Precious Metal Clay – Beginners 2 Day Workshop with Christina Hirst

£180.00

3 & 4 Sept 2022

In stock

Description

Silver Clay Weekend Workshop. Level: Beginners

This course is an introduction to the creative use of Silver Clay. Suitable for all levels it is designed to enable not only complete beginners to produce jewellery but also introduce the interesting properties of Silver Clay to those with advanced knowledge of jewellery making. Silver Clay was developed by Mitsubishi Materials. Using fine silver dust, an organic binder and water, they produced a clay like material which is very easy to manipulate and is perfect for producing organic textures and form. The water evaporates during drying, the organic binder burns away during firing to leave pure silver.

During this course we will explore the unique properties of Silver Clay and learn skills such as:

Texturing, cutting and modelling wet silver clay.
Carving and shaping dry silver clay.
Using paste to combine sections of silver clay and build up designs.
Mould making.
Simple techniques to form fine silver wire.
Fusing fine silver wire into silver clay to make simple jewellery without soldering.
Simple finishing techniques.

About your tutor:
Christina Hirst trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) gaining a Master of Design by research, for a study of (the then new material) Silver Clay. She has taught the use of Silver Clay for nearly 20 years and also taught for 10 years on the Jewellery and Metal Design degree course at DJCAD.

Materials included in the course fee:
20g and up to 10cm of fine silver, a pair of ear wires and a chain. Any materials over this can be
purchased during the weekend from CSSJ at cost price. The school has a good stock of silver clay, fine silver wire, steel wire, silver chain, findings and sterling silver wire.

Practical clothing/apron/footwear for use in the workshop at all times. For example: no long loose sleeves or dangly jewellery and long hair must be tied back to avoid catching in machinery or gas flames; shoes should not have high heels or open toes.

Please bring any of the below if you have them:
Apron, Inspiration and sketchbook with possible ideas, pens and pencils, items for moulding, shells, seedpods or other items.

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Course Info

Dates – 3 & 4 Sept 2022

Times – 10am  – 4.30pm with a break for lunch

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