Making Metal Clay Whistles with Donna Penoyer (Part 2)

Making Metal Clay Whistles with Donna Penoyer (Part 2)

93 minutes

In this second of a two part class, Ms. Donna Penoyer reveals all the tools, tricks and step by step instructions needed to create these delightful, whimsical whistles. Learn what makes a whistle work and gain a practical foundation in the construction of hollow metal clay forms from lentils and tubes to shapes created on removable cores and how to convert them into whistles. These techniques can be used in metal clay as well as polymer or ceramic clay!

First session covers: basic tube and lentil whistle construction

Second session covers: more intricate whistle shapes and finishes

Please note each class, Part 1 and Part 2, must be purchased separately.



Donna Penoyer, known internationally as “The Whistle Lady,” creates one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry, specializing in sculptural, wearable whistles made of Precious Metal Clay (PMC). Penoyer teaches nationally at art conferences and such venues as Arrowmount, Haystack,Touchstone Center for Crafts, and Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh. She has written articles for PolymerCAFÉ and Art Jewelry magazines, and her work may be found on the cover of the 2009 PMC Guild Annual, in Robert Dancik's book "Amulets and Talismans," and in Sherri Haab's "The Art of Metal Clay."

Covered In This Class: 
  • Whistle structure basics
  • Creating a lentil bead
  • Creating hollow shapes
  • Making a mouth piece
  • Correct sound creation techniques
  • Repairing cracks and surfaces
  • Attaching components seamlessly
Materials Used In This Class: 
  • Metal clay (about 10-15g per whistle)
  • Metal clay paste
  • Metal clay syringe
  • Basic Metal Clay Tools
  • Domed armature (such as plastic teaspoons, a ping-pong ball, etc.)
  • Bake & Bend Sculpey, for curved mouthpieces or whistle bodies
  • taper-point rubber-tipped clay shaper
  • Dehydrator, hairdryer, or other gentle heating/drying device
  • Diamond “toothpick” files
  • Fantastix
  • Brass tubes, various sizes, to cut small circles, mold and shape a
    mouthpiece, and create donuts for bails
  • 1/4” dowel (or the handle of a Super Slim Needle Tool)
  • Set of tiny drill bits, 1-2mm, if you want to make tone holes


Included is a class handout filled with notes and all the resource information you need to get started.