About Metal Clay: The "Green" Metal.

Metal Clay is a completely green product, meaning it is as environmentally friendly as it can get! Using recycled metals from various sources such as the backs of mirrors, X-rays and electronics, results in a smaller carbon footprint compared to jewellery manufactured from recently mined metals. Many artist that create beautiful Metal Clay jewellery can also be proud of their socially responsible sourcing practices.

Course outline

Extend your knowledge and experience beyond fine silver to incorporate other materials, both new and traditional, to produce unique jewellery. Discover the creative opportunities of glass fusing and how to incorporate glass, UV resins and metal clays together to stunning effect. Learn additional setting styles for faceted gemstones and pearls or raw gem materials. The programme consists of 7 directed projects and 1 final project work and assessment divided over five days.

Sculptural & Carved Designs

Sculptural & Carved Designs

Learn how to combine clay- and paste-types of metal clay to produce more vibrant and 3-dimentional designs, and experiment with forming shapes and textures using a 'build-up' technique. You will also learn additional methods of stone setting and attaching 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 the accurate reproduction of carved patterns, and also extended pre-finishing techniques to ensure perfection once your design is fired and polished.
Intricate Designs with Clay & Syringe Type Clay

Intricate Designs with Clay & Syringe Type Clay

Further refine your skills at making accurate, perfectly-sized rings. Learn to combine clay- and syringe-type metal clay to create unique, refined filigree patterns or reliefs on any surface. Fire these designs into solid, lasting pieces of quality jewellery.
Customised Syringe & Pearl Setting

Customised Syringe & Pearl Setting

Instead of working with pre-fabricated syringe-type metal clay, learn the steps to prepare your own custom syringes and custom tips that allow for exciting extrusion patterns which will 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 techniques.
GlassWork with Silver Clay

GlassWork with Silver Clay

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 glass components, you'll practise safe handling, fusing, firing and cooling of mixed glass and silver elements. Finally, learn the proper polishing methods to make your glass and silver designs stand out.
Work with UV Resins Combined with Silver

Work with UV Resins Combined with Silver

Enamelling is an inexpensive and popular method of adding value to jewellery via the simulation of inlaid gemstones or the creative use of colour. Traditional enamels, however, are painstaking and time-consuming to apply. You'll learn to use modern resins and dyes to simulate the depth of traditional enamels using popular modern UV/Epoxy techniques.

Student reviews

  • I’m planning to make some accessories to match my fashion design (clothing) pieces, and eventually gear it towards a fashion runway show.

    - Huang V. (China)

     

  • I’ve already told several friends that the course covered very good material and I feel like it prepares us to go home and continue. Recommended!

    - Saher L. (Pakistan)

     

  • It was fun with lots of colour. I’m surprised that we can combine glass and resin into silver.

    - Lum M. (Singapore)

     

  • Metal Clay and Metalsmithing are more rewarding than only seeing my pieces in CAD or paper.

    - Andrea C. (Philippines)

     

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