This course has concessions available

Intro To Silver Clay Jewellery

Explore a range of techniques working with silver-clay to create unique jewellery pieces. Ideal for beginners and those with some jewellery experience wishing to learn a new skill.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of making jewellery with silver clay. Beginning jewellery makers are welcome as are those with experience with other forms of jewellery making. Most important is a desire to learn and make pieces from this material.

What does this course cover

Silver clay is a relatively new product to the market. It can be worked like clay and is made of fine silver particles, a binder and water. When it is fired (which can be done with an inexpensive butane torch at home) the result is a 99.9% fine silver piece which is of hallmark quality. If you would like to make silver jewellery at home this is a relatively inexpensive way to have a go.

On this course you will learn about silver clay and make pieces that will be ready to take home at the end of the sessions.

You will learn how to:
- Roll out, texture and cut out the clay consistently
- Dry and file the clay before firing
- Fire your own pieces using a hand-held butane torch
- Polish your piece and add a jump ring, ready to wear

Your tutor is a Certified Art Clay Instructor, a certified PMC instructor and holds the Higher diploma in Metal Clay.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
' Visual demonstration and verbal explanation
' Written handouts with visual diagrams
' One-to-one teaching
' Group discussions
Learning methods:
' Hands on practical experience
' Reading handouts and following instructions
' One-to-one and group discussion

How will I be assessed?
At the start: Self assessment questionnaire

On the course: Through self assessment, peer assessment and tutor assessment

At the end: Through self assessment, peer assessment and tutor assessment

What else do you need to buy or do

Some clay will be provided by the centre. It is possible that you will need to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you make are). You can purchase more silver clay from your tutor at cost price, currently £16.33 for 10g of silver clay (as of August 2015).

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study another metal clay course, for example Intermediate silver clay, metal clay jewellery and silver clay and fused glass jewellery. Alternatively you may want to try a different jewellery making technique e.g. silver jewellery, beading, wirework, paper jewellery. Or it may inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus).

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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