What is Metal Clay
'Metal clay' is a new jewellery technology that comes from advances in powder metallurgy. It is composed of pure silver particles, water and binders. In this form it is soft and malleable like plasticine: very easy to sculpt into any shape you can imagine. When your design is ready, you 'fire' the piece - raising it to high temperatures and causing the water and binders to evaporate and the metal particles to 'sinter' or fuse together, leaving a solid metal jewellery design. In this Silver-jewellery making workshop, you will use Silver Metal Clay, and produce a design in pure silver (999 silver, more pure than sterling or 925 silver!)
With experience comes the confidence to work with better quality materials. Master the combination of 22 karat gold into your designs, as well as how to fuse gold-leaf to silver designs to achieve an opulent look without the cost of solid gold. As well as working with the finest materials, mastery of metal clays requires expertise in creating moulds and patterns to produce consistent lines of precious metal jewellery.
1. Moulds and Texture Creation
The creation of rubber moulds and their use to make multiple copies of existing jewellery components are skills required by every professional. Learn to capture and re-use textures and shapes using polymer clays and silicone binary moulds. Experimenting with repeating design elements, your first projects will ensure understanding of replication, and provide experience with the latest Art Clay Silver alloy: Art Clay Silver Pro 950.
2. Pendant with Gold Leaf
Some gold designs require a tighter budget, yet need to be more durable than simple gold-plating. ‘Gilding’ techniques involve the use of gold leaf and a heat bond to the silver surface. These produce an affordable and visually stunning alternative to solid gold. Your second project will be gilded: providing many times the durability of standard gold plating.
3. Silver and Gold Combination
Having mastered the use of the wide variety of Silver types, Your third project will introduce 22karat gold clay. Learn how properly work with this valuable material and how to minimize waste when designing with 22K gold metal clay. After creating a solid 22K gold piece, you will then learn to effectively combine gold and silver materials for two-toned jewellery pieces of high intrinsic value.
4. Stencil and Quick-art Multi-layered Designs
With hundreds of commercial texture plates and special rubber texture moulds, metal clay artists are able to speed their design process dramatically. Learn about different techniques for using these tools effectively and combining them to form unique designs. For your fourth project, learn to create with pure Copper clay and the multitude of commercial pattern tools available to metal clay artists.
5. U/V Resins & The Look of Enamel
Enamelling is an inexpensive and popular method of adding value to jewellery via simulation of inlaid gemstones or the creative use of colour. Traditional enamels however are painstaking and time consuming to apply. In your fifth project, you will use modern resins and dyes to simulate the depth of traditional enamels using popular modern UV/Epoxy techniques.
6. Final masterpiece projects
As an experienced metal clay artist, you will use all the techniques learned to produce 3 final masterpiece projects. As part of your final two days of training, you will refine and perfect these pieces as well as estimate costs and formally price your designs for sale. At the conclusion of the programme, projects are both assessed by JDMIS dean and founder Tanja Sadow and submitted to the Art Clay brand manufacturer, entitling you to the title of ‘Art Clay Senior Instructor’ and associated product discounts within the Art Clay World network.
Participants receive over a hundred grams of pure silver (and over 300 grams of Copper, Silver and Gold as they progress through all 4 of our Powder Metallurgy certifications), gemstones and a full-set of tools.
Like all JDMIS courses, students receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. This course includes all the tools and reference and jewellery fabrication materials needed in order to immediately start producing their very own pieces of jewellery.
This course offers a practical hands-on experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have produced one or more pieces of jewellery.
NM300 - New Metal Technology 3: Advanced techniques with Moulds to Gold
Next Steps (Complementary Metal Arts Specialisation):
MS300 - Traditional Metalsmithing 3: Metalsmithing with Basic Stone settings
Next Steps (Advanced Jeweller's Knowledge):
GT200 - Jewellery Trade Practices 2: Gem Identification Methods and/or
FT200 - Jewellery Fashion Trends 2: Aesthetic Self Discovery and Future Trends
Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for the Precious Metal Arts Advanced Diploma.
1 week (Full-time), or
5 weeks (Part-time)
JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).
Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.