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What's New on the Metal Clay Academy Website?

This page provides you with a quick idea of what's been added in the past month. If you are a regular visitor, you can see what we've added since your last visit here.

Archived What's New pages for earlier months can be seen here

May What's New Archive - you can see everything that was added during May 2015 here.

4th Week of June

A new video about polishing was added.

Polishing with a Flexshaft

Melissa Muir, Jewelry Artist and Teacher demonstrates how to use Silicone Polishing wheels and Polishing Pins to create a high polish on an intricate silver pendant. 


A new copper clay tutorial was added.

copper clay ammoniteAmmonite in Copper Clay

Quick tutorial on how to get a realistic copper clay ammonite using a polymer clay mould.



A new polymer clay tutorial was added.

Faux Lapis LazuliFaux Lapis Lazuli

Great tutorial on how to make your own faux lapis for use in your jewellery creations.


A new UK bead shop was added.

Beads and Ribbons - Wigan

UK supplier of gemstone beads and nuggets, Murano glass beads, Mother of Pearl and shell beads, porcelain flower beads, lampwork beads, fossil beads, acrylic beads, artwood beads, Spectra glass beads, millefiori beads, Desert sunglass beads, pendants and focal beads, Swarovski crystals, tiara making supplies, memory wire, cord and thread, chain and findings.

3rd Week of June

A new jewelry making resource was added.

Metal Hardness

Knowing how to choose the correct hardness of sheet and wire metals for your jewelry techniques and designs helps you achieve the good-looking, long-lasting results you want. Metal hardness is one of the trickiest things to try to explain—the term is relative to the particular metal or alloy, for starters; depending on the elements that make up each particular alloy, what’s called “hard” in one metal won’t bend, form, work, or feel the same as a material designated as “hard” in another metal. This useful article from Rio Grande explains hardness really clearly.

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

Sea Glass Drop Beads Bracelet by Spoilt Rotten Beads


A new metal clay firing resource was added.

Compendium of Metal Clay Firing Schedules

Really useful Excel workbook with all the brands of metal clay and their firing schedules.

A new chain making tutorial was added.

Viper ChainViper Chain - The Bead Man

Try this project using 16 gauge jump rings or create a more delicate chain using 18 or 20 ga. The project as shown uses approx (50) 16ga 8.0mm ID (100) 16ga 5.0mm ID Jump rings. Mixing metals is also an interesting way to highlight this project.




2nd Week of June

A new polymer clay video tutorial was added.

Faux Fossilized Bone 


A new marketing resource was added.

Artist Statement Writing Part One.....Part Two

These two blog posts explore the issues of writing an artist statement to support applications for shows etc.

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

Soldering Tip - Jewelry Arts Institute


1st Week of June

A change was made to a metal clay related event.

Artisan Craft Expo..A Mixed Media Conference - Cancelled

When: 9th - 11th July 2015

Where: South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

This conference has been cancelled.


An update was made to a metal clay training provider.

MetalClay Arts Conservatory - Illinois

MetalClay Arts Conservatory (MAC ) was founded by internationally published, award winning artist  and metal clay innovator, Wanaree Tanner, to illuminate the mechanical and practical process of creating metal clay art as well as encourage the participants’ individual artistic expression. The Conservatory features both online continuing education courses ranging from Project Workbooks to Comprehensive Courses as well as one-on-one private intensives with Wanaree at the Conservatory Studio located in secluded rural Illinois. The courses and programs are filled not only with technical training and skill application, but also design development and artistic styling.

The Conservatory’s Digital Learning Library is a focused study for the cultivation of metal clay artistry delivered to the comfort of your home or studio.


An update was made to a metal clay event.

Terry Kovalcik Master Classes in Cornwall, UK

Paste painting and sculpting with Terry KovalcikWhat: Painting and Sculpting with Paste - 1 place remaining

When: 13th-15th July 2015

Where: Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery Bodmin, Cornwall, UK

Learn the true versatility of metal clay paste by painting and sculpting with this fluid form of silver metal clay with internationally recognized artist, Terry Kovalcik. In this three day workshop, explore Terry’s Viscosity Painting process. You'll learn a variety of techniques using silver clay paste as the painting medium to create decorative surface treatments and elaborate sculptural forms. The cost of this workshop includes 10g of silver clay paste.


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