Enamel and Metal Clay Bead Mash-Up

Enamel and Metal Clay Bead Mash-Up with Barbara Becker Simon

90 minutes

Learn to make a set of graduated beads using an enamel and metal clay hybrid.

Barbara Becker Simon is back again, this time to show you how to make a set of graduated beads combining enameling techniques with metal clay. Barbara shares with you her tried and true formula for mixing the right enamels into the metal clay for great results.

You'll learn step-by-step how to combine glass enamels with metal clay for a colored clay result. Plus, Ms. Simon shares with you her secret "how to" for creating graduated beads with metal clay.

You'll learn all the techniques you need to get started combining color with metal clay to create your own unique designs.

This is a CraftCast Vintage Video, created before it was possible to incorporate High Definition video, as we do today. How far we have come in such a short time!

Watch and listen as Barbara reveals to you all the tips and techniques you need to know to start creating with enamel and metal clay beads. Using close-up photographs of each step of the process, plus Barbara's detailed instruction, you’ll be creating using these techniques in no time!

Class was recorded live so, just like in more recent videos, you’ll hear the live Q&A with other students.

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Barbara Becker Simon has been a jeweler for over thirty-five years and a lampwork/bead artist since 1996. She received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in metalwork and jewelry from the University of Wisconsin. Recently, she has traveled the country as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay Certification Classes. 2004 saw her in Japan teaching PMC workshops in the land of its origin. In 2001, her necklace, "Winter", earned the Grand Prize "Millennial Metal, The Art of Precious Metal Clay," held at the Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield CT. Her work appears in CeCe Wire's book, Creative Metal Clay Jewelry: Techniques, Projects, Inspiration. Barbara's own book, Metal Clay Beads, has been met with high praise as an incredibly informative book for all levels of metal clay fans.

Covered In This Class: 
  • Adding accent enamel color to your piece
  • Adding surface textures to your beads
  • Tips for firing
  • Making perfect end caps.
  • How to add the cap to the bead for a perfect fit.
  • How to get graduated sizes of beads without any guess work
  • ADDING color into the metal clay
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Paper scissors
  • Tape Acetate
  • PMC + or PMC 3 (or any silver clay of medium firing range)
  • Badger Balm
  • Report cover
  • Spacers Roller
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Craft knife
  • Blending tool, like color shaper or spatula
  • Paint brush
  • Medium grit foam pad
  • Metal clay paste
  • Emery boards
  • ½ teaspoon measuring spoon
  • Med. Temp./med. expansion enamel, opaque or transparent--cool color
  • Stainless bowl
  • Water
  • Eye dropper
  • Small Circle cookie cutters
  • Plastic Easter eggs or similar domed mold
  • Circle template
  • Dehydrator or convection oven
  • Jeweler’s Saw Frame Jeweler’s saw blade #1 or #2
  • Sheet of 220 emery paper
  • Mechanical pencil
  • Drill bit, # 50 - #54
  • Glass Fusing thin, shelf paper
  • Kiln shelf
  • Kiln
  • Brass brush
  • Liquid detergent
  • Plastic bowl
  • Bead Board
  • Stringing materials: pliers, crimps, cord, finding, etc. etc.

Included with your video is a full-color PDF class handout with teacher's tips, notes and links to all the resources you need to get started.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone guide but simply a quick-reference for your convenience.