Category Archives: Artful Master Muses

Ruth Baillie – Master Muse Challenge #51

Just in time for the Easter holiday. What a joyful piece! "This project utilizes one of the bird’s eggs that I found last year. The jacket pin shows a silver bird, just coming out of his egg in a nest. I lovely reminder for us to break out! And as with all baby birds, they have seemingly large mouths that seem to glow a golden color, and thus I added some gold to his beak using keum boo." ~ RuthContinue Reading

Patrik Kusek – Master Muse Challenge #49

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!Continue Reading

Vickie Hallmark – Master Muse Challenge #48

For a burst of brilliant color in your metal clay jewelry, try enamel. Cloisonne is a traditional decorative technique for enameling on metal, where small compartments (cloisons in French) are created by attaching fine wires to a backplate. The compartments are then filled with kiln-fired vitreous enamel, applied as finely ground particles of glass by a method of wet packing. Syringe type metal clay offers the perfect tool to easily construct cells in complex patterns onto a metal clay support.Continue Reading

Barbara Becker Simon – Master Muse Challenge #47

Barbara said "For this project I wanted to bring back a syringe technique I played with in 1999 when I made my first metal clay fish bead. I had just finished a cake decorating class and saw the kinship between the pastry bag and tip and the syringe! Yikes, that’s eleven years ago and I think it’s still a fun texture; hope you will too!”
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Donna Penoyer – Master Muse Challenge #46

"The word 'piercing' in metal work, though most often referring to what one does to sheet metal with a jeweler’s saw, instead reminds me of pushing a nail or skewer through something, such as in the making of those punched tin lanterns that cast patterns of light on the walls. When I got this assignment, my imagination immediately went toward a lantern shape, in the round, which I thought would make a lovely pendant and a challenging piercing experiment.
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