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 – December 2022

Glass Craft and Bead Expo

When: 29 March – 2 April 2023

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Celebrating their 27th-year March 29 – April 2, 2023 at the Southpoint convention center in Las Vegas. Heralded as one of the most professional, family orientated, educational art glass and bead trade events in the US; this event has it all… and with thousands in attendance each year, there is good cause for celebrating.

Metal Clay Artist Symposium

When: 24 – 27 August 2023

Where: Sawtooth, Winston-Salem, NC

The fourth Metal Clay Artists Symposium, MCAS 2023, will be held at Sawtooth School for Visual Art located in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, August 24th through Sunday, August 27th, 2023.

MCAS 2023 will feature a mix of one-day and two-day hands-on workshops, 45-minute presentations, and 2-hour Technique Discovery Workshops on Sunday. The popular opening day Torch Trials will return and the Metal Clay Expressions Exhibit will be on exhibit in the Davis Gallery.

AMCAW SINTER Event 2024 – Bradford, UK

When: 15 – 21 May 2024

Where: The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford, UK

What: Seven day event for metal clay enthusiasts

The Cedar Court Hotel Bradford is a modern, AA four-star hotel built just for events our size. We feel quite fortunate to have secured it for SINTER; it offers nice bedrooms with well-equipped ensuite bathrooms at a reasonable price, plus lots of meeting rooms and generously sized gathering areas for us to have some metal clay fun!

Healing Phoenix Lapidary

US supplier of New Heat-Resistant Opals which can be fired in place. Full details of facts that explain the difference between Natural, Fake, and Synthetic Opals, how to fire them, and how to work with them all around are on this website.

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. 

Buy Metal Online

Sheet metal supplier, offering cut-to-size and bespoke sheet metal products with no minimum order, plus a range of pre-made specialist garden products. Whether you’re a hobbyist working on a small-scale project or an architect in need of a large order, they deliver the metal you need direct to your door.

Sally Spencer – Jewellers Quick Reference Guide to Working with Gemstones

Covering familiar stones such as amethyst through to the more unusual such as sillimanite, each gemstone has information about its durability and whether it might survive a swipe from a file or abrasive wheel, the pickle pot, repairing or resizing, polishing or cleaning using steam or an ultrasonic cleaner.

PMC Brand Clays

It has been announced that Mitsubishi are intending to cease manufacture of the PMC product range in Spring 2023. Read an update on this from Carrie Story, Director of the Camp PMC Certification Program in the U.S.

Sea and Silver Jewellery School – Dorset, UK

Traditional silver jewellery making classes.

Amy Surman, The Oxford Bead Shop – Cowley, Oxford

Introduction to PMC, PMC rings and pendants, Camp PMC Certification and PMC Certification classes from the PMC Studio. Also runs silver work, beading, enamelling and jewellery making classes.

Xuella Arnold – Devon

Precious Metal Clay PMC basic training, silver jewellery making and wedding ring classes.

Ginko Designs – Hampshire

Silver  clay classes, Art Clay Certification Level 1 and 2.

Silver Metal Clay Firing Tips and Information – Cool Tools

Useful tips and hints about firing silver clay. It has a useful quick reference guide to firing a range of silver metal clay brands and types.

Joopy Gems

UK based supplier of gems specialising in rose cuts and cabochons and shipping worldwide.

Craft Insurance
Compare the Market – UK

Jewellery Design and Management International School – Singapore

This school offers a beginner-friendly 30-hour silver-jewellery making certificate allowing you to learn professional techniques to work with the silver metal clay. In a small class of 6-8 students, you will receive hands-on instruction and 7 practical projects to master the craft from a JDMIS’ Expert instructor in 5 days.

Razu Mikhina – Spain

Metal clay classes. Facebook here, Instagram here.

Simply Amazing Jewellery School – Nottingham

Learning Centre in Nottingham for jewellery making, silversmith, enamel and metal clay.

Nottingham Jewellery School – Nottingham

Jewellery making classes and courses, including metal clay.

Created by Hand – Nottingham

Workshops in a variety of jewellery making including metal clay.

Faye Benjamin Jewellery – Winchester, Hampshire

One day workshops taught by Jo Richards using Art Clay Silver. Beginner to intermediate level taught in small groups in a relaxed environment. Happy to travel to teach.

Country Designs by Lisa – Hampshire

Silver clay classes for beginners including taster classes. Also offers one-to-one classes.

Add Some Sparkle

UK supplier of chain, leather cord, suede cord, waxed cotton cord, beads and findings.

Joel & Sons – London

Joel & Sons have a great selection of cords and trimmings. They have a shop in London or buy online. They have over 60 years trading history and also hold a Royal Warrant from H. M. Queen Elizabeth.

What Is Gemology And How Do You Become A Gemologist?

Gemology deals with the study of gemstones, and gemologists are the best source for customers to know whether the diamond they want to buy is authentic. But what exactly does a gemologist do? This article will explain.

Cutting Clay – UK

Affordable, finely engineered cutters for metal and polymer clay creations. The products are designed with input from skilled crafters which ensures functionality is at the core of each cutter.

Silversmithing Classes – Sweden

Choose from a range of classes on this website.

Australia – Metal Clay

Supplier of PMC, bronze and copper clay, polymer clay, glass, tools and everything you’ll need to work with metal clay and more.