Metal Clay Artist Wanaree Tanner Coming to Teach at BeadFX

Wanaree Tanner, award winning artist and instructor, is leading two classes in April! She travels to
teach her techniques, participates in art shows, is a contributor for
Art Jewelry Magazine, Metal Clay Today, Metal Clay Artist Magazine and
is currently the video editor for MCAM’s resource library.

Although I’m not a metal clay artist myself (seed beads talk loudly to me), I am amazed at the detail that shows in Wanaree’s work. I’m looking forward to meeting her and seeing her work in action!

Wanaree will be teaching two courses at BeadFX, both over multiple days and for several hours each day. Looking for a Spring getaway? Forget the sunny south, come to BeadFX!

A Crash Course in COPPRClay
Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4
10:00am to 5:00pm each day

Course Outline: Want all the wonder of creating in
metal clay without the price tag of silver? In this two day crash course
we’ll explore the warmth of copper metal clay without the headache.
Wanaree will share all of her tricks for securing consistent results
with this historically fickle medium. We’ll cover COPPRclay and Art Clay
Copper, dealing with distortion, construction, firing, and finishing.
In this two day workshop students will learn how to created a kinetic
donut bail “Spinning Wheel” and a “Fabulous Focal Bracelet.” Skills
you’ll  take home: making custom copper tube components, toggle clasp,
bead caps, and the joy of seamless components.

Technique focus: successful firing, combining copper
clay to milled copper, making a kinetic swing bail, toggle assembly,
making bead caps, making pendant caps, texturing, making clean and
consistent connections in dry base metal clay.

Cost: $425 (+HST) plus a kit fee of $10. Registered students will be e-mailed a materials list of what to bring to the class.

Book Locket in Copper
Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7
10:00am to 5:00pm and Friday and Saturday
11:00am to 4:00pm on Sunday

Course outline: Students will  learn the art of the extruded metal clay hinge, swing
bail, pin clasp,  and no fuss construction in this three day workshop.
COPPRclay’s flexibility makes it the ideal practice medium for this
advanced technique, but the construction techniques apply to silver as
well. Book cover design and bail is created using a new easy texture
medium, no UV lights, no carving involved! Class also covers firing,
dealing with distortion, how to fire in your home studio, and beautiful
finishes in copper.

Technique Focus: Wet and dry construction, learn the art of extruded hinges, perfect corners, and smooth swing bail construction.

Cost: $530 (+HST). Registered students will be e-mailed a materials list of what to bring to the class.


Note: both classes require previous experience; please see the class descriptions on our website at: and follow the class links to April.

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