Ads Top

Simple Floral Metal Clay Earrings Tutorial with Integrated Ear Wires


Curious about metal clay?  Want to know what is involved?  Then check out this simple but pretty metal clay earrings tutorial by Karen Trexler for Cool Tools. Fine silver metal clay is actually the easiest to work with and you get high quality pieces in the end. Bronze and copper metal clay are both trickier to fire.

The main construction step of rolling out the clay and imprinting a texture will be familiar to any one who has worked with polymer clay. The instructor embeds the wire lengths at this stage.


The metal clay is then air dried or you can use a dehydrator.  This is the "greenware" stage where you can easily sand off irregularities. She also bends the ear wires before putting the earrings into a kiln for a 2 hour fire.  Small pieces like this can also be fired with a torch.  The firing process causes the metal to sinter (coalesce and compress) and the binder in the clay to burn off leaving just fine silver behind. 

She adds patina to the fired pieces before tumbling for the final shine.

Do check for local classes with a certified instructor if you are interested in learning more about metal clay.  I had fun at a class not too long ago - see second link below.



Before You Go:



Disclosure
This blog may contain affiliate links. I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links. This goes towards the support of this blog and to provide resource information to readers. The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.
 ______________________________
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM
Jewelry Making Tips - Wire JewelryTips  -Jewelry Business Tips 

4 comments:

  1. I have had a packet sitting in my cupboard for some time now. I'm going to haul it out and try this out. I think I just forget it's in there...along with other potential projects...I sound like a typical artist...

    Have a kiln...have the tools...have the time...guess it's something I'll be working on doesn't it Pearl.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You and me both! Creatives like us have far too many potential projects to handle in the time we have!

      Delete
  2. Wow. You must have been reading my mind. I've been wondering if there was a simple way to create with metal clay without breaking the bank. This post addressed that concern.Thanks!

    ReplyDelete

You're AWESOME! Thanks for the comment and feedback. You do make a difference on my blog!

Powered by Blogger.