Join master metal clay artist Julia Rai, 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 to learn some lentil bead fundamentals, or for those who want to take the lentil bead shape to the next level by setting stones on each side.
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.
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.
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!
Included in your purchase is a PDF with notes and online resources. Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet.
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No experience necessary.