7.29.2009

Behind the Scenes: How to Press Metal Clay Charms



Here's a short video clip where I demonstrate how to press metal clay into rubber stamp molds to create silver charms for Hint Jewelry. For more details on supplies and resources for this process, please see my earlier post called Metal Clay Tools & Setup. For the full scoop on Hint Jewelry's process, be sure to check out my weekly blog series called Behind the Scenes.

Creating silver charms from metal clay is a really simple process. Each charm is completely unique because each moment is always different from the last. This hand-pressed method offers endless opportunity to embrace the freshness of each moment while experiencing joyful acceptance of what is perfectly "imperfect."

12 comments:

  1. Beth, it's incredibly generous of you to share this, you are a special soul. Thank you for everything you do, you are appreciated. ::HUGS::

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  2. Wonderful! Great lesson! Easy to follow and understand! I can't wait for more! And you have a lovely voice!

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  3. This is a great series you're doing, Beth- I'm thoroughly enjoying it!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing! I am so anxious to try out PMC, and you're tutorials are giving me much needed encouragement. I agree with the the other comments...you are a special soul and have a lovely voice!

    Lisa

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  5. I really appreciate the positive response from everyone. This series as been on the procrastination list for at least 6 months, and I realized the only thing holding me back was a little organization...like getting the camera out! You've empowered me to keep going and for that I am utterly grateful :)

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  6. Beth, you are making the PMC seem so much more appealing! I've always been intimidated by it because it seemed to "precious" for me to work with. I think I will stick with ceramic for a while but I may consider working with PMC someday now as before I would not have!

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  7. Erin, so glad it's sounding more intriguing to you. I felt exactly the same way when I faced my first tiny block of metal clay after working with ceramics. I froze up for fear of making a mistake. I did a lot of work in polymer clay first just to convince myself I wouldn't waste any precious scrap :)

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  8. Once again Beth Thank You,

    Each new tutorial ignites my creative juices more!! I think that when we go to the states in Nov I will need to make room in my suit case to bring a few things home!! :)

    I do have a question if you have time to answer. Would you give your opinion and experience ( if you have used it)of the metal clays that don't need to be fired in kilns??

    Pattie ;)
    Mazatlan Mx.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this. I truly love your work and you have inspired me to give art clay a try. You are an excellent teacher. Thanks again -- I really appreciate it and can't wait for more!!!

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  10. Hi Pattie, I'm guessing your question is in regards to the low fire clay that people can use a torch on. If that's the case Art Clay Silver 650 (the one I'm using) is a low fire clay that allows you to fire by torch, gas stove top, and kiln. I love the flexibility. Hope this is the answer you were looking for.

    Reneeo, glad you are getting inspired and thanks for appreciating my teaching style.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this. It showed me an art that I hadn't ever seen before.

    Blessings to you also!

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