This course is in the Challenges category at I Love Silver because this implies you have extensive silver metal clay experience and have made pieces out of other metals, such as bronze, brass, copper, steel, etc.
In this course Kris covers how to make a piece that is primarily silver and adorned or embellished with another metal. The non-silver metal has to be mechanically held in place; that is, silver metal will not stick to another metal. It’s that simple.
Kris walks you through the steps as she makes a simple bar necklace and dangling earrings to demonstrate a couple methods for mixing the two or more metals. You will learn about metal clay techniques, see common pitfalls of using non-silver metals, and receive resources (links) to go to for more information. As usual you design and make you own creation.
Riveting is not taught in this class but is a common method for holding two metals together.
Once you purchase a course from Kris, she is forever at your beck and call to answer your questions and address your concerns via email.
- Design Your Piece
- Make the Other-Metal Part
- Make the Silver-and-Other-Metal Part
- Kiln Fire and Steel Brush
- Patina, Finish, Tumble, Assemble
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