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’s new 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.

What’s New – September 2020

Best Free Fonts

If you’re on the hunt for free fonts for your business needs, you’ve probably hit some roadblocks along the way. Many design websites suggest a plethora of “free” fonts, only for the fine print to hit you hard: “free for personal use only.” Or you find fonts that are free to use, but you have to pay a monthly fee to access the download websites. This page has 70+ fonts with free licences for commercial and personal use in your work.

Gems Beads Wholesale Store – India

Semi precious stone beads and precious gem stone beads, stone pebbles, large size gem stone beads, rare size and shape beads for jewelry and stones for decorative purposes. Natural stone beads of grade A, gemstone cabochons, stone chips and tumbled stones.

Rudraksha Beads – India

Wholesale Rudraksha Beads supply a range of beads including sandalwood beads, rose wood beads, ebony wood beads and mala beads of other varieties like lotus seed beads, Bodhi beads, turmeric bulb beads guru beads (three hole beads) for mala making, tassels, metal spacers and beads for Mala.

Metal Clay Artists Symposium

What: Conference

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

When: August 26-29 2021

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

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

AMCAW Members Showroom

Add your work to the other fabulous handcrafted art for sale, created by dozens of artists from all over the world!  Jewelry and collectibles created by artists in the showroom are made from recycled metals, and are an environmentally responsible choice.  It is free for AMCAW members to add a link to their selling site. 

How to Sell Your Jewellery on Etsy

Free podcast from the Jewellers Academy. Top ten tips for selling your jewellery on Etsy covering how to stop procrastinating and get to taking action in your business, some key tips for improving your Etsy SEO, what we need to do outside of Etsy to drive traffic to our little homemade stores!

Terry Kovalcik in the UK 2021

Little Ditty Pod with Terry Kovalcik

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

Where: CSACJ, St Austell, Cornwall, UK

When: 31st August –  3rd September 2021

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 May 2021.

Creating A Collection

Creating a collection is one of the most important decisions you can make as a creative to make your business more sustainable, both financially and emotionally! It’s often the moment that your ‘hobby’ mindset will turn into a creative business mindset. This two-part article from the Design Trust has a great step-by-step exercise to help you create a coherent collection. Part 2 is here.

Jewellers Academy

Online classes, resources, advice and information about starting a jewellery business. Based in the UK but with a global reach, this is a great place to start if you want to make jewelry making your business.

Organisations offering Product and Public Liability Insurance

Artists Information Company – UK

Axisweb – UK

Canva

Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.

Metal and Beads – Hyannis on Cape Cod, MA

Metal clay classes with Kim Rumberger.

Janelle Delicata – Blue Hill, Maine

Metal clay classes.

The Makery – Bulverde TX

The premier studio for metalsmithing and  jewelry classes in San Antonio and the surrounding region. Most of the workshops include all tools and materials necessary to complete the workshop projects.

Bold Maker – US

US suppliers of chocolate and candy molds and also offer a custom mold making service.

Cake Decorating Company – UK

This UK based site has a large number of moulds for chocolate making which can be used for metal clay. 

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.

  • Conference program and workshop options will be published later in 2020
  • Registration open to AMCAW members for both the conference and workshops later in 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.

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.