Making Metal Clay Whistles with Donna Penoyer (Part 2)

Making Metal Clay Whistles (Part 2)

Instructor Bio: 
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 that each class, Part 1 and Part 2, are sold separately.

This is a CraftCast Vintage Video, created before it was possible to incorporate High Definition video, as we do today. How far we have come in such a short time!

Watch and listen as Donna reveals to you all the tips and techniques you need to know to start creating whistles with more intricate shapes and finishes. Using close-up photographs of each step of the process, plus Donna's detailed instruction, you’ll be creating using these techniques in no time!

Class was recorded live so, just like in more recent videos, you’ll hear the live Q&A with other students.

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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 with your video is a full-color PDF class handout with teacher's tips, notes and links to all the resources you need to get started.

Please note: this is not a stand-alone guide but simply a quick-reference for your convenience.