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Memory Interrupted by Patrik Kusek - Saul Bell 2016 2nd Place

I won second place in metal clay at the Saul Bell Awards 2016!!

3 Brooches by Patrik Kusek

When I received a set of templates and textures designed by polymer clay artist Melanie Muir I was thrilled about the possibilities. I usually make my own templates and textures but choosing from pre-made textures and shapes was quite freeing. I chose “Beach” and “River” texture themes. One would think that I would have chosen

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Just got my copy of Art  Jewelry magazine. Always exciting to see ones work in print! I was one of the metal Clay artists that Jill Erickson highlighted in her article along with Gordon Uyehara, Michael Marx and Lorena Angulo.

Pods by Patrik Kusek Fine Silver and 22K

Bidding deadline has been extended for Beads of Courage Auction. Help raise money for this great cause. Here is a piece I made that you can bid on.  Find out more information on this great organization at http://www.beadsofcourage.org/

How use a bezel cup in metal clay.

A student of mine asked me how to use bezel cups in metal clay. Luckily I wrote a step-by-step tutorial for bezel setting in metal clay! This was  written a couple of years ago but the information is still good. Here is a link for tutorial that I wrote for Rio Grande. Please click through

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Anna Evans winner of Craftsy class Metal Clay: Adding Gemstones and Dimensions by Patrik Kusek

Congratulations to Anna E. of Griffin, GA. Anna entered a contest for free enrollment in my www.craftsty.com class Metal Clay adding Stones and Dimension. Anna works with metal clay and also some traditional metal smithing. She says that most of her work is flat and she’s looking forward to taking the class to add dimension

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Patrik Kusek on Craftsy.com teaching metal clay and stone setting

Learn how to set gemstones and add dimension in metal clay! Check out my new video. I’d love to see what you make so please post your creations in my class projects on the Craftsy site. www.craftsy.com/ext/PatrikKusek_5183_F

GoodByeMiraVos

I’ve been getting some emails regarding MiraVos SF so I thought I would take this chance to clarify. A couple of months ago I made the difficult decision to leave my position at MiraVos SF. A variety of factors contributed to this decision, some of which are private. However, words like passion keep coming into

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Patrik Kusek Metal Clay Workshops at the Artisan Craft Expo

Here is a quick video on the workshops that I’m teaching at the Artisan Craft Expo in Las Vegas.

Metal Clay Essentials Eyebrow Brushes by Patrik Kusek

Metal Clay Essentials Eyebrow Brushes by Patrik Kusek Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to patriksstudio.com with this graphic.

Metal Clay Essentials Straws by Patrik Kusek

5 Indispensable ways to use straws in metal clay by  Patrik Kusek Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to patriksstudio.com with this graphic.

Metal Clay Essentials 5 Great things to do with an Exacto blade in metal clay by Patrik Kusek

Metal Clay Essentials 5 Great things to do with Exacto blades in metal clay Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to patriksstudio.com with this graphic.  

Patrik Kusek and Roxanne Goodfellow co-owners of MiraVos SF

Last week I told my personal story, my business partner Roxanne Goodfellow has her own story. Together we have our story, the MiraVos SF story.  So what is your story? Not only your personal story but your marketing story. Your marketing story tells people both visually and verbally what you or what your company is

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Patrik Kusek Creative Director at MiraVos SF

With the launch of my new jewelry line MiraVos SF  some of you had questions about marketing, branding, graphic design and web design. I do have a background in graphic design. As a matter of fact I’ve spent my entire professional career in the creative industry in one way or another. In the 80’s I

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Sand Casting with Patrik Kusek on www.craftcast.com

Learn sand casting and recycle your scrap silver I just re-posted a workshop that I’m teaching at The Ranch Center for Arts and Crafts in Snohomish, WA near Seattle. Learn how to use your old scrap silver to make new jewelry by sand casting. A low entry cost, easy way to make real silver cast

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Trying Rust Free and Boeshield by the Boeing Corp

During the beginning part of every year I preform my usual ritual of studio tool maintenance and studio clean up. Although maintenance on some tools and equipment happens year round, the start of year usually leaves me extra time to do some serious cleaning. This year I noticed that some of my tools had garnered

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pebble mosaics

I love great craftsmanship. It can be in the most ordinary thing, but if it is well crafted it tells me that someone paid close attention to every detail. I somehow feel a kinship with whoever made the piece. I guess this is part of why I’m a designer.  Earlier today I was trolling the

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Heavenly Bodies by Paul Koudouris

Last night I heard a wonderful lecture by Paul Koudounaris PhD. author of Empire of Death and his new book Heavenly Bodies, Spectacular Jeweled Skeletons. Who knew these wonderful masterpieces existed? I was first introduced to Paul’s work when I stumbled upon his first book Empire of Death last year in the book shop at

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Coin Card

Hello all! I usually don’t share stuff like this on my blog but this is such a great idea. If you are like me and have a more than a couple of credit cards then take a look at this. Between my business cards, personal cards and “rewards” card this little gadget will save space,

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