Silver Clay Taster Workshop 

 

If you would like to make a piece of silver jewellery in a half a day, then come along to this workshop. 

Silver clay looks and feels like porcelain but when fired it is 99.99% pure silver.  You don’t need to buy expensive tools to work with it, making it easy for you to practice what you learn at home if you want to.

This short workshop is really a taster session for metal clay.  You will learn basic handling of the clay, texturing, sanding and finishing the fired piece which you will take away with you.  You will be assisted as much as necessary to achieve your finished piece.

 

All materials and tools will be provided along with plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits.

Introduction to Silver Clay 

 

Silver clay looks and feels like porcelain but when fired it is 99.99% pure silver.  

For those who want more than a taster, this workshop will show you how to handle the clay for best results. 

 

You will design a pendant and earrings (or two pieces of your choosing) and complete the project from start to finish with tips for best results and any assistance required.  You will texture or pattern your pieces before firing, either in clay or greenware stage – you will be shown both.  The workshop will take you through cutting, texturing, filing, pre-fire sanding, firing, sanding, oxidising, polishing and finishing.  You will add findings and a chain so that your jewellery is ready to wear when you take it away with you.

 

All materials and tools will be provided along with plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits.  The course includes 10g of lump clay and access to the workshop silver paste pot as required.  This is a full day course so you will need to bring lunch with you.  A speciality coffee and cake will also be provided to round off your lunch.

Introduction to Silver Clay (2 day course)

 

For those who want the lot!  This two day course will show you how to reconstitute clay, make your own paste and use all three types of silver clay to create 2 - 3 pieces of jewellery, depending on size, design and the finish you want to achieve.   You will practice using a variety of different texturing techniques including using the clay to make and add embellishments/detail.  

 

This course is really about developing a knowledge of, and confidence with, the clay.  

Included:

  • An introduction to the tools and equipment and their uses

  • How to best prepare, handle and store the clay

  • Reconstitution for lump clay and paste

  • Waste reduction

  • Planning your jewellery making

  • Making jewellery using lump clay

  • Creating holes

  • Forming, shaping, texturing and using the clay in each form for embellishments

  • Drying and refining – plus a look at options available

  • Firing techniques and the results they produce

  • Polishing techniques

  • Findings – plus a look at different approaches to finding attachment

  • Hallmarking – legal parameters


All materials and tools will be provided along with plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits.  The course includes 14g of lump clay, silver paste and silver syringe for embellishments.  Should your design require more lump clay, this will be available to purchase, at cost, from the workshop.  This is a two full day course so you will need to bring lunch with you.  A speciality coffee and cake will also be provided to round off your lunch on the second day.

Make A Wirework Ring 

 

This short workshop is an ideal introduction to wirework as well as fun for those with some experience of wirework who maybe haven’t made a wirework ring before.

You will learn how to size and shape the wire to make a ring for yourself and how to wire weave it together and complete with cold finishes.  The wire used will be copper, either bare or coloured coated and a selection of semi-precious gemstone beads will be available.

The aim of the workshop is to create a ring whilst learning basic wire weaving that can be adapted to making other items of jewellery – all whilst having fun, tea/coffee and biscuits.

Introduction to Wire Weaving for Beginners

 

This workshop is for people with little or no experience. You will be shown various wire weaving techniques and then using one of the more simple techniques, you will create a pendant of your own design. You will choose from a selection of semi-precious cabochons as a focal point.

 

All materials and tools are provided – including a choice of bare copper or colour covered copper wire in various gauges and beads, along with plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits.  This is a full day workshop so please bring lunch with you but a speciality coffee and cake will be provided to round of your lunch.

Make A Ring 

 

Learn how to make a pretty silver ring for yourself.  You will learn how to saw the metal to size before shaping, heating and soldering it together.  You will then file, texture and polish it, ready to take away with you.

 

This is a short course that will introduce you to some of the basics of silversmithing and is suitable for beginners or those with some experience.  All materials and tools will be provided along with fun and plenty of tea/coffee and biscuits. 

Make A Bangle 

 

Make a silver bangle for yourself or as a gift for someone else.  You can choose to make either one wider bangle, approx. 4mm or two fine bangles to wear loose or hold together with a jump ring.  Whichever option you choose, you will learn to work with silver wire to make a bangle and texture the silver to create a pattern of your choosing.

 

The course is suitable for beginners or those with some experience and will show the basics of silversmithing – sawing, shaping, annealing, soldering, pickling, filing, texturing, sanding and polishing.  At the end, you will have a lovely bangle/s to take away with you.

 

This is a full day course so please bring some lunch.  All materials and tools are provided along with tea/coffee, biscuits and a speciality coffee and cake to round off your lunch.