Learn to make Brooches and Pendants in Metal Clay

Learn to make Brooches and Pendants in Metal Clay

Instructor Bio: 
Duration: 
90 minutes

Join master metal clay artist, Julia Rai, and learn how you can make a "penannular" form from metal clay to use as a brooch or pendant.

The penannular form is an open ring, normally with decorative terminals, and is often seen in Celtic brooches from the early Medieval period (the late 5th or early 6th century to the 10th century AD) in the British Isles. They were used by men and women to fasten clothes and some examples are very large and ornate.

In this class, you’ll learn two techniques for making penannular form jewelry.

Penannular brooches feature a long pin attached to the open ring which freely moves around the ring as far as the terminals. The terminals are close together and the gap between the terminals is wide enough for the pin to pass through. They are particularly good for wearing on heavy woolens or woven fabrics.

Julia will show you how to make two hollow penannular brooches and two solid crescent ring-shaped pendants in this class. Both brooches will have decorative terminals that allow the artist to theme the pieces and really have some fun. The brooches require a strong clay, especially for the pin, so a Sterling clay or one of the enriched clays is recommended. This will require kiln firing.

The pendants can be made in any type of metal clay and can be torch or kiln fired, depending on the size, the clay used, and the manufacturer’s instructions. One pendant will have a fixed bail and one will have a floating bail.

BONUS Julia will demonstrate how to add color to the terminals using acrylic paint that is then sealed with UV resin.

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: 
  • Forming a hollow extruded tube of silver clay
  • Making a viable brooch pin
  • Creating decorative terminals
  • Forming a crescent shaped pendant
  • Making and securing a decorative floating pendant bail
  • Adding color using acrylic paint sealed with UV resin
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Fire in place cubic zirconia

  • Penannular Brooch

  • 25-50g EZ960, PMC OneFire Sterling or Art Clay 950
  • Fine silver paste
  • Fine silver syringe

  • Crescent Pendant

  • Any metal clay type is fine
  • Lump clay
  • Syringe
  • Paste

  • Colour

  • Daler-Rowney Graduate 22ml Acrylic Paint Colours: Gold Imit, Pearl White, Metallic Green, Metallic Blue, Metallic Pink
  • UV resin
Bonus: 

BONUS Julia will demonstrate how to add color to the terminals using acrylic paint that is then sealed with UV resin.

Included with the video purchase, a PDF filled with notes and all the resource links you need to get started.