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Oh, so many resources! 

 

This area will be expanded continuously to support class projects. Here are a sample of my favorites and humble recommendations...

 

General Supplies:    

BEST overall one-stop-shopping and selection -

     Fire Mountain Gems

BEST metal working supplies, tools, metal clay related -     

     Rio Grande

 

Beading and Art Jewelry Resources and Classes:

     Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee every June - Kalmbach Publishing

     Beads and Baubles, PBS beaded jewelry series (free project downloads)

     Art Jewelry Magazine

     Fire Mountain Gems, check out their excellent resource section which includes

     "how to" videos

     How To TV Online, subscription site with general crafts including jewelry

     Lapidary Journal/Jewelry Artist magazine

     Step by Step Wire    

     Bead Fest, tradeshow and classes

     Beading Daily, instructions, patterns, videos - Interweave Press

     Jewelry Recipes, BEST wire wrap loop and briolette directions!

 

Fine Silver (in addition to Rio Grande)

     GSG Gold, fine silver and sterling wire and findings

     CC Silver, fine silver and silversmithing supplies      

 

Brass Filigree

      Guyot Brothers, "Wicked" great resource for brass filigree and findings!

Metal Clay 

    

Simply the best authoritative guide for the proper and safe handling of metal clay! Click on photo to link to her site. Start HERE then move on to "the others".

 

 

MUST SEE - Safe Handling Video

     PMC Guild, networking, great info and gallery

     PMC Connection

     Art Clay Society

     Rio Grande

     Cool Tools

     Whole Lotta Whimsy, clay, supplies, tools

     Metal Clay Findings

 

FREE METAL CLAY GUIDE  by Elaine Luther

This is your guide to learning to create with Precious Metal Clay online, 100% for free. Iíve searched the web for the best of free videos and how-tos, and even more importantly, Iím presenting them to you here in a logical order. The internet is full of free information, but when youíre a beginner, how do you know how to harness that information?

I was inspired to create this tutorial by the concept of a web quest, a teaching tool. According to WebQuest.org, ďa WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.Ē  In this web adventure, I present excellent resources on beginning to work with metal clay, in a logical order. Letís get started!

Tools You Need

Supplies for Beginning Working with Metal Clay
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

Precious Metal Clay, Getting Started and Beyond
http://www.squidoo.com/allthingsmetalclay

How to Work the Clay

Videos from Art Jewelry Magazine: MUST BE A REGISTERED USER, registration is free
Metal Clay
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/ART

Repairing a Break In Metal Clay
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Making Metal Clay Paste
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Texturing Metal Clay
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

More on textures
http://www.squidoo.com/metal-clay-textures

Rolling & Cutting Metal Clay
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Liver of Sulfur Patina
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Making Lavender-Oil Paste For Metal Clay
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Firing Metal Clay with a Handheld Butane Torch

Video Clips
http://www.pmcguild.com/gettingstarted/video_clips.html

Rolling Coils
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

Choosing Combustible Cores
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

Rehydrating Dryish Clay
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

Reconstituting Metal Clay

http://www.silverclayart.com/reclaim_clay.htm

Add gold foil using Keum boo

http://www.pmcconnection.com/pdf/KUMBOO.pdf

Stone setting

Using tabbed bezel wire from Metal Clay Findings
http://www.metalclayfindings.com/pdfs/bezelwirehowto.pdf

Embed prong setting, fire in place, set stone after firing
(free pdf project at Art Jewelry)

http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Setting Stone using a recessed bezel cup
http://pugetsoundmetalclay.com/bookofkells.htm

Stone setting using a plaster plug and making your own fine silver bezel wire (can be made to fit any cabochon stone)
http://pugetsoundmetalclay.com/freeformbezel.htm

How to Torch Fire

Video Clips:
http://www.pmcguild.com/gettingstarted

Video, how to torch fire MUST BE A REGISTERED USER
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/art

Which Torch is Best
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

How To Kiln Fire
http://www.paragonweb.com/videos

How to Tumble-polish
http://www.jewelrylessons.com

How to add Liver of Sulphur

How to add Liver of Sulphur without dipping
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

Liver of Sulfur Patina
http://www.artjewelrymag.com/ART

Iridescent Patina
by Katherine Palochak
http://www.ganoksin.com

Additional skills to use with metal clay:

Make your polymer clay texture plates
http://blog.craftygoat.com

Video by Tonya Davidson:
http://www.wholelottawhimsy.com

Dry Metal Clay? It Could Be Your Hands (and what to do about it)
http://creativetexturetools.com/news

What else? Have I missed any essential skill? A great tutorial that you know about? Tell me, and the world, by posting a comment below, and feel free to post the url of the great tutorial you recommend. Thanks!

Creative Commons License
Learn to use Metal Clay, FREE, online! by Elaine Luther is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.  Based on a work at creativetexturetools.com.

Iím publishing this under a Creative Commons license (specifically, the Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License). This means you may re-publish it on your blog or website, as long as you donít change it, donít charge for it, and credit me as the creator.