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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

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

28th March

A new metal clay event was added.

Pam East in Germany

Pam East EnamelWhat: Enameling on Art Clay Silver

When: 4th-6th September 2015

Where: Susan D Design, Ellerbek, near Hamburg, Germany

Join Art Clay World USA Master Instructor, Pam East, for a three day workshop on Enameling on Art Clay Silver. This course will cover a wide variety of Both clay and metal enameling topics.  

The first day of class will be devoted to silver clay. Topics will include designing for enamel, construction techniques, firing schedules and preparing the metal for enamels. 

The second and third days will cover enameling and finishing. Topics will include preparing enamels for use, firing, color shading, working with reactive colors, use of foils in enameling and finishing techniques. For one of the pieces, students will learn the full champlevé finish, Which Creates a smooth continuous surface between the enamel and the metal.

Over the course of the three days, each student will be able to make two complete pieces, from beginning to end, using two different techniques.   

27th March

A new PMC supplier was added.

Russia - Argentarium

PMC supplier with tools, information and metal clay classes.

26th March

Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, manufacturers of PMC, need your help! They are conducting a survey about metal clay - not just PMC - and there's a chance to win a great prize for completing the survey.

At the end of the survey there is an optional link for the respondents to provide their email address. These addresses will be entered into a random, worldwide drawing to select 50 winners, each of whom will receive a 25g package of PMC3 and a 30g package of PMC Flex.  

For the people in UK to complete the survey, click here 

For the people in US and other part of the world to complete the survey, click here 

25th March

A new jewellery making technique was added.

Balling Silver Wire

Great technique for creating Sterling silver wire balls without the wrinkles. From Lora Hart at PMC Connection.

24th March

A new beginners metal clay tutorial was added.

Make Your Own Cutters Tutorial

Great tutorial about making your own shape cutters.

23rd March

A new enameling tutorial was added.

Torch Enameling

Article about basic enameling using a torch. Lots of useful information.

22nd March

A new metal clay event was added.

Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Diploma Intensive in Cornwall, UK

Art Clay Level 2 ProjectsWhat: Art Clay Level 1 and 2 Diploma Intensive

When: 25th-30th July 2015

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

Art Clay World approved senior instructor Julia Rai teaches this six day intermediate skills Art Clay Diploma Level 1 and 2 Intensive.

The curriculum is set by Aida Chemicals, the manufacturer of Art Clay, in association with the European Art Clay distributors and the qualification is recognised across Europe. Holders of the Art Clay Diploma at Level 1 are permitted to run introductory Art Clay classes and get a 15% discount on Art Clay products from the authorised distributors. Holders of the Art Clay Diploma at Level 2 are permitted to run introductory Art Clay classes and get a 20% discount on Art Clay products from the authorised distributors.

The class cost includes all materials and the Art Clay World Level 1 and 2 Diploma fees. By booking the Intensive, you will save £60 on the price of booking each course separately.

21st March

A new metal clay group was added.

Anything Metal Clay Australia Facebook Group

Public Facebook group open to anyone interested in metal clay in Australia. Also has a destash area if you want to get rid of your stuff.

20th March

A new resource for metal clay beginners was added.

Metal Clay 101 - Tools - Lora Hart

There are a plethora of commercially made tools on the market. But there are many tools you can adapt from odds and ends around your home, purchase inexpensively from hardware or beauty supply stores, or make yourself. If you take a class, and have the opportunity to use the instructors' loaner tools, make a list of the ones you specifically found useful. If you haven't yet taken a class, perhaps you'd like to print out this page, and make a check list of tools you want to acquire. 

19th March

A new source of inspiration was added.

Inspiration from Art Beads

When you're looking for a short spark of inspiration for a new product, the Art Beads Blog for Beaders is packed full of fun jewelry ideas with simple instructions. They've compiled some of their favorite features here for you to browse. From mixed media projects to quick ideas, these jewelry ideas will also give you fun facts about some of the featured products!

18th March

A new design resource was added.

Colour Theory

A complete range of color effects is found in jewelry pieces from dazzling to subdued. With a little knowledge of classic color theory, creations can be naturally pleasing, bringing rave reviews for their harmony. 

17th March

A new organisation for metal clay artists was added.

Metal Clay Now

Metal Clay Now on Facebook (requires a Facebook account) and its sister sites on Twitter and Pinterest is a non-commercial, brand-neutral meeting place for all aspects of metal clay. By gathering artists, technicians and innovators from around the world, this enterprise will become a rich gathering place that will foster creativity and raise professional standards. Metal Clay Now is not tied to any distributor and welcomes discussion of all forms of metal clay.

16th March

A new polymer clay video tutorial was added.

Fairy House in Polymer Clay

Interesting video of making a fairy house using polymer clay.

 

15th March

A new resource was added to the steel metal clay page.

Adjustable rings from Hadar JacobsonAdjustable Rings - Hadar Jacobson

Hadar says, "I’ve been often asked if the metal is somewhat workable after firing, and wanting to be better safe than sorry, I’ve always said “No, do all fabrication before firing!” I still do all my fabrication before firing, but I also want to have the fired pieces be a little adjustable. What if a ring, for example, doesn’t come out the size I intended it to be? As you may have noticed, many factors can affect the shrinkage of a ring, including size, thickness, firing schedule, and firing environment (what else is in the kiln). So I experimented with a few open rings...."

14th March

A new resource for adding colour to metal was added.

Torch Fired Enamel

Create colorful custom jewelry as award-winning author Barbara Lewis guides you step by step through the immersion method of torch enameling. All you need are a few affordable tools and a torch from your hardware store and you're ready to paint with fire! Set up a safe, efficient workstation, and learn how to properly hold, heat and dredge iron beads to create a variety of beautiful effects. Discover the creative potential of steel wire as you layer opaque and transparent enamel to create bright, rich hues. Then, add eye-catching embellishments to copper and brass with textural enamel, sgraffito, firescale and even personalized decals. Along the way, Barbara reveals her expert tips for evenly heating your jewelry, preventing cracks and chips, and enameling gorgeous pieces that are uniquely yours. 

13th March

A new bronze clay video tutorial was added.

Meteor Flexible Clay

Nouvelle gamme de pâtes de métal idéale pour plotter de découpe (silhouette cameo, silhouette portrait, Craft Robo). Se découpe également aux ciseaux. Grande flexibilité. Ne contient pas de glycérine.

 

12th March

An update was made to a metal clay blog.

Metal Clay Artist Magazine

Blog from the publishers of the Metal Clay Artist magazine.

11th March

A new beading and wirework tutorial was added.

Sunrise twist necklaceSunrise Twist Necklace

Intermediate level beading and wirework tutorial.

 

 

 

 

10th March

A new video tutorial for adding colour to metal was added.

Colores Epoxy Resin - Rio Grande

Colores Epoxy Resin Tips and Techniques. Designed to give you the classic look of glass enamel colors. Can be used with thick, thin and grinding hardeners.

 

9th March

A new jewelry making video resource was added.

Micro Torch Basics

Butane micro torches are a compact and efficient heat source for soldering, firing precious metal clay, finishing enamelwork and other projects. They're inexpensive, safe and easy to use. In this five-lesson class, best-selling author and teacher Kate Richbourg shows you how to fill, light and adjust your torch and use it to shape, secure and finish metal jewelry. You'll learn how to size rings perfectly and how to choose the right materials. Then Kate shows you her signature stack ring set and a perfect band ring made from half-round silver wire.

8th March

A new beading and wirework resource was added.

Beginners Guide to Wirework

The Beginner's Guide to Wirework for Beautiful Jewelry is a free PDF resource available exclusively on Craftsy. Featuring 27 photo-filled pages of wirework tutorials and expert tips, it offers everything you need to jumpstart your wirework jewelry journey. Download it instantly for free (you can print it easily if you'd like) and enjoy it forever in the comfort of your own home or even on the go!

7th March

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

How to Set Eyelets & Rivets with TierraCast Tools

In this video, Tracy tells you about TierraCast tools and components for cold connecting, including our Eyelets, Micro Washers, Eyelet Setter & Anvil and Setting Block, and our Rivets and Rivet Setters.

 

6th March

A new video tutorial for adding colour to metal was added.

Gilders Paste - Beaducation

Short video tutorial about using Gilders Paste on metal.

5th March

A new jewellery making training provider was added.

Make and Create - Royston, Hertfordshire

Jewellery making and polymer clay classes.

4th March

A new resource for people photographing their jewelry was added.

Photography Tips - Fusion Beads

FusionBeads.com photographers, Joysha, Devin and Chrissy, have provided TONS of valuable information that will help you take amazing photographs of your own jewelry! Follow these tips, from choosing your setting, laying out your jewelry, setting up your camera, to taking your photo, and you will be shooting photos like the pros!

3rd March

New stone setting information has been added.

Diamonds in Sterling Metal Clay - Celie Fago

Celie Fago has added diamonds to Sterling metal clay and fired them in place. This blog post gives some information on this.

Diamonds in Bronze Clay - Celie Fago

Celie Fago first fired diamonds in bronze clay in 2007/08 and wrote this blog post about it in 2010.

2nd March

An update was made to a rubber stamp supplier.

Ready Stamps

US site. Rubber stamp manufacturers. They will make your own designs into rubber stamps which is a great way to ensure you are using totally unique textures in your creations.

1st March

A new polymer clay tutorial was added.

Eyes Tutorial

Although this tutorial isn't specifically using polymer clay, it shows you how to make eyes which can be used in polymer clay or other creations. Easy and quick but very effective.

 

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