Steampunk Gear Box: Hinged Box Pendant with Pam East at CraftCast.com

Steampunk Gear Box: Hinged Box Pendant

Instructor Bio: 
300 minutes
Jul 27, 2018
Fri 7/27 7:30 PM ET | Sat 7/28 1:00 PM ET | Sun 7/29 1:00 PM ET

CRAFTCAST Online Summer Camp is here! You don’t have to leave home to have a fun immersion summertime experience.

Join me, Alison Lee, and metal clay artist extraordinaire, Ms. Pam East LIVE ONLINE Friday July 27th at 7:30 pm, Saturday July 28th at 1:00 PM ET and Sunday July 29th at 1:00 PM ET as Pam leads us through the how-to behind making this fantastic hinged box metal clay pendant!
Each session will run approximately 90 minutes.

Join us Friday online and Pam will get us all started with step-by-step box fabrication and then take some time Saturday morning in your studio before class meets again Saturday afternoon. Then Sunday we will be back to finish up the project.

“There are as many approaches to box construction as there are artists who make them.” says Pam East. “My version focuses in on intricate, delicate detail. Tiny gears with tiny gemstones; small, tight unobtrusive hinges with smooth action. The precise nature of the work means this is a challenging, multi-layered project.”

Even if you’re not ready for hinges, you’ll enjoy Pam’s tips and tricks for working with tiny elements and setting small stones.Get ready to push your skills or just find inspiration with this fun three-day course.

As always, a Live Q&A with participants is included!

Don’t miss this special presentation!!

Included in your purchase is a PDF with photos, notes and online resources plus a class video to watch as many times as you like.

No experience necessary.

Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.

Covered In This Class: 


  • Box construction
  • Rolling/Texturing Clay
  • Using box template
  • Correct drying process
  • Sanding and prepping
  • Miter corners
  • Adding a bail


  • Hinge knuckles and clasp
  • Making and refining tiny gears
  • Installing gears
  • Flush mounted gemstones
  • Mount for Safety Chain
  • Making hinge knuckles and clasp


  • Hinge assembly and Finishing
  • Attaching the hinges
  • Attaching the clasp
  • Firing
  • Polish and patina
  • Making and setting the hinge pin
  • Making the cotter pin
  • Attaching the cotter pin and safety chain
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Art Clay Silver Clay Syringe and Clay
  • EZ960 Syringe and Clay
  • 16 ga sterling wire
  • 18 ga sterling wire
  • 1mm to 1.5mm Sterling Silver Flat Oval Cable Chain
  • 1mm to 2.5mm high fire gemstones. CZs and Sapphires recommended

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

The full recording and a PDF handout of resources and links is included.

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