This one day class is all about using natural objects with silver metal clay to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. Capture the natural beauty of leaves and shells in fine detail using paste and lump silver clay. This class is relaxed and you’ll leave with three hand made pieces of jewellery to give as presents or keep for yourself.
This one day class is all about using natural objects with silver metal clay to create beautiful pieces of jewellery. Capture the natural beauty of leaves and shells in fine detail using paste and lump silver clay. Following this relaxed class you’ll leave with three hand made pieces of jewellery. You could give these as presents or keep them for yourself.
Level: Suitable for complete beginners. No previous experience required.
Times: 10am – 5pm
The class will start with a brief introduction to what silver clay is. You’ll also learn the difference between paste and lump type silver clay. You’ll then have a wander around our beautiful location to find suitable leaves to paint with silver clay paste. Painting with silver clay paste captures all the detail of the leaf together with its unique shape and form. This allows you to create a very natural looking silver replica. At the end of the day, the painted leaf will be fired in the kiln. It will be ready for you to pick up the next day or we can post it to you, should you prefer.
You’ll learn how to use two part moulding compound to capture the shape and form of shells, bark, twigs or whatever else takes your fancy. Once the mould is made, this will be used to create a unique piece of jewellery using silver clay. This is normally a small charm, which you will then learn to fire by butane torch.
In the final project we will use leaves, twigs, grasses or other natural materials to create unique jewellery. These are pressed into the soft silver clay to create a surface texture. They capture the unique beauty of your chosen material.
What skills will you learn?
- Rolling out and texturing the clay
- Using silicon moulding compound to make moulds of natural objects
- How to use silver clay paste to create natural looking silver leaves
- Drying and refining your work
- Firing the pieces using a butane torch
- Polishing and finishing your work
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.
Julia will help you to create beautiful fine silver clay jewellery using nature as inspiration. All the equipment you need will be provided. There is no pressure and Julia will work with you to ensure you achieve your goals for the day. You’ll end the day with enough knowledge and most importantly, confidence to create unique, naturally inspired jewellery at home!
How much silver clay is included in the price?
The class price includes enough clay and paste type clay to complete the projects. The class cost also includes jump rings for you to hang your creations. Bring a chain and/or ear wires with you to hang your pieces. You can also buy a Sterling silver chain or ear wires from our onsite shop and wear your jewellery home.