Charms are just tiny pendants. There are many ways to make, incorporate, and wear charms. Some hang by O rings, some by tiny bails. Some hang singly and some hang in a cluster. Tiny necklaces and charm necklaces are quite fashionable these days.
As usual, Kris loads this course up with information, info that is useful not only if you are just starting out in metal clay but also if you have some metal clay experience. She loves options. Options in design, tools, processes, and finishes.
The four charms shown plus one more more charm are used to teach various metal clay techniques. Here is what you will learn.
- Roll and cut clay
- Texture clay
- Use commercial and/or homemade templates
- Use commercial and/or homemade molds
- Quick-dry clay pieces flat
- Sand for a fine dry-clay finish
- Drill holes
- Make tiny bails, two styles
- Incorporate eyelets in wet- and dry-clay piece
- Torch fire
- Brass brush
- Patina with two patina agents
- Patina and polish chains
- Polish manually with an intro to using electric tools
- Add charms onto chain
- Many Ways to Make a Charm
- Rubber Stamps
- Hand Carved—Wet or Dry
- Sanding Dry Clay Sand & Finish
- Holes, Eyelets, Tiny Bails
- Torch Fire
- Brass Brush
- Liver of Sulfur
- Black Max
- Necklace Assembly
- Wear and Share
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
Start1.3 Hand Carved — Wet or Dry
Start1.4 Using a Mold
Start4.1 Drilling Holes
Start4.3 Tiny Bails
Start4.4 Inline Bail
Start4.5 Final Inspection
Start5 Torch Fire
Start6 Brass Brush
Start9 Necklace Assembly