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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Experiments With Copper Inlay

Recently I’ve been experimenting with clays and techniques I haven’t tried before. There has been much discussion elsewhere about the new clays, so I’ll let you know about the results of my inlay experiments. My first trials were on a … Continue reading

Mikki

About Mikki

I am a metal clay artist, living in Londonderry, New Hampshire. I teach from my home studio, at Metalwerx in Waltham, Mass and various other venues throughout New England. My work can be found at the shops of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and local galleries. You can see my examples of work at www.everlastingtreasures.org

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

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.

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

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.

How I used a Kitchen Disaster to make Silver Jewelry
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You all know Textures Tuesday, right? No? Well it’s an inspiration page on facebook where photos of textures are posted on Tuesday. We challenge each other with themes and brillant pictures, moderated by our lovely host Catherine Witherell. It was … Continue reading

Helga van Leipsig

About Helga van Leipsig

Lives and works in The Netherlands. She creates one of a kind and limited edition jewelry that she sells through her website and a few galleries. Exploring the possibilities of metal clay is her passion, one that leads to innovative techniques like using ceramic decals on fine silver. She loves to share her knowledge by teaching metal clay workshops in the south of the Netherlands and presenting at conferences.

Book Review – Metal Clay and Color

I’m always on the lookout for new books on jewelry design, especially metal clay.  There are lots of books that are good for beginners but few, in my opinion, that can engage an experienced metal clay artist.  One of my … Continue reading

Gail Lannum

About Gail Lannum

My day job is research administration but my career...my obession...is making jewelry. I work primarily in bronze and am inspired by ethnic and tribal art. You can see my jewelry at gaillannum.etsy.com

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

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.