Evelyn

About Evelyn

I'm a metal clay artist who is learning something new every day. My goal in my work is to make things that are well crafted and distinctively from my own hands, like the work of a good tailor. My jewelry can be found at http://www.evelynpelati.com.

Deciphering Test Strips

Second of a Two Part Series: Sintering, Test Strips and Carbon-Fired Clays In my last post I talked about why test strips are a good idea. For this article, I talked with Bill Struve, inventor of BRONZClay and COPPRClay, and … Continue reading

Why Use Test Strips?

First of a Two Part Series: Sintering, Test Strips and Carbon-Fired Clays Ever since I’ve been using carbon-fired clays, I have become a big advocate of test strips. A lot of work can be wasted without the information that they … Continue reading

The Basics of Sintering Carbon-Fired Clay

With the arrival of metal clay that needs to be fired in carbon came a whole set of challenges—determining the proper firing schedule and producing sintered pieces being the biggest. Quirky shrinkage can be another. It’s helpful to have a … Continue reading

Understanding Image Resolution

I work for Metal Clay Artist Magazine as an art and photography editor. One of my jobs is to prepare photographs for print. I see many images that are submitted to the magazine. A problem that comes up many times … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal with a Computer’s Help

Fourth of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my series so far, I’ve talked about calculating metal clay shrinkage and enlargement, and then using those calculations to create templates from your sketches. You trace your sketches and … Continue reading

From Sketch to Metal

Third of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay In my previous two posts I talked about how to calculate metal clay shrinkage, and how to calculate the enlargement rate of a design to accommodate this shrinkage. So why … Continue reading

Calculating the Enlargement of a Metal Clay Design

Second of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay Last time I discussed how to calculate the shrinkage of clay. Now, we want to take that information and use it to figure out how to design a layout for … Continue reading

Calculating Shrinkage of Metal Clay

First of a Four Part Series: Designing for Metal Clay Knowing how much clay shrinks, and how to work with that shrinkage is one of the fundamental skills necessary for working with metal clay. If you ever want to construct … Continue reading