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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

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

24th April

A new US bead supplier was added.

Kandu Beads - Wallingford, CT

US supplier who specialize in natural crystal beads used by jewelry designers, holistic healers for chakra alignment, and crystal therapy and for craft projects. They have Gemstone Nuggets, Druzy Beads,Natural Quartz Crystal Points in a variety of colors in stock every day. They stock agate in big bead slabs and small round beads. If you like Big Beads, that's their thing! They have the latest styles of chic findings and pendants. Their newest product offerings are Natural Leather Cord and Colored Copper Wire. 

23rd April

A new UK bead supplier was added.

J B Crafting Supplies

UK supplier of craft and jewellery making supplies.

22nd April

New metal clay related events were added.

Deb Karash Master Classes in Cornwall, UK

Deb KarashWhat: Pin Me

When: 14th-16th June 2015

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

Fabricate a fascinating and functional pin/pendant with American artist Deb Karash on this three day master class. This class is especially relevant to anyone undertaking the metal clay Masters Registry as it includes skills necessary for a number of the Registry projects.

Cost includes copper and Sterling silver sheet. £100 deposit and easy payment plan available. Early booking discount until 31st December 2014.

Deb KarashWhat: Drawing on Metal

When: 18th-22nd June 2015

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

Whether you want to add colour to your jewellery or add a little something different to your other creative practice, you will enjoy this five day workshop with American artist Deb Karash. The class will cover the application of coloured pencil to copper along with some jewellery fabrication techniques to put your new skill to use. This class is especially relevant to anyone undertaking the metal clay Masters Registry as it includes skills necessary for a number of the Registry projects.

Cost includes copper and Sterling silver sheet. £100 deposit and easy payment plan available. Early booking discount until 31st December 2014.

21st April

A new silver work training provider was added.

The Precious Metals Workshop - Edinburgh

Based in Edinburgh in the city's best community arts hall, Out of the Blue, they provide educational and resource workshops for jewellers and silversmiths. Bench space and tools for jewellers and silversmiths is availale. The PMW also offers a membership facility on a pay-as-you-go basis for access to the main workshop. With three terms and a Summer School each year, there is a huge range of classes and workshops for everyone.

20th April

A new bronze metal clay tutorial was added.

Hadar Jacobson Cuff BraceletHadar Jacobson - Medallion Cuff Bracelet in Dark Champagne Bronze

Dark Champagne Bronze is a one-fire clay with the color of Quick-fire Bronze. You will need: a leather band and a circular mold to make the medallion. The project focuses on the back part of the medallions. The medallions Hadar used are two of her mokume-gane molds

19th April

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

Pen Plating on Fine Silver - Ann Davis

This addresses one of the most frequently asked questions when people come to classes to goldplate your fine silver. It's easy, and I've even made a PDF file for supplies. It's short and to the point. After all, time is money. If you want to stand out from the crowd, add a little bling to your work. After all who doesn't like painting with gold?? Download a PDF of this process here.

18th April

A new video tutorial for making your own unique textures was added.

Silhouette Cutting Tool - Filling in Fonts

How to use the Sketch tool in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition to fill text for sketching or engraving.


17th April

A new supplier of silver, bronze and copper clay was added.

Ecometalclay - Poland

Supplier of silver, bronze and copper metal clay.

16th April

A supplier of unique textures for metal clay was added.

Metal Designz

US supplier of laser cut texture sheets. These are designed to be used in rolling mills but would be great on metal clay too. You can also have your own custom designs printed. This supplier also sells jump rings for chain maille, beads and PMC.

15th April

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Collar style necklace and earringsCollar Style Necklace and Earrings Set

This pretty set is made with Swarovski ELEMENTS and seed beads by Maura Buckner, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®




14th April

A new copper clay tutorial was added.

Hadar JacobsonHadar Jacobson - Mokume Gane with Silver and Friendly Copper

Another great tutorial from Hadar with minimal waste of silver.




13th April

A new Art Clay Certification training provider was added.

Art on the Veranda - McKinney, TX

Offering classes in Metal Clay from beginner to Certifications with Art Clay, Introduction to Basic Jewelry.

12th April

A new Art Clay training provider was added.

Kreativ Und So - Germany

Art clay tasters, beginners and more advanced classes, bronze clay classes and copper clay classes.

11th April

A new stone and gem supplier was added.

Ankur Gems - India

Wholesale supplier of a wide range of gemstones from rough to polished, wands, pendants and carved items.

10th April

A new bead supplier was added.

Gemstone Clasps - Lithuania

This company sell a really clever gemstone clasp which will tone with your beaded designs. They have a wide range of colours and offer wholesale pricing.

9th April

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Round polymer clay beadsPolymer Clay Beads

This great tutorial shows you how to make perfectly round polymer clay beads. It's in Russian but has very good images so it's easy to follow.


8th April

A new bead making site was added.

Bead Patterns

This site has lots of bead and jewellery making patterns to buy. Some things are free.

7th April

A new metal clay event was added.

Michael Marx in Wiltshire, UK

Fish by Michael MarxWhat: Kinetic Sea Creatures - The Undersea World of Michael J. Marx

When: 6th - 7th September 2014

Where: Snowdrop Design Studio, Corsham, Wiltshire

Join Michael and explore his undersea world of kinetic sea creatures. This is an advanced skills master class which will teach you how to create your own moving sea creature.  You will design your own sea creature using the wet and dry method of construction, adding various textures and embellishments.

6th April

A new steel metal clay was introduced.

In March 2014, Meteor Clay introduced a new Premium Steel Clay with a one step firing schedule.

5th April

A new PMC training provider was added.

PMC Workshops - Stockport, Cheshire

PMC beginners and Certification training. Accredited PMC Studio Training Centre.

4th April

A new metal clay forum was added.

Meteor Clay Forum - French

This forum, primarily in French, is very active. You can ask your questions in German, English and Italian as well as in French. Set up by Meteor Clay.

3rd April

The latest issue of Metal Clay Artist Magazine is available to buy.


Volume 5 Issue 2 is the current issue

In this issue:-

  • The Experiment - White Copper Clay Testing by Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
  • Rock Lust - Stone Cutting in a Nutshell by Ann Robinson Davis
  • Editors Letter
  • In the Studio - Who the Heck Knows? by Barbara Becker Simon
  • Studio Insights - Developing the Discerning Eye by Michael David Sturlin
  • Book Reviews by Pat Evans
    • Enameling Made Easy by Anat Silvera
    • Jewelry Maker's Field Guide by Helen I Diggs
    • The Art of Soldering for Jewelry Makers by Wing Mun Devenney
  • Artist Profile by Julia Rai - Helga van Leipsig
  • Gallery
  • Studio Showcase
  • Product Showcase with Pat Evans
  • Motivatiing Moment - Inspired by Kitchenalia Contest
  • Projects
    • Sterling Changeable Pendant by Janet Alexander
    • Copper and Silver Horse Pendant by Michela Verani
    • Sea Anemone Ring by Aga Sobel
    • Gemstone Bead Earrings by Izabela Safin

2nd April

A new jewellery making tutorial was added.

Polymer clay mokume ganeMokume Gane Pendant with Polymer Clay

Make a sophisticated statement with this exquisite pendant. High contrast colors are the key to the success of this technique.

1st April

A new downloadable metal clay bronze, copper and steel clay tutorial was added.

Mokume gane Mokume Gane without an Extruder - Hadar Jacobson

The three clays which create the pattern of colors are Friendly Bronze, Friendly Copper, and Pearl Grey SteelXT. Most of the mokume-gane techniques in metal clay are done with an extruder. Here is a beginners’ project for mokume-gane which does not require an extruder. It is a downloadable PDF called “Twist and Slice.”


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