FingerTIPS–The nuts & bolts of making fingerprint jewelry in metal clay–By Sarah Parker Heermann

sarahparkerheermannUSA_earringsThe real trick to making fingerprint jewelry in metal clay is getting a clean, detailed print impressed into the clay. In my experience, all metal clays types can take fingerprints beautifully. But there are a few different ways – both direct and indirect – to harvest the fingerprint and impress it into the clay, and each has advantages and drawbacks and produces a slightly different result.

The three most common approaches are:
1) Pressing the finger directly into metal clay.
2) Taking an impression of the fingerprint into a molding compound, and pressing the molded print into metal clay.
3) Taking an ink fingerprint on paper and then using the image to create a photopolymer plate (PPP) or to etch a copper texture plate.

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Studio Insights by Michael David Sturlin –The Importance of Purpose

 

Many things we do in life have purpose. But, this in itself doesn’t imply that we always see all of them as particularly purposeful at the moment of doing them. In fact, we might often wonder, “Why do I have to do this?”

Purpose2Some of the things we do are just necessary activities of our everyday human existence. Those tend to be the unavoidable things that are part and parcel of daily life; household chores, school and family activities, work related tasks. There are a myriad of things that simply have to be done. They may not always be our favorite things. But, since they have to be accomplished anyway, realizing their necessity as we do them makes them a bit more purposeful and easier to tend to. Continue reading…

Bague gravée en pâte de bronze avec un cabochon en résine UV par Sabine Alienor Singery

Screenshot (90)Suivez un cours en France…. sans quitter votre maison! Sabine Alienor Singery a réalisé un cours en vidéo pour les lecteurs de Creative Fire ! Dans ce cours, elle montre comment réaliser une bague en pâte de bronze, préparer la pâte pour l’utiliser avec la Silhouette, utiliser la Silhouette pour graver de la pâte flexible, assembler et cuire la bague et enfin, utiliser de la résine UV pour créer un cabochon unique. Bien que ce soit un projet complexe… les artistes de la pâte de métal de tous niveaux apprécieront son cours.

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Etched Bronze Clay Ring with UV Resin Cabochon by Sabine Alienor Singery

Screenshot (90)Take a workshop in France…without leaving your house!  Sabine Alienor Singery has made a video class for Creative Fire readers!  In this workshop she will demonstrate making the bronze clay ring, preparing clay to be used in a Silhouette cutter, using the Silhouette cutter to etch the flexible dry clay, assembly and firing of the ring, and lastly using UV resin to create a unique Cabochon. While this is a complex project…metal clay artists of all levels will enjoy her class. 

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Lava Ring By Angela Baduel-Crispin

Crispin-LavaRing-400 _ TSD2This unisex ring has a slightly rough, masculine look and can be a great gift for a man. It has a firing temperature adapted to allow Art Clay™ copper to sinter while being fired together with fine silver, in a way that is safe for both metals.

Level: Intermediate
Project by: Angela B. Crispin
Edited by: Jeannette Froese LeBlanc and Margaret Schindel
Material List: Lava Ring materials

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Bague Lave Par Angela Baduel-Crispin

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Cette bague unisexe a un aspect un peu brut légèrement masculin et peut être une bonne idée de cadeau pour un homme. La température de cuisson de la Art Clay Copper a été adaptée pour permettre au cuivre de fusionner tout en étant cuit avec l’argent fin d’une manière sûre et fiable pour les deux métaux.

Niveau: Intermediate
Projet par: Angela B. Crispin
Révision française par Soazig Alligand et Jeannette Froese LeBlanc
Liste de matériaux: Bague Lave

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It is finally, truly Spring!

After a long, cold winter (at least for me here in Eastern Canada) I have been eagerly waiting for signs of Spring. We’ve had some sunny days, but the snow was hanging around at Easter. Believe it or not…it is snowing outside right now as I type this. It’s April 23! But I have faith that the better weather is coming.

A sure sign of Spring is when Rio Grande announces the Saul Bell Design Award finalists. As if timed with the blooms of the crocus flowers, slowly people are showing off their work and revealing that they are finalists. I’m working on our annual article that profiles the artists and their work, please look for it soon. In the meantime…I have a “Throw Back Thursday” item to share from the Metal Clay Artist Magazine (MCAM) archives. A few years ago Wanaree Tanner won the Saul Bell Award in the metal clay category. Being infinitely talented, she also made MCAM a video showing HOW she made her fantastic bracelet. Thank you Wanaree for sharing and best wishes to this years finalists! (Click on the image below to go directly to the video for the cover story)

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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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