In this relaxed one day beginners metal clay class, you’ll learn how to work with silver metal clay with Julia Rai. Julia is an experienced metal clay artist, writer and tutor and she will guide you every step of the way. During the day you will make a pair of earrings, a moulded charm, a pendant. You’ll also have enough material to make at least one other item to your own design using silver clay.
In this relaxed one day metal clay beginners class, you’ll learn how to work with silver metal clay with Julia Rai. Julia is an experienced metal clay artist, writer and tutor and she will guide you every step of the way.
Level: No previous experience required, metal clay beginners are welcome
Timings: 10am – 5pm
This one day metal clay beginners course will introduce you to silver clay through some simple projects in a relaxed atmosphere. During the day you will make a pair of earrings, a moulded charm and a pendant. And you’ll still have enough material to make at least one other item using silver clay. This means that once you know what silver clay can do, you can have some fun with it!
This introduction to silver metal clay course is for metal clay beginners. Anyone new to the fantastic medium of metal clay will learn what it can do on this class. No previous experience of metal clay or jewellery making is needed. You’ll be guided by Julia Rai who is an experienced metal clay tutor with many years experience. We guarantee you’ll come out with some great jewellery.
The emphasis will be on building confidence working with metal clay at your own pace and focusing on fun. First, you’ll learn how to make a simple pair of earrings. Then you’ll learn to make silicon moulds of small objects like shells or buttons.
You’ll learn how important refining your piece is before firing it. A complete safety briefing will be given before you use a butane torch to fire your creations. Finally, you’ll see the magical transformation when you polish your pieces.
Once you’ve got a bit of confidence using metal clay, then you can begin to really play and create your own designs during the afternoon.
What skills will you learn?
During the day, you’ll learn the following skills:-
- Rolling out and texturing the clay
- Cutting and punching holes into the clay
- Drying and refining your work
- Firing the pieces using a butane torch
- Polishing and finishing your work
- Hanging your finished pieces on a chain or attaching earring wires
- Making moulded charms
You will learn how to fire and finish your creations and put them on sterling silver ear wires and a chain which are included in the price. This means that you’ll be able to wear your jewellery home to show everyone how well you did! Even complete metal clay beginners with no jewellery making experience leave the class thrilled with what they’ve made.
Julia will help you to create beautiful fine silver jewellery in whatever style you choose. All the equipment you need will be provided and there will be some tools to buy if you want to continue creating as soon as you get home. By the end of the day you’ll have enough knowledge and confidence to create unique pieces of jewellery using metal clay!
This course is particularly suitable for people who need a bit more time to learn new things or who have limitations with manual dexterity. There is no pressure and Julia will work with individuals at their own pace to ensure they achieve their goals for the day.
How much silver clay is included in the price?
The course cost includes enough silver metal clay to create the basic projects plus jump rings, earring wires and a Sterling silver chain. You can buy additional metal clay, chains or earring wires on the day or bring your own silver metal clay if you’d prefer (PMC3, PMC Flex or Art Clay Silver only).