Friday, January 13, 2017

New tutorial - 3-dimensional fun with base metal clays!

New tutorial for the New Year! I am so happy I finally finished it. This is my fifth tutorial, but actually the first one I wrote since 2013. Those three years were so busy, I couldn't find time to write anything.
This is also my first tutorial describing a project made of bronze clay (other four were written with silver clay in mind). I am pretty excited about it :-). Ok, so what is it about and what you can find inside?
"Wings of Summer" shows how to make a bronze, flower-shaped bead cap, adorned with a 3-dimensional butterly. It is available in my Etsy shop:

 It has 39 pages (!) and  includes 99 nice quality photos. The instructions are super detailed and easy to follow.
This time I chose a project perfect for advanced metal clay users and those, who are looking for a good introduction to working with base metal clays. In this tutorial I work with bronze clay – Goldie Bronze – but it can be easily adapted for other metal clays, including all varieties of fine silver .


"Wings of Summer" tutorial is a great proposal for those who like truly 3-dimensional, romantic jewellery.
Being quite advanced, this tutorial doesn't present basics of working with metal clay (for example checking clay consistency, maintaining clay moisture, drying etc.). This information may be found in "Fingerprint of Love" which I highly recommend for total beginners.

The tutorial shows you how to make a 3-dimensional butterly sitting on a flower, but you can use all the elements in a lot of different ways. Make two butterflies and you'll get a pair of amazing, feminine earrings. Add a bail behind a flower and use a butterfly as a dangle. Use those elements in your rings... Possibilities are endless :-).

ADDITIONALLY with "Wings of Summer" tutorial you'll also get a separate file with my updated test of Goldie Bronze clay (its original version may be found on this blog), showing how to run a proper test of a new clay and what you can learn from it :-).
It also gives you a lot of additonal, valuable information about working with base metal clays.
At the end of the tutorial you'll also find exhaustive answer to a few, frequently asked questions, concerning most common problems you can encounter while working with bronze metal clays.

Ok :-) So "Wings of Summer" tutorial may be found in my Etsy shop. I hope you'll enjoy it :-). I had a lot of fun writing it. It couldn't be done without my amazing partner, Sebastian, who patiently took all the photos :-).
Aaaand, if you prefer to learn face to face - check my previous post, about my classes abroad in the first half of 2017.


  1. tworzysz takie cuda, że buzia nie zamyka mi się z zachwytu. coś wspaniałego.

  2. Hi

    I really love your work. Very inspirational.

    I have been working with Goldie Clay and have found it beautiful on the surface but it has been brittle.

    The Pieces are about 2-3mm thick and I've been firing at 830°c for 50 mins. I even tried your firing cycle. I guess they are not sintering. They come out brown from the firing pan. Any ideas? Thanks

    1. I would suggest:
      1) trying to rise the temperature by 5 C
      2) not rising temperature full ramp, but let the kiln ramp up for 2h
      3) trying different carbon
      4) making the time of firing longer
      And preferably not all these things at once, so you could be able to tell what makes the difference (if something does)

    2. Thank you for your help. So is the 1st Stage most likely to be at fault?

      A slower Ramp would be for the 2nd Stage at 500°c per hour

      Sorry I'm not as clued up as I should be. :)

    3. Why 1st? It can be both 1st and the 2nd. Yes, ramping for 2nd stage.
      Also make sure that during the 1st stage your pieces are not covered in caron (fist stage - the one in 350 C)

    4. Thank you very much. I'll see how it goes. :)

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