Barbara Rivolta

A Taste of Silver Metal Clay W-JW203

Instructor: Rivolta, Barbara

Day of Week: Thur 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Levels: Beginner

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $100.00

Non-Member: $120.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $85.00

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. This one-day workshop is ideal for beginners, those wishing to brush up on metal clay skills, and jewelry artists who would like to explore using metal clay in their creations. You will make a pendant, mold charms, set faceted Cubic Zirconia into metal clay before firing, and torch fire a pair of earrings. You will also learn how to finish, patina, and polish your pieces. A materials fee of $85 includes 25 grams of fine silver clay and all materials needed to complete projects.

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Bead Mania: Metal Clay Meets Porcelain and Raku W-JW204

Instructor: Rivolta, Barbara

Day of Week: Fri, Sat, Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Levels: All Levels,Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced,Professional

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $375.00

Non-Member: $400.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $150.00

Lustrous Raku-fired porcelain beads decorated with silver metal clay and glazed silver clay components will make a big fashion statement. First used in 16th century Japan to make simple wares for the tea ceremony, today’s Western style Raku emphasizes intense metallic colors and lusters perfect for jewelry. These colors are produced by taking the hot wares from the kiln, plunging them into a container of combustibles, and allowing them to smoke.

You will learn to make hollow form, molded and hand formed beads in porcelain. Expanding on the hollow bead form, we will make a small porcelain vessel decorated with silver.

Did you know that silver metal clay can be glazed just like pottery? We will use some of our silver to make a focal bead. After glazing our pieces, we will explore several methods for embellishing them with silver for even more lustrous effects. Our beads and vessels will be fired using an ingenious smokeless firing technique adapted for firing small jewelry pieces.

A materials fee of $150 includes 25 gr. fine silver clay, 10 gr. fine silver syringe, 5 gr. metal clay paste, porcelain, glazes, high temperature wire, thickness slats for rolling porcelain, firing trivet and miscellaneous tools.

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Sparkly Dichroic Glass Cabochons in Silver Metal Clay W-JW303

Instructor: Rivolta, Barbara

Day of Week: Thur & Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Levels: All Levels,Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced,Professional

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $185.00

Non-Member: $215.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $175.00

Lab Fee:   $15.00

Like bling? Come learn how to design, cut, and fused glass cabochons using the stunning metallic colors of dichroic glass. Then set them in fine silver metal clay pendants.

Did you know that you can fire glass together with metal clay? This makes it possible to set glass without cold connections or soldering bezels or glued on bails that often fall off. You will learn how to make a fire-on bail and two methods of setting glass in metal clay--three pendants in all.

Class and materials fee paid to instructor: $175 (includes 50 gr. fine silver clay, glass, findings, misc. items needed to finish pieces).

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Enameling on Silver Metal Clay W-JW304

Instructor: Rivolta, Barbara

Day of Week: Thur & Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Levels: All Levels

Location: Dunedin Fine Art Center

Member Tuition: $185.00

Non-Member: $215.00

Mat'l/Lab Fee:   $165.00

The jewel like colors of enamels will make your jewelry creations pop. Learn how to design, texture, and construct a fine silver pendant for Champlevé enameling, how to apply and fire enamel, and how to finish your creations. A materials fee of $165 includes 50 grams of fine silver clay, enamels, findings, and basic enameling tools.

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