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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.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class, and as a 4 week course or 2 day workshop. Please check this page for times and formats available.
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.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
A full color handout is included with the class.
Create your own workbook with the beautiful handout that is downloadable for this workshop. Handouts include instructions for techniques and projects, reference charts and lots of information to support your learning. In person students receive a printout of the handout the first day of 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.
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. These tools are your foundation for creating your jewelry studio and are used in the rest of our metal clay classes. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- Basic tools from the Metal Clay 1 - the Basics
- Art Clay syringe 5 grams (students may have sufficient supply remaining from Metal Clay 1 class)
2 narrow flat nose pliers
Drill bit 1mm
Ear wires - 3 pairs or make your own
A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class
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.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
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.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Prior experience with Metal Clay required, like successful completion of a Metal Clay 1 class or equivalent experience.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA