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Continue to explore the versatility of metal clay. In this advanced workshop move beyond the basics and learn a variety of connection techniques to form chain and movement in your work. Students will create small individual decorative elements that will link together allowing for free-flowing movement of each piece. During class three pairs of earrings will be crafted each teaching a different method of connecting links of silver metal clay. These skills can then translate into more extensive projects of bracelet or neck chains.
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.
- Create metal clay pieces to be used as links for chains and other connections
- Design connections that link pieces to allow free flowing movement
- Engineer custom made metal clay jump ring connections
- Create rivets of metal clay and sterling wire.
- Attached rivets to links prior to firing
- Interlace links of metal clay prior to firing
- Firing links with a torch or kiln to avoid melting attached components
- Create earring posts with metal clay and sterling silver wire.
- Learn to make ear wire with Sterling Silver wire
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 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 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 and Materials 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 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. These tools are your foundation for creating your jewelry studio and are used in the rest of our metal clay classes.
- Tools from Metal Clay- The Basics
- Craft Knife
Art Clay Silver syringe 5 grams (students may have sufficient supply remaining from Metal Clay 1 class)
2 narrow flat nose pliers
Drill bit - 1mm
Ear wires or make your own
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Prior experience with Metal Clay required.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA