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Crash Course in Copper Clay with Wanaree Tanner
Fabulous Focal Bracelet and the Spinning Wheel Pendant

Date: 19th - 20th February 2013

Cost: £474 (incl VAT) including 100g Copprclay, 10g Art Clay Copper, copper beads and tube


This is a two day course suitable for complete metal clay beginners.

Wanaree is teaching exclusively in the UK at MCSJ. Grab this opportunity to take a class with one of the most innovative and exciting metal clay artists in the world, right here in the UK.

In this course, Wanaree will introduce you to copper clay, using Copprclay and Art Clay Copper. The course has two projects.

The first project is a seamless pendant bail, hammered onto a stone, utilizing an invisible tab closure that allows the stone to spin and move.

Spinning bead pendant

The second is a stone focal bracelet that covers combining copper metal clay with copper tubing, creating large focal stone caps and a toggle that can all relate to each other through design.


The course includes 100g Copprclay, 10g Art Clay Copper, copper beads and tube, Wanaree's PDF guide to copper metal clay trouble shooting and firing techniques. The projects are also spelled out step by step in a full color PDF article provided to each student.


It's a packed course that covers all the basic skills for working in copper metal clay.

The skills you'll learn on this course include -

  • firing, forming, and working in COPPRclay
  • compensating for shrinkage
  • crash course on finding the right firing schedule for your kiln
  • making your own modeling forms for bails, pendant caps, and bead caps
  • fabricating copper tubing
  • combing copper metal clay caps with copper tubing without soldering
  • with design in mind: custom made texture plates and stencils
  • cutting wet clay without “dragging” the design
  • free swing pendant bail that is hammered onto a donut, allowing for kinetic spinning
  • making a copper toggle clasp
  • beading your components together
  • finishing, filing, and polishing

Wanaree will provide some unique stencils she's created for students, demonstrating how to cut wet clay with these odd shapes to avoid "dragging" your designs.


Wanaree in her workshop

Wanaree Tanner

Wanaree Tanner burst onto the metal clay scene in 2011, seemingly from nowhere. In a few months, she bagged a top award and gained accolades from a wide range of established metal clay artists.

Wanaree is an award winning, primarily self-taught, full time artist, with a love for illustration and a fascination with world mythologies. She started working in metal clay in 2008 and quickly became obsessed with turning two dimensional drawings into three dimensional forms. When copper clay hit the open market, she bought her first pack and never looked back. After two years of experimenting and dreaming, she feels she’s finally able to bring the forms lurking in her mind into reality. 

She travels to art shows around the country, has written articles for Art Jewelry, Metal Clay Today, Metal Clay Artist Magazine and is the video editor for MCAM’s resource library.

She has had work published in the PMC Guild Annual 2011, the New Directions book and the Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry 2012 Calendar. She also writes a brilliant blog in which she shares her techniques and shows what she's working on.

See Wanaree's tutor profile and a video of her teaching here.

Visit Wanaree's website here.

Please note

This course is suitable for complete beginners and no previous experience of working with metal clay is required. 100g Copprclay, 10g Art Clay Copper, copper beads and tube to complete the projects are included in the price. Students should bring the following items with them:-

For the Focal Bracelet project, a large focal bead made of stone, glass, etc, general measurements 35mm - 55mm long, 20mm- 45mm wide, thickness 6mm-20mm

For the Spinning Wheel project, stone or glass donut, minimum size 25mm round with a hole a minimum size of 6mm

Makin’s Ultimate Extruder - Amazon is the cheapest source we've found but do shop around. Expect to pay £20-£30 for this.


The jewellery school is based near St Austell in Cornwall, UK and all jewellery making classes run in our well equipped workshop.

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