Thursday, March 13, 2014

Metal clay tutorials


If you already have a kiln for working with glass, or you have a torch, you might want to add metal clay to your techniques list at some point.  Metal clay is now available in several base metal forms, which are much much more affordable than the original fine silver and gold.

Beading Arts tutorials:

General instructions for working with CopprClay


Forming, firing, and finishing CopprClay

How to make silver clay leaves 

Some simple CopprClay pendants 

Making a CopprClay disc necklace - part one

Making a CopprClay disc necklace - part two

Making a CopprClay ammonite pendant - part one

Making a CopprClay ammonite pendant - part two

Simple molded piece from CopprClay

Making small cameos with CopprClay

CopprClay experiments

Firing CopprClay

Finishing CopprClay



Tutorials by others:

Copper Firing Guide - by the incredible Wanaree

3 easy ways to patina metal - with easy to find solutions!

How to use heat to patina brass - get a great fire-darkened color

Chemical patina formulas - just about every color you can imagine


CopprClay help from Christina Ritchey

Adding color with paints

Improvising metal clay tools


Metal clay and seaglass

Four free projects from Jewelry Making Daily




Professional Associations:

PMC Guild

Art Clay Society

Etsy Metal Clay

List of guilds and societies


Supplies and Education:


All Things Metal Clay - an extraordinary list of everything you need to know

Free e-book: How to create with metal clay -3 great projects to get you started

Metal Clay Today - a quarterly e-mag that promotes and enlightens metal clay artists

Free e-courses - written by Tammy Powley, and available in several formats

Art Jewelry Magazine - frequently covers metal clay

How to Use Silver Clay and PMC - free downloads

Getting started with BronzClay - a video by Tonya Davidson that will show you what you need to know

CoolTools videos - a series of videos on many aspects of metal clay work

Metal Clay Academy - everything you'll need to know


Metal Clay Artist Magazine - created by metal clay artists for metal clay artists

Metal Clay Today - magazine with featured artists








1 comment:

KayzKreationz said...

Thanks for posting these links, Cyndi. I bought some Copper clay that is supposed to be able to fire with a torch, but have been a little afraid to try it. :) This may get me enough courage to try it.

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