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Continue to explore the versatility of metal clay. Adding color to jewelry projects is an excellent way to add interest, depth and value to our work. There are many patination formulas on the market now that can add color and meaning to our projects. Students will learn designs appropriate for the specific coloring techniques.
- Planning and designing for color
- Creating channel depths to enhance the visual effects of patina
- Framing areas for color enrichment
- Manual polishing and finishing reviewed
- Preparing the surface of a fired piece prior to adding color
- Combining diverse applications of color on one piece
- Shading colors
- Enhancing coloring techniques with a butane torch
- Removing color when the results are not adequate
Projects taught will be fireable with a butane torch – safe to do at home. Safety precautions and set up will be reviewed.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Recordings of class.
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop (in person students receive a printout of their handout on the first day of class). Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning.
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 the specific models of tools and clay 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.
Basic Metal Clay Tools - See Metal Clay 1 tools list.
Additional Tools and materials required for this class:
- Art Clay Silver syringe 5 grams (students may have sufficient supply remaining from Metal Clay 1 class)
- Ultra Fine Sanding Sponges
- Fine point paint brush
- Polishing pads
- Acetone (nail polish remover)
- Baby cotton buds (Q-tips)
- Texture with deep relief
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is 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.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
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.
Prior experience with Metal Clay required
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA