Precious metal clay can be sculpted like ordinary clay and then, amazingly, transformed into Fine Silver through a firing process. This course, which is suitable for beginners and the experienced alike, will teach you all aspects of working with this fantastic substance in a variety of ways.
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery. A qualified teacher, Teresa has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
You will begin by creating a leaf pendant
You will then create a piece using texturing, syringe and stone setting techniques
This is followed by a hollow form piece using cork or wood clay
You then a create piece using syringe techniques
You will learn different ways of firing your work
On the second day you will make 2 rings using different methods.
You will learn to finish your work to a high standard, both while it is still clay, and then after it has been fired into fine silver.
You will also learn how to oxidise your jewellery.
Precious metal clay techniques including handling, shaping and forming the clay
Precious metal clay syringe techniques
Precious metal clay paste techniques
How to set stones in the clay
How to add texture
Correctly drying the clay
How to torch fire
How to program the kiln for kiln firing
Using cork or wood clay to create hollow forms
How to make rings
Creating a fine silver replica of a natural leaf
How to give your pieces a professional finish after firing
Oxidising your work
You will create a collection of fine silver pieces:
A beautiful natural leaf pendant
A You will create a textured, syringed and stone set piece to be used as a pendant, ring top or earrings
A hollow pendant
A syringed pendant
All the materials for this course will be provided for £100. This includes:
30 grams of silver Art Clay
20 grams of Art Clay silver paste
10 grams of syringe silver
A variety of CZ stones