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

September

Another new silver clay was added.

Mitsubishi Materials announced its newest addition to their product line - OneFire Sterling PMC. No more mixing PMC3 and PMC Sterling to get the advantage of superior strength and beautiful finish in a clay you can legally mark “Sterling”. Firing is as simple as putting it in a cold kiln - no carbon and no ramp holds - and ramping at full speed to 1600-1650ºF and hold for one hour

OneFire PMC Sterling Information

PMC OneFire Sterling is a complimentary product to PMC Flex created using the same unique binder which allows a much longer working time compared to any other type of metal clay. Once fired in a kiln, the silver feels very much like traditional wrought or cast sterling silver. It consists of pure silver, binder, water and 4% copper. This means it easily meets minimum UK hallmarking standards for sterling silver (.925) once fired.

A new jewellery photography resource was added.

Using Flags to Control Reflections in the Studio

In this video, you'll get a first hand look at how flags work. Flags are simple dark or light pieces of cardboard or plastic that are used to control the reflections on shiny objects. I'll be photographing some custom jewelry to showcase how your photos can be improved by the use of flags.

 

A new inspirational resource was added.

Smithsonian Digitizes & Lets You Download 40,000 Works of Asian and American Art

Check this out for inspiration!

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Bezel makingBezel Making - Ganoksin

Joints that fit well make soldering a snap. The next time you need to solder or fuse a bezel, try using a separating disc, which has even abrasive sides, to slice through the bezel stock first. This quick procedure minimizes gaps and ensures a perfect connection.

A new business resource was added.

Pricing Your Jewellery for Profit - Jewellery School Online

Learn all about pricing effectively for your Jewellery business with Founder of the London Jewellery School and Jewellery Business expert Jessica Rose. This video lesson shows you how to use Jessica's simple spreadsheet to work our your pricing and learn the difference between wholesale price, retail price and cost price for your handmade jewellery.

A new metal clay hollow forms tutorial was added.

Beads from buttonsBeads from Buttons - French and English

This tutorial (in two parts) will show you how to make beads from buttons and believe me, you will make really neat beads.

Ce petit cours (en deux parties) vous expliquera comment fabriquer des perles à partir de boutons et, croyez moi, vous aurez de belles perles originales. Part two of this tutorial is here.

A new metal clay group was added.

Greater Boston Metal Clay Chapter - MA

The link is a Facebook page. The Greater Boston Metal Clay Chapter is a group of metal clay artisans of all skill levels gathering monthly to share new techniques, discuss metal clay products, share ideas, and most importantly have some fun! We meet at All Saint's Episcopal Church, 79 Central Street, Stoneham, MA. During chapter meetings a new technique will be demonstrated, we will share new ideas and tips, and discuss current projects. Meetings are generally the 4th Sunday of each month from 1:00 to 5:00.

A new business resource was added.

Copying other artist's workCopy-Cats

Useful article from Creative Fire about copying other artist's work.

“No one likes a copycat”….in fact I’d rather the word was stronger when it comes to artists stealing ideas from artists. Will you stop seeing derivatives of artists’ work? “If you copy someone’s else, that is a derivative work. It doesn’t belong in a gallery or showcase and it should not be published anywhere—this includes your website and all social media.” -Sean McCabe (quote from video). Click the link above to read more.

 

A new cutter supplier was added.

Sugarshack

UK supplier of a wide range of cutters.

New soldering videos were added.

Soldering Earring Posts - Cool Tools

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create this "How to" video. In this basic soldering video, learn how to solder an earring post to create an earring with textured metal. 

 

Soldering - Joining Textured Metal - Cool Tools

Terri McCarthy, local artist, instructor and metalsmith from Grafton, WI visited Cool Tools to create these "How to" videos. Terri demonstrates a technique using white-out to keep solder exactly where you want it, eliminating solder in unwanted areas. 

 

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

The Flexible Shaft Machine

Useful article about the flexible shaft machine by Andy Cooperman.

 

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