Summertime Bling Necklace by Joy Funnell

Making chain requires patience because it takes time to make all the individual links. But the sense of satisfaction you will feel once you are holding your finished handmade chain will be wonderful and will make all the effort worthwhile. This chain is linked in the greenware stage and fired fully assembled with a decorative clasp worn at the front. It has a sinuous, slinky feel, plus the stones add a nice bit of bling.

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Level: Advanced
Project by: Joy Funnell
Edited by: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc and Margaret Schindel

 

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Framed Bezel by Robin Ragsdale

cover shotGoldie BronzeTM is a beautiful material.  When constructing a bezel for a cabochon gem we need to treat the bronze clay differently than silver clay.  A common method used with silver clay is to make a plug from jeweler’s investment to stop the metal clay bezel from shrinking smaller than the size of the stone. However, jeweler’s investment creates a nasty crusty black layer on fired bronze clay that can be impossible to remove. This dilemma led me on a quest to find a repeatable process for making bronze bezels. After months of experimentation and a box of failures I now have a reliable method that works every time!

This how-to article is made possible by Robin Ragesdale and her business www.evenbetterimages.com

Level: Advanced
Project by: Robin Ragsdale
Project editors: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc and Margaret Schindel.

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Metal Clay Basics-Fire Silver Clay with a Torch

Torch firing is a great way for beginners to get started in metal clay, but it can be tricky if you don’t follow some basic rules. Learn how to torch-fire like a pro from CreativeFire editor Jeannette Froese LeBlanc.