Learn essential silver metal clay techniques to make gemstone-studded jewelry! Master strong connections, gain troubleshooting tips and torch-fire your final piece.
Meet metal clay artist Patrik Kusek and learn how to create fine silver jewelry with this unique medium that combines ceramics with metalsmithing. Patrik shares the tips, tools and materials you need to know before starting. Then, practice rolling and texturing your clay!
First, learn how best to cut shapes from your rolled-out clay. You'll also tackle metal clay's primary challenge: how to evenly rehydrate clay when it gets too dry. Finally, see how Patrik refines and smoothes the edges of a piece after it's completely dry.
Learn all about gemstones to make your pieces shine! Find out which gemstones can be torch-fired and how to measure and set them in a clay bezel. Next, modify your technique to set circular, princess, pear and marquise-cut stones. Plus, see how to troubleshoot cracks and learn Patrik's tips for secure settings.
Create more complex designs with artful assembly! Patrik demonstrates three ways to make secure connections in metal clay. Learn which techniques to use with each connection and how to use water and clay slip to activate the clay binders. Finally, attach the bezel settings to your pendant.
Next, add dimension to your pendant as you learn how to shape rippled, textured accents and attach them to the base of the pendant. Watch as Patrik refines the edges of the piece to prepare it for firing. Then, learn a universal technique to create a dimensional bail to attach to the pendant.
Receive in-depth troubleshooting tips for every sticky situation. Practice fixing scratches, filling in gaps between layers and learn two ways to fix dried, broken pieces of clay. Finally, Patrik shows you how to reconstitute dried clay scraps and dust into fresh clay so nothing goes to waste!
Watch metal clay alchemy in action! Learn about the firing process, as well as what kinds of pieces you can torch-fire. Gain important safety tips and learn to watch for the different stages in the firing process. You'll also learn how to burnish, patina and polish your pendant for a beautiful finish!