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!)

Course outline

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.

In-lay Technique with Silver and Brass

In-lay Technique with Silver and Brass

Learn how to combine clay and paste types of metal clay to produce more vibrant and 3-dimentional designs experimenting with shape and textures formed by a useful 'build-up' technique. you will also learn additional methods of stone setting and the attachment to fine silver findings. Master the creation of crisp lines and accurate symmetry as well as invisible joins and effective repairs so as to produce quality, professional looking jewellery with sharp features. Your second project involves accurate reproduction of carved patterns and extended pre-finishing techniques to ensure perfection once the design is fired and polished.
Sculptural Designs for Wrist Jewellery

Sculptural Designs for Wrist Jewellery

Further refine your skills at making accurate, perfectly-sized rings and learn to combine clay and syringe metal clay types to create unique, refined filigree patterns or reliefs on any surface. Fire these designs into solid, lasting pieces of quality jewellery.
Art of Mokume-gane

Art of Mokume-gane

Instead of working with pre-fabricated syringe-type metal clay, learn the steps to prepare your own custom syringes and custom tips that allow exciting extrusion patterns that form the basis of your eighth project. Add a touch of elegance to this project by permanently setting a half-drilled cultured pearl using professional technique.
Mixed Metal Cintering

Mixed Metal Cintering

Learn about the characteristics of coloured glass and how to properly evaluate and combine glass of different refractive indices to form creative fused-glass centre pieces. Explore different methods of fusing glass using electric and microwave kilns. Following that use your very own glass creations to beautify your silver jewellery! With an emphasis on setting and firing techniques that will not damage the glass components, practice safe handling, fusing and firing and cooling of mixed glass and silver elements. Finally use correct polishing methods to make these glass & silver designs stand out.
Master Metal Clay Projects

Master Metal Clay Projects

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. Use modern resins and dyes to simulate the depth of traditional enamels using popular modern UV/Epoxy techniques.

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