Photo: A Dali's Summerhome ring, by Kate McKinnon. fine silver metal clay, drybuilt, with an imbedded ring shank.
Hello, it's Kate McKinnon, writing from Tucson, where it's sunny, cool and fresh from a deep desert rain. I've been doing some filming this week, and I wanted to share a video with you that I just posted to YouTube.
I've spent the last 12 years working with fine silver and fine silver metal clay, and in that time I've thought a lot about its potential to allow one to maintain a clean, safe metalsmithing shop. Working in fine silver, for example, I can usually skip the soldering, fusing my connections only with fire, and in metal clay, I can work as cleanly as a cat. Several of my CraftEdu classes will focus on things like drybuilding, which is a clay term for letting your pieces and parts dry before you assemble them. This will allow you to make your joins with just a lick of water, instead of added slip, and will save you time, join cleanup, and mess on your bench.
In the video, I share a series of tips designed to help you have a cleaner, safer metal clay shop, and have some suggestions for instructors, studios, and shows. I hope you enjoy it, and, if you work with metal clay, I hope it gives you a few new ideas for working cleanly!
I recommend that you hit "Play," and then, when it starts to go, hit "Pause," so that you can let the whole thing load before you play it. Otherwise, it will stop and start.