Skype Instruction is sold by the hour (or in blocks of 7 Hrs. at a discounted rate). 7 Hr. blocks can be broken up and do not need to be used all in the same day. We specialize in customizing our sessions to meet your needs. One of the biggest benefits is that we can help you choose the best supplies for your projects and if in the USA, help you find it for the best price. No more guessing what you need or the cheapest place to get it only to find out what you bought was the wrong item.
Julie is a Paragon SC Kiln distributer and the Paragon "Metal Clay Guru" who assists callers from all over the world with metal clay sintering issues and kiln usage.
This list of topics is most definitely not all inclusive so feel free to call us and speak with us about your needs.
Many of our designs are made with unique Dichroic glass, a type of glass invented by Nasa for use in satellite mirrors. This glass contains multiple micro-layers of different metal oxides (gold, silver, titanium, chromium, aluminum, zirconium, magnesium, silicon) which are evaporated on the glass surface in a vacuum chamber. Photographs do not do these pieces justice as this glass actually reflects one color and transmit a different color or hue.
We hand cut the glass, piece it together, layer it and fuse it in a computer controlled kiln. Aided by the computer, our kilns can use a process called "annealing" to slowly cool the glass after it is fused. This yields a very durable end product that does not have the microscopic "stress fractures" that can make the glass brittle and subject to breaking like pieces that were not properly annealed. We take pride in creating a product that is both unique and of superior quality.
Both Cat and Julie have taken numerous classes in base metal clay and Julie has studied extensively with the Hadar clays. Familiar in most of the major brands of base metal clays, Julie assists many Paragon kiln patrons with metal clay firing issues as the Paragon "Metal Clay Guru". With a love of learning, Julie is always working on new challenges in her projects such as the "Under the Sea" copper and bronze business card box on the left or the copper, bronze and steel ring. This ring, titled "Geometry Lesson", appears in one of Hadar Jacobson's Instruction Books, Metal Clay Practice. .