Metal clay is made from powdered metal and binders mixed with water. Fired in a kiln or with a torch, metal clay allows for deep textures, sculpted and molded elements, and great details that can be combined with traditional metal smithed components. It is ideal for mixed media jewelry combining CZ's, glass, ceramic and other materials. Projects in bronze and silver clays emphasize technique, construction and design while allowing for different skill levels, creativity, and personalization. A materials fee of $120 is paid to the instructor and includes bronze and silver clays and other materials used in class.
Explore the magic of precious metal clay jewelry making and earn discounts on future purchases of PMC products. Camp PMC101 is a certification program designed for beginners as well as those with metal clay experience. Upon completion of the projects and a short multiple choice quiz, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and will be entitled to a discount on future purchases of all PMC products at participating suppliers, enrollment in advanced Camp PMC certification and artisan classes, and contact with Camp PMC students and instructors via dedicated Facebook groups.
Students will learn all of the fundamental skills required to work with metal clays and be successful with PMC. These techniques include rolling, texturing, cutting, carving, sculpting, molding, refining, firing and polishing. Extra time is devoted to discuss firing processes and you will learn torch firing and kiln firing techniques.
You will make five projects including a of pair earrings with a firable stone, a double textured pendant with syringe detail, wrapped beads, a sculpted toggle clasp and a wrapped ring with a firable stone.
A student manual is provided. There will be time for independent projects.
Metal clay is a relatively new product consisting of microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. It is pliable like clay and fired in a kiln to burn off the binder and fuse the particles into a solid piece of metal. It is a very versatile material that lends itself to mixed media combinations with glass, ceramics, and other materials as well as with traditional metalsmithing techniques. Accessible and easy to learn, beautiful pieces can be made by the average crafter in a few hours. In this workshop, you will design your own texture plate and templates to make a one-of a kind pendant and earring set. Add some sparkle to your creations with your choice of CZ. Learn how to roll and texture the clay, make a bail, set a stone, and finish and polish your pieces.
A $95 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. See supply list for details.