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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

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

31st July

A new metal clay cutter supplier was added.

Windsor Craft Ltd

Sugarcraft and cake making supplier with a wide range of moulds and cutters plus other tools perfect for working with metal clay.

30th July

A new chain making tutorial was added.

Pind ChainmaillePind Chainmail - The Bead Man

Try this project using 14 gauge jump rings or create a more delicate chain using 18 or 20 ga. The project as shown uses (80) 14ga 5.0mm ID Jump rings. Mixing metals is also an interesting way to highlight this project.

 

 

 

29th July

A new Art Clay Certification training provider was added.

Gardym Creative - Belgium

Art Clay beginners, advanced and Level 1 and 2 Certification classes.

28th July

A new supplier of the weird and wonderful was added.

A Mark in Time

US site with lots of interesting and unusual things to use in your art work including found objects, patina items, the rivetting system from Metal Clay Findings and much more. NOTE: they don't ship outside the US.

27th July

A new silver working training provider was added.

Snow Farm - Williamsburg, MA

Craft school offering residential classes in a wide range of craft subjects including ceramics, glass, silver work, metal clay and more.

26th July

A new UK tool supplier was added.

Toolbug

UK supplier with a wide range of tools including useful tools for crafts and metal clay.

25th July

A new UK bead supplier was added.

Bojangle Beads - Leicestershire

UK supplier of beads for jewellery making, beads for crafting and various bead work such as bead weaving, Kumihimo braiding supplies, Soutache jewellery supplies, Preciosa glass beads, Toho and Miyuki seed beads and jewellery making tools from The Beadsmith. They stock a wide range of jewellery findings including silver plated findings, jewellery clasps, earring hooks and much more. They also run classes.

24th July

A new artist selling her work was added.

Art by Wanaree

Check out the work of Wanaree Tanner on her website. This site also lists the classes she's teaching.

23rd July

A new silver work training provider was added.

Jewelry Academy of Austin/ Creative Side - Austin, TX

Creative Side is a multifaceted jewelry Headquarters in Central Texas. Offering over 40 classes every semester to beginners and advanced students. Private classes are easy to book and are catered to the individual or groups needs.

22nd July

A new stamp supplier was added.

Hamesh Avanim - Germany

German stamp supplier selling from her Etsy shop or from her website here.

21st July

A new beginners metal clay tutorial was added.

Syringe Tutorial

Great tips and tricks from Kris Kramer about using the syringe. This is page one of three syringe tutorials, use the arrow buttons on the page to see the other tutorials.

20th July

A new business website resource was added.

TuriTop

Easy online booking system for classes and events. Free version as well as a couple of paid options with more functionality.

19th July

A new video tutorial was added.

Scratch-Foam® Textures with a Silhouette Cameo®

Wanaree Tanner demonstrates how to use the Silhouette Cameo® electronic cutting machine to create low and high relief textures in soft sided styrofoam printing board (also known as Scratch-Foam®). Also covers how to import JPGs into the design program and convert them into cutting paths.

 

18th July

A new bronze clay supplier and copper clay supplier was added.

Goldie Clay Canada - Canada

Official distributor of Goldie brand clays in Canada. These are the metals available at the moment: Goldie Hard™. Goldie Soft™, Goldie Roman Bronze™, Goldie de la Rosa Bronze™, Goldie Snow Bronze™, Goldie Copper™.

17th July

A new video tutorial was added.

Screening enamels to improve clarity with Pam East

This instructional video is an excerpt from Pam East's "Enameling on Silver Clay" DVD. It will show you how to use enamel screens to remove fines, which can cause enamels to become cloudy. Screening improves the clarity of your enamels. The video shows two different methods for different types of projects. 

 

16th July

A new video tutorial was added.

Transferring Scratchfoam Textures with Wanaree Tanner

Wanaree Tanner demonstrates how she gets clean and clear impressions out of her Scratch-Foam texture plates.

15th July

A new metal clay event was added.

Midsummer's Dream Metal Clay Retreat 2015

When: 23rd - 28th June 2015

Where: Craftworx, Bishop Burton, Yorkshire

  • 2 days master classes by Tracey Spurgin
  • 2 days master classes by Holly Gage
  • Welcome reception, gourmet lunches on all class days
  • 2 evening meals
  • Excursion

Early Bird price is £895 if paid in full by 31st October 2014 (payment plans available). After that, the price will be £945. We are taking bookings now. Email Steve Spurgin at orders@craftworx.co.uk to reserve your place for a small holding deposit of £95.

14th July

A new metal clay event was added.

Mexican Fire Opal Metal Clay Retreat

Holly GageWhat: Metal Clay Retreat with Holly Gage

When: 20th - 25th February 2015

Where: Tequisquiapan, Central Mexico

Holly Gage, master instructor with her husband and gourmet chef Chris, have teamed up with talented Metal Clay artist and host Monica Weber-Butler to bring to you a fantastic retreat centered around the beauty of opals and gems. The backdrop to the retreat will be Tequisquiapan, a charming colonial town located in the heart of central Mexico. Cobblestone streets and bougainvillea clad walls add charm and character to the place. Organised around a central plaza whose arched corridors, small boutiques, galleries and restaurants are overlooked by an impressive 16th century church, the town has roots in a long tradition of local craft-making, including talabera pottery, embroidery, basketweaving and hand-made furniture. Part of Mexico’s wine route, the town hosts the annual Feria Nacional del Queso y el Vino.

Two classes will run:

  • Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting with Holly Gage
  • Pivotal Moments Opal Pendant with Holly Gage

13th July

A new metal clay event was added.

Anna Mazon in France

Herbarium pendant Anna MazonWhat: Pendentif Herbarium

When: 25th - 26th October 2014

Where: l'hôtel Belvédère de Cannes-Mougins

Une formation aux pâtes de bronze et de cuivre dispensée par la talentueuse et adorable Anna Mazon.

 

Prix du stage 315 euros (à confirmer).

Le prix comprend : 

La formation dispensée sur 2 jours par Anna Mazon
La pension complète (obligatoire) depuis le repas du samedi 25 octobre midi jusqu'au repas du dimanche midi.
L'hébergement en chambre individuelle (une réduction de 30 euros par personne est appliquée si vous réservez à 2 en chambre double).
La salle de cours
Les 2 pauses café quotidiennes
Les cuissons des pièces réalisées en stage

12th July

The latest issue of Metal Clay Artist Magazine is now on sale

MCAM V5 I3

In this issue:-

  • Behind the Scenes - A "short notice" cover story by Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
  • CJS Sales in New York City: A Designers Quarry by Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
  • Editors Letter
  • Fashionably Late by Donna Greenberg
  • New Beginnings by Joy Funnell
  • The Brave New World of Metal Clay by Jennifer Roberts
  • Book Reviews by Pat Evans
    • Behind the Brooch by Lorena Angulo
    • Patina: 300+ Coloration Effect for Jewelers and Metalsmiths by Matthew Runfola
    • The Jewelry Makers Design Book by Deryn Mentock
  • Artist Profile by Julia Rai - Lorena Angulo
  • Gallery
  • Studio Showcase
  • Product Showcase with Pat Evans
  • Ask the Expert with Bill Struve
  • Competition News
  • Motivating Moment - Inspired to Make Hollow Forms
  • Projects
    • Easy Enamel Earrings by Pam East
    • Vine Keepsake Pendant by Janet Alexander
    • Shimmering Sunshine Ring by Joy Funnell
    • Peek-a-Boo Pendant by Paula Beckett

11th July

Metal Clay Mojo Retreat 2015

When: 18th - 19th August 2015 (pre-conference workshops), 20th - 23rd August 2015 (Conference), 24th - 25th August 2015 (post-conference workshops)

Where: Guest House Retreat Center, CT, USA

Booking is now open for this conference. Presenters include Anna Mazon, Barbara Becker Simon, Terry Kovalcik, Donna Penoyer, Noortje Mejeirink, Kim Paige, Michelle Loon, Suzanne McNenly and Robert Dancik.

Early booking discount available.

Conference fees include the following: ​     

Overnight accommodations for 3 nights     
All meals, from lunch on Thursday to lunch on Sunday     
All presentations, open studios and evening activities (materials fees may apply in open studios)     
Mojo Lounge beer, wine and cheese nightly​     
Door prizes and other goodies we have in the works​

Per Person:-

  • Double occupancy:  $775
  • Single occupancy:  $895 Per Person
  • Commuter rate:      $595 (includes all meals)

10th July

An update was made to a supplier page.

Shutterstock Images

Shutterstock is the largest subscription-based stock photo agency in the world. No royalties. Get a discount code for images here.

9th July

An update was made to a metal clay event

Metal Clay by the Bay

What: Metal Clay by the Bay Conference

When: 5th-8th September 2014

Where: San Diego, California, USA

Amazing artists/instructors, hands on classes, conference activities, post conference classes in a beautiful setting on the waters of Mission Bay.

Metal Clay by the Bay 2014 in San Diego, September 5-8, 2014, has a terrific discount running right now....don't wait, register today, attend an amazing hands on conference and classes and get this discount! Join us for another great conference and put your feet in the sand of Mission Bay...

NEW REGISTRANTS!:
Get 50g of PMC3 FREE! 
when you register for the ENTIRE Conference (must purchase a 1-day and a 2-day class)

8th July

A new US stone and gem supplier was added.

Sustainable Stones

Mankind’s never ending search for exotic material has often lead to irreversible damage to the planet. Mountains are being striped mined for veins suitable for slabs and raw materials are being shipped around the world wherever cheap labor can be found for template production. To offer an alternative, all the stones at Sustainable Stones are individually collected from glacial till deposits in West Central Illinois with extreme sensitivity toward the eco-system. Each stone is hand-cut and polished by artists Steve Tieken and Wanaree Tanner. 

7th July

A new UK stone and gem supplier was added.

Ward Gemstones

A E. Ward and Son Ltd (Ward Gemstones) was established 70 years ago in London, and has become the foremost name in the British gemstone industry, offering an efficient and reliable service for the supply and cutting of all gemstone and associated materials.

6th July

A new bronze clay supplier was added.

Nobel Clay - Poland

Manufacturer and supplier of bronze clay, powder and syringe, copper clay, powder and syringe, silver clay, powder and syringe, carbon and patina.

Metal Clay Shop - Poland

Supplier of bronze, copper and silver Nobel Clay brand, textures etc.

5th July

A call for submissions was added.

Crafthaus - call for images

Tales from the Tool Box: Contemporary Narrative Jewellery and Silversmithing

This is a call for Jewellers and Silversmiths to send an image of work/s for consideration to be featured in an on-line crafthaus exhibition that aims to show the best of contemporary narrative work.

Information Required:
- clearly labelled photos to match the photo information (in other words, if you send  5 images for consideration , I will need to know which image is which from the descriptions) may I suggest that you use your name follow by a number  i.e mark-fenn-001.jpg this also helps search engines find your work 
- title of work
- year made
- captions (material, measurements)
- a short descriptive text from you about the work and its narrative, 3-4 sentences suffice this is very important
- photo credits (name of photographer)
- website address

Deadline

- Deadline to email images to mark@markfenn.co.uk  with Subject Title Narrative : September 1, 2014
- Online exhibition date: October 24th - November 24th, 2014
- no entry fee
- The online exhibition is public and will remain on the website even after the exhibition is over. 
- Crafthaus is used extensively for online research by major US craft organizations and publications. This means great visibility for the makers from outside of the US/ Canadian craft world and internationally.
- Crafthaus membership is NOT required to participate in an online exhibition.

4th July

A new potential metal clay event was added.

Clay Conference Proposed

When: 9th - 11th July 2015

Where: South Point Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

This was posted in the Metal Clay Yahoo Group by Jackie Truty on 26th June 2014. "The conference will be a mixed media of Metal Clay, Polymer clay, beads and wire. All things that go together nicely!! Even better, each of you is going to have a say in what the event will be called! Las Vegas Management is going to have a contest to name the event, with a great Grand Prize!! They want all of us invested in this event. Any of you who have every been at Glass Craft Expo knows it's a class event, with great organization, great classes, great exhibits and vendors and a fabulous venue!! Because it's Vegas, luxurious hotel rooms will be $59 per night during the week and only slightly higher on the weekend. The Conference will be after Bead and Button and before Pasadena Bead and Design Show and Bead Fest.

The hotel has 10 restaurants, 14 movie theaters, bowling alleys, a showroom with great acts, and is a $1 bus ride away from the Strip. There are terrific things to see in Vegas and the surrounding area if you don't do the Strip Crawl. I'm so excited about this, and hope you will plan to attend and spread the word!! How well this first event works will determine if it's repeated. And you all know that we NEED a metal clay event on a large scale. Be on the lookout for that Contest to Name the Event!!"

3rd July

A new resource for teachers and students was added.

6 Fantastic Ways to Get the Most out of your Classroom Experience - Tonya Davidson

Tonya outlines some ways you can get even more out of classes you take with some great tips.

2nd July

A new inspiration resource was added.

Design Seeds

Great colour resource allowing you to see what colours work together or challenge your existing colour choices. Fun too!

1st July

A new tutorial for using resin was added.

Tropical pendantTropical Pendant - Resin8

In this advanced level project learn how to make a double sided resin pendant.

 

 

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