Bugging Out: Insects, Arachnids and Bugs in Metal Clay


Join Master instructor Michael J. Marx of Unsane Art in an exploration of all things creepy crawly! In this advanced technique course, you will learn how to design, create, fire and finish your own piece of wearable sculpture using hollow- form, sculpting, coil rolling and texture layering techniques. Starting with a basic understanding of the method, students can push the design possibilities with further embellishment and their own creativity. We will also cover methods of using glass in your designs if time allows.

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In-Depth Instructions

Available on Desktop, Mobile and Tablet

What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • Introduction and project overview

Class 02:

  • Roll and form the flat and curved version of the body and dry.
  • Roll and form the flat and curved version of the Elytra and dry.

Class 03:

  • Creating a back for the curved body, making a bezel for the flat body.
  • Make 2 sets of wings.

Class 04:

  • Reviewing of the previous steps
  • Discussing the pros and cons of “Refining as you go” versus “Refining at the end”.

Class 05:

  • Attach the bezel to the flat body
  • Discuss leg design and placement on the body

Class 06:

  • Create the legs for both body versions and let dry
  • Attach the legs to the bodies

Class 07:

  • Review the previous day’s steps
  • Create the bodies. Attach together and dry

Class 08:

  • Assembling and reinforcing the bug
  • Review the firing schedule and how best to support the piece

Class 09:

  • Fire the completed piece
  • Finishing touches, adding jump rigs, and chains.


  • Bonus class: How to create the rivets for the wings
  • Bonus class: Using silly putty to clean and test textures
  • Bonus item: Materials list

Open Facebook Group to students of this course:
Curious Mondo: Bugs in Metal Clay

Time table:
9 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Jewelry makers, people interested in precious metal clay

Main objective:
Learn how to create a piece of kinetic jewelry in metal clay


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