This course is for those of you who have some metal clay experience. Do not make this necklace; rather, learn how to use silicone molds, join wire to a component, make linked beads, and more (see below).
This course comes with for downloadable pdfs of TOOLS, STEPS, and RESOURCES full of links. Each lecture includes videos, photos (for close up detail), narrative explanation, options for later creations, other tools to try, and many links and resources. Along the course of watching Kris make her Cairn Necklace you will learn these techniques, acquire these skills. And if you take a course from Kris, she is forever at your beck and call via email to answer any questions.
Here is the syllabus.
1. Design Necklace
2. Make Mold
3. Make Pendant
-- 3.1 Using Mold Make Pendant
-- 3.2 Dry Clay Finish (2 Parts)
-- 3.3 Fire
-- 3.4 Tumble
4. Chain and Links
5. Assemble Necklace
6. Patina and Polish
8. Wear and Share
More importantly though, here are some how-to's you'll learn along the way.
- Make mold with Mega Mold and use it
- Use commercial mold
- Incorporate wire into design
- Set eyelets
- Make beaded link chain
- Solder O rings
- Fill cracks with syringe clay
- Decorate and texture with Paste clay
- Use small pieces of glass
- Prevent a piece from drying while you do something else
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 Design Your Necklace (4:43)
Start2 Making Your Mold (2:04)
Start3.1 Using Mold to Make Pendant (3:36)
Start3.2 Part 1 Dry Clay Finish (2:41)
Start3.2 Part 2 Dry Clay Finish (4:13)
Start3.3 Fire And Brass Brush (1:05)
Start3.4 Tumble (1:02)
Start4 Links & Chain (5:34)
Start5 Assemble Necklace (4:13)
Start6 Patina and Polish (1:51)
Start7 Coat (2:10)
Start8 Wear and Share
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Kris at any time via email at [email protected]