NM100 - Creative Silver Modelling Techniques
Begin your journey as a precious metal artist with the latest technology in hand fabrication: Powder metallurgy. Form ‘metal clay’ to create pure silver jewellery such as rings, pendants, earrings and brooches. Learn and perfect a variety of modelling methods, gemstone setting techniques and jewellery finishing techniques.
What is Metal Clay?
'Metal clay' is composed of pure silver particles, water and binders. 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 at high temperatures, causing the water and binders to evaporate and the metal particles to 'sinter' or fuse together, leaving a solid metal jewellery piece. In this course, you will use Silver Metal Clay, and produce designs in pure 999 silver (purer than sterling 925 silver!).
What you will learn
Introduction to Powder Metallurgy
Understand the varieties of metal clay available; learn about firing alternatives and special techniques for modelling with each. With pendant(s) as your first project, you will learn about working with the clay types, keeping your projects malleable, creating shapes and joining pieces to form solid metal parts. Your first projects are fired on a gas-stove, to ensure that you’ll be comfortable when working from home.
Create Simple Rings with Prong Set Gems
Learn how to use gemstone heads to securely set gemstones using prongs in any design. Learn the precise measurements needed to produce custom-fit rings and explore additional finishing options. Your second project involves more accuracy, ensuring proper fit, and provides more opportunities to practice finishing techniques.
Clay Types & Forms with Unique Uses & Setting Styles
This class teaches the many uses of the syringe-type metal clay to produce larger but light weight creations. The syringe allows greater accuracy in directing the design into more intricate patterns. An interesting and useful bezel-style stone setting technique is incorporated into your third project to add colour and interest.
Create Hollow Light Weight Jewellery
By forming basic shapes in a material called 'Cork' clay which burns at a lower temperature than metal clay we can achieve wonderful, large-but-light designer jewellery. This addictive technique allows you to produce stunning one-of-kind centrepieces that will leave others wondering just how they could have been manufactured.
Achieve a Patina Finish
Enhance your designs with an antiqued look or create modern, geometric and high-contrast pieces. Go beyond basic techniques - learn how to work with large and small designs, how to extend the life of your sulphurising compound, and the ideal temperatures, timings, and tips for creating even patinas with different tones.
The course covers a good range of topics and techniques for you to do your own projects after the course.
- Felicia O. (Singapore)
I would highly recommend it, even if someone intends to pursue it as a hobby (like me) - everyone around here is friendly and very encouraging and the concept of providing free "refresher" classes is the best!
- Shefali T. (India)
Class was interesting, pieces made during class was as good as it was purchased. Materials for class were included in the fees which makes it good value.
- Agnes S. (Singapore)
So much fun using clay to create jewellery. Creativity and innovation infused to create a master piece of our own.
- Vani M. (Singapore)
You get to do a lot of things with your hands and take home your own jewellery.
- Doris R. (Germany)
- Introduction to Powder Metallurgy
- Introduction to Powder Metallurgy Create Simple Rings with Prong Set Gems
- Clay Types & Forms with Unique Uses & Setting Styles
- Create Hollow Light Weight Jewellery
- Achieve a Patina Finish
One of the below proofs of proficiency in English is required:
C6 in English at GCE O-Levels
IELTS score of 5.5;
TOEFL score of 500 (Paper based test);
TOEFL score of 173 (Computer based test);
TOEFL score of 61 (Internet based test);
SG$2,100 (Inclusive of GST and equipment)
30 hours, divided into 5 lessons part-time or full -time.