Lora shares with us a quick synopsis of the steps she takes to create her romantic and gorgeous found object silver metal clay pendant. It would fit perfectly on any royalty back in King Arthur's court! Beautiful!
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!
Lora says “remainders are a puzzlement. The last half gram of clay, teeny cuts of Sheet, the dried up drips clinging to the slip container. What do you do with them? You can’t just throw them away, they’re precious metals after all. But you really can’t make anything out of them either, can you? This project is an absolutely perfect way to make beautiful use of those cast off corners.
As I was thinking about what to do for my last Master Muse tutorial, my eyes lit on a box of watch crystals gifted to me by a friend and an even bigger box of cut off wheels purchased after a hard metals class. They’d been sitting around, gathering dust, for a couple of years. Could I take all of these left over, unloved elements and make something spectacular to prove that the whole can be greater than the sum of it’s parts? I had to try.”
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 30 pictures with tons of detail in this #52 Tutorial!
In this tutorial you will learn:
- How to prong set a found object
- How to do gold leaf/foil on a found object
- How to drill holes in glass and metal
- How to set a half-drilled pearl
- How to fire and sand metal clay
Make enlargements of the watch crystals to compensate for metal clay shrinkage.
Draw onto the enlargements the tabs (turtle legs). Do not forget to include two areas where you will hang the dangles and also the attachments. Drawing these in helps, so you do not forget to include them prior to cutting out your shape. This is your template. *Lora covers all the specifics in the full tutorial.
Roll out the metal clay with texture on each side.
Using polymer clay, prop up the tabs while they dry.
Roll out more metal clay and cut out 4 dots using a straw. Set aside two discs and then roll the other two discs into a ball.
Attach the discs to the two attachment areas of the necklace using water.
Reinforce the back of the attachment areas with a thin layer of metal clay or Sheet. Set aside to dry.
Drill holes if you desire dangles.
Fire at 1650F for 30 minutes in a kiln.
Find the center of the watch crystal using a circle template. Using a diamond drill bit, a flexshaft, and water, drill through the glass slowly. *all the tips for drilling successfully are included in Lora’s full tutorial.
Using the watch crystal as a template, find the center of the “turtle”. Using your center punch make a divot in the metal disc.
Drill a hole through the center using your flexshaft and drill bit. Make dangles holes at this time as well in the "turtle".
Using a small amount of Devcon 5 minute epoxy, attach the gold cut off disc.
Apply a small amount of the epoxy to the back of the small silver disc and add that to the top of the cut off disc. Let set for 20 minutes.
Cut and trim excess wire to fit the half drilled pearl. Using a small amount of epoxy attach the pearl to the post.
Using your fingers, begin to press the prongs over the crystal. You can use the back of the agate burnisher to finish setting the prongs down completely. Don’t use metal or you may scratch the glass.
I love to receive Lora’s projects. She creates work that is baroque, romantic and interesting! She has a keen eye for design and style. Who would have thought to use a cut off wheel spattered with gold for the center component. Brilliant!
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PMC Connection Senior Instructor Lora Hart began working with metal clay at the turn of the century. After nearly 20 years as a busy make-up artist in the entertainment industry, an actor's strike put her career onhold. Four happily creative years later, she began a new and fulfilling life as an instructor in the greater Los Angeles area. Working out of her quaint Venice Beach Studio, Lora is honored that her work has been included in many publications including The PMC Guild Annual, Barbara Becker Simon's Metal Clay Beads, Sherri Haab's Metal Clay and Mixed Media Jewelry and Holly Gage's The Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry. This year, Lora has begun an online challenge to make a Ring A Day and started work on the first level of The Master's Registry.
Check out Lora's work at www.LoraHart.com. You can purchase her work online! Contact her for more details.
Photo credit: final piece Drew Davidson; step-by-step Lora Hart