We hope the tutorial will serve to inspire you to create! No matter if you just get out your sketch book and draw a similar project based on these challenges. It's a place to start. It's a way to start off your day in the right frame of mind with a creative exercise!
Patrik says "With this project I wanted to create the feeling one gets of coming across a forgotten secret garden. Unkempt vines, loose crumbing bricks and a worn gate; all hints that something special may just ready to be discovered."
If you are interested in the full step-by-step tutorial please stay tuned. It will be available at Whole Lotta Whimsy. They will be in a handy bench format too! This tutorial looks like it will be over 60 pictures with tons of detail in this #49 Tutorial!
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to use syringe to make vines with tendrils
- How to use syringe to make branches
- How to use common studio tools to make a brick facade
- How to use fine silver eyelet Embeddables to make hinges
- How to make specialty decorative hinge pins
- How to use MagicGlos resin to encase an image
Using a piece of mylar, trace the center of the door and cut that out. Then place this onto the center of the clay, roll it out again using the same slats to maintain thickness. This will lightly impress the shape into the base plate of clay.
Reposition the original template over the clay and through the paper, mark the holes with a craft knife.
Insert the eyelet Embeddables into the clay in the 8 places where the hinges will be.
Next insert an eyelet Embeddable at the top of the piece.
Using fresh clay and a clay shaper, cover the indentations made from inserting the eyelets.
Let dry completely.
Using the mylar insert, trace the shape onto the dried door panel.
Using a craft knife cut the outside shape by scoring and breaking off the clay with your fingers. It’s okay if the pieces do not break off cleanly.
Continue to break them into smaller pieces, then separate bricks, starting with a nice keystone shape at the top.
Starting with the keystone, use water, then silver metal clay slip/paste to connect the tiles to the base piece.
Using the door templates, check the fit of the base piece and hinges to make sure they fit before proceeding to the next step.
Dry fully and do a dry test fit. Adjust and perfect by sanding.
Using a u-gouge Dockyard Carving tool, carve out the gate/door where the eyelets should be placed.
Roll out silver metal clay and cut 4 small rectangles (cover in cling wrap/plastic wrap to keep moist).
Secure the eyelet Embeddables to the gate using slip and the clay to cover the eyelet wires.
Using silver metal clay syringe and the 20g syringe tip, customize the tip to make the diameter larger. Add branches and vines to the brick using the syringe as embellishment. Connect and smooth with a damp/wet brush. Use a needle tool to split the vines to make tendrils.
Reinforce the backside of the branches by adding a layer of syringe. Set aside to fully dry.
Using several tools (tissue blade, Dockyard carver) make the lines of the brick and add texture.
Roll out enough silver metal clay, using a coil roller, into a snake to make a 1.5” long. (Patrik includes many tips for these steps to ensure success).
Insert a piece of wire into the snake and set aside to dry.
Using a craft knife cut the snake into sections for the tubes. Sand the ends of the tubes to a right angle to the sanding board.
Sand one side of the tube flat.
Fill in any spaces in the branches that need support. Check all workmanship and correct any flaws.
Fire in a kiln at 1650F for two hours.
Use a brass brush after firing to burnish the pieces.
Using wire and a torch, insert the wires through the hinges and ball up the ends.
Create the gate latch using wire as well.
(step by step in the full tutorial)
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Wonderfully detailed and imaginative, Patrik does it again in with this piece of art jewelry! He challenges you to use syringe in a way that is both an embellishment and an integral part of the design. The syringe metal clay allows you to make tiny tendrils and vines, faster and easier than with clay. Efficient and a good use of type of metal clay!
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Patrik Kusek has been in the design and fashion industry for over 20 years and currently teaches metal clay classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as nationally. He is a senior PMC® instructor who teaches for Rio Grande and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Art Jewelry, Lapidary Journal, MJSA, and various books. He is a member of SNAG, ACC and the PMC Guild. Patrik is the 1st place Saul Bell winner of the 2007 PMC category.
Check out Patrik's work at www.PatriksStudio.com. You can purchase his work online as well!
Photo credit: final piece Drew Davidson; step-by-step Patrik Kusek