Silver Clay Charm Bracelet
Create your own gorgeous, unique solid silver charms in a range of styles from this magical material - learn how to shape and form silver clay, as well as how to make and use your own moulds to replicate natural or found objects. The silver clay will be shaped and modelled, then dried, refined, fired and finally polished to create individual pure silver charms that each student will link up onto a bracelet to wear home.
Who is this course for
Suitable for complete beginners, as well as more advanced jewellers who are looking to broaden their skills and try out working with silver clay.
Suited to students who are looking for a creative outlet, or a way of making their own jewellery that can be done at home without too many different specialist tools needed.
Silver clay is a material made up of grains of pure silver, mixed with an organic binder and water to make a clay-like substance. This can be modelled and shaped, then dried out and refined further, and is then finally fired to burn away the binder and leave a solid silver item ready to polish and wear.
What does this course cover
This course will cover an introduction to working with fine silver clay.
Students will learn how to:
' Roll out and add surface pattern to the clay
' Make their own silicone moulds
' Use silicone moulds with silver clay
' Dry and refine silver clay pieces
' Fire and polish silver clay
Students will make a series or 2 or 3 charms learning how to work with clay from scratch to finished items. We will then connect the charms to create a bracelet ready to wear home.
What will it be like
There will be tutor demonstrations throughout the day, demonstrating each new step in the projects, aand then students will work on their own versions of the projects, with individual assistance and support from the tutor as needed.
There will be detailed handouts with diagrams and descriptions of the processes, as well as information about key tools, materials and suppliers.
Students will work together with group discussions to review their progress, and discuss their progress and look at each others work.
Tutor will give 1-1 feedback to individual students throughout the course.
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation.
Written handouts with visual diagrams.
Hands-on practical activities
Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives.
Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
What else do you need to buy or do
Basic materials including a set amount of silver clay are provided for the course, included in the fee.
Students are recommended to bring along a notepad and pen, and to bring any glasses or portable magnifiers they might use at home for close work or reading.
If any students sometimes wear a hand or wrist support, please do bring these.
If students have time and want to create extra charms, there will be additional clay available to buy for use on the day.
What this course could lead to
Following the course students could continue working at home on their own, as well as moving on to other jewellery making, arts or crafts classes, and could continue working with silver clay in more different ways in longer courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk
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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’