What's New in Metal Clay?

This page provides you with a quick idea of what’s new in metal clay and 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.

Metal clay is a constantly evolving medium so keeping up with what’s new in metal clay is quite a task! If you know of something new or you are working on something that you’d like us to promote, contact us so we make sure our visitors are always aware of what’s new in metal clay.

January 2020

Separation Enamel – Cool Tools

In this video, Karen gives step by step instruction on how to use Separation Enamel for a marbleized look. She cuts cabochon shapes from Cyprus™ Copper Clay and lets them dry using a drying form. Once the clay is fired, she enamels on the cabochon, using both Thompson Enamels and Separation Enamel to create a gemstone look.

 

Perfect Patina with Pam East: Liver of Sulfur Tips and Tricks

Learn how to get a perfect patina in this 25 minute video from Pam East. She’ll show you all the tips and tricks! Pam also covers the topic of sealants on silver.

Swellegant to Get Rusty – Cool Tools

In this video, Christi demonstrates how to give an iron coated polymer clay piece a rusty look using the Swellegant product line. This technique can be used on both metal coated polymer clay and real metal.

 

Silk Screening Mica Powder on Enamel – Cool Tools

Jan Harrell is an Enamelist, Metalsmith, Sculptor and Instructor at the Glassell School of Art in Houston. In this video, Jan mixes Mica Powder and Liquitex to apply silk screened patterns to her enameled creations. This technique has endless possibilities!

Accent Gold for Silver – MetalClays

A very short demonstration of the use of Accent Gold for Silver with metal clays specifically PMC silver and Art Clay silver.

Using Accent Gold for Silver™  – Cool Tools

In this video, Karen shows how to apply and torch fire Accent Gold for Silver™ to fired fine silver metal clay. This technique requires a minimal amount of tools and even time. It’s the perfect technique for bringing the perfect “pop” to your pieces.

Home Made Silver Clay Video

 

JJ Singh – Great Falls, Virginia

Metal clay classes for all levels at the Great Falls School of Art in Virginia.

Jewellery Business Bootcamp – Online Course

Are you serious about making jewelry your business? Then the Jewellers Academy Business Bootcamp is for you!
The Jewellers Academy Jewellery Business Bootcamp starts on 24th January 2020. Every Friday you will have access to resources to watch, workbooks to download and exercises for you to do – all online. These can all be done in your own time when it is convenient for you.

The Bootcamp course, which also includes Jewellers Academy membership for a year, is £424 if you use the link above.

The Bootcamp covers:
Week 1: Planning for Success
Week 2: Branding and Photography
Week 3: Developing your Signature Style
Week 4: Skyrocket you Sales with Online Marketing
Week 5: Websites that Sell
Week 6: Implementation week (where you’ll have time to catch up on anything you need to)
Week 7: Mastering your Money and Business
Week 8: Planning for a Profitable Future

Not only do you get access to this 8-week course worth £977 but you also get a year of Jewellers Academy membership included. That means that you get all of the online jewelry making and business courses, a monthly jewellers masterclass, a private Facebook group and monthly Q&A.

The cost of the Bootcamp and one year of Jewellers Academy membership is £424 but don’t wait! This offer closes on 24th January and when it re-open for new members the price will have increased so take advantage of this opportunity now.

Metal Clay Artists Symposium

What: Conference

Where: Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

When: August 27-30 2020

Registration is now open for this event. Presenting artists include:

  • Robert Lopez, Featured Artist
  • Lisel Crowley
  • Pam East
  • Holly Gage
  • Alex Kraft
  • Michael Marx
  • Donna Penoyer
  • Cynthia Pope
  • Lyle Rayfield
  • Eva Sherman
  • Carrie Story
  • Gail Stouffer
  • Karen Trexler

North Sky Jewellery – Wilton, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Claire is a Wiltshire based jewellery designer, maker and teacher, who has completed the accredited art Clay Level 1 and 2 and is currently designing her pieces for Level 3. Claire teaches full and half day courses in Silver Clay across Wiltshire and Dorset. The class sizes are kept small to ensure each students gets plenty of time to ask questions. Claire is excited to be teaching evening term time classes in Salisbury starting in January 2020. Classes are suitable for beginners and those wishing to expand their knowledge.

Claire is currently Teaching an introduction to Silver Clay full and half day classes at Walford Mill in Wimborne and Wilton Shopping Village in Salisbury.  She will soon be teaching term time evening classes (12 weeks) in Silver Clay Techniques at Rebecca Jackson Jewellery in Salisbury. Contact Claire through her Instagram here, Facebook here or email her.

SINTER – The AMCAW Conference

Sinter ConferenceWhat: Pre- and post-conference workshops and a conference

When: May 12-18, 2021

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

AMCAW is proud to present SINTER℠, a global celebration designed to engage, inspire and energize the international metal clay community.

At SINTER℠: The AMCAW Conference, a ground-breaking slate of workshops, presentations and activities will be presented. They will be designed to engage, inspire and energize the international metal clay community. The goal is to offer the best of what’s new, inventive and relevant to artisans of all levels.

Have you developed an innovative style or technique? Are you using forward-thinking strategies to market and sell your work? Do you value experimentation in your use of materials, tools and skills? Then AMCAW is interested in you! Apply to teach at the conference now, the deadline for submissions is 21st February 2020.

  • Conference program and workshop options will be published in April 2020
  • Registration open to AMCAW members for both the conference and workshops in May 2020 – Act early to save and get your top picks!
  • $395 per person early bird conference registration for AMCAW members, includes the full conference experience and most meals
  • $395 per person workshop registration for AMCAW members, includes two-day workshop and most meals

Camp PMC Certification

In 2019, Camp PMC Certification was established in the USASawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem, NC is the headquarters for the Camp PMC Certification Program. It is supported by Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation – the manufacturer of PMC, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.

After completing the core class, Camp PMC Course 101, students can choose to advance their metal clay skills in artisan classes, become a PMC Instructor, or both! Students completing Camp PMC Course 101 will receive a 8% discount on PMC clays at Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.

Artisan classes include specialty techniques such as glass incorporation, enameling on metal clay, stone setting, and much more! Artisan courses are currently in development and will be announced soon.

Instructor classes include two levels, PMC Instructor and PMC Principal Instructor. PMC Instructors will be eligible to teach Camp PMC Course 101. PMC Principal Instructors will be eligible to teach PMC Instructor Course 201. Students completing PMC Instructor Course 201 will receive a 10% discount on PMC clays at Clay Revolution and Rio Grande Jewelry Supply.

Argentium Silver Clay Interview: Kim Booklass & Peter Johns

Aussie Metal Clay is proud to present the much anticipated interview with Master Silversmith Peter Johns, the inventor of Argentium Silver and Kim Booklass, Argentium Silver Clay Metal Clay Innovator.

Argentium Silver Clay

Aussie Metal Clay launched Argentium Silver Clay in October 2019. This is a significant innovation in the metal clay world and gives us another wonderful clay to work with.

Aussie Metal Clay

Comes in fine silver and 960 silver varieties. There is also an Aussie Metal Clay Argentium Silver clay.

Aussie Metal Clay – Australia

Aussie Metal Clay – Cooltools, USA

Aussie Metal Clay – Metalclays, USA

Aussie Metal Clay – Aves Design, USA

Aussie Metal Clay – A Cat Jewellery, UK

Argentarium – Moscow, Russia

This training school has classes and courses teaching PMC brand clay and they cover multiple techniques. They also teach ceramics and mixed media techniques. Classes are conducted in Russian, English and Spanish.

Terry Kovalcik in the UK 2020

Little Ditty Pod with Terry Kovalcik

Little Ditty Pod by Terry KovalcikWhat: Advanced Metal Clay Master Class

Where: CSACJ, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

When: 26th-29th May 2020

This is a four day advanced level metal clay master class with American artist and teacher Terry Kovalcik. 50g of PMC Sterling Flex clay is included in the price. Pay a £100 non-refundable deposit and then pay by regular instalments to clear the balance by the end of March 2020.

PMC Insider

This website is dedicated to learning everything about PMC products—Precious Metal Clay®—with instruction on how to use them effectively.

Anna Mazon in the UK 2020

Fantasy Eye Pendant with Anna Mazon

Fantasy Eye Pendant Class with Anna MazonWhat: All Level Master Class

Where: CSACJ, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

When: 27th-29th August 2020

This is a three day metal clay workshop in which you will make a Fantasy Eye Pendant with Polish metal clay artist and tutor Anna Mazon. 30g Art Clay Silver is included in the price. You can save money by booking this class together with the Miniature Teddy Bear class with Anna which runs on Sunday 30th August 2020. Booking the bundle also allows you to secure your place with a £50 deposit and pay by instalments. Click here to book the Anna Mazon workshop bundle at a reduction of £51.

Miniature Teddy Bear with Anna Mazon

Metal Clay Miniature Teddy Bear Class with Anna MazonWhat: All Levels Master Class

Where: CSACJ, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

When: 30th August 2020

This is a one day metal clay workshop to make a miniature hollow teddy bear with Polish metal clay artist and tutor Anna Mazon. 10g fine silver metal clay is included in the price of this class. You can save money by booking this class together with the Fantasy Eye Pendant class with Anna which runs from Wednesday 27th August to Saturday 29th August 2020. Booking the bundle also allows you to secure your place with a £50 deposit and pay by instalments. Click here to book the Anna Mazon workshop bundle at a reduction of £51.

Liz Sabol in the UK 2020

Cold-enamel Champleve master class with Liz Sabol

Cold Enamel Champleve Master Class with Liz SabolWhat: Intermediate Metal Clay Master Class

Where: CSACJ, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

When: 19th – 23rd October 2020

or

When: 26th – 30th October 2020 – Sold out

We’re excited to have multi-award winning artist and jeweller Liz Sabol in the UK for the first time to teach a cold-enamel Champleve master class. In this class, Liz is going to share the secrets of designing, making, colouring and finishing cold-enamel champlevé jewellery with a lucky group of students. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn some fantastic techniques with a true master. Instalment payments are available for this class. Pay a £100 non-refundable deposit and then pay by regular instalments to clear the balance by the end of August 2020. This is a five day class. The price includes all materials, including 50g Art Clay 950. You may want to bring more metal clay as specified below in case you want to go big!

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