Metal clay is a relatively new product made from microscopic particles of metal mixed with an organic binder that is worked much like pottery clay. The binder burns off during kiln firing, fusing the particles into a solid piece of metal. 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. A fee of $100 will be paid to the instructor for bronze and silver clays and other materials used in class.
In this class you will build on skills learned in Designing with Metal Clay. Explore using base metal clays, as well as forming pieces using syringe, paste, and metal clay sheet. Learn how to combine glass, ceramics and other materials with metal clay to create unique mixed media pieces. $15 materials fee paid to instructor plus the cost of metal clay (available from instructor or may be purchased from on-line vendors).
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 an afternoon. 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 $75 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor. In addition, students must purchase metal clay, either online or from the instructor. See supply list for details.
Discover the charm of metal clay! This fabulous material is worked like pottery clay and becomes precious metal when fired in a kiln. You will learn several techniques for working in metal clay while making charms, spacers, and a clasp for a sterling silver charm bracelet. There is a $125 materials kit fee of which is paid directly to the instructor.
Come create a fused glass, dichroic cabochon. Learn how to cut and layer the glass to get a gem-like effect on the first day of this two day workshop. On the second day, you will design and make a setting in metal clay for your cabochon. Cost of materials kit: $85 payable to instructor.
This workshop meets on Friday evening, 5pm-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.