Casting investment is a ceramic mixture formulated to keep its strength and integrity in high heat. The investment does not shrink and therefore holds the place for a cabochon or gemstone in your metal clay creation. This course shows how to mix investment and make investment plugs for the two stones in the two rings below.
These three courses together describe the entire process for making both these rings that contain gemstones that are held in their setting with prongs. The pink lace agate ring uses wire prongs. The pink druzy ring uses metal-clay prongs.
You have some choices here. You can take all three courses in their sequence; or, you can take any one or two courses individually.
Maybe you already know how to use investment. Or maybe you’ve used ring shanks and liners before. Then skip those courses and take just the Prong Settings course.
This course is on Investment.
2 Ring Shanks
If you ever made a ring using metal clay, then you may know of the challenge of ending up with the desired size after shrinkage. If you build your ring on a ring shank or ring liner, you end up with the exact ring size of the shank.
3 Prong Settings
A bezel-set gemstone is one way to secure a stone. Prongs add yet another design feature to your creations that may be more freeing. You can set stones that are anything but standard in size and shape. In this course you will see how Kris set both the pink lace agate and druzy in ring settings using prongs.
As with all of her courses, Kris does not edit out mistakes. The best learning comes from mistakes; furthermore, how many mistakes turn out for the better in the end. Also, watching Kris make adjustments and reparations prepares you for more twists and turns at your own workbench.
Questions? Email Kris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, Kris created I Love Silver for novice to expert metal clay artists and artisans, because she loves metal clay and wants to share.
Kris designs and creates fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures as pendants, earrings, charms, rings, and more. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, tracks, and bits of nature. Her medium is precious metal clay.
What is Metal Clay? Watch Meet Metal Clay.
Kris is a PMC Senior Instructor certified by PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande, thanks in part to a grant from the Montana Art Council, an agency of the State Government. She “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. Toward the end of 2017, she achieved Level 1 and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.
To see Kris' current and available work, go to The Silver Pendant.