What is Metal Clay?

Student working

Metal clay was invented in Japan in the 1990’s and soon took off as a very approachable material for anyone to make into solid metal jewellery or other items. Silver and gold clay were the first to be launched and once they could be torch fired, they really became popular with home jewellery makers.

Easy to work with

The tools required to create jewellery or sculpture with metal clay are very simple. Most people who do any sort of craft have these tools already. It’s quick and easy to set up your workstation, you can pack it into a small box so it’s perfect if you are working at home in your kitchen. 

Three ingredients

Silver metal clay has three ingredients. Fine silver particles which are reclaimed from various other processes – so it’s a completely recycled product. An organic binder holds the silver particles together and water makes it soft and malleable. That’s it!

 

Basic metal clay tool kit

Fire with a torch

Once the jewellery piece is dry and finished, it’s ready to be fired. It can be fired in a kiln but the fine silver varieties can also be fired with a simple butane torch. That’s right, the type you use for Crème brûlée!

 

Real silver?

People are often sceptical about whether metal clay actually results in real silver, gold etc. It just seems too good to be true – like alchemy.

There are many types of metal clay available including Sterling silver clay, 22ct gold clay, bronze, copper, steel and iron clay – all real metal.  

Fine silver metal clay is easy to fire with a butane torch
Beginners Metal Clay Taster class projects

Why CSACJ?

Our principle tutor Julia Rai has been a passionate advocate of metal clay since she discovered it in 2004. She has taught hundreds of people how to work with this magical material. She’s even written a book about working with metal clay

Known world-wide in the metal clay community, she is also approachable and supportive of both new comers and experienced metal clay students. 

She is the only person in the world to achieve all five levels of the Metal Clay Masters Registry, a prestigious credential in metal clay mastery.