Metal Clay

with Judi Talley

at Wildacres August

Class Description

Methods of stone setting with Metal Clay

This class will be all about how to mount stones, especially cabochons, in metal clay.  Cabs will be set using bezel wire, round wire, and fire‐in‐place setting. All tools and equipment will be supplied, along with introductory packets of clay and some practice cabochons. Findings for one pendant will be supplied. Additional clay, cabs, and findings can be purchased (prices variable with the market).

This class is intended for people experienced with using metal clay (precious or base metal), though adventurous beginners are welcome. Experience with basic metal‐smithing a plus. You are encouraged to bring a cab or two that you hope to set; practice cabs will be available as well as a few to purchase. You may bring your own tools if you wish, and my tools will be available for use.

Your class fee covers:

  • use of tools—including cutting mats, rollers, spacing cards, textures and stamps, use of firing

  • vessels, warming tray, and charcoal, as well as kiln time

  • all the tools for finishing—including filing, sanding, and buffing materials

  • introductory packets of clay and investment for firing

  • cabs—some glass, some stone—for practice, as well as wire for the settings

  • a list of my favorite hints, tips, and resources to help you outside the classroom


Notes: As class approaches, I will send more information, including a list of items you may want to bring. Please do plan to bring a dust mask and any magnification you need for detail work. If you plan to bring your own clay, please let me know which brand/alloy you intend to bring; not all brands and alloys will be suitable for the scope of the class.


Expect silver clays to run a little over $2/gram and bronzes or brasses to run around $15 for 50g. (Prices are subject to market influences.)

Class size, due to space and kiln access, is limited to 6.

As class approaches, I will be contacting everyone with specific materials we will be using and optional materials that would suitable to bring if desired.


Experience with basic metal‐smithing a plus

Lab Fee


Material Costs

Est. $0+ Variable