adding type to metal clay

Make it Write in Metal Clay

Instructor Bio: 
83 minutes

Join erin l. m. harris and learn a skill you’ll love adding to your arsenal of metal clay techniques. 
Learn to work with photo polymer plates, PPP’s, and create using unique type designs.

Erin will reveal her tips and tricks for making a successful plate showing you the basic photo editing skills needed for working with line art and fonts. Erin will show you how she uses the Silhouette design software to create original design files for the Silhouette cutter. Then see the how-to behind transferring your design to your choice of metal clays.

Learn everything you need to start creating personalized sayings, names, dates and phrases in your favorite metal clay.

It’s easy to get hooked with this technique; creating charms, pendants, rings and more with memorial dates, names and favorite sayings.
If you've been wanting to start using photo editing software like Photoshop, but don't know where to start, Erin will show you some simple steps to get you creating, as well as some free resources for fonts and software.

Included with the class are both photoshop files and JPGS of the actual project to get you started.

BONUS For Silhouette cutting machine users, a customizable type file to use with your Silhouette software is included in the class downloads.
Basic knowledge of your Silhouette software is recommended for this class.

A PDF handout of resources, plus PSD, studio3 and JPG files of the project are included.

Covered In This Class: 
  • Choosing your type design

  • Making a transfer
  • Creating photopolymer plates
  • Transferring images to clay
  • Materials Used In This Class: 
  • 9g to 18g of metal clays
  • Basic metal clay tools
Photopolymer plates
  • Copy machine
  • Mini fiber wheel (fine or extra fine)
  • Liver of Sulphur or Black Jax (or Patina of choice)
  • UV light (the nail curing lights from Sally Hansen work)
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Tray to wash out stamps
  • Timer
  • Home printer
  • Transparency film
  • Photo editing software, like Photoshop or GIMP
  • Bonus: 

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