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Silver Clay beginners workshop - silver necklace charm

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Start date: 9th Dec 2021

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

Cost: £50

Day: Thursday

Duration: 1 weeks

Tutor: Sally How

Course code: AU21031

Please contact us for availability

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.

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Sally How

Sally How BA (Hons) PGCE Art and Design
Level 3 NCFE Jewellery Design
Sally is a qualified teacher of Art and encourages each individual to be creative, whatever their starting level.

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