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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