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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

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

30th August

A new rubber stamp supplier was added.

Hobby Art Ltd

UK supplier of clear and rubber stamps, glues, alcohol ink, stencils and wooden shapes.

29th August

A new UK bead supplier was added.

The Bead Shop - Liverpool

UK supplier of a wide range of beads, tools, chain and other beading supplies. Retail shop is open Monday to Saturday.

28th August

New events were added.

Chris Nelson Master Class in Cornwall, UK

Ferrous musings master class with Chris Nelson in the UKWhat: Ferrous Musings

When: 3rd-7th August 2015

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

Ferrous Musings/Fusings is a fast-moving five day intensive workshop in iron and gold with goldsmith Chris Nelson. Students will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewellery incorporating three workshop alloyed golds, and other metals including shibuichi. This will be particularly interesting to anyone doing the metal clay masters registry.

Cost includes iron but bring your own gold. £100 deposit and easy payment plan available. Early booking discount until 31st December 2014.

Mary Hettmansperger Master Class in Cornwall, UK

Metal working exploration with Mary Hettmansperger in the UKWhat: Metal Working Exploration

When: 25th - 29th August 2015

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

In this five day course with American mixed media artist Mary Hettmansperger, students will explore a variety of metal working techniques. This will be particularly interesting to anyone doing the metal clay masters registry.

The class will cover a wide range of skills and techniques including:-

  • cold connections
  • alternative surfaces
  • metal weaving
  • incorporating found objects
  • non-soldering connection techniques
  • embossing
  • patinas
  • torch fire enamel on copper
  • tab bezels
  • hinged locket making

Cost includes all materials. £100 deposit and easy payment plan available. Early booking discount until 31st December 2014.

27th August

A new jewelry making tutorial was added.

Wrapped leather braceletWrapped Leather Bracelets

Great tutorial from Rings and Things showing how to make a wrapped leather bracelet with beads included.



26th August

A new jewelry making video tutorial was added.

Beach Glass

Mark Nelson from Rio Grande teaches you how to tumble your own homemade beach glass and then how to safely drill it for use in jewelry projects.


25th August

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24th August

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Tribal BeadsTribal Polymer Clay Beads

Olga Sypkova from Kemerovo, Russia plays rough with her African Ethnic beads. What starts out as cane slices simply applied to clay bases becomes much more interesting once she draws a few lines with circles, scrapes some lines and scratches the surface with sandpaper. A coat of light acrylic paint accentuates the marks. The rough treatmentt gives an ordinary polymer bead a tribal look with a mysterious past.

23rd August

A new glass making class provider was added.

Yellow Dog Glass - Wrington, Bristol

One and two day glass workshops including making glass jewellery, glass panels and bowls.

22nd August

A new supplier of stamps for metal clay was added.

Tonja's Treasures - Stamps and More

Etsy shop selling a range of unique clear stamps which you are free to use in your metal clay or polymer clay work.

21st August

A new jewelry making tutorial was added.

Felt beadsFelt Beads

Felt beads are easy and very inexpensive to make - you only need a few grams of merino wool top and some soapy water. Combined with glass, metal or ceramic beads, they make beautiful jewellery and they can be made into decorations, zip pulls, hair pins, charms for phones and purses – the list is endless!


20th August

A UK supplier for Argentium sheet and wire was added.

Allied Gold - UK

This UK supplier carries a range of ready made jewellery but also supplies Argentium sheet and wire.

19th August

A new beading tutorial was added.

Right angle bead weavingRight Angle Bead Weaving

This tutorial shows you how to create jewellery using a right angle bead weaving technique.



18th August

A new polymer clay tutorial was added.

Polymer clay heartsScrap Polymer Clay Ideas

This blog post is based on sound design principles and uses scrap clay to produce colourful hearts. The technique could easily be applied to polymer for inlay into fired metal clay pieces.




17th August

A new UK tool supplier was added.

Expo Tools

UK tool supplier. They supply tools for the model market so they are often small and precise, ideal for working with metal clay.

16th August

An update was made to a metal clay artist listing.

Vicky Hallmark

As an avid gardener and birdwatcher, Vickie Hallmark draws inspiration for her jewelry from the fauna and flora that gather around the stock tank pond in her central Texas garden. Each bird, leaf and flower is hand-sculpted in silver or gold clay with the individuality that nature imparts, with details interpreted through an artistic eye. 

15th August

A new mould supplier was added.

The Whimsical Bead - Australia

Australian supplier of polymer clay. Whilst polymer clay is their passion, you are sure to find something that suits the medium you work in - metal clay, resin, beading, mixed media - they've got a range of products to suit. Good selection of moulds, findings, tools, wire and cord, CZ's, inks, paints, foils and glitters.

14th August

A new creativity resource was added.

12 Most Inspired Online Resources to Spark Creativity

Great list of places online to go if you are seeking creative inspiration. Think outside the box when exploring these resources - inspiration can come from the most unusual places!

13th August

A new video tutorial about adding colour to metal clay was added.

Enamel Illusions - Cindy Silas

This Craftcast class from Cindy Silas shows you step by step the Enamel Illusions technique that closely imitates transparent, vitreous enamel.

You'll learn a no-kiln method that will add a genuine sparkle and vibrant color to your silver. Cindy will show you which products work, which don't, and why.

Enamel Illusions

12th August

A new metal clay DVD was added.

Metal Clay and the Silhouette Cameo

The Silhouette electronic cutting machines aren't just for crafters anymore! The first video of its kind covers all the basics of working in Studio software as well as etching and cutting designs on dry metal clay slabs. These basics provide a springboard for creating beautiful metal jewelry and art. Any beginner to either Silhouette's electronic cutting machines or metal clay can be successful with this comprehensive video guide.

11th August

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

Swirl caneMagic Swirl Cane

This free CraftArtEdu video shows the technique to make a swirl cane to decorate polymer clay creations.



10th August

A new metal clay related competition was added.

Saul Bell Design Award

Entries are now invited for the 2015 Saul Bell Design Award. Closing date for first round entries is 3rd October 2014.

For more than a decade, SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD competition has recognized jewelry designers from all over the world for distinction in jewelry design. We invite you to challenge yourself, stretch your boundaries and push your most innovative ideas into the spotlight.

The EMERGING JEWELRY ARTIST competition celebrates the fresh ideas, creative spark and unbridled energy of young, aspiring students, 18 years of age and younger. There are no limitations on media, as long as the finished piece is wearable jewelry adornment.

Presented by Rio Grande.

9th August

A new jewellery making business resource was added.

Pitch a Story Idea to a Journalist

Pitching is a key PR skill for small businesses. Janet Murray offers her tips on how to make your story idea stand out in this article from The Guardian.

8th August

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

bangleBangle Forms using Scrap Polymer Clay

This free video from CraftArtEdu shows you how to use scrap polymer clay to make bangle forms which you can then embellish with canes or other materials.


7th August

A new resource for teaching metal clay was added.

How to be an Effective PMC Workshop Tutor

This PDF from the PMC Guild archives gives some useful tips and hints of preparing and delivering effective metal clay workshops.

6th August

A new Art Clay training provider was added.

The Skiving Scholar - Kent

Art clay and metal clay introductory one day or other short project based courses.

5th August

A jewellery design resource was added.

The Basics of Design - Michael David Sturlin

Useful article from Michael at the Revere Academy website about designing for jewelry.

4th August

A new resource for teaching metal clay was added.

Devising PMC Teaching Curriculum

This useful PDF document from the PMC Guild archives gives teachers a guide to setting up PMC training.

3rd August

A new advanced metal clay video tutorial was added.

Create Steampunk Gears and Embellishments Using Metal Clay

Designer-artist and jewelry-making product developer Lisa Pavelka shows you how to create fine silver Steampunk-style components using metal clay and her silicone texture plate stamps. Watch and learn how to fire custom metal clay components and finish them to a shine. Lisa also shows you some of the designs that are possible using your original components. 


2nd August

A new supplier of metal clay moulds was added.

Blossom Sugar Art

UK supplier of sugarcraft items including some great moulds, cutters and tools. They also have some tutorials.

1st August

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

PansiesPolymer Clay Pansies

Lovely polymer clay tutorial and these pansies could be made into all kinds of jewellery items. The process could also be used with metal clay to make pansies.




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