Create treble and bass clef earrings with metal clay, beads, and pearls By Arlene Mornick Pearls and beads present two challenges for the metal clay jewelry maker. First, these items cannot be set in metal clay prior to firing, as the intense heat would disintegrate or deform them. Second, they are usually displayed and supported […]

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Metal clay rocked my world…just sayin’. I’m sure clay is a big deal for every kid who had the great pleasure of playing with it. Whether you made dinosaurs or flowers; loved the smell, texture, or simply ate Play Doh (my first grade classmate, Gordy Johnson, was infamous for that), clay likely entered your life […]

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A Renaissance paper art adapted to silver jewelry through quilled metal clay jewelry By Arlene Mornick The art of paper filigree known as quilling is an ancient technique used during the Renaissance to decorate book covers, cards, jewelry, and religious items. It involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled, and […]

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Make a leaf bracelet and clasp using springy EZ960 sterling metal clay By Noël Yovovich Full disclosure: I’m an on-again/off-again metal clay user. I was an early adopter when the original PMC first hit the market and again when base-metal clays appeared. I do love some of the things metal clays are good at and […]

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For many centuries, people have had a love affair with the beautiful art form of cloisonné, including me! But the daunting task of attempting to make cloisonné myself would simply never happen. I’m an immediate-gratification type of gal, so the traditional method of creating this jewelry would still be a dream. Then I saw Jackie […]

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You can set gemstones in metal clay — some stones. Some are better candidates than others, and different materials and cuts may require different techniques, but one characteristic of metal clay is what makes most of these techniques work: shrinkage. Metal clay shrinks during firing, and that shrinkage is what locks a stone in place. […]

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Metal clay remains my favorite jewelry-making technique, since I discovered it more than 12 years ago. So I make a point of spreading the word that metal clay jewelry making is for everyone! Many people believe it isn’t affordable (it is), you need a kiln (you don’t), or they can’t do it (you can!). And […]

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4 FREE Metal Clay Jewelry Projects

Making jewelry with metal clay combines the accessibility of clay with the look, feel, and value of precious metals and non-precious metals alike. In this tutorial, you’ll find four metal clay, jewelry-making projects that demonstrate how to combine different metal clays, work with metal clay and wire wrapping, make earrings, pins, and rings, and use […]

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I was in a metal clay jewelry class with Ed and Martha Biggar at Bead Fest when I had an “aha!” moment about mold making. I’ve always used found objects to create textures or impressions in metal clay, but when I tried Martha’s mold of a perfect little twig and saw the metal clay version […]

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While my BFF and I were riding to dinner the other night with the top down on the car, the surprisingly cool wind blowing all the cobwebs out of our minds, when I was overcome with a feeling of great fortune (and not just for the comfortable evening during a string of 90+ degree days). […]

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