Friday, March 18, 2011

The real cover!

On March 6th, I wrote a blog post about our cover artist, which was tricky to do given that our cover had a top secret exclusive article.  So we deleted the headline and posted the cover without it so that I could talk about Joy Funnell's beautiful fine silver mask that is our highlighted art piece.

Here is the cover we posted on March 6th
And here is the cover that you will see on our next issue!!

So now you know our big secret--STERLING SILVER METAL CLAY! I can't tell you how excited we are at Metal Clay Artist Magazine to be a part of this chapter in jewellery making history. (And not to mention how hard it was to keep the secret!)  The article will feature the recipes that Lisa Cain and the teachers at the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery made, tested and hallmarked!l The recipes to make Sterling Silver metal clay using PMC or Art Clay, comments and samples from the testers will be in our next issue, due out in April.

Thank you Lisa for being so generous with this information!!

Our website: has a few more details about what is coming.    

As well here is our press release:
Friday, March 18, 2011
Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery Director Creates Hallmark-Quality Sterling Silver Metal Clay

Details to be revealed in the upcoming issue of Metal Clay Artist Magazine.

Lisa Cain, Director of the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery (MCSJ) in England, announced today that she and her staff have developed methods, recipes and firing schedules for com­bining existing commercial silver and copper clay formulas into hallmark-quality sterling silver clay. A fired sample of the clay was first hallmarked by the London Assay Office on January 25, 2011. The step-by-step method, recipes and firing schedule will be published in the Spring 2011 issue (Vol. 2, Issue #2) of Metal Clay Artist Magazine, which will launch in early April. 

Staff at MCSJ developed two successful recipes, one using Art Clay™ brand metal clays and another using PMC® clays. Well-known UK artists Julia Rai (also a staff instructor at MCSJ), Lesley Messam and Chris Pate tested and refined the process to ensure that it could be reproduced easily and reliably in a home studio. Detailed reports from all three testers will be included in the nine-page article in the upcoming issue of Metal Clay Artist Magazine devoted to this breakthrough metal clay discovery.

Ms. Cain explains, “My motivation for developing this new option was the very real need for this type of clay, especially here in the UK where hallmarking laws influence the materials we artists can use credibly in our commercial work. Sterling silver clay of hallmark quality is a crucial next step in the evolution of metal clay.”

Once Ms. Cain had proven that sterling silver clay was achievable and practical, she shared her discovery with a small number of colleagues and close friends, some of whom encouraged her to manufacture the sterling silver clay or try to benefit financially from the recipes in some way. “I have no interest in doing either. My focus is set firmly on innovation, artistry in metal clay, teaching and running the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery. I share it willingly with the metal clay community.” 

Ms. Cain chose to reveal her method, recipes, firing schedules and detailed test results in Metal Clay Artist Magazine because “they were willing and excited to allocate the effort and space needed to really do justice to the story and give the metal clay community all the detailed information I wanted to share.” Metal Clay Artist Magazine is available for purchase at more than 12,000 locations worldwide. To purchase a copy of the Vol. 2, Issue #2, which contains the article on Lisa Cain’s sterling silver metal clay, visit This issue will be available in April.

Jeannette Froese LeBlanc


  1. Wow! Lisa Cain you're my hero!!

  2. We've been SO excited about this, and as Jeannette said, it's been really hard not to be able to share the news with everyone before now! Lisa, you and your staff seriously rock! Now I can't wait for everyone to be able to read the article. Woo hoo! :)

  3. This is wonderful !!! Great news for the metal clay community !

  4. I was so proud to be a part of it - luckily I'm a Scorpio so good at keeping secrets! - but this one was very hard to keep quiet about!

    I found Sterling clay lovely to work with - and very strong - but that's all I'm saying until the article comes out!

  5. This is fantastic news! Very generous, too. I can't wait till my issue arrives!

  6. Very awesome news! Is this formula of clay will be fired without carbon?

  7. Julia: You all did a great job !! I acn not wait to read the article !

    ZIVA: I am not sure, I guess because it is an alloy (it will have the copper), it will be necessary to fire it with carbon to avoid oxidation. I am not sure, we may have to wait until the article comes out!! ;o)

  8. Sorry, Ziva et al., we can't divulge any more details about it until the article comes out, but the article itself is extremely detailed and includes several pages of detailed notes from the testers. We can't wait for everyone to be able to read it! :)

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