Making Floral Earrings from Metal Clay and Fused Argentium Wire with Vickie Hallmark

Making Floral Earrings from Metal Clay and Fused Argentium Wire

Instructor: 
Duration: 
108 minutes

Watch as as awarding-winning artist Vickie Hallmark shows how to extend the possibilities of metal clay by combining it with Argentium silver wire and sheet. Vickie reveals her philosophy of designing and building floral components from basic shapes in metal clay.

Argentium is easier to fuse than fine silver, requires no solder, works beautifully with a butane torch, and even fuses to base metal clays!

Watch close-up and learn how to FUSE fired metal clay pieces to simple Argentium silver wire or sheet structures to support and highlight the metal clay focal pieces.

Learn step-by-step how to form silver rings around a metal clay floral focus piece, cut simple shapes from sheet metal, then fuse on appliqués to finish off your design.

Ms. Hallmark explains how to choose the best material -- clay, sheet or wire -- for each situation, plus her creative approach of adding texture to a variety of metals.

Vickie also shares her methods for embedding components, adding patinas, and heat hardening for tarnish resistant metal.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a pro and add these metalsmithing techniques to your creative skill set.

*BONUS*
Included with purchase are 4 additional mini videos;
Making Ear Wires, Making Embeddables, Making Jumprings and Torch Firing Metal Clay.

No experience necessary.

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Covered In This Class: 
  • Cutting sheet without a saw
  • Fusing base metal clay to Argentium
  • Building complex shapes from simple forms
  • Stacking disc flowers and serrated leaves
  • How-to use broken pieces as design opportunities
  • When to use what type of silver to save expense
  • How to FUSE Argentium
  • Annealing techniques
  • Forming rings and fusing them closed
  • Texturing Argentium wire (or sheet)
  • Forming ovals or teardrops
  • Forming granules
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • PMC3 and Hadar’s Quick Fire Bronze Clay
  • Standard metal clay tool kit
  • Scalpel or X-acto knife
  • Plexi plate
  • Needle tool
  • Kemper disc cutters
  • Taper point Colour Shaper
  • Celie Fago’s nesting tube set
  • Ball stylus embossing tool

ARGENTIUM

  • 16 and 20 gauge wire and 24 gauge sheet
  • Hard (not soft) charcoal block
  • Rotating platform for the block is helpful, but not required
  • Torch and fuel (butane works great)
  • My-T-Flux
  • Fine point tweezers (cross-lock NOT recommended)
  • A steel bench block or other piece of metal for a heat sink

TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

  • Delrin or rawhide mallet
  • Ring mandrel or wood dowels
  • Flush cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Texturing hammers (I use Fretz HMR-12)
  • Drill bits (#65 for 20 gauge wire and #54 for 16 gauge wire)
  • Flex shaft or Dremel
  • Metal shears
  • Washers and pipe fittings in a variety of thicknesses (for different size granules)
  • Snap-on sanding discs & mandrel
  • 3M bristle discs and screw mandrel
  • AvantEdge silicone polishing points
  • 1.4 mm Lynx cup bur
Bonus: 

Included in your purchase is a PDF filled with links to tools, supplies and online resources., plus the FULL recording of the entire LIVE class.

The full recording and a PDF handout of resources and links is included.

You can re-watch all your CRAFTCAST purchases as many times as you like.