are sending it around the world to help raise funds for the Sammunat ladies in Nepal. People make a donation to wear the necklace and have a photo taken. Being as Mel was there I decided to be cheeky and have her in the photo too 😉

Mel West the creator of the Sisterhood necklace which is being worn by Cara

Mel West the creator of the Sisterhood necklace which is being worn by Cara

The Highland Flingers

The lovely people who attend the Highland Fling workshop

I think we were all rather sad to say goodbye but we have some wonderful memories to cherish and some new skills to experiment with. I hope to see you all again soon fellow Flingers!



  1. Wow, Cara Jane, if the claying weren’t enough, you were entertained with a piper? Awesome!

  2. Beautiful work – love the sculpture. Looks like you had a fab time.

  3. a time ‘out of time’ loved it

  4. Cara Jane, I have just discovered your blog and am enjoying it! Loved reading about the Highland Fling as I have a connection with the Samunnat ladies and can tell you they were EUPHORIC to get the donation generated by the Highland Fling. It looks wonderful and I am a little envious! Carol has kept us up to date with some of the travels. You look beautiful in it. Keep enjoying your wonderful creating. Hugs from Oz and Nepal, Wendy Moore

    • Hi Wendy Thanks for getting in touch! So glad the Samunnat ladies were pleased. It’s great to be able to help out. Thanks for your kind comments. Looking forward to meeting you in Matla Cara

  5. It seems so long ago since last summer but it was a fantastic few days. Loved seeing all the wonderful things made and meeting a bunch a fascinating people 🙂

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