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.

August 2019

You Can Make It

What: Metal Clay Conference

Where: Springfield Country Club Hotel, Wareham, Dorset, UK

When: 12th – 15th March 2020

You can make it (or YCMI) is an affordable and welcoming 3-day all-inclusive jewellery making event, focused on metal clay, suitable for everyone, from total beginners to professionals.

Well-known metal clay artists and specialists in their field are holding day-long master classes and shorter hands-on classes, giving you a lot of hands-on making time. In fact, you get a total of two full days of hands-on making- the best way to learn new techniques. You also have a full stream of shorter demos and talks running alongside the classes, offering a lot of information you would normally never be able to access in one place.

The Makery – Bulverde, TX

The Makery’s beautiful, light-filled space houses the working studios of owner-artists Nick and Francesca Watson, and a welcoming teaching area for metalsmithing and  jewelry  workshops by Francesca and a select roster of guest instructors. 

Tanzee Designs – Wotton under Edge,
Gloucestershire

Bead shop which also has jewellery making classes.

New Approach School for Jewelers – Arrington, Tennessee

The mission of the New Approach School for Jewelers is to offer both fresh and experienced bench jewelers visually intensive, hands-on jewelry design, fabrication, bench and repair skills and stone setting training to help them increase their productivity and profitability as professional jewelers.

Atalier Corsi & Corsi – Italy

Art Clay Diploma classes.

Paola Mattioli – Rome, Italy

Silver metal clay classes, Art Clay Diploma, polymer clay and other subjects taught. Paola also travels to teach. Official distributor of Art Clay for Spain and Italy.

Holly G Studios

Holly G Studios offers every would-be video star an all-access pass to learn how the pros create not just videos, but Business Cinema™. That’s video with a plan, a purpose, a system & a strategy. Not just creating video for the sake of creating video.

Kingham Jewellery School – Kingham, Oxfordshire

Wide range of silver work classes using traditional methods. They also teach beginners PMC classes.

Silver Jewellery Art – Exeter, Devon

Beginners silver clay classes.

LAO Jewellery School – Florence, Italy

Wide variety of jewellery making classes and courses including certificates and diplomas. 

Metal Clay Studio – Moscow, Russia

Metal clay classes at all levels.

Get Stamped

Get Stamped make bespoke, custom made ink stamps. It’s a company started and run by two chaps in London, an illustrator with a knack for simple, eye-catching designs and a guy who knows a bit about woodwork. If you are after any kind of stamp not offered by the website or have any queries with regards to large orders or other special requests, email them and they will usually be able to help you out.

Hadar Jacobson – Compatibility of Hadar’s Metal Clays

Great overview of the firing schedules for mixed metal clays using Hadar’s range of bronze and copper clays.

Tessier Jewelry – Santa Rosa, CA

Classes cover all levels of metal clay, from beginner through senior instructor.

Peace, Love and Metals

What: Lone Star Jewelry Retreat

Where: Lone Star Court Hotel, Austin, TX, USA

When: May 15th-20th, 2019

Kick your boots off and immerse yourself in a blend of past and present as we travel to the Heart of Austin for a unique 4-day workshop experience. Hosted by your friends at Kiln Frog, you’ll spend 5 nights at the ultracool and retro-inspired, Lone Star Court Hotel, soaking up the hip Austin vibes of great music, great food, and modern luxury in Austin’s newest hipster paradise, The Domain! Featuring Texas Artists, Vickie Hallmark, and Gail Stouffer. Download a flyer with details here.

Creating Hook Clasps for a Custom Finish

You have spent the time making a unique item, why would you use a mass produced clasp or hook? Make your own and let people know you thought about the smallest details. In this video, the first of a series, learn how to create three different easy and beautiful hook clasps.

Keum-boo Gold on Silver Tutorial with Pam East

Art House – Highland Village, TX

Art House located in Highland Village, TX holds beginning and intermediate Metal Clay 1 day Workshops along with Metal Clay Project classes held each week. 

Soldering a Bezel Cup to a Silver Ring and Setting a Cabochon Stone

In this video, Professor John Ahr of the Online Jewelry Academy demonstrates how to sweat solder a fine silver (.999) bezel cup to a ring. And, he finishes by setting the bezel with a 6mm round cabochon stone.

10 Tips for Mastering the Jeweler’s Saw

Among the most common metalsmithing tools is the jeweler’s saw. Even beginner metalworkers who don’t solder yet will likely use a jeweler’s saw at one point. Metal shears can do many jobs. A jeweler’s saw allows you to cut very intricate shapes, holes, or other shapes inside a piece of metal sheet. Before you start using a jeweler’s saw, it’s important to understand a few important things about this essential tool.

Making Fingerprint Jewellery – Sarah Parker Heermann

The real trick to making fingerprint jewelry in metal clay is getting a clean, detailed print impressed into the clay. In my experience, all metal clays types can take fingerprints beautifully. But there are a few different ways – both direct and indirect – to harvest the fingerprint and impress it into the clay, and each has advantages and drawbacks and produces a slightly different result.

Fingerprint Charms – Jeannette Froese LeBlanc

Quick and easy fingerprint charms tutorial for Creative Fire.

Fancy Bezels, Prongs and Bails: Advanced Metal Clay Course with Julia Rai (Trailer)

This trailer is for an advanced level course with Jewellers Academy. This course is not free but it is a comprehensive course for more advanced metal clay artists.

 

Nesting Rings by Tracey SpurginNesting Rings – Tracey Spurgin

Challenging project by Tracey Spurgin for Creative Fire.

EZ960® Easy Paper Punch Earrings by Cindy Pope

Artist, Instructor and Silhouette Curio expert, Cindy Pope started out with Precious Metal Clay Rio certification and metalsmithing classes and is one of Hadar Jacobson’s first Cadre of Base Metal Accredited teachers. In this video, Cindy switches gears from using the curio to creating fun, simple paper punch earrings using a thinly rolled sheet of EZ960 Sterling Silver Clay. She completes these layered flower earrings by adding a 4mm cubic zirconia which is sandwiched in place by 2 washer style pieces of greenware sheet. To minimize waste and create another version, Cindy uses a circle template to create the reverse look for a second pair.

How to calculate energy consumption

This is a general energy consumption site but it tells you how to calculate how much energy you are using. It’s great to see how much energy your kiln uses during firing. 

Ultra Lite Kiln – Cool Tools

This page has lots of information about this small starter kilns.

Firing Metal Clay by Katherine Prejean

Interesting article about firing metal clay on the Creative Fire website.

Margaret Schindel on Felt Magnet

Margaret Schindel has a huge amount of great articles about working with metal clay on this Felt Magnet. The link above takes you to a search page which lists her articles. 

Metal Clay 101 – Top Ten Tips – Lora Hart

If you’re just starting out with metal clay or jewelry making in general, getting started can seem overwhelming. The following tips will help you get started with confidence.

How to Make Metal Clay Oil Paste

How to make homemade metal clay oil paste with Sherri Haab PasteMaker solution, lavender oil or another plant-based pure essential oil and use it to make strong, secure joins.

Getting Started with Silver Clay

Article by Lis-el Crowley about working with silver metal clay.

Basic Design

This Basic design Presentation serves the purpose of initiating creativity and there by appreciation of visual language.

Kongs Pearl

This store mainly supplies loose pearls, pearl strands and final pearl pieces made by the shop owner. All pearls in the store are hand-selected with 100% guarantee of be REAL Chinese Cultured Freshwater Pearls. 

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