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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 online interactive Zoom class is designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. Students will design and make six charms to be displayed on a sterling silver linked bracelet. A new technique will be taught with each charm, including forming, texturizing, stone setting, filigree syringe work, curved surface construction, and setting a glass component. The bracelet will be secured with a bar and toggle clasp, also fabricated with metal clay.
Metal clay is accessible and easy to use at home. You can form and fabricate your jewelry while the metal is in clay form, and then fire it into pure silver with a torch or table top kiln. Metal clay is also available in other metals, like copper. Stones can be set in the clay and fired in place, too!
- How to choose and condition metal clay
- Basic metal clay fabrication techniques
- Creating stone settings and firing stones in place
- Texture techniques
- Filigree syringe work
- Fabrication of curved surfaces
- Integrating a glass component into Metal Clay
- Torch firing metal clay
- Kiln firing metal clay
- 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).
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
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
2 pairs of pliers
Bamboo skewer stick
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