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

November What's New Archive - you can see everything that was added during November 2013 here.

31st December

A new wirework tutorial was added.

Forged vineForging a Wired Vine

Forging a Wired Vine is a wonderful way to incorporate an intricate metal piece that was inspired by nature. Use this jewelry making technique for necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings!


30th December

A new tutorial for adding color to metal was added.

Coloring Metal using Image Transfer

Image transfer is just that – transferring an image from the paper it is printed on to a different surface (in this case, metal jewelry components). Image transfers have a vintage, ethereal feel.

29th December

A new advanced metal clay resource was added.

Creating Round Domes

This tip from Sue Urquhart is a simple way of getting round domes when making hollow forms or dimensional pieces. From Metal Clay Guru.

28th December

A new resource for beading was added.

Guide to Beadwork

This site has lots of beading resources, bead forums, bead stores around the world and much more. Great resource for anyone into beading.

27th December

A new source of inspiration was added.

Asian Historical Architecture

This site is a photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage. Here you can view over 17,500 photos of 850 sites in twenty-one countries, with background information and virtual tours. This website is a collection of photos from many different contributors. There is some great inspiration here.

26th December

A new hallmarking resource was added.

Help with Hallmarks App

Crack the Code......easily work out the age of a piece of jewellery or silverware.

The Help with Hallmarks App is available for iPhone/iPad as well as Android devices, and enables users to quickly research and identify the date letter on precious metal jewellery and silverware. The App is easy to use and includes date letters from the eleven key Assay Offices in the UK and Ireland, going back as far as 1544 when the date letter was first introduced as part of the hallmark. Priced at only £9.99, the App also contains useful information relating to hallmarks, and will be an invaluable “on the go” tool for those with an interest in jewellery and silverware, retailers, pawnbrokers, jewellery valuers, assessors and insurers as well as the wider jewellery industry and the general public.

25th December

Christmas Myspace Animated Gifs 

24th December

A new US bead supplier was added.

Good River Gallery

US supplier of hand made lampwork glass beads, jewelry, kits and tutorials.

23rd December

A new jewellery making video tutorial was added.

Champagne Bubbles Bracelet With Snowflake Spacers - Beads Direct

Learn how to make a simple but effective bracelet using Swarovski Elements Pearls and Snowflake Spacer Beads. All you need is some elastic, beads and snowflake spacers and you can make a bracelet in minutes. This project is perfect for beginners, but loved by experienced beaders too!


22nd December

A new downloadable tutorial for adding colour was added.

Lisa Pavelka Metallic LeavesMetallic Leaf Tutorial - Lisa Pavelka

This tutorial shows you how to make a frame using polymer clay and Lisa Pavelka's “Pavelka Peel” technique. This can be adapted for use with metal clay as an inlay.



21st December

A new bead and leather cord supplier was added.

Springfield Leather

US Etsy shop selling leather cord, tools and supplies as well as beads and bead supplies.

20th December

A new metal clay event was added.

Terry Kovalcik in Cornwall, UK

Terry Kovalcik LocketWhat: Hidden Locket Master Class

When: 14th - 17th August 2014 - FULL
When: 22nd - 25th August 2014

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

In this four day advanced level metal clay workshop, we’ll learn how to create Terry's new locket design—a technique that integrate the hinge into the frame of the locket. The friction-style clasp is tucked away into the side of the locket that opens the lid at the top.

The techniques covered are template/ pattern making, dry construction, constructing an integrated hinge, drilling, appliqué, riveting, fabricating with wire (clasp and bail), finishing and patina. Each participant will learn to accurately cut the elements and assemble them to create the final box.



Terry Kovalcik Carved Toggle ClaspWhat: Carving Elements that are Uniquely Yours

When: 19th - 20th August 2014

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

Push your talent in new directions by learning to carve PMC Sterling and long-fire Bronz® metal clay in this two day workshop taught by internationally recognized artist, Terry Kovalcik. Start making stunning elements for your own jewelry creations by creating a unique, personal Sterling toggle or a carved hook clasps that can be the focal point for your next project. Then, learn to carve a core-less hollow form with long-fire Bronz® clay.

Booking for both of these classes opens soon. To register initial interest, email CSACJ.

19th December

A new bronze clay resource was added.

Champagne High Fire Bronze - Hadar Jacobson

In January 2014 Hadar will be releasing a new clay called High-Fire Champagne Bronze. It is a champagne-colored metal which fires at high-fire schedule.

Hadar says, "Do we really need yet another metal clay? I say yes, and here is the reason: those of us who like colorful mixed metal jewelry have been limited so far to combining two metals only: copper and steel (at high-fire schedule) or copper and bronze (at mid-fire schedule). Steel could be added to a copper/bronze combination at mid-fire schedule only in tiny amounts (to create mokume-gane patterns), or it would not sinter. On the other hand, bronze could not be added to copper and steel at all at high-fire schedule, because it would over-fire."

"Champagne Bronze is meant to rectify this situation. Since it is high-fire, it can be added to copper and steel without limiting the amount of steel and with no need to lower the firing temperature."

18th December

A new beading tutorial was added.

Topaz pendantTopaz Sunburst Pendant

This project uses a topaz gem as a centerpiece.  This tutorial from the Domestic Diva site shows how this is done.  She surrounded the gem in seedbeads which you may or may not really follow because it is still up to you on what materials you would want to incorporate in you own design and if you are looking for a piece with a lot of dazzle this pendant would not disappoint you.

17th December

A new beginners metal clay tutorial was added.

Storing Silver Metal Clay - Cindy Pankopf

Get tips on keeping opened metal clay soft and ready to use next time.


16th December

A new beading and wirework video tutorial was added.

Christmas Candle Decoration - Beads Direct

Learn to make your own stunning candle decoration. This design is ideal for decorating your home during festive periods or at any time of the year!


15th December

A new US bead supplier was added.

US Bead Warehouse - Florence, OR

Beads, Silver Copper core beads and findings, Gemstone beads, Wire, Chain, Seed Beads, Silver beads and findings, Gold beads and findings, Tools. NOW FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OF $25 OR MORE ANYWERE IN THE U.S.

14th December

A new metal clay event was added.

Anna Mazon in Vienna, Austria

Anna MazonWhat: Twig Ring

When: 3rd March 2014 and March 7th

Where: Vienna Expressions Studio, Vienna, Austria



Anna MazonWhat: Herbarium Pendant

When: 4th-5th March 2014 and 8th-9th March 2014

Where:Vienna Expressions Studio, Vienna, Austria




Anna Mazon kommt nach Wien! Ich habe Anna bei zwei von ihren Workshops in Holland kennengelernt und war so begeistert von ihrem Können und ihrer sympathischen Art, dass ich sie fragte, ob sie nicht bereit wäre, genau die gleichen Workshops bei mir hier in Wien anzubieten.

Anna ist ein wahrer „Shooting Star“ in der Metal Clay Welt und ihre femininen, aufwändigen Kunstwerke in Silber und Bronze haben bereits viele Preise gewonnen, sowie internationale Aufmerksamkeit auf sich gezogen.

In Wien wird Anna zwei Workshops anbieten, diese jeweils zweimal, um mehr Leuten die Chance zu geben, auch daran teilzunehmen. Der „Twig Ring“ ist ein eintägiger Workshop, wo wir jeweils einen Ring in Goldie Bronze Clay und einen in Art Clay Silber machen werden. Dieser Workshop ist sowohl für Anfänger als auch eher fortgeschrittene SchmuckmacherInnen geeignet.

Beim „Herbarium Pendant“ gestalten wir über zwei Tage einen wunderschönen filigranen Anhänger aus Silber mit Zirkonsteinen sowie einem Halb-Edelstein: letzterer wird erst nach dem Brennen eingesetzt. Es ist von großem Vorteil, für diesen Workshop zumindest einen „Schnupperkurs“ besucht zu haben oder andere Metal Clay Vorkenntnisse zu haben.

Die Workshops werden in der neuen Vienna Impressions Werkstatt in Wiens 12. Bezirk stattfinden; einem gemütlichen Ort mit viel Platz und Freiraum für Ihre Kreativität.

13th December

An Art Clay Diploma training provider was updated

Metal Clay North - Glaisdale, North Yorkshire

Beginners, intermediate and advanced Art Clay silver classes including ring making, hollow forms and stone setting.  Art Clay Silver level 1 and 2 Diploma and the New Mokume Gane Certification from Aida with Lynne Glazzard. Bronze clay and copper clay classes. A wide range of metal clay and jewellery making courses, traditional silver work classes, enamelling classes at introductory and advanced levels including cloisonné and Plique a jour enamelling, advanced stone setting, adding colour to metal clay, torch fired enamel classes, glass fusing classes and combining silver clay with lampwork beads.  Private classes run by appointment.  Open workshops and a series of Masterclasses with invited tutors.

12th December

A new advanced metal clay video tutorial was added.

Syringe Pendant - Cool Tools

Syringe can be used for many things when designing with metal clay. The syringe is the perfect tool for creating ornate and delicate jewelry. In this project video, learn to make a 3-layer PMC Syringe pendant with a few simple tips and techniques.


11th December

A new US bead supplier was added.

Best Buy Beads

US supplier of a wide range of beads, findings, tools and beading supplies. Swarovski supplier of a wide range of crystals etc.

10th December

A new international bead supplier was added.

Kolibri Beads - Malta

Kolibribeads is a secure online bead shop dedicated to beaders and anyone passionate about crafts. They have thousands of high quality beads, findings (such as brass clasps, sterling silver clasps and closures and stainless steel lobster clasps), craft wire (for wire jewelry designs, hand-made necklaces, ganutell, doll making and monastery work), craft tools, semi precious gemstones, seed beads and components at amazing prices. In comparison to other wholesale bead suppliers, their packages are small, which allows you to buy just the amount you need for your project.

9th December

A new beginners PMC training provider was added.

Jules Harper - Shropshire

Craft classes including glass fusing, PMC, polymer clay and textiles.

8th December

A new stone setting in metal clay video tutorial was added.

North Star Pendant - Cool Tools

Putting a gemstone as the centerpiece of your jewelry creations, can add sparkle and cachet to your projects. Creating a custom setting for that gemstone, can help add your own personal signature to the piece. In this project video, learn to make the North Star Pendant, featuring a custom setting made of PMC3.


7th December

A new cookie cutter supplier was added.

Cheap Cookie Cutters

US supplier of cookie cutters. They have over 2000 different cookie cutters making them one of if not THE LARGEST cookie cutter company online.  They pride themselves on having the largest selection, shipping quickly, and always giving the best customer service.

6th December

A new beading and wirework tutorial was added.

Beaded Chain Maille: Jewelry Projects and Chain Maille Instructions

Chain maille is the ancient art of creating a fabric through the linking of metal jump rings in intricate chain maille patterns. Chain maille was used for centuries as battle armor, but these days, chain maille jewelry has become a popular technique for those of us who love to make jewelry. There’s a rhythmic, soothing nature to creating a piece of chain maille jewelry, and it’s easy to lose yourself in the simple repetitions of opening and closing the jump rings as you weave away into the night.

5th December

A new metal clay blog was added.

MonaLisa Creations

Blog by Lisa Pakosh which has lots of lovely pictures of her work as well as her musings and observations.

4th December

A new bead supplier was added.

Silveran - Turkey

Silveran is a Source for Finest Quality Sterling Silver Turkish Silver Beads!
Producer and wholesaler for Finest Quality of Sterling Silver Turkish Beads, Findings and Jewelry. We are the Largest Turkish Silver Beads and Jewelry producer and wholesaler in Istanbul, Turkey.

3rd December

A new metal clay event was added.

Anna Mazon in France

Anna Mazon RingWhat: Twig Ring

When: 2nd June 2014

Where: The PMC Studio France, Figues, Moncraeau, France

Caroline Bray at PMC Studio France is delighted to announce that we are hosting the first in our series of “Enhancing your Metal Clay skills” with the renowned Anna Mazon.



Anna Mazon PendantWhat: Herbarium openwork pendants course

When: 3rd-4th June 2014

Where: The PMC Studio France, Figues, Moncraeau, France

Anna has made a name for herself with her stunning intricate designs and now travels worldwide to share her skills with other metal clay artists. On this, her first visit to France, she will be teaching her “Twig rings” and “Herbarium openwork pendants” over 3 days from 2nd to 4th June, 2014.



2nd December

New jewellery making events were added.

Bead Work Fairs

Bead show organisers in the UK - 2014 programme

  • Sussex Beadwork Fair - 19th January 2014
  • Harrogate Bead Fair - 1st-2nd March 2014
  • Dorset Beadwork Fair - 23rd March 2014
  • Surrey Beadwork Fair - 8th June 2014

Bead Cruise

Join the cruise on March 21st 2014 as they set sail for a 8-night Bahamas Cruise! They'll sail on Royal Carribean's Explorer of the Seas from Cape Liberty, NJ and travel to the beautiful CocoCay Island, Royal Caribbean's own private island; along with stops in the exciting ports of Nassuau Bahamas and port Canaveral, Florida! 

Instructors include Tracy Stanley, Beverly Herman, Heather Powers, Leslie Frazier, Beki Haley and Marcia Decoster!  All the fun of a luxury cruise combined with a great bead retreat.  Classes, workshops, nightly open beading sessions, a cocktail party, gift bags, door prizes, a bead bazaar and more! 

1st December

A new beading and wirework tutorial was added.

Tree ornamentTree of Life Pendant

This tutorial will show you, in detail, how to create the wire-wrapped Tree of Life Ornament.



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