UPCOMING LIVE CLASS
Embellished Metal Clay Lentil Beads with Julie Rai on craftcast.com

Embellished Metal Clay Lentil Beads

Instructor Bio: 
Duration: 
90 minutes
Date: 
11/21/2020 - 1:00pm

Join me, Alison Lee, and master metal clay artist Julia Rai, Saturday, November 21st at 1 PM EST, and learn how to make the ever-popular and versatile Lentil Bead from metal clay.

This is a great class for beginner metal clay artists or for those who have struggled with making the perfect lentil shape.

Lentil beads are timeless and make beautiful earrings or focal beads for pendants. Often people struggle to get the two sides even and neatly connected due to a variety of factors.

In this beginner-level metal clay class, Julia shows you a simple way to ensure your lentil bead will join perfectly. She also demonstrates how to create effortless lentil beads with a connection between the two parts that do not require the precision normally needed for a successful end product.

The class starts with showing the issues involved with making a lentil in the traditional way, then goes into making a lentil with a simpler method. The first project is a lentil with a sharp edge, double-sided, and with a bail that has a different profile on each side. Julia goes through different ways of embellishing the bead surface giving you infinite possibilities.

The class includes making your own ear wires for a pair of lentil bead earrings as well as easy ways to hang them using commercial findings. Julia also shows you how to make an open, flower-shaped hollow pendant with a simple bail, opening up many more possibilities for making interesting hollow forms in your jewelry. These projects are suitable for kiln or torch firing so really accessible for complete metal clay beginners.

Using simple tools most people have around the house, you will make elegant jewelry that will have your friends green with envy!

BONUS Julia shows you how to create a double-sided lentil bead pendant with an alternative joining technique and set on both sides with a flush set fire-in-place stone.

Get ready for lots of creative fun and inspiration!

PLUS Julia will be taking LIVE questions from participants.

Included in your purchase is a PDF with notes and online resources. Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.

You can re-watch all your CRAFTCAST purchases as many times as you like.

No experience necessary.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • Creating domed elements
  • Hollow bead construction
  • Alternative ways for embellishing beads
  • Creating bails that suit the design
  • How to create double-sided designs
  • Elegant fire in place stone setting
  • Making ear wires
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Fine Silver Metal Clayv-regular and flex
  • Syringe and paste type metal clay
  • Fire in place cubic zirconia
  • Sterling silver wire
  • Basic Metal Clay tools
Bonus: 

In your BONUS video, Julia shows you how to create a double-sided lentil bead pendant with an alternative joining technique and set on both sides with a flush set fire-in-place stone.

Included with the video download, a PDF filled with photos, notes and all the resources you need to get started.