Archive for the ‘Metal Clay Blog’ Category

Just published, a few metal clay Q & A’s on the Interweave. I was asked by Interweave – Jewelry Artist Magazine ( Lapidary Journal for us folks that have been around for a while ) to write a short metal clay Q & A. I’ve pulled from some questions commonly asked by some of my students.

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Circle Divider Template A student of mine ask how to divide a circle. After a brief demo I realized that having the right tools although important doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot money. So I created this circle template based standard circle templates but I added a design twist. Instead of the usual

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This is part two of the series. In this video we use more complex techniques to create super tiny 1mm!!micro mosaic tiles, learn about mold making, dry construction and assembly. I’ll construct a pendant with a beetle focal piece, construct branches using molding compound all while using two types of metal clay. Check out the

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I’m so excited to announce that my new video is available at the Interweave Store. It’s an intro to base metal clays and creating jewelry with micro mosaics a two part series. In part one you’ll learn the basics of using base metal clays and learn how to build a mosaic pendant using 2 kinds

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  I’m so grateful and humbled that one of my pieces was chosen to be one the finalists for the Saul Bell Awards. This piece is titled “Memory Interrupted” It’s made from fine silver, synthetic peridot and citrine, pearls and 22K. Some of you know that my mother has dementia and this piece is part of

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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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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/

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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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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Metal clay artist and blogger Margaret Schindel recently reviewed my on-line class Metal Clay adding Stones and Dimension. Margaret is a jewelry artist and internationally known expert on metal clay techniques. PMC certified in 2006 by Celie Fago. I was flattered to have someone with her experience review this class. She wrote in depth detailing

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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

here’s what’s on my bench today.  I can’t wait to fire it!   

Here’s what’s on my bench today. I can’t wait to fire it!   

I’ve just learned that I’ve won first place in the Bead Dreams 2015 contest metal clay category! I’m so excited and thrilled! Every year the Bead and Button Show holds the Bead Dreams contest. It’s been a few years since I’ve entered. This year I entered some of my new work based on a recurring

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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 Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to patriksstudio.com with this graphic.

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 Exacto blades in metal clay Share this Image On Your Site Please include attribution to patriksstudio.com with this graphic.  

Starting today at Noon EST a new resource for metal clay goes live! The Go To place for metal clay. Join today! Many thanks to Terry and Corrin for creating this wonderful group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/metalclaynow/

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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