Day School: Jewellery - Precious Metal Clay

Ref: C3744532

Make beautiful pure silver jewellery, discovering how to work with silver metal clay. You will be guided through the processes and stages of creating your jewellery. This includes how to roll, texture and shape the clay, prepare the clay for firing with a gas torch and polish your jewellery pieces to a professional finish and add ear wires. By the end of the day, you will have made a charm pendant and a pair of earrings ready to wear or give as a gift to a special person. You will have the confidence to make your own silver metal clay jewellery at home either as a new hobby or add new skills to an existing hobby such as jewellery making. Some students have progressed on to start their own jewellery businesses.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to silver metal clay, to design and create a 99% silver pendant and pair of earrings. Silver metal clay is pure silver molecules bound in an organic binder that can be rolled, textured and fired to become pure silver.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Plan and design your jewellery pieces and create simple silver clay jewellery, using the techniques learnt to work independently at home to make for yourself, give as gifts or start your own business. Know that there are different silver clays and the uses of these clays and how in the future they may help enhance designs.
  • Evenly roll the clay, adding texture, cutting it to a defined 2D shape and prepare the piece to add jump rings. You will also learn that there are other techniques that enable you to add crystals, embed Dirochic glass, overlay silver and make hollow beads. Learning these skills in the future will add further interest and enhance your jewellery and skills.
  • Prepare the clay whilst in the dry stage for firing ensuring that you have a smooth finish, that once fired will help reduce the polishing process. You will also learn how to repair, if necessary, jewellery pieces prior to firing, by using a silver metal slip. Dry silver metal clay can also be reconstituted to make silver metal clay paste.
  • Learn about different drying methods for the clay, how to check it for any possible flaws and correct these before torch firing your pieces of jewellery by lightly sanding your jewellery, including the edges.
  • Torch fire your clay and understand the duration for this process, learn the different methods for firing the clay and the pros and cons of these methods, plus polish your pure silver jewellery.

How will I be taught?

  • You will complete your project in the classroom and have the skills and confidence to be able to continue working at home and attend other classes to further develop your skills and knowledge

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be encouraged to review your ideas and progress throughout the session through discussion with the tutor and fellow students.

What else do I need to know?

  • 2 packets of PMC 3 Silver Metal Clay 5.3g available from www.coksongold.com. 2 silver ear wires and 3 6mm diameter jump rings 1.2 hard silver wire A packed lunch or there are several cafes where you can purchase food An elastic band for tying long hair back and wear fully enclosed shoes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Day School: Jewellery - Precious Metal Clay

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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