On this 5 week silver clay course you will learn all the basics of working with silver clay.
Silver clay is one of a range of metal clays. All metals clays are fine metal powder mixed with a binder to create malleable clay that can be moulded, textured, rolled and cut out. The clay is then dried and fired with a torch or a kiln to produce a solid piece of metal. Silver clay fires to fine silver (pure enough to be hallmarked); on the silver scale fine silver is called 999 (999 parts per 1000 pure silver – in relation Sterling silver is called 925).
This course is a great introduction to metal clay, though you do not need any experience with silver clay you will find it easier if you have done a silver clay taster class. The taster class gets you hands on with the clay so you have a very basic understanding of what the clay can do. You are more than welcome to book straight on this course, doing the taster is only a suggestion.
This silver clay course is 2.5 hours a week for 5 weeks. At the end of the 5 weeks you will be able to make basic silver clay jewellery at home and will have a range of finished pieces of jewellery.
Week 1 – Basic rolling, texturing and torch firing silver clay. This first week will go over the skills learnt in the taster class, we will concentrate on earrings so you learn how to make a matching pair of silver pieces. In this class you will be shown how to solder post backs to silver pieces to make stud earrings and how to use pliers to hang the pieces on a pair of hook earwires for dangly earrings. The aim of this first class is to leave with a finished pair of earrings. One pair of posts and butterfly backs or hook earwires will be supplied per student. You will be able to purchase more in class.
Week 2 – Moulds. Bring your favourite button or found object (like a tiny shell) to class and learn to make your own silicone moulds and use the moulded items in a pendant design. In this week we shall also cover pendant bails. At the end of this class you should have a finished pendant with bail and moulded embellishment. The pieces will be kiln fired and returned to you at the next class.
Week 3 – Stone setting. This week will concentrate on how to set a fireable stone in clay. Using fireable facetted coloured Cubic Zirconia, you will learn how to embed the stones correctly flush with the clay surface and how to make a bezel set piece and finish the bezel edge nicely. The pieces will be kiln fired and returned to you at the next class.
Week 4 – Making rings. This week will be about making your own textured silver ring. From a sheet of silver clay you will learn how to make a ring band to the correct size and how to texture it. The pieces will be kiln fired and returned to you at the next class.
Week 5 – This week will be an open week, so the chance to go over any technique that you want to revisit or the chance to finish off project pieces that have not been completed in the previous weeks. Any pieces that need firing will be kiln fired after the class has finished and posted to the student.
All tools and basic materials are provided for the course, 30g of silver clay (worth £60) is provided, this will give you enough clay for most of the pieces if you work small. Students will be expected to keep an eye on their clay use and If you run out of clay you will need to purchase more to continue to work on projects. Silver clay will be available to purchase during the classes along with a range of Sterling silver chains and other findings (jump rings, earwires, clasps etc.). Payment for extras can be by Paypal or cash. The cost of clay is around £2 a gram.
In week 1 you will use a torch to fire your earring pieces. From Week 2 on the work will be dried and fired in a kiln, then available to collect at the following weeks class. This is to ensure the finished pieces are as strong as possible when finished.
The class is from 7-9.30pm and is held at Kiln House Studios, Badshot Farm Lane, Badshot Lea, GU9 9HY. This is next to Squires Garden Centre between Aldershot and Farnham.
Due to using a very hot torch, it is not a child friendly class. No under 16’s will be allowed to attend unless a parent is booked onto the same class as them and is happy to take responsibility for the child when using a torch.
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If you cancel 4 weeks or more before the start of the course, you will get a refund less a £10 admin fee. Cancellations within 4 weeks of the course starting (from 20th August 2018) will only receive a refund if the space can be filled. If you do not turn up to the class a refund will not be given. In order to run, the course will need a minimum of 4 students. If the course doesn’t reach the minimum requirement, it may need to be cancelled and all fees will be refunded. The class maximum is 8, when all 8 places have been sold this course will show as out of stock.
If you choose to pay with a deposit plan, you will need to pay either £50 (25%) or £100 (50%) of the course fee when you book. Invoices will be sent by email soon after your booking has been processed. The invoice will be for the remain balance and will be payable by 20th August 2018.
If you have opted to pay the 25% or 50% deposit and do not pay the balance by 20th August 2018, you will receive an automatic refund of £40 or £90 and your place will be cancelled on the course. £10 per booking will be kept as an admin fee.
If this course is out of stock please use the contact form to send us your details as we will be running a reserve list on a first come first served basis.