Learn to Create Easy Summertime Metal Clay Charms with Julia Rai @ CraftCast.com

Learn to Create Easy Summertime Metal Clay Charms

Instructor Bio: 
130 minutes

Join master metal clay artist, Julia Rai, and learn how to create these unique summertime metal clay charms.

Metal clay is a great medium to make your own unique jewelry. In this class, metal clay expert Julia Rai will introduce complete beginners to the wonderful world of metal clay with over two hours of step-by-step instruction.

This class assumes no prior metal clay knowledge so the basics of storing, handling, rehydrating, and working with metal clay will be covered. Julia will also show you cheap and easy ways to work with metal clay without buying expensive tools.

The class will focus on making molds of small items – like shells and buttons – and then using metal clay to create unique charm sized solid silver pieces. /

You’ll also learn to set a simple fire-in-place faceted stone. You’ll find out how many molded pieces you can get from a 7g package of fine silver metal clay so you can try it out with the minimal cost. Make your own charms to hang on a bracelet or make wonderful earrings, small pendants or beautiful gifts for friends and family.

BONUS Learn how to add half drilled pearls or beads to moulded elements.

Included in your purchase is a PDF with 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: 
  • Choosing items to mould
  • Creating moulds using two-part silicone moulding compound
  • Basics of silver metal clay
  • How to keep silver metal clay in good condition
  • How to recognise when the clay is too dry
  • Using moulds with silver clay
  • Creating dimension in flat moulded pieces
  • Simple fire-in-place stone setting
  • How to drill holes in dry pieces
  • Refining dry pieces to create unique features
  • Firing silver clay with a butane torch
  • Polishing and adding findings
  • Use of patina to make textures pop
  • Adding a half drilled bead or pearl after firing
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • 7g fine silver metal clay – PMC3 or Art Clay Silver
  • Two-part silicone molding compound – Siligum or MegaMold
  • Sterling silver jump rings 20-18ga/0.8-1mm, various sizes from 4mm-7mm
  • 3mm fireable cubic zirconia (optional)
  • Half drilled pearls or beads, 3mm-7mm
  • 0.5mm, 0.8mm or 1mm fine silver wire to fit half drilled bead/pearl hole
  • Two part epoxy glue
  • Liver of Sulfur XL Gel (optional)
  • Teflon
  • 1mm drill bit
  • Small files
  • Cocktail sticks/tooth picks
  • Butane torch
  • Fire brick and stainless-steel mesh
  • Tweezers
  • Silicone tool or small paintbrush
  • Small screw top jar
  • Cling film
  • Steel or plastic measuring spoons or similar curved cup-type articles (optional)

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

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this was such and enjoyable class! easy to understand and such great tips. you'll learn something whether you're just starting out or have been working with metal clay for years!

Although I've been making precious metal clay jewelry for several years, and, have made some molds, the method that Julia had for putting detail inside the shell design was worth the price of the class. I always learn something and this one tidbit was golden. Learned a lot more as well. Great class. Well worth the money.

This is a great class. The most precise, informative, and encouraging class ever. I am not a beginner, but I still learned many concepts and skills I had not acquired until this class. Plus, you end up with so many pretties that you can use in sooo many ways. For instance, I had never seen anyone make an inner skin and an outer skin with pmc, to save on silver, using a mold. Julia will walk you through this and it will be an aha moment. Simple but not the usual way of doing things. Julia thinks outside the box so you can that too. Take this class. Kate Anderson

Hi, I just loved Julia Rai’s Easy Summertime Metal Charms class! I thought it was one of the best metal clay tutorials I have seen. Extremely detailed information on video and the
handout was well organized and also very detailed. Great! Thanks so much! Harriet Meltzer

This was a great class. I learned the answer to several questions I had about making molds for silver clay! So glad I attended and now have it my library for reference!