As with many things, we have Japan to thank for metal clay art. It first started there in 1990, allowing crafty jewelry makers to create gorgeous and sophisticated pieces without the involved study required to make jewelry out of precious metals.
This crafting medium binds small particles of metal like silver, gold, copper or bronze to make into jewelry, beads, or even small sculptures. It’s easy to shape into any form, just like soft clay. You can shape it by hand or with the use of molds. Once it’s dry, it can be fired by kiln, with a handheld torch, or even on your gas stove, though much of it depends on the type of clay as well as the metal that’s mixed into it. As it’s heated, the binder burns off leaving only the metal behind and revealing your beautiful artistic creation.
If you’re looking to explore a new glass art technique, Delphi Glass has everything you need to get started with metal clay art. There are books about metal clay art to provide you with creative inspiration and techniques. Plus, Delphi Glass has a huge selection of all the materials needed to start making your own metal clay art pieces. Five Star has even come out with new metal clay products so you can be creative with any style you choose.
Summer isn’t over yet. Why not make the most of it by trying out something new with metal clay art? It’s a fun way to explore your creative side, plus it will make for beautiful and original gifts when the holidays roll around if you perfect your technique now!