This course is listed in the Basics, Beyond-the-Basics, and Challenges Course Categories because it has information and practical applications for all levels. For the novices, it has foundational information to understand what a patina is and how to best achieve a good looking piece using patina. For the experienced and experts, you'll learn how to enhance your pieces' character and depth using patina. Any level clayer will get something out of this course.
There are five parts, each with its own video. These parts are as follows.
- Patinas – The course focuses on oxidizing agents used to patina or blacken your metal clay pieces. You’ll learn more about oxidation than you may have wanted to know.
- The Patina Process – Patina is easy as hang, dip, rinse. Then why is this the longest video? There’s more to the process than meets the eye.
- Before and After the Patina – There are some steps that may be unique to Kris’ overall process. In this part you’ll learn about the porous nature of silver metal from clay and what you can do to slow the natural tarnishing process.
- Protecting the Patina – Sometimes you need to protect a patinaed part from a polishing cloth or wear 'n tear. Kris shares her home-grown method.
- Removing the Patina – For whatever the reason, you can remove patina and start fresh on a metal clay creation.
This course was built using 43 raw movies and well over 65 photos.
Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.
Kris is a PMC Certification Instructor certified by PMC Connection (not longer in existence) and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.
In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.
Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.
Most recently, Kris has become one of six members on the Education Steering Committee for the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide or AMCAW, which came into existence in 2018