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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 two pairs of earring and two pendants. The initial project will be a pair of silver earrings, chosen to teach thickness, roll out, texture, and carving techniques.
Beyond the basic skills required for this project, more advanced techniques will be taught, including: sculptural design and construction, basic setting of small cabochon and faceted stones, fold forming moistened clay, bail design and structure, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing and polishing, repairing both in the green-ware phase 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
• making settings for faceted and cabochon stones and firing in place
• texture, fold forming and shaping techniques
• repairs and troubleshooting
• polishing after firing
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours of instruction.
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).
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.
Tool 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
Non-stick work surface
Short Bristle Steel Brush
Acrylic work surface
Set of Files
Airtight container for clay
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
Bamboo skewer stick
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