This course is not suitable for complete beginners, as there are skills and prior knowledge required in order to set the pace and complete each element before the course end.
During this course you will receive both group and individual support in experimenting with PMC, silver clay, as a medium from which to make a piece of unique and delightful jewellery.
Art Clay Silver is a precious metal clay which looks and feels like ordinary sculpting or porcelain clay, with fine particles of pure silver mixed with a non-toxic organic binder. When fired the binder burns out leaving a fine silver piece, which can be hallmarked as fine silver.
Using pre-formed moulds, made from a wide variety of materials, or creating your own using Siligum, you will learn how to create your own design jewellery, either rings, or a more complex design of pendant with embellishment and integral bail.
The various stages will include some or all of the following:
- Creating texture - using texture mats or other templates that we will explore
- Creating the mould, or selecting a pre-formed mould
- Practice with air drying clay to check the design
- Using PMC, (silver) to make the item - creation of embellishment(s) and adding a bail
- Inclusion of a lab created gemstone (optional and will incur a charge at cost)
- Setting the clay
- Refining the clay
- Drying the piece before
- Patinising (optional)
- Fitting with jump rings, chain/thong/earring connections there may be some soldering involved< /ul>
All our courses are made up of elements of speaking & listening, reading and writing, and you will work using these elements throughout the course.
Some of the skills you gain on this course could help increase your opportunities for employment or working within the community. Learning takes place in a friendly classroom setting, which is a great place for social interaction and helping you meet new people.
Practice at home and completion of homework is advisable to enhance your learning experience.
This course is subsidised by Government funding so you should aim to attend the whole course.