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All levels of ability

Negative Space Caning is a high-energy workshop focusing on: creating filigree; chambers for resin; enamel, or polymer inlay; and patterns easily duplicated for tessellating designs by combining Metal Clay and a combustible material that disappears after firing in a kiln. This exciting new technique, developed by Holly Gage, is a springboard idea for looking at and working with Metal Clay in a whole new way.


Class will include the basic cane making process, what combustible materials are suitable for the process, as well as simple and advanced assembly techniques. You will also learn how to make a complex cane. Your finished piece will be of your own design, ready for polishing and a patina, or inlaid on your own.


Materials needed: 25 g – 50g low fire Metal Clay, Wood Clay, Cork or Delight Paper Clay
(Wood preferred for first-timers), 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth.
Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine. All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your own personal tools, textures, diamond drill bits - various sizes, magnifying lens, rotary tool, Ott  light, etc., miter box or saw frame and jeweler’s blade optional, ) Kiln.

Negative Space Caning Tutorial by Holly Gage

  • Lessons are in a PDF format are for students who need no teacher guidance with the lesson. You do, however, have an option to purchase a 1 hour question and answer session by appointment.

To purchase a private session in addition to the self guided lesson, select the "A Private Session with Holly Gage." separately. You can select how many sessions you would like. Sessions are live on the Go to Meeting platform. This option is for seeking answers to questions and have an interest in seeing  Holly Gage perform select demonstrations.

    ©2021 Gage Designs. All rights reserved. This lesson and information within are protected under copyright law. Sharing or reproduction in whole or part are prohibited.


  • This lesson can be used with any Fine Silver Metal Clay. It has not been tested with Sterling or Base Metals Clays and I'm not sure if the combustible used in the project will have burnout or sintering difficulties. Therefore, if you decide to use one of these Metal Clays try a test before going all in on a project.

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