* Learn how to use Adobe Draw, a free app, to sketch elements unique to you and your family. No worries about your sketching abilities, I'll show you an easy way to replicate your images.
* Learn how to use all the elements to design your own “coat of arms.”
* Learn to use Silhouette software to etch and cut the components from your metal clay.
*Learn how to construct the hollow form, set small stones, and decorate to complete your pendant seal.
This class is available FREE exclusively to members of AMCAW (Association of Metal Clay Artists Worldwide) through their Instructor Showcase Series. I’ve long been fascinated with Gypsy rings because of their simplicity and history. The ring originates in Victorian times when the upperclass would hide their expensive stones in thick bands of gold to be less of a target for highway bandits. Today, they are subtly sophisticated and practice for every day wear as the setting protects the stone from dirt and damage. Originally worn by men, women soon began wearing the rings but often added stars and moons to make their pieces more feminine. This project uses basic metal clay tools to simulate a Gypsy setting typically done with gravers. Instead, we will use our trust awl to create a brilliant shine to bring focus to the center stone. There are unlimited variations of this ring and I hope you enjoy experimenting with the techniques in your own work.
When AMCAW approached me about creating a project using only 20g of Art Clay Silver, that could also be torch fired, I immediately knew it would have something to do with amulets of protection. A challenging year at best, 2020 became even more difficult when my mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Between a global pandemic, social unrest, and her cancer diagnosis, I was feeling the desire to seek protection through my art. I began to research about the power of amulets and talismans. The Evil Eye is a symbol found in cultures across the globe dating back to Greek classical antiquity. The Evil Eye is believed to reflect back malevolent energy that could cause a person misfortune or injury. This is exactly what I wanted to create! Evil Eye Amulets traditionally have a blue center. When glazed, Egyptian mud developed a blue hue because it contained a high percentage of oxides including copper and cobalt. This is the first known use of the color blue in the Evil Eye Amulet. In this project, we will use turquoise as our center stone to represent a blue eye. To mimic the reflective quality of the iris, we will use gold colored glass shards. And finally, half-drilled pearls add a dramatic flair and suggest tears as they are suspended from the bottom of the piece.
In the 17th – 18th centuries, women often wore watches attached to the waistband of their gowns. The word FOB came to describe the chains and charms that dangled from them. Many FOBs included a personal seal that could also be used to ensure the privacy of your letters to loved ones. Learn how to make a Victorian-inspired FOB with your own custom seal. And as an added BONUS, JJ will teach you how easy it is to etch your newly designed coat of arms onto the lid of a glass jewelry box! Included in your purchase is a PDF with notes and online resources. Please note: the PDF is not a stand-alone instructional booklet. You can re-watch all your CRAFTCAST purchases as many times as you like. No experience necessary.