Metal Clay 1 - The Basics- Earrings

Thursdays, February 17, 2022 - March 3, 2022; 5:00PM - 8:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

Online


Cost: $210


This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

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.

 

Techniques taught:

  • 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

 

This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 3 week course. Please check this page for times and formats available.

 

A kit of materials is included with this class.

 

Tools.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below).  Feel free to contact us with any questions. 

Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)

A list 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.

 

  • Butane Torch
  • Butane Fuel
  • Fiber Brick
  • Fine Point Paint brush
  • Flat-end Paint brush
  • Non-stick work surface
  • Snake Roller
  • Tweezers
  • Acrylic Roller
  • Scraper cutter
  • Short Bristle Steel Brush
  • Acrylic work surface
  • Needle tool
  • Set of Files
  • Airtight container for clay
  • 2 Texture mats- low relief
  • Template
  • Burnishing tool
  • 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)
  • Metric ruler
  • Olive oil
  • Bamboo skewer stick
  • Tooth picks

 

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.

 

 

Prerequisites:

This class is open to all levels. Beginners welcome!

Instructor:

Arlene Mornick

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it 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.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.