"Prayer Box" Made with my personal set of handmade die cut tools and the New Calibrated Cutters, click the image to get a peek inside the box on my new Instagram page!
Last month we had two wonderful workshops at Sils Art in Sarasota, Florida and I'm excited to announce they are now an official distributor of my tools and products! If you are in the region, you can set up a class with Silvie Waalsto learn how to create with my full line of Signature Die Cut Tools and Texture Plates. She has an incredible studio facility, I highly recommend a visit, she also teaches lapidary (stone cutting) right onsite. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The workshops gave me a chance to introduce my new Signature Calibrated Cutters, a graduated set of SHARPENED mini circle cutters that pair perfectly with my Signature Die Cut Tools to create clean and consistent granulation details. These new Signature Calibrate Cutting tools also produce graduated, consistent discs out of clay in record time. The calibrated granules and discs have the added benefit of a flat back for simple and direct attachment to your work (the Prayer Box above was my demo piece from class) and are made to fit perfectly inside the ornamental elements created with the Die Cut Tools. The Calibrated Cutters are available for purchase for the special introductory price of $49.99, it even includes a downloadable 22 page step-by-step PDFdemonstrating the Granulation and Disc Cutting Method (click the image above to view listing). You'll be amazed at how quickly and simply you can produce granulation detailing without ever having to solder or hand roll another tiny ball. These are unlike other cutters because they are individually sharpened and when paired with my method can quickly cut wet, semi-dry even dry clay. The cutter sizes are 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm all in a stainless steel case (which fits perfectly inside the Complete Die Cut Tool Sets.)
I've also produced a brand new online workshop highlighting these perfect granulation and disc elements. There are two pendants demonstrated and the Calibrated Cutters are included with class enrollment! I've found such a sense of joy creating mandalas out of metal clay and there is something really grounding about creating them out of simple, yet highly fined detailing. With 11 demo videos and 89 pages of a step-by-step downloadable PDF, you'll learn the complete method for quickly producing elements, modern and high end refinement, clean and crisp attachment, reversible construction, granular pendant loops, a simple and direct method for attaching multiple elements evenly, firing and high contrast finishing. Now on sale for the introductory price of $59.95 (shipping included). Click the class poster above to see more. These projects are just the beginning of what's possible with these new tools, imagine how you can incorporate the perfectly sized and consistent elements into your work.
I've also put together a new "Perfect Granulation Kit"available now for special order, featuring the best granulation Die Cut Heads from both the Set 1 and Set 2 Complete Collections. It includes four Die Cut Heads, a handle, velvet bag, stainless steel container, Signature Calibrated Cutter set, Dry-Release, brush and Eco-Grease. The "Granulation Sun Mandala & Disc Mandala Pendants"digital workshop is bundled with kit purchase for the limited introductory price of $199.99! There are more tools in development all of which will be available to experiment with at my hands-on workshops and coming up next month in England at the You Can Make It Conference. I hope to see you this year!