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What is Metal Clay?

Student working

Metal clay was invented in Japan in the 1990’s and soon took off as a very approachable material for anyone to make into solid metal jewellery or other items. Silver and gold clay were the first to be launched and once they could be torch fired, they really became popular with home jewellery makers.

Easy to work with

The tools required to create jewellery or sculpture with metal clay are very simple. Most people who do any sort of craft have these tools already. It’s quick and easy to set up your workstation, you can pack it into a small box so it’s perfect if you are working at home in your kitchen. 

Three ingredients

Silver metal clay has three ingredients. Fine silver particles which are reclaimed from various other processes – so it’s a completely recycled product. An organic binder holds the silver particles together and water makes it soft and malleable. That’s it!

 

Basic metal clay tool kit

Fire with a torch

Once the jewellery piece is dry and finished, it’s ready to be fired. It can be fired in a kiln but the fine silver varieties can also be fired with a simple butane torch. That’s right, the type you use for Crème brûlée!

On our beginner level and taster classes, Julia teaches you how to fire your jewellery with a butane torch so you can go home with the confidence to make your own pieces from start to finish straight away.

Real silver?

People are often sceptical about whether metal clay actually results in real silver, gold etc. It just seems too good to be true – like alchemy.

There are many types of metal clay available including Sterling silver clay, 22ct gold clay, bronze, copper, steel and iron clay – all real metal. 

On the beginner level and taster classes, you will learn to work with fine silver clay. This results in solid silver jewellery that is hallmark quality. 

Fine silver metal clay is easy to fire with a butane torch
Beginners Metal Clay Taster class projects

Why CSACJ?

Our principle tutor Julia Rai has been a passionate advocate of metal clay for over 15 years and has taught hundreds of people how to work with this magical material. She’s even written a book about working with metal clay

Known world-wide in the metal clay community, she is also approachable and supportive of both new comers and experienced metal clay students. 

She is also one of the first people in the world to achieve level 3 and 4 of the Metal Clay Masters Registry, a prestigious credential in metal clay mastery. 

Don’t take our word for it though, see what some of our students say about taking a metal clay taster class with Julia.

Taster Class Reviews

"It was a lovely relaxing class and nice to take a very personal piece of jewellery home. Julia is a fantastically positive teacher. Thank you!"
Sophie
"It was just good to switch off and get creative. Highly recommended."
Charlotte
"A Christmas present from my daughter. A brilliant class and a great tutor. We enjoyed it so much we have already bought and ordered what we need to start making jewellery at home. Thank you."
Suzanne Jose
"I loved having lots of lovely things to take home. Julia was very good at supervising individuals at different stages of the process. I would recomend this class to others."
Kirsty
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