Jewellery Making Courses
Metal clay courses
Precious Metal Clay (also known as pmc, silver clay or Artclay) is a relatively new and innovative product which enables you to make real silver jewellery without the need for expensive specialist equipment.
Silver Clay consists of fine particles of silver suspended in an organic binder, which has the consistency and properties of traditional clay.
It can be rolled, stamped, textured, folded and molded to create a wide array of shapes and designs. Once dry the clay is fired under intense heat, the binder burns away, leaving you with a perfect piece of jewellery in solid 99.9% pure fine silver.
All you need is a table, a good light, a few basic tools (some of which can be found in your kitchen drawer) and a good imagination!
At Silverwood Jewellery you will find a range of courses to suit everyone, from the complete beginner to the more advanced jewellery maker wanting to learn new techniques. Class sizes are small and the courses can often be tailored to your specific needs. At the end of the course you will go away with a piece of jewellery or more to enjoy and show off to friends and family.
All classes are taught in my home studio in a very relaxed and informal setting with a ready supply of coffee and biscuits!
I do have a very friendly and nosy cat who will quite often pop in to examine whatever it is we're working on, so if you don't like cats please let me know in advance so that I can lock her out!!
Silverwood Jewellery holds valid public liability insurance and a recent up to date CRB certificate.
The following courses are currently being offered:
2.5 hour basic introductory course
During this course you will learn how to roll the clay evenly, texture either one or both sides and cut out a shape to make a simple pendant.
The course includes the use of all tools on the day, 5g of silver clay and sterling silver findings.
4 hour introductory course
During this course you will learn how to make a layered, double sided textured pendant and set a fireproof stone.
The course includes the use of all tools on the day, silver clay, a fireproof stone, sterling silver findings & a waxed cord thong.
7 hour introductory course (9:30 am- 4:30pm)
During this course you will make 2 pendants and a pair of earrings or charm.
This course will introduce you to silver clay in it's 3 forms - clay, syringe and paste. The leaf pendant will be made by painting a real leaf with silver paste. You will have choices of design for your second pendant and you will also have the option of embellishing the pendant using a silver syringe.
You will be given an overview of the use of 2 part siligum moulding compound as well as a demonstration and details of how to rehydrate clay to avoid waste.
The course includes the use of all tools on the day, silver clay, a fireproof stone, sterling silver findings and waxed cotton thongs. You will be taught how to make a sliding knot for an adjustable necklace so that you can wear one of your creations home.
Please bring a packed lunch. Drinks and biscuits will be supplied.
4 hour Fingerprint Jewellery course (10:00 - 2:00pm)
On this course you will learn how to use silicon molding compound correctly and efficiently to capture fingerprints. You will learn how to roll clay out to an even, appropriate thickness, imprint the fingerprint into the silver clay, engrave details onto the piece, followed by firing and polishing.
Once payment has been received to book your place on the course you will be sent a molding pack with instructions so that you can bring a fingerprint with you on the day.
The course includes the use of all tools on the day, silver clay, sterling silver findings and a leather thong or stainless steel keyring.
4 hour ring making course
Some experience with silver clay would be preferable for this course.
On this course you will learn how to correctly size and make a ring in silver clay. You will learn to add an embellishment, fire and polish your ring.
The course includes the use of all tools and silver clay.
Is there something you would like to learn that's not included in the courses already offered? Click the contact tab at the top of the page and get in touch to discuss your needs so that we can tailor make a course to suit you.
Cost: Depends on what you're wanting to learn.