Metal clay is amazing - it starts as clay, but fires into pure silver. You can form it with simple tools, even set stones in it, and fire it with a butane cooking torch or small kiln. When fired, the clay-like binders burn off as the pure silver molecules fuse together.
This class is designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. During this in-depth orientation to Metal Clay students will create three pairs of earrings.. The initial project, a simple pair of earrings, provides a foundation for learning thickness, roll out, texture, and carving techniques.
Beyond the basic skills required for this project, more advanced techniques will be taught including : Fold forming moistened clay, braiding moistened clay, setting small cabochons, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing and polishing, repairs before and after firing.
Students will learn to fire their projects with a butane torch – safe to do at home. Safety precautions and set up will be reviewed. After firing manual polishing and finishing will be taught. If students prefer they can deliver or mail their pieces to the school for kiln firing and/or rotary polishing with a tumbler. They will be available for pick up- or return shipping after completion. Instructions for mailing the project will be provided.
• how to choose and condition metal clay
• basic metal clay fabrication techniques
• torch firing metal clay
• kiln firing metal clay
• Stone setting 4 mm cabochons and firing stones in place
• texture, fold forming and carving techniques
• repairs and troubleshooting
• polishing after firing
A kit of materials is included with this class. Registered students receive a class kit by mail, shipped to the address used for registration. Please be sure to contact us at the time of registration with any updates regarding where you want your kit shipped.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
This class is online and uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
This course meets for 3 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 9 hours of instruction.
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Each class is also recorded and available for students to watch later, to review instructions or in case you missed a class.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly.
Tools for this class
This is a list of tools you’ll need to practice the techniques shown in class. A list of the specific models of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us. These tools are your foundation for creating your jewelry studio and are used in the rest of our metal clay classes.
- Fine Point Paint brush
- Flat-end Paint brush
- Fiber Brick
- Butane Torch
- Non-stick work surface
- Snake Roller
- Acrylic Roller
- Scraper cutter
- Short Bristle Steel Brush
- Acrylic work surface
- Needle tool
- Set of Files
- Airtight container for clay
- Texture mat - low relief
- Burnishing tool
- Assorted Metal Tubing
- Hot Plate or cup warmer, or hair dryer. If you prefer you can let pieces air dry for 24 hours.
- Deck of playing cards
- Brownie baking pan
- Emory board (nail files)
- Ruler with millimeter measurement
- Olive oil
- Bamboo skewer stick
- Tooth picks
- A variety of drinking straws (cocktail to medium)
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is open to all levels. Beginners welcome!
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA