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Learn the basics of working with copper and bronze metal clays. Base metal clays, such as copper and bronze, can be more challenging to craft than fine silver clay. The basics of working with these metals, including conditioning, shaping, attaching, and firing are all skills that need to be altered and reconsidered.
In this class students will gain an in-depth orientation to the base metal clays while creating several projects. We will then move beyond solely base metals by adding a touch of fine silver to our bronze and copper projects. Use of a kiln is required for this class.
- Base Metals
- What to consider when choosing a brand
- Making paste
- Connecting parts of a project
- Adding a touch of Silver
- Design options
- Brands that work together
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.
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.
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.
- Tools from Metal Clay 1 - Basics class (a list of these tools is included with your registration)
- Acid-washed Coconut Carbon
- 2.5” Stainless Steel Firing Pan w/lid
- Deep Texture
- Tumbler or Rotary Polishing tool
- Art Clay Silver syringe 5 grams
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. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students must have 2 metal clay classes as previous experience before taking this course, like successful completion of any of the Metal Clay 1 classes and another metal clay workshop.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA