This one day precious metal clay class is all about using natural objects with silver clay to create beautiful, unique 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 precious metal clay class is all about using natural objects with silver clay to create beautiful, unique 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.
This is one of our silver jewellery making courses for metal clay beginners and will enable you to learn all about working with silver metal clay. You may also like our one day beginners metal clay class or our half day beginners metal clay taster class.
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, solid silver replica.
Painted leaves are often used to commemorate special occasions, like a wedding, christening or significant birthday. The technique can be applied to a range of natural objects, not just leaves. Leaves or small flowers from a bridal bouquet can be preserved in solid silver as a lasting reminder of a happy time. This type of commemorative keepsake jewellery is very popular and learning this technique could be the first step towards a new business.
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 a piece of unique jewellery. These are pressed into the soft silver clay to create a surface texture. They capture the unique beauty of your chosen material. Learn to make your own jewellery in this one day beginners class.
What skills will you learn?
- Rolling out and texturing the precious metal 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 jewellery
- Firing the pieces using a butane torch
- Polishing and finishing your jewellery
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 the jewellery you have made yourself.
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 silver metal 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.