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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

August What's New Archive - you can see everything that was added during August 2014 here.

30th September

A new metal clay artist selling her work was added.

Carol Banks

The coasts of East Anglia, Kent and Brittany are the inspiration behind Carol's shell pieces, a constant reminder of walks, holidays and shared family foraging. The leaf and flower jewellery immediately summon up the seasons. The eternal hope of spring in a violet leaf, balmy days of summer with delicate dragonflies, autumnal winds billowing a ginko leaf and winter frozen in Christmas ivy.

29th September

A new bronze clay video tutorial was added.

Sculpting with Prometheus Bronze Clay - Part 1

This is part one of a two part tutorial on sculpting in 3D with Prometheus Bronze Clay.

Sculpting with Prometheus Bronze Clay - Part 2

This is the second part of the two part sculpting with bronze clay tutorial.

28th September

A new downloadable chain maille tutorial was added.

Loopy loopLoopy Loop Chain Maille Tutorial

Beginners level chain maille tutorial.

 

 

 

27th September

A new stone setting video tutorial was added.

Custom Prong Setting - from Cool Tools

Freeform natural gemstones are a popular choice when making jewelry because they offer their own unique shapes, patterns and colors. A great way to display these gemstones is with beautiful custom prongs. In this project video, learn to create custom prongs to set your own one-of-a-kind natural gemstone.

 

26th September

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Bubble BeadsBubble Beads

These fun and colourful bubble beads are easy to make in polymer clay.

 

 

 

25th September

A new beading and wire tutorial was added.

Twisted wire necklaceTwisted Wire Necklace

In this tutorial, you’ll master the art of wire twisting and create a uniquely gorgeous piece of wire twisted necklace. Create branch-like wires with clusters of pearls and teardrop beads using the wire twisting technique.

 

24th September

A new UK bead supplier was added.

Some Crafty Beads and Bits

UK supplier who design and produce hand crafted jewelry and objects in their workshop in Kent. They also supply beads and gem stones for you to make your own products. All of their gemstones are ethically sourced and help disadvantaged people in some of the poorest areas across the world.

23rd September

A new chain making tutorial was added.

Viper basket weaveViper Basket Weave Tutorial

Beginners chain maille tutorial.

 

 

 

22nd September

A new beading and wirework video tutorial was added.

Twisted Wire Grapes Bracelet

With this tutorial you'll learn how to use the wire twisting techniques to create a wire bracelet. Manipulate the twisted wires and create little twigs and use purple beads that looks like clusters of grapes. Create variations, use other colors of beads, maybe red or orange and create strawberries and orange fruit clustered wire jewelry.

 

21st September

A new video resource for working with PMC Flex was added.

More Experiments with PMC Flex

The Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery added another video with experiments using the Silhouette cutting machine, rehydratioin of PMC Flex and ring experiments.

 

20th September

New resources about PMC Flex were added.

Testing the New PMC Flex Clay Part 1

Blog post by Janet Alexander for Corner Stone from the PMC Connection.

Can PMC Flex be combined with PMC Sterling to make 960 Flex Sterling?

Blog post by Janet Alexander for Corner Stone from the PMC Connection.

19th September

A new page about PMC Flex was added.

A new video tutorial about working with PMC Flex was added.

Experiments with PMC Flex

The Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery conducted some experiments with this new clay and these are the initial results.

 

18th September

A new metal clay book coming soon was added.

Metal Clay Jewellery-Natalia ColmanNatalia Colman - Metal Clay Jewellery  - Pre-order from UK Amazon, available 28th September 2014
Natalia Colman - Metal Clay Jewellery - Pre-order from USA Amazon, available January 2015

This gorgeous guide to metal clay jewellery, written by jewellery designer Natalia Colman, features silver, copper and bronze clays. The book is divided up by technique, such as 'Making connections after firing', 'Setting stones' and 'Working with colour'. It contains 17 jewellery projects including rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and decorative clasps: it is thorough enough to lead a beginner through the process from start to finish, but innovative enough to inspire even experienced jewellery-makers. Many of the projects include ideas for adapting the project or producing it in other metals. Natalia uses the clays in often new and innovative ways, such as using hand-drawn scratch-foam reliefs to create texture, oven-bake enamel to create colour, and, for those who like to adapt their jewellery according to their mood, she uses nuts and bolts to create a stunning ring with interchangeable heads. The book also contains a reference section at the back including firing guides for a large range of gemstones, ensuring that the reader is well-equipped to go on to design and make exactly the kind of jewellery they want.

17th September

A new business resource was added.

How to Price Your Work

Every maker has bitter experience of pricing their work too high or too low. Pricing formulas range from the scientific, to the gut, to sheer guesswork. Put the creative stuff to one side and gather your receipts for this essential exercise.

16th September

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Polymer clay broochColourful Polymer Clay Brooch

Use a wavy blade and simple bullseye canes to create this colourful brooch.

 

 

 

 

15th September

A new beading tutorial was added.

Seed Bead 101 - A Guide to Seed Beads

Jewelry-Maker's Guide to Seed Beads, gives you the valuable knowledge you need to buy the right seed beads and design with confidence. Find information on seed bead sizing, finishes, shapes and more, all in one place, including FREE printable seed bead resources and charts for quick and easy reference and hassle-free product ordering. 

14th September

A new jewelry making tutorial was added.

Simple fabric beadsFabric Beads

Learn how to make these perfect but simple fabric beads. Tutorial by Linda Matthews.

 

 

13th September

A new Art Clay Certification training provider was added.

Tulipes En Janvier - Switzerland

Beginners and Art Clay Certification classes. Classes are taught in English and French.

12th September

A new UK bead supplier was added.

Wholesale Beads

UK wholesale bead and component supplier with a wide range of the best known brands.

11th September

A new UK bead supplier was added.

Athena Beads

UK supplier of Czech glass beads, plus a huge array of stunning Semi-Precious Gemstone beads for your jewellery making projects. From the essential round Gemstone beads to the more unusual shapes such as puffed coins, ovals, hearts, barrels, cubes, tubes, chips and rondelle beads. Our Semi-Precious Gemstone bead collection is always growing and we are always adding new and interesting lines. Our current Semi-Precious Gemstone Bead category includes Agate, Amazonite, Amethyst, Aventurine, Azurite, Black Onyx, Carnelian, Dyed Howlite, Flourite, Goldstone, Hematite, Jade, Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Lava, Moonstone, Obsidian, Peridot, Quartz, Tiger Eye, Turquoise, Unakite and more...

10th September

A UK jump ring supplier was added.

Udelovich Chain Maille

Leading UK manufacturer and supplier of quality Enamelled Copper Jumprings in a variety of luscious colours and three wire diameters.

9th September

A new metal clay related book was added.

Architectural Jewellery in Metal Clay bookHadar Jacobson - Architectural Jewelry in Metal Clay - available to pre-order from Hadar's website

128 pages, full color, soft cover, spiral bound. 

The introduction to the book says - "To many of my students, “architectural jewelry” sounds intimidating. However, this book teaches easy ways to create the illusion of perspective, and shows how to construct complex pieces without using measuring tools. Indoor and outdoor scenes are created using techniques of hollow forms and low relief. Two projects – “A Room of My Own” and “Transamerica Ring” – are presented in great detail, so it is recommended to make them before proceeding to further pendants and rings."

 

8th September

A new rubber stamp making supplier was added.

Letterpress Design

UK supplier of photopolymer plates.

7th September

A new metal clay event was added.

Joy Funnell in Germany

Masks by Joy FunnellWhat: Mask Making

When: 4th-5th October 2014

Where: Susan D Design, Ellerbek, Nr Hamburg

Join Joy and make colourful Venetian masks.

 

Enamel rings by Joy FunnellWhat: Enamel Rings

When: 6th October 2014

Where: Susan D Design, Ellerbek, Nr Hamburg

Discover Joy's ring making technique and learn to add colourful enamel.

 

 

6th September

A new lampwork glass training provider was added.

Craven and White - Henley in Arden, Warwickshire

Craven & White is a Warwickshire based family run business specialising in the design and manufacture of glass lampwork beads. They also run lampwork classes.

5th September

A new metal clay newsletter was added.

Metal Clay Notebook

Launched in September 2014, this is an initiative from Tim McCreight and Celie Fago. Tim and Celie say, "the Notebook contains no ads and is tied to no single brand or manufacturer. There are no strings or requirements, only the collective wisdom of metal clay artists everywhere. We who work regularly with metal clay value the strength and wide knowledge base that comes from staying connected. The Metal Clay Notebook is designed to deepen this connection in an unintrusive and entertaining way - nothing more, nothing less."

4th September

A new PMC clay type was added.

PMC Flex

 

From the new Metal Clay Notebook newsletter - an new initiative from Tim McCreight and Celie Fago.

Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation has just announced a new product called PMC Flex.™ Two years in development, this new clay brings the longest working time of any of the current silver clays. Let's start with the specifications, then get to our reviewers' comments.

What it is: Fine silver clay.

What is it like: Short answer-PMC3. Same firing schedule, same density, same strength.

 Firing details: 10, 20 or 30 minutes in air; no carbon required.

Compatibility: Flex can be combined with all other types of fine silver clay.

What will it cost: As far as we know, about the same as PMC3. 

PMC Flex,™ as the name implies, has been developed to remain flexible after the package has been opened. We all know that most metal clays have a relatively short working time. Depending on the ambient heat and humidity, clay can dry out in a matter of minutes. PMC Flex™ will remain pliable not only for hours, not only for days, but for weeks. You can roll out a long rod, set it aside for a month, then pick it up and tie it in a knot. 

PMC Flex™ offers two kinds of workability. Out of the package it behaves like other silver clays. It can be rolled, pressed in molds, textured and so on. Set aside, it will retain the form it is given, but that form will remain flexible. Here is an example: If I roll out a strip and give it a texture, a week later I can form that strip into a ring and seal the ends together. I can't wad the clay back into the original lump and start over completely, but PMC Flex™ can be rehydrated by reducing it to small bits and mixing with water.

A spokesman for Mitsubishi says that this material will be especially beneficial to beginners and those who teach beginners, where a common problem is clay drying out before they can finish their project. It is also noted that artists can make multiple elements in advance then assemble them, including bending and twisting, weeks after the original parts were made. 

3rd September

A new jewelry making tutorial was added.

Polymer clay beadsInside Outside Pressed Flower Beads

These polymer clay beads get their texture from tiny wildflowers molds. The technique for getting a texture on the inside and the outside of the polymer clay could easily be used with metal clay.

 

 

 

 

2nd September

A new metal clay related qualification was added.

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design - Mixed Media

Following the success of the NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Craft which ran in 2013/14, the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery have again partnered with Cornwall Adult Education to deliver a fully accredited qualification at Level 2. The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design-Mixed Media is fully recognised by employers, colleges and universities and is the equivalent of a GCSE.

It consists of 120 guided learning hours of tuition and includes metal clay, glass and polymer clay in the curriculum. Students will build a portfolio of research, techniques and design ideas as well as a body of 2D and 3D mixed media work.

The course covers both 2D and 3D design using glass, metal clay and polymer clay. It runs as an evening class consisting of 40 three hour classes from 6pm-9pm, a day class consisting of 40 three hour classes from 10am-1pm or as six long weekend modules.

The entry requirements for this level are basic knowledge of glass fusing, cutting glass accurately and safely and basic metal clay work. No prior knowledge of working with polymer clay is required.

Topics covered in the Level 2 course:-

  • Investigate a range of secondary and primary sources for ideas and development
  • Explore and use a range of materials and techniques
  • Plan, prepare, make and evaluate final pieces
  • Produce 2D and 3D pieces in response to both secondary and primary sources
  • Make a collection of 2D studies and recordings from a wide range of sources showing elements such as line, colour and shape

NCFE is a national Awarding Organisation, passionate about designing, developing and certificating diverse, nationally recognised qualifications and awards. These qualifications contribute to the success of millions of learners at all levels, bringing them closer to fulfilling their personal goals. Last year alone, over 340,000 learners from over 2,000 colleges, schools and training organisations chose NCFE as the Awarding Organisation to help them move their careers forward.

NCFE’s extensive product catalogue includes a wide range of general and vocationally related QCF qualifications in a variety of subject areas, as well as Competence Based qualifications/NVQs, and Functional Skills qualifications.

NCFE is recognised as an Awarding Organisation by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.

1st September

A new UK bead supplier was added.

Verchiel Beads and Jewellery - Cheltenham

UK bead supplier and retail shop. They supply a wide range of beads and beading tools and accessories. They also run classes.

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