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guide you thru bronze woven pendant
and silver syringe filligree projects
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
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The Mad Hatter
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
40 Greater Boston Metal Clay Chapter
Step-by-Step 42 Gallery
18 Carol Babineau
captures copper within silver
Our cover features:
by Lorena Angulo
Photo by Dean Powell
meets Clay in
explores Quick Fire Bronze
guide you tnru ge filligree proje
and silver syrin
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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
Necklace almost a year,
till one day she Passion
decided to take
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
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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 http://www.lorenaangulo.com/ 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
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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.
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
Some have small artworks printed on them and some are blank
canvases waiting for inspiration. I’ve been playing with different ways
to decorate and set them into various types of metal clay pieces.
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
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
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 http://laloondesigns.com
challenges. Many of my pieces http://www.flickr.com/photos/laloondesigns
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 www.breabeadworks.com
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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.
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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 www.adornmentsbydiane.com
place, and adhere design to filigree.
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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
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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
8. Create two more pieces following steps 1 through 7, in of them on
this section. each end of the
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
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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
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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
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2. Open (6) 4mm jump rings, attach (4 each) to two
copper rings and (2) to the toggle ring. Carol@artclaystudio.com
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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:
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.)
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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.
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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 http://metalclaytoday.wordpress.com/2010/03/
and learning and MAKING.
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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
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!) TheLovelyOnes.etsy.com
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! http://www.etsymetalclay.blogspot.com 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.
www.joyfunnell.blogspot.com. 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 DaisyJaneDesigns.etsy.com 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
http://blog.lorenaangulo.com/ pearls and clear crystal for their
wedding day, but playing with little “Green Cherry Blossoms”
Check out our blog at http://metalclaytoday.wordpress.com/2010/03/ hints of color in their gown and by missemor63.etsy.com
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.
“Lotus Blossom Earrings”
“Forever Forget Me Not”
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Book Review The MCT Challenge!
by Patricia K. Evans
our chal lenge
Creating Mixed Media Jewelry with
Metal Clay, Wire, Resin and More Y
by Cynthia Thornton
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.metalclaytoday.com
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
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The Spirit of Giving
We thank all of the artists who participated
in Metal Clay Today’s Winter Challenge.
Barbara Spong Nautilus
Ginko Leaf Ardis Bartle
Carol Faith Large Magnet
Celtic Knot Barbara Hance
Gracie Coiled Pam Annesley
Gail Moriarity Robin Beth
Faulkner Fish Locket
Tears of Joy
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“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
gmail.com or on www.facebook.com./ 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?”
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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. email@example.com 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.
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check out
The First International Chapter of the PMC Guild our website www.kcpmcguild.org for current meeting information.
The Victoria, Australia Chapter, based in Melbourne.
Meetings are held alternate months. For Information contact email@example.com 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 http://bostonmetalclay.com/ 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
Blog: www.sdcpmcguild.blogspot.com http://www.pmcguild.com/chapters/sandiego/about.html www.freewebs.com/
Contact Person: Melissa @ firstname.lastname@example.org artclaysocietynewengland/
San Diego Guild
Contact Louise Shadonix, Oversight Director San Diego PMC Guild for more information.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 http://www.pmcguild.com/chapters/floridasuncoast.html for
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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,
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 BravoSchoolOfArt.com
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 www.BravoSchoolOfArt.com
or visit www.bostonmetalclay.com.
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