Monday, August 24, 2015

Review & Giveaway : Patrik Kusek's $40 Silver Metal Clay Online Workshop

By on Monday, August 24, 2015 42 Comments

Don't get me wrong.  Metal smith techniques - especially the basic ones are very useful skills to have. But metal clay is a fantastic alternative to get more complex metal jewelry designs without having to deal with cutting and forming metal sheets.  Patrik Kusek's Silver Metal Clay: Adding Stones and Dimension online Craftsy Workshop, which I received for review, demonstrates why precious metal clay has so many advantages.

This workshop could also have been titled "Silver Metal Clay - Basics and Beyond" because this instructor not only covered the basics but also taught how to make a fabulous fine silver heart pendant with several bezel gemstones exposed in the folded metal design.

The seven classes for this 2 hour workshop were all meticulously planned and laid out.  The instructor was an inspiration to watch for his methodical and organized way of working with clay. His experience with the medium is evident from the numerous tips he shared for the benefit of newbies as well as more seasoned users.

Lesson 1 covers the different types of available metal clay. This class uses silver clay which becomes fine silver after firing. Patrik says it is easier than other types of clays for a number of reasons and is better for beginners.  The kind he uses for his class can be torch fired.  While there are now economical bronze and copper metal clays available, these do require a kiln - a hefty investment. As silver metal clay is more expensive, the instructor shares specific tips throughout the class on how to save every scrap of it for reuse.

Lesson 1 also covers how he organizes his workstation and the tools he uses.  Some metal smith tools and equipment can be pricey to get but the tools used for metal clay are often the same as what a polymer clay artist or baker would use and won't break the bank!

Cutting out metal shapes usually requires sawing, metal snips or some sort of disc cutter.  But with metal clay, it is all about rolling out the soft clay and using either a template or something like a cookie cutter to stamp out the shape. Texturing is also very simple to accomplish with texture plates and so forth.

In Lesson 2, the instructor shows how to do it accurately and how to handle the clay so it stays at the right consistency. His solutions for keeping the clay hydrated are simple and easy to follow. He also introduces the proper way to sand the dried clay pieces so the edges are smooth.  He is so right - it is easier and faster to sand clay than it is to file metal!

Again, metal clay makes it much, much easier to make bezels than in the traditional manner. Lesson 3 covers how to make not just the round bezels for the project but also bezels for other shapes like a square, pear and marquis.  Perfectly formed round bezels with just a straw as a tool, too!  Patrik also goes over which gemstones (natural or simulated) are suitable for torch firing.

Lesson 4 covers the 3 simple ways to make connections  i.e. how to join up pieces of metal clay either in its wet or dry form. Being able to easily add thin and smaller pieces of clay on top of others or to attach components such as a bezel really shows how versatile this technique is.

This logically leads on to Lesson 5 which shows how to make a bail and attach bails.

Another fun part of this lesson was how to shape the clay for the project and drape it over the pendant like fabric folds. Fold forming with metal sheets is a lot harder, for sure!

Patrik covers troubleshooting for the different stages of metal clay work. But Lesson 6  on repairs was especially good because he shows how easy it is to rectify mistakes - like a broken piece or the inevitable little dents and gaps which sometimes occurs. He again makes the comparison with metal smith techniques where gaps are often very difficult, if not impossible, to correct.

His instructions on how to reconstitute all the little bits (dried, unfired mistakes and the particles from sanding) into new clay was awesome.

Lesson 7 is on how to fire, polish and patina the project piece.  Patrick covers the bare essentials of using a torch.  For a more extensive class on what kind of torch to use and how to use it properly, check out the free class Micro Torch Basics class which I reviewed before.

While a kiln is better for temperature control, Patrik shows it is possible to torch fire a small piece once you know what to look for and what not to do!  Patrik could have stated a bit more clearly that the time required for firing will depend on the size of the piece. Some students might mistakenly think that the 3 minute firing time he used is standard. It is only for this particular piece.

The final piece is unique and simply gorgeous!

I highly recommend this class especially for those who prefer a dynamic tutorial. If you want to be able to make more complex silver designs and wish to skip learning metal smith techniques altogether, then this class is definitely for you!

True, the project here is more complex than some might find comfortable with.  But remember you don't have to make exactly that design.  Start with simpler designs using the excellent instructions given throughout.

Note that Craftsy classes are convenient in that you can watch it any time you want.  You can also make notes and ask the instructor any questions. There are also 30 second repeat buttons and variable speeds to slow down or speed up the class as needed.

If you'd like to win Patrik Kusek's Silver Metal Clay: Adding Stones and Dimension online workshop worth $40, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, August 31, 2015 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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  1. OMG!!! I have this class in my wishlist. I would so love to learn more about metal clay, and how to get my designs out of my head and into actual pieces of jewelry.

    Thank you Pearl for the awesome giveaways all the time.

  2. I have ALWAYS wanted to work with Metal Clay but have not had the chance as of yet! But what better time to try it out than through winning this giveaway so good luck to me!!!!! lol
    Thanks so very much for the giveaway!!
    Patti Leitman

  3. Looks interesting. I would like to try working with metal clay.

  4. Thank you so much for making this give-away possible. Metal clay looks like it would be so much fun to work with. Would love the opportunity to take classes. Thanks, Mary

  5. I would love to learn more about metal clay, this workshop looks intriguing!

  6. this sounds like a great class esp as he shows how to torch fire with gemstones in place,something I've been afraid to try as so many other classes tell you not to do that. I'd love to win. I have several Craftsy classes under my belt and they are all wonderful. and the fact that one can watch them again and again is such a plus feature. something one doesnt get with a live in-person class situation.
    deb4tin at gmail dot com

  7. I have some metal clay and would dearly love to learn how to use it much better and to full potential. Also many gem cabs for use with it. Such great giveaway competitions, always so good! I'm a subscriber and blog follower. Can be contacted via should I be lucky enough to win-fingers n toes crossed!

  8. Oh, wow! I have never worked with metal clay, but I'd sure love to!

  9. I have always been curious about metal clay but am to chicken to try another craft. Thanks for the giveaway!

    auntmeanie682@optonline. net

  10. This is so Cool! What a great opportunity. I've had a little exposure to metal clay but not to this extent. It's so great I shared this on Facebook. I'm also a blog subscriber

  11. Silver clay looked interesting to me when I first joined Craftsy. I don't often browse classes because I can't afford the temptation! This must be a newer class. Would love to win!
    Donna J.

  12. I've been trying to get hold of a proper class since I was given a taster class one birthday, I went out and bought PMC and it is still wrapped and boxed while I have been trying to find a class locally getting myself a downloadable class would be brilliant

  13. Learning how to work with metal clay is on my bucket list! Patrick's classes sound like they'd be the perfect staring point!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!

  14. I so need this class. I took a precious metal class a couple of years ago and still have clay that has been preserved in it's original packaging…I need to get into it and make something beautiful, like the wonderful items Patrik works on in his class. PLEASE…PLEASE…PLEASE… >^..^< Cat Nelson at

  15. I really need this.

  16. Would love to win this, all Crafty classes tried so far are excellent. Thank you for the opportunity.

  17. Don't you just love that they have metal clay now!

    I'm like so many of the others that have posted the comment that they have their PMC still in its original wrapping - along with some PMC slip (ahem) that I still have to get around to trying out.

    I love the fact that you can take something like this and fire it and it turns into silver (my favourite metal).

    Throw my name into the ring Pearl....another fantastic giveaway!

  18. This class is on my wish list on Craftsy. I love the classes there and have taken several. I would so love to win this one.

    Zoraida -

  19. Thanks for the opportunity! I hadn't been aware of this wonderful medium. I would love to take the workshop.

  20. What a great review -- thank you for the information!

  21. wow, beautiful work and lots of skills I would love to know more about! Thanks Pearl, I'm a blog follower.

  22. Hi I'm a blog follower/subscriber and follow on facebook too.
    Alikat2004 on

  23. This looks like a fabulous tutorial, and I'd love to receive it! I love all things art, and this looks like information which could carry over to many different media. I love multi media work, and I am always inspired by you and the wonderful contributions by great talents out there, who are willing to share their techniques and talent with us all, and give away what could be just what someone needs to be inspired!

  24. Oh My Goodness. I can't believe that there is a class that I might get to attend because there is a give away. I'm sure I can't afford it otherwise, so I am hoping and hoping I get selected. I haven't yet gt to try silver clay and I so want to try. Thanks for this opportunity.

  25. I would love to win this. I've been wanting to learn how to work with metal clay.

  26. I tweeted about the giveaway and class.

  27. I bought some silver clay some time ago, but haven't done anything with it. This might be the kick-start I need.

  28. How wonderful explain the method to work with clays. Your class gave me lots of inspiration, definitely I am going to work on it. Thank you for this nice instruction.

  29. I really want to get started in metal clay and this would be a great jumping off spot. Thanks for the chance to win yet again another wonderful giveaway Pearl.

  30. I would love a chance to learn a new talent.

  31. This sounds absolutely ideal! I have some silver clay but have not so far found the courage to work with it!

  32. This looks like a fantastic class. I have taken other online Craftsy classes and love that I can watch, pause and rewatch even while working on a project. This class is just what I have been looking for. The idea of using a torch and metal clay is very inviting. Sure would love to win!!!
    Blog subscriber and thank you for your wonderful chances to win!

  33. I have gems here, but didn't know what to do with them, UNTIL now!!

  34. I would love a chance to learn, I have a kiln and have been wanting to try metal clay. I am a blog subscriber via feedly.

  35. I have always wanted to work with metal clay but could never afford a kiln. I would love to try it. I am also a blog subscriber.

  36. Just beginning to play with metal clay.. this would be a wonderful class to take to strengthen my skills..

  37. I have a packet of silver clay, but I'm afraid of wasting it because I've never tried it. I don't have a kiln, but was interested in trying the torch method with small, charm sized pieces that include set stones. I've put off trying it just because I don't know what to expect. Winning this giveaway would help me over that hump. Thanks for offering the chance to win..

  38. I have worked a little in metal clay but this book will certainly give me the incentive to invest in a kiln and take on this wonderful medium with greater enthusiasm.

  39. Pick me!!! Pick me! I've always wanted to try this!!! grinchswoman@

  40. You read my mind, as this is exactly what I need right now :)
    Thank you for the opportunity!

  41. I know this is an opportunity I would love to do...I have always wanted to work with pmc but it seems intimidating...this would be the boost (shove) in the right direction...thank you...