This is a 5-day intensive taking place at my studio in Berkeley, California, on May 19-23, 2017. Please sign up here.
This workshop will cover coloring metal clay by hot-bluing, patina, acrylics, colored pencils, felt, and chip inlay.
Here are a few class samples:
The second, revised and expanded edition of my book Mixed Metal Jewelry from metal Clay is now available in the form of a CD.
The first edition was published in 2009 and went out of print about a year ago. The second edition is up-to-date with the developments that have occurred in the metal clay field since the publication of the first edition.
The first part of the book covers the possible combinations of copper and bronze. This is a good reference for anyone who would like to start making mixed metal jewelry. There is also a discussion on the concept of married metals, and an overview of other possible combinations of clays in a married metal design.
The second part covers the combination of copper and silver and discusses the issues of firing these clays together. Two projects introduce the technique of mokume-gane in copper and silver. As it turns out, most projects can be done with White Bronze instead of silver, without compromising the look and strength of the pieces.
The third part includes projects which combine copper, bronze, and silver as components. It covers textures, forms, movement, and mechanisms.
Besides the project samples, the book includes over a hundred photos contributed to the second edition by metal clay artists. Thank you all for your wonderful work. The book would not be complete without you.
Two of my books, The Handbook of Metal Clay: Textures and Forms and Movements and mechanisms in Metal Clay, are already on their second edition. (The Handbook of Metal Clay is actually on its third edition, in the form of a CD.)
It’s now time for a second edition of my third book: Mixed Metal Jewelry from Metal Clay, which went out of print quite a few months ago. The new edition will come as a CD and is planned to be published around the end of this summer.
Those of you who have the first edition, and those of you who haven’t but have pieces of mixed metal to show, are invited to submit photos for the new edition. Any combination of metals is accepted, including silver and base metals, even pieces that only have separate components made of different metals. All brands are welcome.
- The photos should be high resolution, at least 4″x4″, 300dpi.
- Deadline: Please submit the photos as soon as possible, or no later than August 15, to my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For credit purposes, include your name, photo title, and the name of the photographer, if applicable.
I look forward to seeing your creations!
My first two travel-teaching classes for 2017 have been added to my Classes page on my website.
There are 2 spots left in the February intensive at my studio in Berkeley, California.
The first travel-teaching class is the annual Tucson workshop which takes place on February 10-12, 2017, during the big gem show. This year the topic is structural carving, which means forming sculptural objects by subtraction, starting from a solid lump of clay.
To sign up please contact Lyle Rayfield at: email@example.com.
The second class is actually 2 separate back-to-back workshops in Lafayette, Louisiana. The first one is 3 days, on March 22-24, 2017. It covers preparing forms for chip and rock inlay. This class is almost full.
The second one is on March 25-26, 2017. This workshop covers hand-forming and texturing vases and knobs, then coloring them patina-style.
Here are more pieces that I have been working on for the Sculptural Carving Intensive on February 24-28, 2017.
In the never-ending pursuit of hollow forms, I’ve been working over the past year on a new way of creating them. In fact, this way is the opposite of any hollow-form technique I’ve been using so far. Instead of building up the forms from layers of wet clay, I treat dried chunks of clay as if they were rocks or chunks of wood and carve the forms into them. Carving may be a misnomer, since this term is usually conceived as surface decoration. In this case the carving is structural, and there is no surface decoration. The surface of the pieces is either solid-smooth or perforated.
Sculpting by subtracting material rather then adding it, as done in wood and stone sculpture, requires some adjustment of our brain muscles, since it makes us think “in reverse.” This is not an easy task, but the results are so rewarding! Once you start using this technique, new ideas keep popping up and endless possibilities open. Many things that are very hard or impossible to make in metal clay because of the nature of the wet clay and its consistency, are made possible in this way of sculpting.
The photos below are samples of what I’ve done so far. I will keep posting as new techniques come up.
I’ve scheduled two sculpting/structural carving workshops for 2017. These are 5-day intensives taking place at my studio in Berkeley, CA.
January 12-16, 2017: this class is currently full. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be on the wait list.
February 22-26, 2017. This class is still open. Please sign up here by paying the deposit.
My next 5-day intensive will take place on October 6-10, 2016, at my studio in Berkeley. You can sign up by paying the deposit on the Classes page of my online store. Upon signing up you will receive a list of tools to bring to class, a map of the area, and a list of places to stay near the studio.
What is covered in this workshop
Preparing different types of forms for different types of inlay
Here are a few class samples (more may be posted later):
Chip (crushed stones) inlay
Cold inlay powder
To protect ourselves from dust when we sand or use the rotary tool we need to wear both a protective mask and goggles. However, most of the time the goggles fog up and we can’t see what we are doing. Here is an easy way to make an acrylic box that will protect your nose, mouth and eyes.
What you need:
- Two acrylic sheets, any size you wish. Mine cost a total of $3.
- Drill bit
- Painter’s tape, duct tape or gaffer tape
Tape the two sheets together so they completely overlap.
Drill a hole on the bottom right and bottom left of the two boards.
Make the two sheets into a folder by taping them together at the top.
(The following idea came from my husband, Avi): Cut 2 pieces of cord and tie a knot at the end of each.
Close the folder and insert each cord through the holes of both sheets.
Open the folder and position it on the table. Insert your hands through the sides of the folder to determine how wide the opening should be.
Tie another knot at the end of each cord.
The box is ready to use.
Fold the box and take it with you to class.
The best answer for the third multiple-choice question is #3: A married metal piece of jewelry is piece that includes more than one metal with seamless transition from one metal to another.
What is a married metal piece of jewelry?
1. A piece that includes more than one metal.
2. It’s the same as mixed metal jewelry.
3. A piece that includes more than one metal with seamless transition from one metal to another.
4. A piece that combines two or more metals that cannot be fired together because of differences in firing temperatures.
5. It’s the same as mokume-gane.
6. A piece in which two metals blend together to create a metal whose color is different from the original ones.
7. A piece in which different metals are arranged next to each another like mosaic work.
Which is the best answer?