Jewelry with Soul

Document Sample
Jewelry with Soul Powered By Docstoc
					                                          SPRING 2010

with Soul
Lorena Angulo
explores her

meets Clay in
Michelle Loon’s

          guide you thru bronze woven pendant
              and silver syringe filligree projects
                                                                                                                          Publisher’s Notepad

                                           Dear Readers,

                                           How quickly these last three months have gone by. Here we are, ready to launch our third
                                           issue of Metal Clay Today, and an exciting and interesting three months it has been.

                                           The biggest thing I’ve learned is that the metal clay community of artists is an amazing
                                           group of extremely talented and generous people... creative people who are so giving of
                                           their time, their talent and their expertise.

                                           And speaking of generous, we received word from Holly Gage about the ‘Charms
                                           for Charity’ Fundraising Event. Metal Clay artists will create handcrafted charms for
                                           bracelets and necklaces, which will be raffled to raise money for cancer treatment and
                                           prevention. This fundraiser is not affiliated with any organization or guild, just individual
                                           artisans with a huge heart. The charities it will benefit are the American Cancer Society
                                           and the Marrow Foundation. For more information on this very worthy cause, please
                                           check Holly Gage at

                                           We have received such positive feedback from our readers in response to the magazine.
                                           It is a great to hear that we are helping beginners to learn more about this wonderful
                                           medium, offering inspiration and motivation to all metal clay enthusiasts, and providing
                                           a venue for artists of all levels to display their creativity. It definitely made our collective
                                                                                    day to receive the totally unsolicited e-mail below.

                                                       inal Message y
                                                                      --------                                          Thank you, Toni, for taking the time to send us
                                         -------- Orig
                                                          al Clay Toda
                                         Subject: Met mple <semplet@c.
                                                                               com>                                  these kind words.
                                          Fr om: Toni Se ary 03, 2010 4:22 am
                                          Date: Sun,
                                          To: editor@
                                                         m                                                              We’ve been working fast and furiously on
                                                                                       fabulous                         entering the great blogosphere.
                                          Guize:                          tell you how
                                                        to write and                                                    Check out Metal Clay Today’s blog at
                                          I simply have day is!
                                          Metal Cla y To
                                                                                      ve been read ide,                 http://metalclaytoday.wordpress.
                                                                       avor but I ha                as
                                           I’m new     to this ende r several months. That printed                       com/2010/03/
                                                             ciously fo                    eds any
                                           about it vora ition (my first) far exce d design!
                                            your   Winter ed               ation,  layout an
                                                            in its inform                                                 Thank you to all of our contributors, who in
                                            publication                                          and I can
                                                                                    early days
                                                                    blishing in its           and creativ
                                                                                                                          the process of joinng us in the magazine, are
                                             I di d desktop pu w much time, effort                           so
                                                                te ho                        uct. Yours is
                                             w  ell apprecia even a mediocre prod e Fall edition,                         becoming good friends.
                                                              in g                            th
                                              go into mak                      ement over great product,
                                                                 d the improv              elf a
                                              beautiful - an und, and which is its
                                                              r fo
                                               which I late                                                                Enjoy this next issue of Metal Clay Today and
                                               is phenomen                                              t ever
                                                                                          please don’ keep                 remember...
                                                                             ys. Please,                 to
                                                My hat is    off to you gu y a subscription price would,
                                                stop. I w
                                                            ould happily and I’ve no doubt othe
                                                                                                        rs                         a clay day is a great play day!
                                                                  e coming
                                                the magazin
                                                 as wel  l.                                                     tiful
                                                                                                   derful, beau
                                                                                      k and a won
                                                                 all yo ur hard wor
                                                  Thanks for al clay community.
                                                  gift to the m
                                                   Best,                                                                                     Arli Wolfson
                                                   Toni Sempl
                                                                    w, OK
                                                   Broken Arro                                                                                Co-Publisher,
                                                                                                                                            Metal Clay Today

2   • Spring 2010                                                                                                    Spring 2010 •   3
                                                                                                                                                    The Mad Hatter
                                                                        March 2010
                                                                   Volume 1, Issue 3
                                                                                               See the entries and meet the winners
                                                                                                   of Metal Clay Today’s Challenge.                                                 34
                                                                                                           — Features —
                     Artist Showcase                                                   	    3             Publisher’s Notepad

                     6    Lorena Angulo
                              In touch with her roots and her heritage
                                                                                           22             Tips ‘N Tricks
                                                                                           28             Guest Blogger

                     Rising Star                                                           30             Best of the Blogs

                     10     Michelle Loon
                                brings her imaginary world to life
                                                                                           31             Trends, Forecasts and Predictions
                                                                                           32	            Book Review

                     Step-by-Step                                                          33             Metal Clay Today Challenge

                     12    Barbara Hance
                                creating filigree with a syringe
                                                                                           38             Guilds
                                                                                           40             Greater Boston Metal Clay Chapter

                         Step-by-Step                                                      42             Gallery

                         18    Carol Babineau
                                captures copper within silver
                                                                                                                                           SPRING 2010

                                                                                                                                                            Our cover features:
                                                                                                  with Soul
                                                                                                  Lorena Angulo
                                                                                                  explores her
                                                                                                                                                            by Lorena Angulo

                         Step-by-Step                                                              Whimsy

                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Dean Powell
                              Pat Evans
                                                                                                   meets Clay in
                                                                                                   Michelle Loon

                                explores Quick Fire Bronze
                                                                                                                              bronze woven
                                                                                                              guide you tnru       ge filligree proje
                                                                                                                  and silver syrin

                                                                                                 Subscribers are free to print this magazine for their own use
                                                                                                                or share with family and friends.
                                                                                           The intellectual property and photos of the artists is copyright protected.

4   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                    Spring 2010 •   5
                     Artist Showcase
                       by Lori Phillips

     The last words of Lorena Angulo’s credo
     are “jewelry with soul,” and what soul it
     has! Not only does her jewelry have a                                                                                         After Lorena’s first PMC class, her teacher
     beautiful soul, but so does she!                                                                                              insisted she was ready to get her certification
                                                                                                                                   through Rio Grande. Extremely reluctant and
     From the first time I chatted with her on                                                                                     feeling inadequate when starting the class, she
     Facebook, I knew immediately I had come                                                                                       gained confidence when she noticed she was
     across a generous and talented spirit!                                                                                        keeping up with her fellow students.
        When I was given the opportunity to                                                                                        Yet even with this fantastic start, Lorena felt
                       interview her, I jumped                                                                                     something was lacking in her pieces. She was
                       at the chance! Within                                                                                       making jewelry that did not reflect her own
                       the first few minutes,                                                                                      voice. She felt she was copying others, and
                       I was assured that my                                     Milagro                                           making jewelry became somewhat unfulfilling.
                       first impressions were                                                                                      Lorena actually told me she had felt “like an
                       correct.                                                                                                    Ugly Duckling” amongst her peers.

                                                                                               Veronica                             She essentially stopped making jewelry for

                            Lorena Angulo
                                                                                               Necklace                             almost a year,
                                                                                                                                    till one day she                     Passion
                                                                                                                                    decided to take
                                                                                                                                    another metal
                                                                                               clay class. Her teacher caught a look at Lorena’s
                                                                                               journal and encouraged her to use her own drawings
     Lorena’s incredible jewelry is highly influenced by her                                                         as inspiration.
     heritage, growing up living throughout Mexico. She told me                         Flor
     some of the happiest moments of her childhood were living                                                       This ignited the fire that
                                in Chiapas, Mexico and being                                                         Lorena needed. She began
                                able to observe the “ El Dia de                                                      working on a 5” highly ornate
    Calavera                    los Muertos” (Day Of the Dead)                                                       Milagro (heart) and became
                                celebrations. These celebrations                                                     exceedingly motivated, now
                                are traditional throughout Mexico                                                    capturing the essence of her unique personality and culture,
                                on the last days of October and                                                      not someone else’s. She assured me after this turning point,
                                the first few days of November.                                                      ”she was no longer afraid of the clay!”
                                They are filled with artistry and
                                colorful pageant. Through this                                                       Lorena has the ability to feel the clay and “knows “when it
                                she learned not to fear death, it                                                    is the consistency she wants it to be. She told me that she
                                is to be revered instead. Lorena                                                     “respects the clay” and that is why she rarely has cracks in
                                reflects this idea in her Calaveras                                                  her work. She never allows her clay to become dry unless it is
                                or skulls, insisting that they all must be smiling and not                           part of the building process. If the clay does not “feel“ right,
                                frightening, each one of them ironically must “come to                               she is not afraid to crumble it up and rehydrate it rather than
                                life” and emote happiness.                                                           repair it.

                             She was introduced to PMC in 2006; however, she was no                                  She is capable of visualizing her drawings in three dimension,
                             stranger to jewelry making or art in general, because she’d                    Heart    making it easier to create her pieces. Her first option is
     already had an extensive education and experience in traditional jewelry making.                                to use silver clay, yet she will occasionally use traditional

6   • Spring 2010                                                                                                            Spring 2010 •     7
                                                                                          Tree                                                    her last was, “don’t allow yourself to get stuck...
    jewelry making methods with it because she feels they                               of Life                                                   take risks, experiment. Make every ugly piece
    complement each other. Whenever she uses silver                                                                                               teach you something.”
    clay she always uses a patina giving it an antique
    and organic look. Lorena absolutely loves bronze and                                                                                          She quoted her son’s
    copper clays because of the warm and natural feelings                                           Survivor                                      favorite person, Albert
    it gives to her pieces. When she uses copper, she only                                                                                        Einstein: “Curiosity is
    seals the area that touches the skin because she wants                                                                                        the key to learning.”
    the copper to continue to age with the wearer, giving it
    more character.                                                                               “So if you have a thousand questions, you will get a thousand
                                                                                                  answers, maybe more.”
    Lorena has gotten into the habit of taking pictures at
    each step in the construction of every piece she makes.                                       She ended our interview telling me,“ As a wife and a mother
    The reason why, is because she wants to remember                                              I am complete, but now as an artist, I no longer feel like an
                                   how she made the piece.                                        Ugly Duckling! I believe I have found my wings!”

                                    When she gets in her                                          Lorena, I truly believe you have! You are an inspiration to
                                    zone, she forgets which                                       us all!                                                                                         Nicho Corazon
                                    way she did something because she is concentrating
                                    intensely. Hours can turn into minutes when she is
                                    designing; therefore recording the steps also allows
                                    her to document how many hours are tied up in one
                                    creation. This process also assists her to price her
                                    items accordingly.                                                      Lorena was born in Mexico where she had a firsthand opportunity to experience the
                                                                                                           diverse cultural and artistic expressions of her country while traveling around Mexico.
    Sun                             Anyone who has been following Lorena’s blog at                           She lived in Chiapas, Mexico for the first years of her life, a wonderful experience
    Earrings               can be assured she                        complete with memories about the folk art and the amazing jewelry that native Indians
                                    is certainly not afraid of the clay! Almost every day                                         wore, and made, for special occasions.
                                    Lorena adds another well crafted piece to her site. She
    is involved in a challenge which started on Flickr in which 268 artists pledged to               Lorena initiated her studies in Mass Communication Sciences at the Universidad Iberoamericana
    create a ring a day. I have been watching her rings and each one is better than the last.        Noroeste in Baja California, Mexico and later continued with her major in Mass Communications
                                                                                                                            and Advertising at the University of Texas at El Paso.
    However one ring which stopped me in my tracks was                                              After several years of graphic design, as well as managing the business side of her family’s printing
    a simple piece of paper wrapped around her finger with                                                           shop, she moved to Princeton, New Jersey to start her own family.
    the words “One Touch Control = Life” and a small drop
    of blood. With this posting she revealed her struggle                                           In 2003 Lorena and her family moved to San Antonio, Texas where her passion and love for art motivated
                                                                                                     her to study metals at the South West School of Art and Craft. It was in this school where Lorena had her
    with diabetes. I highly encourage you to check out her                                                    first experience with metal clay through the hands of a wonderful teacher, Claire Holliday.
    blog to see this inspiring story.
                                                                                                       Lorena’s work is full of her culture and traditions from Mexico, every piece has a story to tell.
    I would say more but at this point in the interview she
    and I went off on a tangent. Tangents can be fun! But                                                  Lorena earned her certification from Rio Rewards and is a member of PMC Guild,
                                                                                                       SNAG (Society of North America Goldsmiths) and MCASA (Metal Clay Artists in San Antonio).
    what I gleaned from it was something she said which
    touched my heart,” The only person who can control you
    is you.” I am a firm believer that we can become better artists through our struggles               Editor’s Note: Lorena was just informed that one of her fabulous Calaveras was
    if we keep on pushing.                                                                              selected to be exhibited at Perdue University during the 2010 PCM Conference.

    I asked Lorena what would she say to a new metal clay artist? Her answers were                                                        Way To go, LorENa!
    three don’ts. First, “don’t be afraid of the clay”, “don’t be afraid to get messy, “and

8   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                  Spring 2010 •          9
                               Rising Star

                                                             Cloudswing                                                                                             The Big Wheel bike was an experiment in firing
                                                      Hollow form cloud
                                                       embellished with                                                                                             metal clay on either side of a pewter finding.
                                                       fine silver flakes.                                                                                          Even though it wasn’t technically challenging,
                                                          Lampwork bird                                                                                             experimenting with a torch
                                                              created by                                                                                            was entertaining.
                                                     Stephanie Sersich.

                                                                                                                                                                         Incorporating wine corks
                                                                                                                                                                         with silver clay gives
                                                                                                                                                                         fine silver an unexpected
                                                                                                                                                                         twist. It was a chance
                                                                                                                          Big wheel bike – Mixed media bike finding with
                                                                                                                          spinning silver clay ‘rims’.
                                                                                                                                                                         encounter while on vacation
                                                                                                                                                                         that a wine cork literally
                                                                                                                          popped out and said, ”Hi!.” Wine corks like metal clay are                             Original pair of Cork earrings
                                                                                                                          quite versatile.

                                                                                                                                              Some have small artworks printed on them and some are blank

             Michelle Loon
                                                                                                                                              canvases waiting for inspiration. I’ve been playing with different ways
                                                                                                                                              to decorate and set them into various types of metal clay pieces.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Treasure map
                                                                                                                                              Having achieved Senior level Certification                                   wine cork earrings
                                                                                                                                              with Art Clay World recently, I look forward
                                                                                                                                              to teaching and sharing my love of metal clay
                                                                                                                                              with others.
   My jewelry and metal clay addiction started in college during a break from biology
   classes. With the encouragement of friends, family and teachers, immersion in the                                  Copper clay bird    With the releases of the no-carbon fire bronze
   jewelry world continued with a gemology certificate                                                                with wine cork
                                                                                                                                          and copper clays, I am enamored with the idea
   and attending traditional metalsmithing classes.
                                                                                                                          of making miniature copper and bronze aerialists as aerial silks
                                                                                                                          (tissu) and hoop (lyra) are my favorite apparatus to play on.
   Creating whimsical pieces with metal clay is a way to
   bring parts of my imaginary world to life. Strength                                                                Time to Fly Necklace
                                                                                                                                                                            Small horned critters
   and grace combined with a playful twist of fancy are
                                                                                                                                                                            have been sighted
   common elements in my pieces.
                                                                                                                                                                            lurking in my sketches
                                                                                                        Neuron Ring
                                                                                                                                                                            recently too, so who
                                                                                                                                                                            knows what will end
                                                    I find inspiration
                                                                                                                                                                            up coming from the
                                                    in aerial circus arts, mechanical toys, and
                                                    architectural filigree among other things. With
                                                    Cloudswing, the lampwork bird’s perch was                                                                                                               Honu at play brooch Inspired by a
                                                                                                                                                                                              honu turtle who had gotten tossed in the waves.
                                                    inspired by the aerial circus apparatus.

                                                                             Exploring untraditional styles
                                                                             of ring bands with the Neuron
                                                                             and Double Flower rings have                 Contact:
                                                                             been interesting construction      
                                                                             challenges. Many of my pieces      
Double Flower Ring                                                           have been torch fired as it is an
Girly brass knuckles in silver
                                                                             interesting process to watch.                Class info:
                        Double Flower Ring
                                  side view                                                                     

10            • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                        Spring 2010 •                 11
                                                                                                                              Filigree Hexagon Pendant
                                                                                                Materials for Hexagon Syringe
                                                                                                1 20 Gram Package Art Clay Silver

                                                                                                1 9 Gram Syringe
                                                                                                1 8 MM Dicro or fused glass cabochon                                    1                 2
                                                                                                1 Empty Syringe
                                                                                                Liver of Sulfur
                                                                                                Sanding Papers: 400, 600, 1200 and 4000 grit                                      Adjust the size of the
                                                                                                2 Templates cut from plastic sheets                                                templates according

                                                                                                                                                                                  to the desired size of
                                                                                                  (plastic template sheets can be found in the quilting dept of a fabric store)      finished pendant.

                                                                                                                    1. Condition the clay by placing a small amount of clay onto plastic
                                                                                                                    wrap, spritz lightly with distilled water, fold a layer of the plastic wrap
                                                                                                                    over the clay and knead the clay through the plastic wrap, turning over
                                                                                                                                   and kneading until the clay has a soft silky consistency.

                                                                                                                                    2. Using a spray bottle, lightly spritz the inside of an
                                                                                                                                    empty syringe with water.
      Using syringe work as a background texture and as a foreground embellishment.
                                    by Barbara Hance                                                                                3. Place the conditioned clay into the prepared syringe.
                                                                                                                                    Push an open paper clip up through the opening of
     Great syringe tips:                                                                                                            the syringe pressing plunger down
                                                                                                                                    slightly to remove any air pockets
     As a cake decorator, using the syringe took a little practice but when I applied cake                                          and compress the clay towards
     decorating techniques to the syringe the doors opened for many design uses. Once                                               the point of the syringe.
     you learn to control the speed and pressure you use with the syringe, you can create
     everything from fine bezels to backgrounds and drawings.                                                        4. Extrude a snake long enough to wrap
                                                                                                                     around the stone and overlap. Spritz snake
     Much of the successful use of the syringe depends on the balance of the speed in                                with water and cover with plastic wrap. Allow
     which you move the syringe over your work, and the pressure you use on the plunger                              snake to sit for a minute under the plastic
     as you pipe. An inexpensive way to practice your pressure control is to squeeze                                 wrap before placing around the stone. (This
     toothpaste right from the tube into an empty syringe and place one of the small            will help to prevent cracking). Overlap, cut and join seam with
     tips on the end. Practice your pressure control and movement of your syringe until         paste, smoothing until seam disappears. Set stone aside to dry.
     you feel confident enough to work with your silver. Even though your silver filled         When dry refine bezel.
     syringe will produce much more resistance than toothpaste it is an inexpensive way
     to practice getting control of your syringe work.                                                                 Bail:
                                                                                                                       5. Extrude another snake about 6 inches long. Spritz with
     To start your design, place the point of the syringe on the surface of your work,                                 water and allow to rest for a minute under plastic wrap.
     squeeze out a small amount of syringe just to attach the string to the surface. Lift                              Pick up snake and make several wraps around a medium
     the point of the syringe slightly off the surface and continue to pipe. Working with the                          size straw. Be sure the straw is large enough to allow the
     syringe slightly off the surface and dropping your lines will offer you more control,                             chain you plan to use to pass through. These wraps are
     your lines will be smoother and more rounded than if you were to drag the tip along                               made much like winding wire around a mandrel to make
     the surface of your work.                                                                  jumprings. Make sure that wraps are placed close together. Allow to dry.

     To stop, touch tip back down to surface, reduce pressure, stop squeezing and pull          Frame:
     away. A damp paint brush can be used to smooth away points and uneven surfaces             6. Roll 20 grams of clay 6 cards thick. Place clay on a surface that
     as well as coaxing wayward lines into place.                                               can be transferred to a drying source without disturbing the clay.
                                                                                                This should be a surface you can work on throughout the making
     If the syringe line curls up as you pipe you can move the syringe faster over the          of your pendant.
     surface of your work or decrease the pressure you are using on the plunger.
                                                                                                7. Place template #1 on clay and cut with an exacto knife or
      If the syringe line is breaking as you pipe either slow down the movement of the          blade. To keep the edges crisp and even, don’t allow the blade to
     syringe or increase the pressure on the plunger to achieve a smooth unbroken line.         drag along the edges or around the corners. Make your cuts long
                                                                                                and cut past the corners as you continue your cuts around the template.

12   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                        Spring 2010 •           13
                           8. Center template #2 on clay cut from template #1, and cut out
                           the center to complete the frame. Allow the frame to dry. When                              Using a pair of tweezers paste the small molded balls you made
                           dry refine the inner and outer edges of the frame to prepare for                            earlier onto the frame of the pendant.
                           the filigree background.
                                                                                                                       16. When pendant is completely dry, refine any place on your
                           Refining Facing of Frame:                                                                   pendant that looks or feels rough to the touch. A baby wipe can be
                           9. After refining the inside and outside edge                                               used to gently smooth the top of the large syringe work, and a final
                           of the frame you will use 400, 600, 1200 and                                                smoothing around the embellishments.
                           4000 grit sandpaper to make a mirror like
     finish on the face of the frame. Start with 400 grit sandpaper and                                             17. If the frame itself needs more refining, use the sanding papers
     sand surface until smooth.Working in the opposite direction, use                         400, 600, 1200 and 4000 to gently remove any imperfections.
     600 until smooth. Progress through 1200 and 4000 until surface
     feels very smooth. This process does not take a lot of sanding to                        Completing the Bail:
     achieve a nice smooth finish. Work with a light touch, sanding only                      18: Remove the dry coiled clay from the straw. Using a pair of wire
     until the surface is smooth with each grit.                                              cutters cut the clay rings as you would wire jump rings. For this bail
                                                                                              cut a ring in half, making a C shaped bail. Hold the bail and gently
     Molded embellishments:                                                                   sand the edges flat using 400 grit sandpaper. The extra rings can
     10. Roll tiny pieces of clay into a cone shape, push into prepared mold, remove and      be saved in a container for future use.
                        allow to dry. When dry refine edges. Place aside.
                                                                                                                        19. Paste the bail to the back of the pendant.
                       Setting the Stone and Creating Syringe
                       Background:                                                                                      20. To give a finished look to the back of the pendant, cut a small
                       11. Using painter’s tape, attach frame to a                                                      circle of clay and paste over the back of the stone.
                       prepared work surface... I used a teflon baking
                       sheet. The teflon releases the finished pendant                                                  21. Refine and clean the glass cabochon with a cotton swab dipped
                       easily.                                                                                          in denatured alcohol (available at hardware stores).

     12. Place the refined stone in the center of the frame. Use a small
     amount of paste to glue the stone onto the teflon surface so it will                                                                   Fire:
                         not move as you work around the bezel with                           22. Ramp kiln at 1000 degrees per hour to 1200 fire at 1200 degrees for 30 minutes. Turn the
                         the syringe.                                                         kiln off once it cools to 1000 degrees. The kiln door should remain closed until the chamber
                                                                                              reaches room temperature. DO NOT PEEK!! If you open the kiln door during this cooling
                        13. Starting from the outer edge using the                            process the temperature change could cause the glass to crack.
                        blue or thinnest nozzle randomly work from
                        the edge towards the center. Work in cursive                                                                   Finish:
                        c’s and r’s allowing syringe to curl and touch,                                       23. Patina with LOS, add a chain, and enjoy your pendant!
                        using a damp thin bristled paint brush to coax
                        lines into place as you work. Be sure syringe
                        work is attached securely to the frame and the
                        bezel around the stone.

                      14. When the pendant is completely dry, turn it over and using
                      syringe run a thin line around the back of the bezel to reinforce
                      the stone to the filigree work. A small line of syringe can be placed
                      around the frame work, blending well as you work. Use only a
                      small amount of syringe. You want to reinforce the stone and the
                      framework to the syringe, but you do not want
                      excess syringe to seep through to the front of
     your pendant. Work carefully, pendant is very fragile.

     Syringe and Embellishments:
     15. Using the grey or largest tip place your design on top of the
     filigree work. Swirls are made one side at a time, starting at the
     center curling down and around completing the line by attaching it                                          To see more of Barbara Hance’s beautiful work, go to:
     to the bezel. Use a fine bristled damp paint brush to coax lines into                                        
     place, and adhere design to filigree.

14   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                Spring 2010 •   15
                                      San Jose, CA Classes
                                         with Pat Evans                                                  METALCLAYARTS                           TOOLS - GLASS
                                                                                                                                                KILN SAFE STONES
                                          Senior Art Clay Silver Instructor                                 IN - ABOUT - FOR METAL CLAY      LiL BeLLA Humidifier
                                                (also Level III PMCC)
        Join me for beginning through intermediate classes in                                                                               HAND CRAFTED ART JEWELRY
     metal clay, fused glass, basic bead stringing & wire wrapping.
                  Art Clay Certification also available.                                                                                      WORKSHOPS CLASSES
               Fun, creative private or semi-private classes                                                                                  PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
                       in my studio or your home...                                                                                         GALLERY - LINKS - SOURCES
              makes a great party activity for teens and adults.
                   for more information                                                                                            
                                                                                                                   LiL BeLLA        

                                                    Dynasty Creative
                                                      Arts Studio
                                                    A warm, inspiring and relaxing environment
                                                    where you can design and create your own
                                                           one-of-a-kind jewelry designs.
                                                    Novice to advanced, individual instruction to
                                                         group classes and private parties.
                                                   • Hand blown lamp work beads,
                                                   • Precious and semi-precious stones
                                                                     • Chains, Accessories & Tools        Classes in metal clays, Art Clay certification (both
                                                                     • Unique hand-made jewelry
                                                                     works of arts with emphasis on     Level 1 & Senior level) and cross-over certification for
                                                                     local and national artists

                                                                     Visit, learn and make new
                                                                                                         PMC certified artisans are offered at Stan and Ann’s
                                                                     friends. From one-of-a-kind
                                                                     jewelry designs, to unique
                                                                                                                   studio, as well as other classes.
                                                                     components for jewelry arts...
                                                                           is the destination.
                                                                                                      Contact Stan and Ann Rosier for more information.
                                                                     27134B Paseo Espada, # 201        
                                                                     San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
                                                                     Studio Phone: 949.240.1800                             619-578-2075

16   • Spring 2010                                                                                                    Spring 2010 •   17
         Copper Discs                                                              Copper Discs and Washer Shapes

       Captured In Silver                                                          1. Roll out the copper clay to a red slat depth, 1.5mm.

                                                                                                           2. Using the 10mm round cutter, punch out 3 disc shapes.
                                                                                                           Use the second cutter to punch out 3 washer shapes to
                                      By Carol A. Babineau                                                 complement the small discs. Set aside in dehydrator or on
                                                                                                           hot plate to dry, turning when necessary (it tends to curl if
                                                                                                           dried too fast).

                                                                                                           3. Once dry, sand top, bottom and edges smooth.

                                                                                                           4. Fire with a torch for 3 minutes on
                                                                                                           the charcoal block.

                                                                                   5. Immediately immerse in cold water to help remove fire scale.

                                                                                   6. Continue with steps 3 through 5 for the remaining 2
                                                                                   discs and the 4 washer shaped pieces.

                                                                                   7. Pickle the copper discs if all the fire scale did not
                                                                                   come off in the water. If using pickle, then immerse
                                                                                   pickled items into very hot baking soda and water to
                                                                                   help neutralize any excess pickle.
     TOOLS:                                                                        8. Using small hammer, texture the discs and washers in a cross hatch design, or
     Beginning metal clay tools... separate sets, one for copper, one for silver                        one of your choosing.
     or washed well in between usage of clay types
        Water bottle with smooth sides                                                                     9. Once the texture is achieved on all of the discs and washers,
        Kiln                                                                                               gently tap the discs with a wooden dapping block in the
                                                                                                           second largest setting to gently curve
        Dehydrator, hot plate of coffee cup warmer                                                         the small discs. Use a deeper setting to
        Torch for copper                                                                                   dome the washer sections. Curving the
        Charcoal block                                                                                     discs will enable them to sit correctly
        Water and pickle for quenching and cleaning off fire scale from copper                             upon the curved silver sections.
        Brass cutters, 10 mm and 20 mm round                                                               10. Set the finished washer pieces aside,
        Jump rings, 16 gauge, (10) 4.0mm, (12) 3.5mm, (20) 3.0 mm                  until assembly, and the discs will be used in the next step.
        Brass brush for polishing
        Hammer for texturing copper pieces                                                                         Silver Sections
        Heavy hammer for dapping                                                                                   1. To create the silver sections, have all your tools
        Wood dapping block                                                                                         handy: roller, spacer slats, cutter, coil roller, etc.
        Art Clay Copper Clay
        Art Clay 650 Slow Dry or 650 Slow Dry Low Fire Clay, 20 grams                                              2. Roll out enough clay (about 25 cent size) to a long
                                                                                                                   rectangle using the red spacer slats.
        Art Clay paste
        Art Clay syringe                                                                                           3. Place the rolled out clay onto your texture and roll.
        Pickle, sparex, or citrus pickle
        Glass pyrex cup for pickle                                                                                 4. Trim the section to 20 mm wide by 30 mm long,
                                                                                                                   then place upon the water bottle to create the curved
        Copper or plastic tongs to remove copper from pickle                                                       shape of the bracelet sections.
        Baking soda and hot water to neutralize the pickle

18   • Spring 2010                                                                                                  Spring 2010 •    19
                                    5. Press one of the copper discs slightly into your clay
                                    rectangle.                                                   3. The sections now have a ring on each corner,
                                                                                                 and two of the rings also have corresponding jump
                                    6. Roll out a tiny piece of clay into a coil with the coil   rings. Open (4) 3.5mm jump rings and connect the
                                    roller.                                                      bracelet sections to the washer sections.

                                    7. Moisten the area around the copper disc and then                                                   4. Now you have a strip
                                    use a line of syringe to adhere                                                                       of connected parts.
                                    the coil to the backing, having
                                    one end come up into a curl on                                                             5. Open (6) 3.5mm
                                    the top of the copper disc.                                                                jump rings and
                                                                                                                               connect three
     8. Create two more pieces following steps 1 through 7, in                                                                 of them on
     this section.                                                                                                             each end of the
                                                                                                                               silver section
                                   9. Allow all to dry on the water                                                            (in a straight
                                   bottle form until completely dry.                                                           line) ending up
                                                                                                                               with the last
                                   10. Sand and finish the sections                              one attaching to the toggle ring end.
                                                                                                 6. For the bar end, open (6) 3.5mm jump
                                   11. Drill two holes in each end, in order to attach jump      rings. Attach two each to the silver section,
                                   rings, using gradually-sized drill bits until you get to      then use one to gather the two rows of rings
                                   the final size... 1.70 mm is for large jump rings made        and attach them together at this point. Add
                                   with 16 gauge wire.                                           the last ring, joining the toggle bar onto it at
                                                                                                 the same time.

                                   Toggle and Bar                                                7. Tumble finish if desired.

     12. The circular toggle section is made from one of the copper washers.

     13. The bar is made the same way the silver sections are made, (roll, texture, cut

                                                                                                 C A. Babineau
     out, etc.,) a jump ring is then attached to the back of the bar. The bar should be ¼”
     wide and at least ¼” longer from the center of the bar to its overlapping end.

     14. Allow to dry the slightly curved bar shape on the
     water bottle, just like the silver sections.                                                                                Art Clay Master Instructor                                                                Carol A. Babineau
     15. Attach a jump ring to the back of the bar using                                                                                                                                                                  is an award winning
     syringe. Just make a large ‘pile’ of syringe, set the jump                                                                                                                                                        Art Clay Master Instructor

                                                                                                                                                              *2008 NAD Competition Presidential Grand Prize Award
     ring into it at a slight angle and smooth around it.                                                                                                                                                                   and the author of
                                                                                                      ar t clay studio   llc
                                                                                                                                           METAL CLAY                                                                “Metal Clay Beyond the Basics”
     16. Dry completely, adding more syringe if needed.                                                                               CLASSES FOR ALL
                                                                                                                               LEVELS OF INSTRUCTION                                                                 Her work can be purchased at
     17. Clean copper discs of silver dust with alcohol before firing.                                                                                                                                                the League of NH Craftsmen
                                                                                                   SILVER · GOLD · COPPER                                                                                              Gallery, Littleton, Concord
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           and Meredith, NH.
                               18. Fire all completed silver sections in kiln on a piece of
                               fiber blanket that has been shaped into a curved form.             Transform your ideas into reality                                                                                      For more information
                               Assembly                                                           Small Classes Individual Instruction                                                                                       visit Carol at
                               1. Attach 3.5mm size jump rings to each rectangular silver         Certification Workshops All Levels
                               section, one at each corner.
                                                                                        • 603-560-5402
                               2. Open (6) 4mm jump rings, attach (4 each) to two
                               copper rings and (2) to the toggle ring.                     

20   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                                                             Spring 2010 •   21
                    Tips ‘N Tricks

           Reconstituting Dried Clay                                                     Sliding the neck of the bottle up over the Dremel’s grinder, open side facing
                                                                                         down, made a shield which funneled the powder into a neat little pile right
                                                                                         underneath. The clear plastic
     Most everyone working with metal clay has experienced that sinking feeling of       made it easy to see exactly
     finding an opened package of clay that has turned rock hard... or looking at        what I was doing.
     a piece you’ve been working on, but just before you fire it, deciding that you
     hate it.                                                                            It was such an easy and clean
                                                                                         process. I found I could grind
     I tried crushing the hardened clay, wetting it, rolling it, smashing it... hating   the hardened clay directly onto
     it enough to consider throwing it away. But, silver clay is way too expensive       a piece of saran wrap, add a
     to just toss.
                                                                                         few drops of distilled water,
     Then someone told me about using a Dremel to grind the clay back into powder.       wrap it up and quickly knead it
                       I tried that and found it remarkably easy to disintegrate         back into usable clay.
                       the hardened clay, but got turned off
                       by the powder that flew everywhere.                               This is also a handy little device for polishing your silver pieces without spewing
                                                                                         your polishing compound all over the place or back up ino your face.

                            Remembering something that I had
                            done years before, I took an empty
                            plastic water bottle and cut the top                                            Handy little tips to remember:
                            half off.
                                                                                                    1. Drink all the water before cutting the bottle in half :-)
                              I slit the sides at almost the center                                 2. Leaving the main side of the shield a little bigger and
                             point, leaving one side a little bigger                                rounder funnels the powder straight on down.
                                       and rounder than the other.                                  3. Make sure you hold onto the hardened piece of clay
                                                                                                    with tweezers or vice grips... the grinding wheel can be a
                                                                                                    little rough on your fingers.

                                                                                                                                Editor’s Note:
                                                                                                  I’ve discovered that the neck of the bottle fits snugly over the straight-edged
        I cut the smaller section out                                                           chuck of my small Dremel, but I’ve had to wrap a piece of tape around the neck
        up at the neck of the bottle.                                                            to hold it on when using it on my larger Dremel. It might be worth checking the
                                                                                                                 supermarket drink aisle for a wider-mouth bottle.

22   • Spring 2010                                                                                                           Spring 2010 •   23

                                                            Woven                                                             1. Lubricate work surface, domes, roller and straw. Draw a line
                                                                                                                              with permanent marker around the dome, about 2/3 of the way
                                                                                                                              down, to serve as a placement guide.

                                                          Quick Fire                                                          2. Using approximately 1/3 of the package
                                                                                                                              of clay, roll a piece 3 cards thick into a

                                                           Bronze                                                             rough rectangle at least 3 1/2” long by 2”

                                                           Pendant                                     3. Use tissue blade to cut at least 14 strips the length of the
                                                                                                       clay, each about 1/8” wide. If you want to be precise, use a
                                                                                                       clear work surface and place a piece of graph paper underneath
                                                                         Intermediate Level            for a guideline. However, irregular strips can be an interesting look, too. If you have
                                                                           by Pat Evans                enough clay, cut a few extra strips to have as backup.

                                Since I teach metal clay, I keep hoping for alternatives to                                     4. Remove alternate strips and reserve for weft strips, leaving
                                silver for my students who can’t afford the cost of silver or                                   7 strips in place. Trim ends evenly with tissue blade. These
                                who want to practice with a less expensive material. The                                        strips will be your warp strips.
     long firings of the first bronze clays just didn’t work well for my classes, and were
     hard on my kiln. As soon as I tried the new quick fire bronze clay, I was in love. At                                      5. Fold back alternate weft strips slightly more than halfway.
     last I could eliminate the long firings, have a reliable bronze for my students to play                                    Place one of the weft strips horizontally
     with, and add a lovely warm golden color to my metal palette.                                                              across the center of the warp. Flip the
                                                                                                                                folded strips back up.
     I’ve gone through several hundred grams of the new bronze clay now. I’m using
     Prometheus from Turkey. Hadar Jacobson also has a quick fire bronze available, which              6. Fold the warp strips that weren’t folded in step 6 down, close
     I have not yet experimented with. Either one should be suitable for this project. In              to the weft strip that is already in place. Place another warp strip
     my work, I’ve learned a few tricks for working with the clay that have made my life               across and flip the strips back in place.
     a little easier (see Sidebar).
                                                                                                       7. Repeat Step 6, alternating warp strips and moving from above
     Along with metal clay, I love basket making and weaving. I found that this clay is so             the center weft to below it, until all 7 warp strips are in place. Trim
     supple and relatively slow drying that it was a natural for a woven technique.                    excess strips about ¼” from the weave. Spritz woven mat with water and cover with
                                                                                                                               plastic wrap for a minute to let the clay absorb the water. This will
                                                                                                                               help keep the woven piece from cracking in the next step.
     Materials:                                         Tools:
     100 g quick fire bronze clay                       Container for paste                                                     8. Carefully peel the clay off the work surface. Work gently
     Lavender oil                                       Doming forms                                                            so as to avoid disturbing the weave. Center the weave on the
     Olive oil or Badger Balm®                             I used the bottoms of two                                            doming form and gently shape to the
                                                           small plastic Easter eggs                                            form.
                                                        Texture wheel
                                                                                                                                9. Use the craft knife to trim the clay in
     Basic metal clay tool kit:                         Mist bottle with water                                                  an even circle around the dome. Refer
       • Roller                                         Plastic wrap                                   to the placement line you drew. However, since all weaves
       • Nonstick work surface                          Empty syringe or coil roller                   are slightly different, you may choose to cut slightly above or
             The Easy Rolling Sheet from the MCT        Mug warmer or dehydrator                       below the line to get the best shape. Just be sure to have an
             Winter Issue is perfect for this project
                                                        Kiln                                                                  edge that is mostly even. You can clean
        •   Graduated slats or playing cards                                                                                  up small imperfections later on.
                                                        Tongs, long tweezers
        •   Tissue blade
                                                        Shallow stainless steel pan or fiber blanket                          10. Roll a long strip of clay 3 cards thick. Cut 2 strips, each
        •   Craft knife
        •   Small round tipped paint brush              Activated charcoal                                                    about 3/16” wide. Keep one strip covered with plastic while
        •   Color shaper - optional, but nice           Metal or ceramic quenching container                                  working with the other. Wrap the strip of clay around the edge,
        •   Straws                                      Brass brush                                                           overlapping at the join. Cut through the overlap (being careful
                                                        Optional: rotary tool or flex shaft                                   not to cut the woven strip below). Seal the join with paste. Dry.
        •   Emery boards and sanding pads
                                                            with sanding discs and                                            (I found that the forms I used could take the heat from my mug
        •   Diamond files                                                                                                     warmer. If yours isn’t heat stable, dry until you can lift the piece
                                                            extra-fine fiber wheel
                                                                                                                              from the form, and then finish drying on your heat source.)

24      • Spring 2010                                                                                                                     Spring 2010 •       25
     11. Make lavender oil paste by mixing a lump of clay with water to a smooth, thick             21. Put about 3/4” of carbon in a shallow
     paste. Then stir in two to three drops of lavender oil. Fill any cracks or pits with the       stainless steel pan. Lay the pendant on               Tips for Working with Quick Fire
     paste, using a small paintbrush or color shaper. Dry again.                                                        the charcoal. Sprinkle
                                                                                                                        more     charcoal      over            Bronze Clay
     12. Repeat steps 1-12 to make a second woven dome.                                                                 the pendant, letting it
                                                                                                                        sift in to the center of          Now that I’ve gone through several hundred
                             13. Make bail: roll a strip of clay 3 cards thick and at least 1                           the pendant. Cover the            grams of quick fire bronze clay, I’ve found
                                                                                                                                                          some ways of working with it that made it
                             3/4” long. Fold around lubricated straw. Press ends together                               pendant with cover with           even easier.
                             and trim the leftover tab to ½” from the straw. Trim corners of                            another 1/2’” to 3/4” of
                             tab at a 45 degree angle. Dry.                                                             carbon, mounding over             1. Bronze clay dries hard enough that sanding
                                                                                                                        the dome of the pendant           and filing can be difficult. I like to use a rotary
                                                                                                                                                          tool if I have a lot of clay to file. When working
                           14. Sand edges of domes flat and even.                                                       so that a fairly even layer       by hand, I’ve found that diamond files and
                           The bronze clay can be tough to sand.                                                        covers the entire piece.          coarser grits of sandpaper or emery boards
                           I like to start by using a sanding wheel                                                                                       than I would use for a similar purpose in
     with my rotary tool, then finish by placing the dome on a                                      22. Fire at 1530 degrees F for 1 1/2 hours.           silver clay are necessary to make progress in
     black emery board and rotating to get a level edge. Fill any                                   (I use a Paragon SC-3. Firing schedules for           smoothing or shaping the clay. The nice thing
                                                                                                                                                          is that the greenware, although breakable, is
     cracks or pits and dry.                                                                        other kilns may vary.                                 less fragile than silver clay.
                                                                                                    In particular, if you use
                            15. Make a thin coil: Fill an empty                                     a brick kiln instead of                               2. Because of the hardness of the
                            syringe with water and empty it. Then                                   a muffle kiln, you may                                greenware, it works best to work as cleanly
                            insert a log of clay in the syringe and extrude. Poke a paper clip      want to reduce the                                    as possible during the wet stage—smooth
                                                                                                                                                          edges with a little water, make neat cuts,
                            or needle tool in the extruding end of the syringe as you depress       temperature by about                                  etc. As an added advantage, this reduces
                            the handle in order to remove air bubbles. Then extrude a long          50 degrees.) I start my                               the amount of dust you’ll create during any
                            coil of clay. (I use Lorraine Davis’s idea, a large metal washer,       pieces in a cold kiln.                                later sanding or filing.
                            to give me extra leverage while extruding. Commercial syringe
                                                                                                                                                          3. I had some trouble with plain paste not
                            helpers are also available.) If you prefer, you can make a thin         23.    When    firing    is                           adhering well to the green ware. Using
                            coil with a coil roller. I like the evenness                            finished, you can open                                lavender oil paste solved the problem. Make
                            of extruded coils.                                                      the kiln to cool slightly.                            a paste with a lump of bronze clay and water.
                                                                                                    However, it is best to                                Then add a couple of drops of lavender oil
     16. Dampen the edges of one dome. Place the coil around                                        remove your pendant while it is still fairly hot.     and stir in. I use this both before firing and
                                                                                                                                                          for making post-firing repairs.
     the edge. Dampen edge of the second dome and place on                                          Be sure to use appropriate safety precautions,
     top. Squeeze gently to join the two halves. Clean excess                                       including heatproof gloves, long tongs, etc. Use      4. I was able to make scraps of clay nearly
                        clay from seam, smoothing with a                                            long tweezers to fish your pendant out of the         as supple as fresh simply by spritzing with
                        dampened color shaper or paintbrush.                                                            charcoal. Shake as much           water, tearing, stacking and re-rolling several
                        Since you will be covering this seam                                                            of the hot carbon out back        times. This process, especially for clay you
                                                                                                                                                          have refreshed more than once, can lead
                        later, it doesn’t have to be absolutely                                                         into the firing pan, then         to more pitting in the finished project, so it’s
                        perfect.                                                                                        immediately drop the piece        best used for textured pieces.
                                                                                                                        in a container of water to
                            17. Use a craft knife to open a slot the width of the bail tab in the                       quench.                           5. I like kiln firing in a small amount of
                                                                                                                                                          carbon because it is the most reliable way
                            clay between the two halves. Insert tab of                                                                                    of getting a golden bronze color. The fiber
                            dried bail in the slot. Secure the tab and fill                                            24. Brush the pendant              blanket method that comes with the clay
                            any openings around it with lavender paste.                                                with a brass brush, or for         gave me more of a coppery color, and had
                            Dry.                                                                                       an even nicer and easier           more issues with sintering, as well.
                                                                                                                       finish, with a fiber wheel
                                                                                                                                                          6. Using a fiber wheel on my rotary tool
     18. Extrude a long coil of clay. Place it in a straight line on your work                                         and rotary tool or flex            made post-firing cleanup and polishing a
     surface. Use the texture roller to make a design in the coil.                                                     shaft. If you find parts that      breeze.
                                                                                                    are cracked or unsintered, you can repair with
                          19. Dampen the join around the woven                                      lavender paste and re-fire. (The second firing        7. Always be aware of safety issues.
                                                                                                                                                          Wear a mask when creating dust—filing,
                          pendant and place the decorated coil on top.                              should take only an hour.)                            sanding or finishing. Use appropriate safety
                          Use a damp paintbrush to tap the coil in place                                                                                  eyewear, both when using power tools and
                          and smooth the join. Dry.                                                 25. Hang your pendant on a cord or chain and          when looking in your kiln. Wear gloves or a
                                                                                                    enjoy!                                                barrier hand cream when working with wet
                          20. Take a last look at your pendant for cracks, pits or rough                                                                  clay, especially if you have a sensitivity to
                                                                                                                                                          the metal. Your may not see immediate ill
                          edges. Fill with lavender paste as needed and sand or file any            Tip: To make matching earrings, simply follow         effects if you work carelessly, but your long
                          rough spots. I found that a triangular diamond file was perfect for       steps 1-12, fire and finish as above, and attach      term health could suffer!
                          getting in small crevices of the weave.                                   to an earwire with a bronze jump ring.

26    • Spring 2010                                                                                                               Spring 2010 •                   27
            g        Guest Blogger

                                  Walking Through Life                                         Do you see a theme?
                                    Linda Stiles Smith
                             Metal Clay Today Blog Post – March 2010                           With any craft, art, trade or occupation, you just have to keep on working to learn.
                                                                                               Fortunately, the jewelry I make does sell. I love what I make, but I make what people
     I say this with the growing conviction that that is just what I’ve been doing, walking    like to buy and wear. And I really like to MAKE things. And as I learn, I keep raising
     through life. Maybe sometimes it’s a stroll, but a lot of the time it’s a power walk. I   the bar on the quality of my work.
     don’t jog. Or run. I just keep on walking. Not always in a straight line, and there is
     some pausing along the way.                                                               After a couple of years while I was just walking along doing my own work, people
                                                                                               started asking me if I would teach them how to make jewelry with metal clay. Why
     I wasn’t among the first to work with silver                                              not? I was certified to teach wasn’t I?
     metal clay. That’s a good thing for me because if
     I had been, I might have lost patience with the                                           My goal was not just to teach, but to help others realize a faster start than I had
     process and never gotten past my first piece. I                                           working with metal clay. For example, I had to teach myself how to torch fire my
     like to let others work out the technical bugs in                                         pieces because I could only find one or two paragraphs on the topic, it wasn’t taught
     a product so I can concentrate on creating.                                               in the classes I took. Now, every beginner in my classes learns how to torch fire so
                                                                                               they can go right home and do it.
     Even so, that first piece was a disaster! I took
     a workshop even though I don’t work very                                                  Pulling the best information I could find for my students I realized that there was a
     well in the classroom. I’m easily distracted by                                           plethora of how-to’s but not a lot of quality overall basic information (the brand wars
     other people and what they are doing, trying to                                                                             seem to influence this). So I gathered up my notes
     absorb EVERYTHING at once.                                                                                                  and tips and all the knowledge I had acquired over
                                                                                                                                 the years and wrote a book for students: Metal Clay
     Usually I can’t design off the cuff and there                                                                               Basics & Bench Reference released in 2009.
     wasn’t a lot of direction to the class. I had to
     beg to borrow tools to work on my unfinished                                                                               It’s all been great fun learning and working and
     piece at home, but when I took it out the next                                                                             MAKING something both beautiful and useful. Now,
     day the clay had melted into the wet paper                                                                                 my journey in metal clay is walking me down the
     towel it was wrapped in! Rule #1; don’t wrap                                                                               path of tool invention and writing.
     metal clay in wet paper towels. It’s ok if it dries out in between work sessions.
                                                                                                                                It’s amazing to me that I actually invented a tool
     Ultimately I really wanted to work with this new silver material, so I sought out the                                      to use that hadn’t been developed by anyone else!
     answers and grew my knowledge any way I could.                                                                             Linda’s Lid Metal Clay Syringe Holder is still a sought
                                                                                                                                after tool for metal clay artists.
     I love to read. Reading is my main method for learning anything. Since most of the
     books at the time (2002) were in Japanese and there wasn’t anything like YouTube                                           And there are more ideas on my bench, as well as a
     yet, I kept devouring the information I could find from other artists in magazines.                                        growing list of topics to write about!

     I also don’t travel a lot. I really like living in the Midwest, so my class experiences                                    Staying receptive to opportunities, keeping true to
     were restricted to what was available in my area, which hasn’t been much. But I just                                       myself and ideals, spreading the joy of MAKING and
     kept on walking: teaching myself and MAKING as much as I could.                                                            walking forward are what it’s all about for me.

     When certification classes became available, I took them. I am a Senior Certified                                                     It’s an interesting journey...
     Instructor with Art Clay World, USA and have completed the Rio PMC Certification                                                            will you join me?
     course, and am now working towards my Level 1 Master’s Registry.

     My initial plan though was to make jewelry I could sell. So that’s what I did, creating                            Check out Metal Clay Today’s blog at
     an occasional show piece here and there, if I had time. All the while I kept on walking          
     and learning and MAKING.

28   • Spring 2010                                                                                                            Spring 2010 •      29
            g          Best of the Blogs                                                                                             Trends, Forecasts & Predictions
                            by Lori Phillips
                                                                                                                                                                       by Lori Delisle

     Hi everyone, a couple of inspirational sites are in my focus
     this time around. I say this because after you have seen the                                                                    Blushing
                                                                                                                                     Summer Brides
     extraordinary creations of these metal clayers you will be
     inspired to produce your own. (P.S. never copy! That’s not
                                                                                                                                                                                            “Silver Lace Sparrow” by
     good claymanship!)                                                                                                                                                           

      With these sites you need to grab your favorite beverage, sit                                                                  The designers’ dresses for this
     back, kick up your feet, assuming you have a laptop! Otherwise,                                                                 summer show some very feminine
     you will knock over your monitor, spill your drink… stop, Lori,                                                                 details. Offer your own unique
     you’re rambling! Anyway, what you will experience is endless                                                                    designs to complement these
     hours of ooooo’s and awwwws.                                                                                                    beautiful and elegant gowns.
     Ok, with this in mind, we will start at the Mother Load, pun                                       “Brown Paper Packages”
     intended! is a
     site where you may not find how-tos or step by steps; instead                                                                   Trend — Big, Beautiful Bows
     you will be treated to posting after posting of eye candy. Yum!                                             Many designers highlighted their gowns with a large, simple bow accenting
     Yum! These are some insanely talented artists! Yet the best part is, if you enjoy what you                  the waistline, sometimes in stiff white satin, sometimes as a thin belt in a
     see, you are able to click on the artist and visit their etsy store to make a purchase. I highly            contrasting ribbon, but always super chic.
     encourage you to do this and support your fellow artists. Somebody has to help them support
     their habits. After all, we all know how addicting metal clay is!
                                                                                                                                    Trend — Lots and Lots of Flowers
     Another blog came to us through a recommendation... keep those coming by the way! I was                                        Often gowns can be seen nearly
     already familiar with this site and was going to tell you all about it because of its hamster.                                 completely covered in 3-dimensional
     Huh? Its what? There is the cutest little hamster in a cage that you are able to feed and play                                 flowers, bursting into bloom from top
     with. What does a hamster have to do with metal clay? Who cares! I played with it for about                                    to bottom, or as a virtual corsage at
     5 minutes till I could tear myself away to maneuver through the site. The site is http://                                      the neckline. Joy Funnell is a wonderful enameller and a senior Art Clay                                                                                                        “The Uprising” by
     instructor. She fills her blog with great pictures and stories about her current pieces. This is
     another perfect place for a budding artist or a seasoned veteran to receive a creative nudge.
                                                                                                                                    Trend — Lace
                                                                                                                                    Not your Grandmother’s lace gown,
                                                                                                        “Garden Party” by
     Elsewhere in this issue we welcome Linda Stiles Smith’s Guest Blog, offering her perspective   these have contemporary lines, but
     on personal creativity. We can learn new methods, new ideas, and play with new clays. It all                                   are often filled with lots of layers of
     contributes to our inspiration to create!                                                                                       soft ruffles.
                 So there you are for now. I hope you glean some fresh perspectives.                                                 Trend — Wink at Color
               Don’t forget to visit our Featured Artist Lorena Angulo’s fabulous blog at                                             Brides are not just looking to white
                                                                                               pearls and clear crystal for their
                                                                                                                                      wedding day, but playing with little                  “Green Cherry Blossoms”
            Check out our blog at                                                        hints of color in their gown and                       by
                                                                                                                                      jewelry. Pretty pastels and bright
     Then come and visit our fan page on Facebook! If you do, you’ll be the first to know about                                       sorbet colors are popular for this
     the new contests, the winners and anything else we decide to leak out to our awesome fans.                                       summer.

                                                                                                                                      Happy Designing!
                                           Happy Blogging!
                                                                                                        “Lotus Blossom Earrings”

                                                                                                                                                          “Forever Forget Me Not”

30   • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                Spring 2010 •        31
                                                              Book Review                                                                       The MCT Challenge!

                                      by Patricia K. Evans

                                             Enchanted Adornments:
                                                                                                                  our chal lenge
                                            Creating Mixed Media Jewelry with
                                             Metal Clay, Wire, Resin and More                                  Y
                                                                                                                New Beginnings
                                                          by Cynthia Thornton
                                                               Interweave, 2009

 I was thoroughly charmed by Thornton’s imaginative approach in Enchanted Adornments. Thornton
 believes that objects can hold magic, and her book centers around this theme. Part inspiration, part
 modern fairy tale, and part how-to book, this volume is both whimsical and practical.

 Like most books of this genre, this one begins with a ‘Basics’ section. However, what Thornton                    exploring new directions, new interests,
 considers to be basic is finding and harnessing inspiration, and so that is the focus of her first chapter.
 She gives specific ideas for grabbing inspiration, such as deconstruction (breaking down the elements
                                                                                                                      new relationships, new materials,
 of a design for study) and symbolism.                                                                             new friendships, new motherhood, etc.
 Next Thornton looks at ‘Essentials’ - materials and methods. While she does a nice job of discussing
 safety issues and organization, some of her other information is flawed. The author says, for example,
                                                                                                                   All entries should be named, and must be
 that “adding pieces to a preheated kiln can cause bubbling and surface defects.” The only time I’ve
 ever heard of a problem with putting silver metal clay pieces in a preheated kiln is when the pieces
                                                                                                                   accompanied by a caption, in 25 words or
 are not thoroughly dry. The directions Thornton gives for determining the length of a toggle clasp are             less, defining how your piece represents
 vague. And in listing types of metal clay and polymer clay, she completely omits any mention of some
 well-known brands, although in the project instructions themselves, she is brand-neutral. The section                           a new beginning.
 redeems itself with some solid techniques, including an in-depth discussion of how to make a poured
 silicon 3-D mold, a texture sheet technique using liquid polymer clay, and more.

 The heart of the book lies in the twenty multi-media projects, each introduced with a fanciful story              Send us your 4” x 6” 300 ppi photos along with your name,
 about the mystical creature that inspired the piece. Reading this section, my own imagination took                     the project’s title, and your contact information
 wing, flitting around ideas based on my own set of imaginary friends. I loved the concept of writing                  to by May 1st, 2010.
 a story to find your way in to a piece. The projects that accompany the pieces are intriguing in                   We will post your submissions at
 their variety and skillful use of multimedia techniques. The styles range from vintage chic to nature-                    and your peers will vote to decide who wins.
 inspired to whimsical and modern. A hinged locket with resin-embedded image and a tiny hollow egg
 with a watch crystal window were two of my favorite projects, although nearly every one spoke to                       Voting will take place from May 7th to May 21st.
 me in some way. I was even captured by many of the projects that have no metal clay included at                            Winners will be announced on May 25th.
 all. The directions are not as fully illustrated as in some step-by-step books, but there are sufficient                    Projects must include at least 50% metal clay.
 photos to clarify tricky steps, and the written instructions are thorough and easily followed, even with
 challenging pieces. The book concludes with a gallery that provides further inspiration.                      First Place Prize - $100 Metal Clay Findings Gift Certificate
                                                                                                                         Second Place Prize - ArtClay Coppr Kit
           If you are looking for a book to make you flutter your creative wings,
                   Enchanted Adornments has just the magic you need!                                            Third Place Prize - 25 grams of your preferred Silver Clay

32    • Spring 2010                                                                                                                      Spring 2010 •   33
         The Spirit of Giving
                   We thank all of the artists who participated
                                                                                                          de Haes

                                                                                                                                             Mad Hatter
                                                                                                                                           Colleen Wilson

                                                                                                                       Barbara Spong
                    in Metal Clay Today’s Winter Challenge.
Barbara Spong                                                           Nautilus
                                                                  Barbara Spong

                                           Ginko Leaf                                                                                  Ardis Bartle
                                          Barbara Spong

 Angel Fish
 Carol Faith                                                                        Large Magnet
                                                                                   Clasp Pendant
                                            Celtic Knot                             Barbara Hance
                                           Barbara Hance

                                                                                                            Silver Shield
                                                                                                               Carol Faith

                                            Gracie                  Coiled                          Pam Annesley
                                          Gail Moriarity          Robin Beth
                                                                   Faulkner                                                                Fish Locket
                                                                                                                                              Carol Faith

       Tears of Joy
       Ronald Taylor
                                                           Connie Williams

     Check out the new challenge at                         Check out the new challenge at

34   • Spring 2010                                                                                                   Spring 2010 •   35
                                                                                                                                                          “Life is good! In my retirement I’m finally able to pursue my

        The Spirit of Giving
                                                                                                                                                    artistic inclinations whole-heartedly. I believe those inclinations
                                                                                                                                                    to be hereditary, for my father’s hobby was oil painting, but
                                                                                                                                                    I like to think that it was primarily the artistic talent of my
                                                                                                                                                    maternal grandfather, who was an accomplished coppersmith,
                                                                                                                                                    that was passed to me.
                                                                                                                                                          I’ve been creating jewelry for two years, and I’ve taken
          Our readers have voted... and here are the results!                                                                                       courses from some of the finest jewelry artists in bead & pearl
                                                                                                                                                    stringing, lapidary, silver fabrication, and silver and copper
                                                                                                                                                    clays, and I hope to take many more. I find it surprising,
                                                                                                                                                    but also most gratifying, to find myself being referred to and
                                                                                                                                                    introduced as a “jeweler” and an “artist,”
                                                                                                                                                    and to now have won my second prize
                                                                                                                                                    in a jewelry contest. My first win was
                                                                                                                                                    a second place prize in the 2009 San
                                                                                                                                                    Diego County Fair in the Southwest
                                                                                                                                                    Jewelry, Modern category for a piece
                                                                                                                                                    involving cuttlebone casting.
                                                                                                                Second Place                              I have been hoarding all my pieces,
                                                                                                                                                    still unwilling to sell or give away a
                                                             First Place                                        Tears of Joy                        single piece, but I recognize that
                                                                                                                                                    this is going to have to change. My
                                                             Mad Hatter                                       by Ronald Taylor                      jewelry has become a rather expensive
                                                                                                              Ronald received                       passion, and, in the future, one
                                                             by Colleen Wilson                                                                      generation of pieces is going to have to
                                                             Colleen received a set of                     50 grams of Silver Clay                  fund the next.“
                                                             Dynasty Rubber Stamps

                                                                                                             “I have a compulsion to be creative. I feel I have to express myself through
                                                                                                         different mediums such as the contemporary clays and fibre arts. I have had
                                                                                                         aspirations to be an artist all my life. I can remember as a child of five I was
                                                                                                         constantly drawing or making something.
                                                                                                             I spent much of my youth exploring several mediums, including drawing,
                                                                                                         painting, sewing and bead making. I chose art teacher as a profession, while
                                                                                                         continuing to explore other mediums, such as photography and fibre arts. My art
                                                                                                                                       experience has been rich, not with any one medium,
         Colleen Wilson of (Riverview, MI *) has had a career as a dental ceramist for over 25 years.                                  but in adding up what they all have to offer. Each
     Her art of crown and bridge “sculpting” took her to a love of creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. She                                 has added to my sense of design and love of colour.
                                                                                                                                             Life to me is an adventure; there is so much
     has been working with PMC for ten years and has recently expanded to Bronze Clay.                                                 to do, to see and to try. I am constantly exploring,
         Colleen credits her grandmother for inspiring her to be                                                                       innovating, and continuing to share through my
     creative even as a child. She has explored many media                                                                             artwork and teaching.”             - Pam Annesley
     over the years such as china painting, photography,
     ceramics, but always returns to her love of beading and                                                                              Pam studied Art, Painting and Photography
                                                                                                                                    in England. She taught Art in High Schools before
     jewelry.                                                                                                                       migrating to Australia.
         Colleen’s a certified artisan/instructor (Rio Grande) who                                                                        Her jewellery can be found on sale at                     Third Place
     teaches from her home studio. Her creations are available                                                                      numerous galleries around Perth. Pam was a finalist
     at local art & craft shows and at a boutique in Tucson, AZ.                                                                    in the mixed media section of the USA 2006 National          Polymer Clay
         She is a member of the Downriver Arts and Crafts                                                                           Polymer Clay Guild’s International Juried Exhibition.
                                                                                                                                    She was placed fourth at the 2005 Fashion Fantasia
     Guild, Downriver Council for the Arts http://downriverarts.                                                                                                                               by Pam Annesley
                                                                                                                                    Exhibition with a spectacular garment embellished
     org, and the PMC Guild.                                                                                                        with Polymer Clay textured beads. More recently
         You may contact Colleen at downtherivergifts@                                                   one of Pam’s exceptional screenprinted Polymer Clay Journals was featured in             Pam received or on                                                                  USA author - Sue Heaser’s “Polymer Clay Techniques” Book.                              25 grams of Silver
     colleenwilsonpreciousmetalclayjewelry                                                                  Pam enjoys sharing and encouraging her students to experiment and ask the                 Clay
                                                                                                         question... “What if?”

      Check out the new challenge at                                                Check out the new challenge at

36    • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                   Spring 2010 •              37
                     Class Listings, Show Schedules, Organization News

                                                                                                              PMC Southwest Florida, is the southwest Florida chapter of athe national PMC Guild. The southwest
                                    Calling all Guilds!                                                       Florida chapter meets in the southern half of Florida at least part of the year. We look forward to meeting
                                                                                                              you. Contact Helene K. for more information.
                       Tell the world where and when you meet.                                                The Miami Metal Clay Artists, which is the local chapter of Art Clay Society, USA, meets on
                Send information about your class listings, show schedules...                                 the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. for social and 6:30 for meeting and project. We
                          and meeting times and locations of your                                             welcome all metal clay enthusiasts. Contact chapter leader Bernadette Denoux 305 273-8829.
                                                                                                     for more information.
                    metal clay, artisan or jewelry making organizations.
                  Please include your name, where and when, name and                                          Illinois
                            e-mail address of the contact person.                                             Suburban Silver Society meets the second Friday of each month, all metal clay artists are invited. We
                                                                                                              are a hands-on group, we work on a project at each meeting. New techniques and demonstrations are
            We believe that it is important for all metal clay enthusiasts                                    presented. For more information contact Deb Wojnorowski at
            to have a forum for networking and promoting their work.
                                                                                                              The Kansas City chapter of the PMC Guild is an eclectic group of artists from the great Kansas
                                                                                                              City metropolitan area with a common interest in metal clays—PMC, ArtClay, Copper, Bronze. We meet
     International — Australia                                                                                the 3rd Tuesday of each month to share a hands-on exploration of a technique or media. Dues are
                                                                                                              currently $10.00 annually. Contact chapter president Lynette Fisk at or check out
     The First International Chapter of the PMC Guild                                                         our website for current meeting information.
     The Victoria, Australia Chapter, based in Melbourne.
     Meetings are held alternate months. For Information contact                     Massachusetts
                                                                                                              Greater Boston Metal Clay Guild meets every 4th Sunday of each month at Metalwerx, 50 Guinan
     United States —                                                                                          Street, Waltham, MA from 7pm - 9pm. Each meeting we discuss new topics, ideas, have a demo, and
     California                                                                                               discuss our current month’s challenge. For more information visit them at or
     Metal Clay Alchemists Society of San Diego County
     Meets quarterly at the Continuing Education, West City Pt. Loma Campus, room 127., 6:00 pm               New Hampshire
     The address is 3249 Fordham St, San Diego 92110.                                                         The Merrimack Valley Metal Clay Collaborative

     Contact Stan or Ann Rosier for more information. All Metal Clay Enthusiasts are welcome!                 meets every third Sunday of the month,

                                                                                                              except holidays from 11 a.m. until ?
     San Diego County Chapter of the PMC Guild                                                                at Art Clay Studio, llc,

     Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 6:30 pm                                           99 Factory St., Ext., Nashua, NH 03060
     5654 Mildred Street, San Diego, CA 92110                                                                 Contact Carol at 603-560-5402 No dues
     Contact Person: Melissa @                                                           artclaysocietynewengland/
     San Diego Guild
     Contact Louise Shadonix, Oversight Director San Diego PMC Guild for more information.
                                                                                                              New York
                                                                                                              PMC Guild-Syracuse/CNY Chapter                   Beta testers
                                                                                                              meets the 3rd Sunday of the month at
     Colorado                                                                                                 3:00-4:45 at the Manlius Public Library,          The Artists Gallery is an online Gallery
     The Western Slope Metal Clay Artisans Chapter                                                            1 Arkie Albanese Way, Manlius                    devoted to Metal Clay Artists who desire
     aka Grand Junction Chapter of the PMC Guild and the Art Clay Society.
     We serve metal clay enthusiasts on the western slope of Colorado and in eastern Utah. We meet in         Upstate New York Metal Clay Guild                to have a web presence, but do not want
     Grand Junction, CO on the third Saturday of every month from 10 am to 2 pm where we have studio          Studio 34 Creative Arts Center and Gal-
     exploration time lead by our members as well as several seminars each year presented by nationally       lery, 34 Elton St., Rochester, NY 14607.           the expense of developing a website.
     known metal clay artists. We are a ‘non-denominational’ group dually chartered by both PMC Guild         Contact Marilynne at Studio34artists@aol.
     (PMCG) and Art Clay Society (ACS) with interest in all types of metal clay. We have no local dues, but   com or call 585-737-5858 for more infor-              We are currently looking for
     members are required to join both the ACS and PMCG after attending one meeting.
     Contact Cindy Holst Chapter Leader for more information.
                                                                                                                                                                   beta testers for this program.
     Florida                                                                                                  The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the                   If you would like to participate, email
     Florida Suncoast Chapter of PMC Guild (Sarasota and Bradenton),
                                                                                                              PMC Guild meets monthly in Chagrin             
                                                                                                              Falls, Ohio. For more information please
     meets at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of each month at the Reinemeyer Studio, 2550 26th St., West
                                                                                                              contact the chapter representative at             with your name and contact information.
     Bradenton, FL. Contact Wendy Traver or visit for
     more information.

38      • Spring 2010                                                                                                                                    Spring 2010 •            39
          The Greater Boston                                                                           Don Butler - The Carving Glove Guy
          Metal Clay Chapter
                                           by Michela Verani

                   The Greater Boston Metal Clay Guild was organized by PMC instructor
                   Marissa O’Brien in the fall of 2009. In the short time the guild has been
                   meeting, there has been great interest in the group, with membership
                   growing monthly. While the group is a chapter of the PMC Guild, it
                   welcomes metal clay enthusiasts of all persuasions.

                   Group members currently include both PMC                                                    5 small Dockyard Micro Carving Tools
                   and Art Clay users who are metal clay novices,
                   potters, silversmiths, metal clay instructors                                                  These tools are G2, G15, V15, 75V, SK 15...
                   and Master’s candidates. This makes for a                                                               the smallest of the tools
Amy Bruch          diverse and wide range of knowledge and                                                               that Dockyard manufactures.
                   skills, all of which is shared freely with the
    other members. Such a varied group of members makes for
    meetings where conversation ranges far afield of the demos
    or challenges, but the group leader Marissa O’Brien, does a
    wonderful job of gently reining us all in and back on topic.

     In the short time since the group’s inception, members have
     given demos in areas of interest to the group as a whole,
                                                                                     Michela Verani
     including polymer clay tear-aways, photo polymer plates,
     Viking knit and colored pencil on metal clay.                                                    METAL CLAY CLASSES
     The group also has a monthly challenge with themes such as making a piece to accept
                             colored pencil, name tags or natural influences. The natural             Learn to work with the
                             influences theme saw results ranging from one member
                             using 2-part silicone molding material to make molds of                  marvelous medium of metal clay
                             rocks, trees and other organic material from her yard, to
                             bronze leaves, an silver metal clay acorn box and a tree-
                                                                                                      at the Bravo School of Art.
                             shaped sleeve pendant.                                                      No previous experience in
                               Plans for the future include scheduling ‘play-dates’ when
                                                                                                         jewelry making or metalsmithing is required.
                               members will gather for a day-long marathon of clay and
                               camaraderie, as well as continuing the monthly demos and                           Visit the
Karen Karon
                               challenges. Members of the GBMCC will be exhibiting pieces                    website for information on upcoming classes
                               at the PMC conference, and the theme will be New England.

     The group currently meets the last Sunday of each month at Metalwerx in Waltham,                             To register, contact the Bravo School of Art
      Mass from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For further updates on the group’s activities you                             2690 Decatur Road, San Diego (619) 223-0058
          can check out the Greater Boston Metal Clay Chapters’ Facebook page at                                 
                            or visit

40   • Spring 2010                                                                                                          Spring 2010 •   41
                                                                                                                                Advertising Rates

                                                                     Spring	Issue	-	Deadline:	February	15
                                                                      Summer	Issue	-	Deadline:	May	15                             Instructors are
                                                                        Fall	Issue	-	Deadline:	August	15                            eligible for a
                                                                     Winter	Issue	-	Deadline:	November	15                          25% discount
        Gale Schlagel
                                                                              Business Card                                           their ads
         Larry Sanders,                                                          3.5” w x 2” h
         Photographer                                                              1 issue = $35
                                                                                  2 issues = $60
                                                                                  4 issues = $100

                                                                                                                                    Quarter Page
                                                                                                                                    3.75” w x 5.25” h
                                                                                                                                         1 issue = $50
                                                                                                                                        2 issues = $80
                                                                              Third Page                                                4 issues = $140
                                                                             7.5” w x 3.25” h
                                                                                1 issue = $80
                                                                               2 issues = $150
                                          Editor’s Note:                       4 issues = $280

                                          We, at Metal Clay Today,
                                          were very impressed with                        For	more	information	about	placing	an	ad
                                          Gale’s work.
                                                                                            in	Metal	Clay	Today,	please	e-mail	us	at:		
                                          Look for more about her                     
                                          in an upcoming issue.

                                                                          Half Page                         Full Page*                    Inside Cover Page*
                                                                          7” w x 5.5” h                     7” w x 10” h                           7” w x 10” h
                                                                           1 issue = $100                    1 issue = $140                         1 issue = $190
                                                                          2 issues = $180                   2 issues = $240                        2 issues = $320
                                                                          4 issues = $340                   4 issues = $440                        4 issues = $620
42   • Spring 2010                                           *	Full	pages	and	Covers		have	the	option	to	bleed	to	8.5”	x	11	”	outer	edges

Shared By: