This course has concessions available

Silver Clay Jewellery – Adding Stones And Colour

Expand your existing silver clay skills by creating unique silver jewellery involving setting stones in different ways and adding colour with patinas and resin.

We will work through projects; embedding fireable ceramic or glass elements into designs, making and embedding bezels to set non-fireable gemstones into a clay design as well as using resin to add coloured highlights to surfaces - although these are set projects there will be flexibility to ensure students' own design ideas are incorporated.

Who is this course for

This course is aimed at people with some experience of working with silver clay or those that
have studied Introduction to Silver Clay Jewellery at the Mary Ward Centre and want to learn more about how it can be used.

The skills taught are intermediate skills, not for complete beginners, although students will be able to progress at their own pace and the projects will be flexible.

What does this course cover

Students will learn a series of different ways to work with silver clay - creating different stone settings in various styles to build on their skills working with silver clay and increase their precision.

Skills covered will include;
' Creating standalone settings for fireable stones to incorporate into clay designs
' Creating your own (or using a readymade) bezel for a non-fireable stone and embedding this into a clay design
' Using UV resin to add colour to fired and polished clay surfaces
' Setting pieces of (fireable) fused glass or ceramic into the clay
' Using liver of sulphur to colour the fired silver clay
' (optional) adding pure gold highlights using Keum Boo or gold paste

Students can expect to complete at least one full piece to their own design, as well as either a series of different smaller pieces to test ideas or techniques, or a further more complex piece, depending on their design ideas.

Students will learn to select and obtain materials for future projects. Selecting appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute simple designs from idea to completion, as well as about key safety considerations when working with these tools and materials.

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
' Visual practical 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
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course.
This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student, students' self assessments, and group discussions, which take place informally throughout the term.

What else do you need to buy or do

20g of silver clay will be provided by the centre included in your course fee as well as a limited selection of suitable stones and resin. It is possible that you may decide to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you design are, or if you work particularly quickly) and your tutor will direct you to suitable suppliers.
Students wanting to use gold will need to purchase this themselves and will be advised by the tutor during the course.

It could be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.

Please ensure you bring your glasses (if you wear them) as there can be a lot of close work.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

Students may choose to continue their work at home (particulalry design work / ideas) between the classes but this is not essential.

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study further jewellery making, by moving on to other courses offered by the centre throughout the year - including different silver clay courses, or to continue making jewellery at home. This course may also inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus).

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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