All of our online distance learning courses run as private Facebook groups. This is the only way you will be able to access the course materials. Please note that you will be added to the group manually. You cannot download this course yourself. Once believed to have been made to conceal poison to administer to your enemy, now this ring can have a far more innocent purpose to carry a token of friendship, gratitude, a lock of hair or another memento. The clever construction of the concealed chamber within the ring will disguise its purpose & only the wearer need be aware of the secret within. The neck & lid form the helical structure of a traditional right-handed screw thread. Engineering and applying the mechanics of a screw thread in metal clay is not the easiest of tasks. Tracey has researched & developed the different types of thread to create, from vee thread, square thread, acme thread, buttress thread & multi-start thread. Then came the challenge of trying each of these with the different brands & types of metal clay in order to achieve the most successful results. Tracey has worked on, developed & taught this screw thread poison ring for several years but now, with new & improved metal clay products on the market, it makes the screw thread easier to achieve. All of the component parts of the ring are made entirely from metal clay. No pre-manufactured components are used in the construction of the ring. The lid is then punctuated with a bezel set bullet gemstone to create a statement. So there is always the option to create additional lids with different gemstone focals. This project will challenge your metal clay skills & experience to new heights.

What's included in the price?

For a fraction of the cost of joining Tracey at her studio you get full detailed instructional videos & support documents as well as live interaction with Tracey for full support & to ask her any questions you might have. We also encourage you to post pictures of your achievements & chat with other group members. This course offers amazing value for money. You can join this course at any time and you will have access to the pre-recorded videos, downloadable pdf files & support notes for a twelve month period. After that, if you need more time, we can give you an extension for a further year for a heavily discounted price. What is Covered - Introduction to the tools materials & equipment - Preparations - Creating a two-part threaded component - Adding shape & form - Drying times - Measuring & preparing the ring mandrel - Making a bespoke ring band - Adding details - Firing - Polishing & finishing - Soldering - Stone setting - Oxidation - Troubleshooting - Suppliers

What you will need

Whilst any brand & type of metal clay can be used for this project, it is recommended to use PMC Flex to achieve the best results. If you decide to use a different brand or product you can still follow the instructions provided with this course and apply the techniques to this project however you must ensure you have considered the shrinkage rate of your alternative clay and sized your ring accordingly. There are more details on ring preparation & ring sizing in the notes & videos. Using PMC Flex means the ring is kiln fired but torch firing is an option if you choose to use a clay product that can be torch fired.


52 weeks


I am a qualified Senior Art Clay & PMC instructor having completed courses with Artclay World UK, PMC Connections & Rio Rewards. With more than 20 years teaching experience, I am also a long established guest designer on Jewellery Maker TV. Tracey is keen to share ideas and knowledge & writes for national magazines with more than 100 published articles to date. I will inspire your imagination & give you the passion & the enjoyment of working in metal clay.

This course is taught online

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Wheelchair users
  • Intermediate level
  • Advanced/pro level
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