The Joy of Metal Clay: Silver Accessories Contest

The13th Silver Accessories 2013 contest deadline is fast approaching. This contest is produced by the Art Clay Club, Japan (and includes a long list of supporters and sponsors). Please refer to the following link for reference: The 13th  Silver Accessory Contest 2013. The contest is for creations made primarily Art Clay Silver and is open to both students and instructors.  The contest theme is “Beginning” or “Open” (*open theme is for work with submission title and can fall  in any category. There are five categories: ring; accessories; coordinated accessories; mokume-gane; and framed decorations. A fifty dollar (US) fee is required submission …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Tales of the Heart

Mitsubishi recently announced its winners from its PMC competition titled “Tales of the Heart”.  The contest was for artists and creations were to be made primarily of PMC – fine silver; sterling silver or gold.   Here is a direct link to the website announcement. First Place was awarded for this gorgeous entry:  Kimberly Nogueira Reliquary of Childhood Memories The details on this entry is quite impressive.  I love the miniature key and the drawer comes out.  You have to look at the detail by going to the website and clicking on the image, it is worth it! Second Prize …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Metal Clay Today – New Challenge

Metal Clay Today has a spring challenge title “There’s No Boo Hoo in Keum Boo“.  Love the title!  The prize is the Ultralite Beehive Kiln which I have heard wonderful things about.  Apparently they have created an even larger beehive as well.  This title may leave some of you wondering: What is Keum Boo?.”  Keum boo is a guilding technique to add gold to silver. How can this be done?  Our metal clay group used an online video to teach ourselves; I think this is the one we used:  Keum Boo Technique in English (thanks to Sabine Alienor Singery.  Ironically we did …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Metal Clay Today Challenge

Metal Clay Today, an online metal clay magazine has published their winner for the Build a Better Box challenge from this winter.   The First Place winner was “One for the Road”  by Michelle Glaser.  I love the little valise and the copper colour work perfectly with her design. Second Place Winner is Toronto Metal Clay artist extraordinaire Suzanne McNenly.  Her entry titled “Dino Box”won her second place. Bravo Suzanne!  Viewer’s Choice was an entry by Dianne Welch titled “Time helps heal all wounds”: These entries are all great sources of inspiration, congratulations.  You can read more about each piece …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Gemstones

I am teaching a class today and one the of the most common questions is what stones can I fire in metal clay?  This is a great question and the answer can be quite confusing to a beginner.  First of all remember that when you fire silver metal clay you will do doing so at 1200F to 1600F. Many materials cannot tolerate this high temperature.  There are no clear cut rules on what stones can or can’t be fired in the clay. Luckily there are people who have experiemented with a variety of stones in metal clay and come up …

The Joy of Metal Clay: A Metal Clay Treasure

Earlier this week, Jen posted “A treasure trove of free ebooks”.  This got me thinking about metal clay resources and one particular treasure in the metal clay world. Who I am talking about is Hadar Jacobson and her blog Art in Silver.  Ms. Jacobson frequently posts her trials and tribulations and shares her knowledge quite freely to those who are interested.  She truly wants you to learn from her experience.  It is a fantastic resources. Speaking of ebooks, Ms. Jacobson provides a manual for using base metal clays on her website that provide direcitons on mixing and firing her metal …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Paper Clay, again

. A third use for paper type clay is to use paper punches and cut out shapes to appliqué to your metal clay creations. Art Clay paper type clay is a bit thicker than PMC paper type clay; therefore, Art Clay paper clay will create a thicker appliqué. I prefer to sculpt with metal clay but I still have one piece in my collection that I used this technique on: Admittedly,  this is not my favorite piece and was created in a rush but it does provide a good example of the technique. The basics to using paper type clay is fairly …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Quilling

Last week I discussed the possibility of using paper type metal clay for origami projects.  Another use is to use a quilling technique to create an interesting effect. Quilling is also known as “paper filigree” is a technique of coiling thin pieces of paper to create intricate works of art.  Origins of this art form are uncertain but claim to be an ancient technique that began to gain popularity in 1500’s which continued through to the 1800s.  Paper type metal clay has adopted this technique creating fascinating silver art work. Here is a video by Jackie Truty, from Art Clay …

The Joy of Metal Clay; Paper Metal Clay

Metal clay comes in a variety of forms: clay, paste, oil paste, syringe and paper type.  Paper type metal clay can be used for origami.  Which is something I have been hope to do but must admit I have been a little intimidated to try.  I have used paper type clay to cut out small shapes with paper punches to applique to my piece but never origami.   I found this video which walks you through a project using paper clay.  One thing to note is that not all paper clay is made the same; Art Clay Silver paper clay is  …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Upcoming Introductory Classes

Two introductory metal clay classes are schedule this new year.  One class will be held on Sunday March 10, 2013 and one will be held on Saturday May 18, 2013.  I am not sure if they are on the calendar yet but they should be posted soon.  Introductory metal clay classes are a great way to open up that package of metal clay and try it out in a”supportive environment”.   That statement may sound funny but for many of you who now work with metal clay may actually get it.  When I first got into metal clay I bought all …