Hearts 'n' Hands - Polymer Clay Craft Program

Hearts 'n' Hands Polymer Clay Crafts

The participants of Hearts 'n' Hands Work Enrichment are accountable for most aspects of the production of our Hearts'n' Hands polymer clay crafts. These are hand crafted by the participants with non-toxic clay-like modeling materials which are hardened to create a variety of sports-team pen sets and gift pens. Please see our Polymer Clay product page for complete details.

Training for Our Participants

Everyone who participates in the Hearts ‘n’ Hands polymer clay program receives in depth training and visual aids provided by our experienced job coaches. Each participant is introduced to the various tasks necessary to choose colors, select a design, soften/condition the clay, cut/shape the clay, and assemble the final product. Creativity is encouraged throughout the preparation process and modified training is provided for every individual and paced to align with each person’s learning capabilities. The level of responsibly is gradually increased in line with each participant’s progress. Work partners are established as appropriate to foster team work and increase independence through the reduction of job coach assistance.

Participants with the aptitude and interest are also provided with the opportunity to help manage the business through data entry into our database which tracks a variety of information including inventory, costs, and sales.

Transferrable Work Skills

The work enrichment program along with the training and hands-on production of polymer clay products teach the participants how to manage their time while planning a craft/project, follow design specifications, prepare and shape clay materials as well as basic data entry, typing, sales, and money skills. These abilities may be transferrable to other job opportunities such as:

  • Hearts ‘n’ Hands Polymer Clay Craft – One of the goals of the Hearts ‘n’ Hands Work Enrichment program is to offer paid job opportunities for those who are able to learn the necessary skills. Once we grow the pet treat and polymer clay craft programs into a sustainable business, we intend to staff some of businesses with participants from the Hearts ‘n’ Hands Work Enrichment program together with typical workers within an integrated work environment.

  • Food & Assembly Industries – The polymer clay knowledge and/or skills maybe transferrable to jobs at craft stores and the step-by-step assembly line skills may be of value to certain manufacturing and/or assembly companies.
 
 
Conditioning Clay Rolling Clay Flattening the Clay in Pasta Machine Cutting Shapes in the Clay
Conditioning Clay Rolling Clay Pasta Machine Cutting Shapes
 
Cutting & Stacking Clay Circles Stacking Clay Prepping Clay in Extruder Preparing Pen Wrap Bottles of Hope
Cutting & Stacking Clay Stacking Clay Extruding Clay Preparing Pen Wrap 'Bottles of Hope' Preparation