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.
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!
First, learn how best to cut shapes from your rolled-out clay. You'll also tackle metal clay's primary challenge: how to evenly rehydrate clay when it gets too dry. Finally, see how Patrik refines and smoothes the edges of a piece after it's completely dry.
Learn all about gemstones to make your pieces shine! Find out which gemstones can be torch-fired and how to measure and set them in a clay bezel. Next, modify your technique to set circular, princess, pear and marquise-cut stones. Plus, see how to troubleshoot cracks and learn Patrik's tips for secure settings.
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