Sculptural Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques and Explorations

By Kate McKinnon

Beginning with an summary of the homes of steel clay, together with safeguard info and metalsmithing phrases, this thorough source bargains specified strategies for making a number of parts, settings, findings, attachments, three-D kinds, and textured results. every one approach is proven with step by step images to make it effortless for jewellery makers on the complex newbie to intermediate degrees to benefit the paintings of steel clay. The 12 distinctive tasks inside of have a number of parts made of steel clay, together with clasps, chains, and settings; portable and detachable items; strange textures and patinas; and distinct building and engineering. inventive pointers on incorporating beads also are incorporated. This instruction manual deals jewellery artists the layout notion had to create gallery-level items which are really wearable art.

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The 1st is to simply do burnout firings—this contains all steel clay firings, not only people with burnout cores—in a well-ventilated room. should you plan to be round while you’re firing, fireplace the kiln outside or go away the room. If you’ll be out of the room whilst your clay is firing and you’re in simple terms firing superb silver steel clay, it’s completely advantageous to fireside the kiln on your studio. the quantity of smoke and fumes made out of the burning binder is small, and so long as you aren’t within the room whereas it’s burning out, it’s superb.

08 | Use the ocean prongs from Step three to attach the free earrings and chains. accomplish that through the use of huge round-nose pliers, dowels, mandrels, or a Wrap and faucet instrument to bend the pinnacle pins into attention-grabbing shapes, connecting the jewelry right into a kinetic chain. Use 1 leap ring to connect all of the 3 pierced, ball-end sea prongs to 1 of the jewelry at the chain. If wanted, fuse or solder the leap earrings. a collection of SEA PRONG CHARMS makes a stunning standalone pendant. 09 | shape a cord spiral on the finish of 1 of the ocean.

To be sincere, cards are dreadful rolling courses; they warp, compress, and get damp, and are too brief to help a roll of clay lengthy adequate to make strap bands or ring shanks. So if you’re enthusiastic about your steel clay paintings, don’t use playing cards; decide on enterprise courses as a substitute. you can also make your personal rolling publications out of steel slats, lessen to six" (15. 2 cm) lengths, or get your self this kind of nifty units of color-coded rolling courses. i take advantage of those courses completely whilst I paintings, and it’s convenient simply because each corresponds to a undeniable variety of “cards.

Rainy CLAY. You’d imagine this intended rainy with water, yet not likely. It simply skill clean, gentle, and pliable—right out of the package deal. Water-wet clay isn’t anything that you want, except you're in a conventional clay studio. a few humans decide to upload water to their clean steel clay, typically with undesirable outcome. how you can upload moisture to steel clay is to put it in a small, hermetic box with a drop of water smeared at the inside of lid. enable the box of clay sit down in a single day, and it'll have absorbed the drop.

A suite of SEA PRONG CHARMS makes a stunning standalone pendant. 09 | shape a twine spiral on the finish of 1 of the ocean. Slide the spiral onto the second one sea prong surroundings. Bend the second one sea prong atmosphere into a fascinating form and attach it to at least one finish of the chain shaped in Step eight. Use a hammer and anvil to work-harden the cord. upload the S-clasp to the opposite finish of the chain. 10 | Patina and tumble the necklace for your pride. Set the gems into the ocean prong settings. Tumble back, if attainable, to delicate and harden the settings.

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