Metal clay is a relatively new product with microscopic particles of metal in a moist organic binder. After firing in a kiln, the binder burns off, fusing the particles into a solid piece of metal. In this class you'll learn to design jewelry with this versatile and rewarding product. Projects emphasizing technique, construction and design with varying degrees of complexity will encourage beginners while challenging those with more experience.
PMC kits can be purchased in advance from the instructor for $60. Please see supply list for details.
In this class you will build on skills learned in Designing with Silver 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 $15 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.
In this workshop we will be using fine silver metal clay sheet, also known as metal clay paper. This soft and pliable material, made from particles of fine silver, was developed for use by origami artists. It can be folded, cut, punched, textured, and woven. We will fold a butterfly and decorate it with textured, punched and cut metal clay paper. You can make a pendant, ring or pair of earrings. Finish with a touch of gold. After firing in a kiln, you will have a beautiful, silver “jewelgami.” Learn about the possibilities presented by this form of metal clay and extend your metal clay skills. Also fun for those who love scrapbooking, origami, and other forms of paper crafting.
Metal clay comes in several forms. For this project, we will be using fine silver syringe to decorate a face or mask sculpted from metal clay. Two styles of metal clay ring shanks will be demonstrated. Metal clay ring sizing and shrinkage will be discussed. A $75 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.