Silver Clay beginners workshop - silver necklace charm
Start date: 9th Dec 2021
Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Duration: 1 weeks
Tutor: Sally How
Course code: AU21031
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop will be aimed at the beginner with little or no previous experience of working with silver clay. You will make at least one fine silver necklace, probably two, depending on the size of the necklace charm made. You will learn how to use silver clay, including storage, handling, shaping, and texturing. You will learn how to make, dry and fire clay safely using a small hand held torch.
If you already have experience you are also welcome to enjoy this workshop. Please feel free to bring any equipment you have.
There will be enough silver clay provided and a small amount of siligum to make impressions of nature. This should be sufficient to make a couple of small silver necklaces. You will also be given jump rings and learn how to attach to your silver chain. You will produce at least one charm made of fine silver. It will be assay quality and suitable to hallmark as fine silver, which does not tarnish like sterling silver. You will be guided through the steps of making your very own fine silver necklace charm using silver clay, learning techniques which may even lead to a life enriching hobby.
Introduction and overview
What is metal clay?
Demonstration of tools and materials
How to store clay
Handling silver clay and how to avoid a sticky mess
How much will silver clay shrink
Rolling out and texturing the clay
Mould making, taking impressions of nature
Finishing, sanding and drilling
Drying in dehydrator/craft dryers
Torch firing metal clay safely and how you can do this at home
Hallmarking - the legal side of using silver
What to do if you decide to reuse your silver after it has dried
Polishing and finishing your charms
How to get a professional finish
Attaching jump rings using pliers
Ordering silver clay and what you need to work with silver clay at home in the future
Please bring with you
A small jam jar for water - you won't need much (the mini ones they have in hotels are perfect, or a normal size one is fine)
A small jam jar or pot with about a teaspoon of olive oil
Two cheap soft paintbrushes around size 3 - 6 but size isn't too important, neither is quality. Nylon is fine.
If you have a set of playing cards you may like to bring these with you, but you can borrow some if you don't.
Some cling film
Some paper towel or a cloth to wipe your hands
You need a hair bobble if you have long hair.
By the end of the course students will be confident and able to use silver clay to make real silver nature inspired charms. They will understand the safe ways of working. They will understand the legislation about hallmarking silver. Progress and learning outcomes will be measured by reviewing the work produced at the end of the course. Students should leave the course with at least one finished piece of fine silver jewellery designed and made by hand.
* Please note that silver clay cannot be fired unless it is completely dry. It is unlikely to be needed, but it may be necessary for Sally to fire, polish and finish some of the necklace charms. You will be able to collect them from Rossett Adult Learning after the workshop is completed in time to give as your Christmas presents.
NB: The chain will not be provided, but you can bring your own necklace chain or purchase these and gift bags at reasonable cost from Sally during the workshop day. You will also be able to purchase additional silver clay from Sally at the class if you want to make more charms as Christmas gifts during the workshop. Finishing one or two silver clay charms is included during this workshop, although you may wish to do more by arrangement.