Learn to Combine Glass Cabochons and Metal Clay

Learn to Combine Glass Cabochons and Metal Clay

Instructor Bio: 
Duration: 
190 minutes

Join master metal clay artist, Julia Rai, and learn a number of ways to successfully combine sparkling glass cabochons into your metal clay pieces.

Julia will show you step-by-step three design ideas for earrings using smaller glass cabochons as well as how to incorporate larger pieces of glass into pendants.

Learn Julia’s techniques for securing the glass cabochons using a variety of embellishment designs. Julia will explain how they differ, whether they are purely decorative or are required to hold the glass in place.

When co-firing glass and metal clay, you need to have a kiln so you can control the heating and cooling of the piece. It also requires a very specific time and temperature to ensure the glass doesn’t begin to melt.

BONUS Video Julia demonstrates how to make some basic fused glass cabochons of your own. It’s pretty easy to make your own simple cabochons if you have a kiln, but if you are working in your home there are significant safety considerations. The bonus video will cover these as well as the basic equipment needed, as well choosing the correct glass to fuse and how to cut glass safely. Firing schedules will also be covered.

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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Covered In This Class: 
  • Design considerations when co-firing glass and metal clay
  • Alternative ways of ensuring a strong setting for the glass
  • Decorative settings that can also be used for fire in place stones
  • Making and securing decorative pendant bails
  • Basic glass fusing tools and techniques
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • A low fire metal clay – PMC3, PMC Flex, Art Clay Silver
  • 15g for the snake technique earrings per pair
  • 15g for the flower earrings
  • 20-25g for the large pendants
  • Syringe and paste
  • PMC Flex, sheet/paper type clay for embellishments
  • Glass cabochons
  • Fire in place cubic zirconia
  • Ear wires
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Standard metal clay tool kit
  • Snake roller
  • Small shape cutters, small molds
  • Shape and bail templates
  • Nesting round cutters
  • Blossom Sugar Art Cutter and Mold Multi Set
  • Drinking straws
  • Paper, pencil, tracing paper
  • Drill bits 2-4mm and/or stone setting burrs
Bonus: 

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

BONUS Video Julia demonstrates how to make some basic fused glass cabochons of your own. It’s pretty easy to make your own simple cabochons if you have a kiln, but if you are working in your home there are significant safety considerations. The bonus video will cover these as well as the basic equipment needed, as well choosing the correct glass to fuse and how to cut glass safely. Firing schedules will also be covered.

Join the discussion!

I would like to attend this class, but am not available during the time it is given. Will there be a recording that I can view at another time?

Hi Katherine, When you purchase the class the video recording is included in the cost, plus the handout and the BONUS video. No worries.

What is the Blossom Sugar Art Cutter and the Mold Multi Set?

Those are little pastry or sugar art cutters that work great with metal clay.

How do I access the PDF bonus?

Hi Glenice,
You will find a PDF in your CRAFTCAST.com "My Library". Just scroll down below the class video player to the downloads section.