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.

October 2018

Margit Grubl – Austria

Silver metal clay classes at all levels, including Certification courses.

Gemstones in Metal Clay 2018

Great article by Mardel Rein for Cool Tools updated when new information becomes available, latest update 2018. It includes information about firing gemstones in EZ960 open shelf and in carbon for silver, bronze and copper clay. Also includes firing instructions for Nano Gems.

Making Jewellery Magazine Metal Clay Special

Digital copies can be purchased here.

Making Jewellery Magazine Metal Clay Special CoverClick the links above to buy a print or digital copy.

This issue is all about metal clay. It brings you a heap of insightful features about kilns, clays and tools and more detailed techniques than ever – on making textures, quick stone settings, a brilliant article about working with all brands of bronze and copper clay and much more. Projects include Anna Mazon’s British folklore inspired Moon Gazing, perfect for stepping outside of your comfort zone, Tracey Spurgin’s clever found-item Pebble Ring and Silver Studs that uses Wanaree Tanner’s Signature Die Tool Set. Plus, the latest metal clay news, reviews, events, masterclasses, workshops, inspiration and, of course, It’s a Jeweller’s Life.

Top 17 Best Online Photography Courses 

On this page are some of the best courses available on the web. Best of all is that a majority of these are free!

Photography Talk

PhotographyTalk helps photographers tell amazing stories with their cameras. With the best resources that are loved by over 3 million photographers all over the globe, it’s everything you need to know about photography at your fingertips. They’re the “everything” resource for photographers.

Shangrila Gems

ShangrilaGems sell the best gemstones, cabochon and beads. Their mission is to delight their customers with the beauty of their treasures and the quality of their service. ShangrilaGems are corporate members of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and they look to uphold their high standards of gem research and representation. Their customers include gem re-sellers in the London gem district, leading designers and both British and International gem and bead wholesalers.  

Makin Metal Powders

Makin Metal Powders (UK) Ltd manufactures Copper Powder, Bronze Powder, Tin Powder, Infiltrants and Press-Ready Pre-Mix Powders along with other related alloys from its purpose built 10,000m2 production facility in Rochdale, United Kingdom. 

Upside Down Tree Studio – Petworth, West Sussex, UK

Beginners silver clay classes, also offer private lessons.

Marilyn Cook – Port St Lucie, FL

Beginner to intermediate metal clay classes and Art Clay Certification.

Jewelry by Lana Marie – Natchez, MS

Beginners and project based metal clay classes.

Silver Forge – Milnthorpe, Cumbria, UK

Silver metal clay and traditional silver work jewellery classes.

Paula Beckett Designs – Plano, TX

Beginners and intermediate level metal clay classes.

Vitreus Art – Potterspury, Northants

Range of classes including silver metal clay.

Colleen Wilson – Riverview, MI

Metal clay workshops.

LR Silver Jewellery – Featherstone, Staffordshire, UK

Beginner to intermediate metal clay classes, Art Clay Diploma. 

Red Rock Art Jewelry – Sedona, AZ

Private one-to-one metal clay tuition.

The Jewellery Barn – Chelmsford, Essex, UK

Silver clay and silver smithing classes.

Bernadette Denoux​ – Miami, FL

Beginners to advanced level metal clay classes, also offers private lessons.

Eclectic School of Jewellery & Design – Beer, Devon, UK

Metal clay and jewellery making classes. They have their own diploma course. 

Donna Miller – Seeley Lake, MT

Metal clay classes at all levels.

Grey Clouds and Silver Linings – Whitley, Wiltshire, UK

Beginners to intermediate silver clay workshops.

Plique a Jour Stained Glass Earrings with FS999 by Karen Trexler

In this video, Karen demonstrates Plique-à-jour (French for “letting in daylight”). This is a technique where enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. The effect is similar to the look of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically. The technique is similar to that of cloisonné, but using a temporary backing, such as mica, that after firing is filed away. She includes two different versions, both using FS999 Fine Silver Metal Clay

Chainologie

US supplier of all kinds of chain.

Imbedding stainless steel posts into metal clay earrings

How to add stainless steel post to metal clay earrings and not have to solder.

PMC Aqua – How to use this product

This video shows examples of what you can do with the liquid “PMC Aqua”. Add a few drops of PMC Aqua to extend the working time of any PMC clay. Reconstitute hard, dried clay. Add to PMC Flex to create your own syringe style clay.  Add on dry PMC Flex sheet to enhance its flexibility.

Syringe Techniques by Lisel Crowley – Cool Tools

Lisel Crowley, Artist and instructor demonstrates multiple uses for the tips that are included with EZ960® Sterling Silver Paste in syringe form. She includes repairing clay, decorating earrings and creating a pair of earrings using only syringe.

Christi’s Creative Neighborhood

Downloadable Swellegant recipe tutorials from Christi Friesen.

Metal Clay Studio – Russia

Molds, cutters and metal clay tools. Ships internationally. Very active on Facebook with a great relationship with customers. 

Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide

AMCAW’S mission is to encourage a flourishing international metal clay community by nurturing artistic and instructional excellence and providing resources to inspire, engage and support artists of all levels. AMCAW will help to unify us, regardless of brand or formula preference, experience level, or location. The organization will introduce metal clay to new users and bolster the reputation of metal clay in the greater arts community.

Natural Gemstone Firing Guide – Rio Grande

Over the years, Rio Grande has tested lots of natural gemstones for use in PMC®. The charts on this page can guide you toward stones to consider and stones to avoid when co-firing in PMC. 

FYI Metal Clay Testing by Silver Clay School

Useful article about working with FYI999 clay.

Anna Mazon in Belgium

Fantasy Eyes Pendant with Anna MazonWhat: Fantasy Eyes with Anna Mazon

When: 11th-13th January 2019

Where: Temse, Belgium

This 3 days workshop is packed with lots of different techniques, featuring an eye motif (hollow from the back), various, sculptural ornaments which create a narrative context for the eye and a bezel set stone (the shape of the stone is your choice). The eye can be made into a dragon eye, as pictured, but also an eye of the ocean etc. – depending on your prefernce when comes to additional ornaments. Wonderful textures, interesting shapes, lots of tricks for creating secure openwork constructions in metal clay, semi hollow forms and working with wet coils – this is what this workshop is about. Every student will leave the workshop with their own, different „Fantasy eye”. Registration: Email Inge Verbruggen

Herbarium PendantWhat: Herbarium Pendant with Anna Mazon

When: 14th-15th January 2019

Where: Temse, Belgium

Registration: Email Inge Verbruggen

Twig RingsWhat: Twig Rings with Anna Mazon

When: 16th January 2019

Where: Temse, Belgium

You will learn how to make a ring that looks like a twig, how to set cubic zirconia, how to make twigs and to add texture to your design. You will also learn how to make tiny petals and flowers. Registration: Email Inge Verbruggen

Anna Mazon in the UK

Cornwall

Fantasy Eyes Pendant with Anna MazonWhat: Fantasy Eyes Pendant

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

When: 26th – 28th May 2019

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. 

As usual with Anna Mazon’s classes, it will be packed with lots of different techniques, featuring an eye motif (hollow from the back) and various sculptural ornaments which create a narrative context for the eye and a bezel set stone in the shape of your choice.

Climbing rose pendant with Anna MazonWhat: Climbing Rose Pendant

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

When: 30th – 31st May 2019

This is a two day metal clay workshop in which you will learn to make a Climbing Rose Pendant with Polish metal clay artist and tutor Anna Mazon. 20g Art Clay Silver is included in the price. 

This pendant features a really unusual, elongated bead cap construction, adorned with beautiful, fully handmade, climbing flowers, interlacing coils and other small ornaments. Interesting construction techniques, making long hollow tubes without using extruder, various approaches to working with coils wet and dry  is what this workshop is about.

Yorkshire

Fantasy Eyes Pendant with Anna MazonWhat: Fantasy Eyes Pendant with Anna Mazon

Where: Craftworx, East Yorkshire, UK

When: 4th – 6th July 2019

Join Anna for this 3 day master class packed with lots of different techniques, featuring an eye motif (hollow from the back), various, sculptural ornaments which create a narrative context for the eye and a bezel set stone (the shape of the stone is your choice).

The eye can be fashioned like a dragon’s eye as pictured or perhaps you have a preference for some other design such as an eye of the ocean etc. depending on your preference when comes to additional ornamentation.

This master class is all about wonderful textures, interesting shapes, lots of tricks for creating secure open-work constructions in metal clay, semi hollow forms and working with wet coils. Every student will leave the workshop with their own different “fantasy eye”.

Twig RingsWhat: Twig Ring with Anna Mazon

Where: Craftworx, East Yorkshire, UK

When: 7th July 2019

In this 1 day class you will learn how to make an organic, romantic ring, adorned with cubic zirconias and precise, tiny ornaments. You will use silver clay to create petite twigs, decorated with tiny leaves and other embellishments. You will also learn to securely set faceted stones that can be fired in place. All these skills can be easily adapted to your own style, merged with your favourite techniques and used with different metal clays.

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