metal clay, art clay, pmc, bronze clay, copper clay, steel clay
FAQ HomeFAQAsk us a QuestionSave your Favorites
Metal Clay Academy Excellence in Art Clay and Precious Metal Clay PMC
Search Advanced Search
Categories
Beginners (49)
Advanced (14)
Glass (2)
Hollow Forms (1)
Patina and Colours (8)
Stones (8)
Technical (30)
Training (2)
Firing (9)
Finishing (10)
Business (3)
Money saving tips (3)
Search
Advanced Search
FAQs
Search our FAQ to find resolutions to common issues.
Which training course should I choose?

This is a difficult question to answer quickly. There are many training providers throughout the UK, many of which have not had any formal training to train others. This doesn’t mean they’re bad teachers though. There are lots of very good teachers who have been working with metal clay for many years and have a wealth of knowledge to pass on to students. 

The best place to start if you’re looking for a teacher is to think about what you want to do with metal clay. Consider the following questions…

Do you want to dip your toe in the water and see if you like working with metal clay? If so look for a teacher who offers taster sessions of maybe a few hours or half a day. By choosing a short taster you can find out if you like working with metal clay and also find out if you like the teachers training style.

Do you want to jump right in and learn as much as possible in a weekend?

There are lots of teachers offering weekend beginners courses. Have a look at our metal clay training page to see what’s available in your area.

Do you want to do a recognised certification or diploma training course?

There are several ways of doing this; Art Clay Certification, PMC Certification or the Diploma in Silver Metal Clay. Each of these courses have specific merits so read these pages to find out the one that’s right for you.


Print  Email  Save  Comments  Notify Me  Delete from Favorites 
Article ID: 10043 Article Created: 06-11-2008 12:04 PM

How well did this article answer your question? 100% 75% 50% 25% 0%

Most Recently Viewed Articles
How do I get a mirror finish on my work?
There are several techniques that'll help you get a mirror finish without too much hard work. ...
What is Bronze Clay?
Bronzclay™ was launched at the PMC Conference in July 2008. Several classes were run by Celie Fago and Hadar Jacobson prior to the conference. Both Celie and Hadar had been involved in experimenting with Bronzclay™ in collaboration with the inventor Bill Streuve. ...
What are the problems associated with quenching hot metal clay?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been quenched, you may find that moisture has got trapped in the metal. When you heat it again, especially if you heat it fast, the moisture turns to steam and may cause a blister on the surface. You need to dry the piece thoroughly if you have quenched the metal following the initial firing.It is also important to remember that you should not quench a piece which has glass or stones as part of the design. The sudden change in temperature from the firing to the cold water may cause shock and the stone or glass could be damaged or break entirely. Leave your piece to air cool, it should only take a few minutes....
Is there any such thing as Platinum Metal Clay?
Mitsubishi made PMC in platinum for a while but it was discontinued....
What is Cubic Zirconia?
A hard and relatively inexpensive synthetic stone, created in laboratories and often cut to resemble a diamond. It is available in a variety of colours and different shapes....
Can I enamel a piece of metal clay which I’ve already tumble polished?
If you want to refire, enamel or solder on a piece of metal clay that has been tumble polished, you may find that moisture has got trapped in the metal. When you heat it again, especially if you heat it fast, the moisture turns to steam and may cause a blister on the surface. You need to dry the piece thoroughly if you have quenched the metal following the initial firing....
How do I remove Liver of Sulphur patina from specific areas of my work only?
There are various ways of shining up certain bits of your work after adding a Liver of Sulphur patina. ...
What natural stones can I fire in place with metal clay?
Being able to push stones into metal clay and fire them in place is a real advantage. Not all natural stones can be fired in place though. Kevin Whitmore from Rio Grande has done extensive testing of stones with metal clay. ...
My clay is dry, powdery, flaky and cracking. What can I do?
Spritz or brush the clay with water, wrap it in clingfilm/Saran Wrap and squish the water into the clay. Then leave it for a while. The clay will absorb the water and become usable again. If it’s too sticky, leave it open to the air for a short while....
How can I become a supplier of metal clay?
The distribution of metal clay is controlled by the manufacturers. ...