About the Course
The Beginner's Workshop is suitable for absolute beginner's to precious metal clay (PMC). In this one day workshop you will learn all the basic techniques needed to work with this fantastic material and will typically leave with a pure silver pendant and earrings. You will learn how to handle and store the PMC and how to cut, roll, texture, shape, form and refine it. You will then be shown how to dry and fire your pieces using both torch and kiln firing methods before finishing your piece learning how to brush and polish it.
Merlyn Studio is one of The PMC Studio's Accredited Training Centres (ATCs). There are only 8 such centres in the UK and Merlyn Studio is the only one in the East of England. The 8 ATCs are the only course providers supported and endorsed by Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (the manufacturers of PMC) and the only places in the world qualified to offer the full certification programme (which can qualify someone to attain ATC status themselves). Merlyn Studio and the other ATC's are also Government registered and approved to offer retraining in the jewellery sector so if you are unemployed and seeking to retrain you may be eligible for a Government grant to cover course fees.
All courses are taught by Mel Edwards who attained ATC status with Merlyn Studio in 2011 and has been teaching jewellery making since 2008. She has City and Guilds qualifications in Craft and Design: Jewellery and a Masters Degree in Contemporary Craft: Jewellery. Mel still designs and makes her own pieces and product lines and runs a successful online retail business alongside the teaching studio.
(Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is made by Mitsubishi Materials Corporation in Japan using finely ground silver particles, a non-toxic organic binder and water.
During firing (using a butane gas torch or kiln) the binder burns off and the water evaporates, leaving a piece that is 99% pure silver. As such, it can be hallmarked as Fine Silver (.999). (The exception is PMC Sterling which can be hallmarked as .925)
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The course fee includes a small 6g pack of clay but you can upgrade to a 16g pack for an extra £15 which we recommend as you get much better value for money and be able to make more pieces on the day.
The course fee includes use of all tools and equipment and you do not need to bring any equipment with you.
Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch if required as we are not near any shops or cafes, although there may be local or farm produce or farm made snacks available to purchase on the day.
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.