About the Course
Explore a range of techniques to start creating jewellery with silver clay, a versatile material that is fun to use to create solid silver jewellery from home. You will learn how to shape, refine and complete your own unique silver jewellery pieces.
Silver clay is a clever material, made from particles of pure silver mixed with a binder to form a clay like substance that can be modelled, carved and moulded, then refined and fired to burn away the binder, leaving a pure solid silver item. It gives more options for jewellers to bring their ideas to life and requires fewer large and specialist tools so is more practical to work with at home than traditional metalwork.
Who is this course for
This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of working with silver clay.
Beginning jewellery makers are welcome as are those with experience with other forms of jewellery making, and those with no experience yet of crafts or creative activities.
Most important is a desire to learn, experiment with the materials and create jewellery.
What does this course cover
Silver clay is a relatively new product that can be worked like clay and yet is made of pure silver particles, with a binder and water. When it is fired (which can be done with an inexpensive butane torch at home) the result is a pure silver piece which is of hallmark quality. On this course you will learn about silver clay and make your own unique pieces of solid silver jewellery that you can take home and wear.
Students will work through three projects - a pendant, a pair of earrings, and a charm bracelet, designed to introduce these skills and allow time to practice and experiment with the key techniques - although these are set projects there will be flexibility to allow students' own design ideas can be used.
Through the set projects, you will learn how to:
- Roll out, texture (add surface pattern) and cut flat sections of clay consistently
- Make and use silicone rubber moulds with the clay to replicate found or natural objects
- Dry and file / refine or join the clay elements before firing
- Fire your own pieces using a hand-held butane torch
- Polish your piece and add a jump ring or other attachments, ready to wear
- Set small fireable CZ stones into the clay to add extra colour and sparkle
As well as starting to design your own pieces, and many more tips and tricks besides.
Students will learn to select and obtain materials for future projects, including what they might need to continue working at home (if desired).
We will discuss selecting appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute simple designs from idea to completion, as well as covering key safety considerations when working with these tools and materials.
What will it be like
- Visual practical demonstration and verbal explanation
- Written handouts with visual diagrams
- One-to-one teaching
- Group discussions
- Hands on practical experience
- Reading handouts and following instructions
- One-to-one and group discussion
What else do you need to buy or do
20g of clay will be provided by the centre included in your course fee. It is possible that you may decide to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you design are, or if you work particularly quickly) and your tutor will direct you to suitable suppliers.
It could be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.
Students may choose to continue their work at home (particularly design work / ideas) between the classes but this is not essential.
Mary Ward Centre is an adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable. Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’
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