by Elaine Luther
This is your guide to learning to create with Precious Metal Clay online, 100% for free. I’ve searched the web for the best of free videos and how-tos, and even more importantly, I’m presenting them to you here in a logical order.
The internet is full of free information, but when you’re a beginner, how do you know how to harness that information?
I was inspired to create this tutorial by the concept of a web quest, a teaching tool.
According to WebQuest.org, “a WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information that learners work with comes from the web.”
In this web adventure, I present excellent resources on beginning to work with metal clay, in a logical order. Let’s get started!
Tools You Need
Supplies for Beginning Working with Metal Clay
Top Ten Tools for Metal Clay
Precious Metal Clay, Getting Started and Beyond
How to Work the Clay
Videos from Art Jewelry Magazine: MUST BE A REGISTERED USER, registration is free
Repairing a Break In Metal Clay
Making Metal Clay Paste
Rolling & Cutting Metal Clay
Liver of Sulfur Patina
Making Lavender-Oil Paste For Metal Clay
Firing Metal Clay with a Handheld Butane Torch
Getting Started with PMC pdf, PMC Guild.com
Choosing Combustible Cores
Relatively Simple First Project:
Rehydrating Dryish Clay
Reconstituting Metal Clay
Overview of choices
Using tabbed bezel wire from Metal Clay Findings
Embed prong setting, fire in place, set stone after firing
(free pdf project at Art Jewelry)
Setting Stone using a recessed bezel cup
Stone setting using a plaster plug and making your own fine silver bezel wire (can be made to fit any cabochon stone)
How to Torch Fire
Video, how to torch fire MUST BE A REGISTERED USER
Which Torch is Best
How To Kiln Fire
How to Tumble-polish
How to add Liver of Sulphur
How to add Liver of Sulphur without dipping
Liver of Sulfur Patina
by Katherine Palochak
Additional skills to use with metal clay:
Make your polymer clay texture plates
Make your own photopolymer plates
Video by Tonya Davidson:
Dry Metal Clay? It Could Be Your Hands (and what to do about it)
What else? Have I missed any essential skill? A great tutorial that you know about? Tell me, and the world, by posting a comment below, and feel free to post the url of the great tutorial you recommend. Thanks!
Learn to use Metal Clay, FREE, online! by Elaine Luther is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.
Based on a work at creativetexturetools.com.
I’m publishing this under a Creative Commons license (specifically, the Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License). This means you may re-publish it on your blog or website, as long as you don’t change it, don’t charge for it, and credit me as the creator.
Update: Want to learn to use BronzClay? See this post:
Round up of All Information Available on BronzClay
Lisa Sonora Beam is your guide in this amazing online course. I’m taking it now and I love it. (Click the image to learn more.)
Some of the links here, such as the one above, are affiliate links, which means if you happen to buy a book or online class, I get a small thank you commission (at no cost to you). Every product is listed because I’m currently using and feel good about recommending it, not because of the small compensation I may receive if you decide to purchase.