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Silver Metal Clay: Adding Stones & Dimension

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Learn essential silver metal clay techniques to make gemstone-studded jewelry! Master strong connections, gain troubleshooting tips and torch-fire your final piece.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials list with templates, tools & supplies recommended by Patrik
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Patrik Kusek
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Join award-winning jewelry artist Patrik Kusek to unlock the creative possibilities of silver metal clay! First, learn Patrik's tips for great results as you roll and texture your clay and cut a pendant base. Then, delve into more advanced techniques as you learn how to use metal clay to create bezel and flush settings for a variety of shaped gemstones! Next, explore artful and secure connections as you attach your dried and refined bezel settings to your pendant, as well as rippled accents in fresh clay. You'll gain in-depth troubleshooting tricks along the way, including several techniques for refining rough edges, making repairs, repurposing mistakes and rehydrating dried-out clay. Finally, learn how to properly sinter your piece with torch-firing techniques, and add patina and polish for a stunning finish.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Essential Skills
Meet metal clay artist Patrik Kusek and learn how to create fine silver jewelry with this unique medium that combines ceramics with metalsmithing. Patrik shares the tips, tools and materials you need to know before starting. Then, practice rolling and texturing your clay!
2. Creating the First Layer
3. Bezel Settings
4. Connection Techniques
5. Attaching Dimensional Elements
6. Making Repairs
7. Firing & Finishing

Recommended with this class

  • Fine silver metal clay
  • Cubic zirconia gemstones
  • Butane torch and butane

Taught by

Patrik Kusek
Patrik Kusek
Patrik Kusek has been in the design industry for more than 25 years, and he’s taught metal clay workshops at venues around the country, including the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. He won first place in the precious metal clay category at the prestigious 2007 Saul Bell Design Award competition, and his work has appeared in numerous publications, as well as the book 500 Pendants and Lockets. Patrik is also the author of Woodland Chic: Metal Clay Jewelry as Nature Intended.

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