This course has concessions available

Silver Clay Jewellery: Bead Making

This one day course will introduce students with some experience with silver clay, to using this material to create 3D bead forms.

Students will work through two set projects - creating a beautiful silver lentil style beads as well as small spacer type beads - learning how to form a hollow 3D shape, to join it, add decoration and how to fire it - although these are set projects there will be flexibility to ensure students' own design ideas can be used.

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.

Making 3D forms is an intermediate skill, not for complete beginners, although students will be able to progress at their own pace.

Great for anyone looking to explore their creativity, as well as people planning to start their own business or individuals who are interested in working within the jewellery trade.

What does this course cover

Students will learn a series of different ways to work with silver clay - creating different bead forms in various styles.

Silver clay is a clever material, made from particles of pure silver mixed with a binder to form a clay like substance that can be modelled, carved and moulded, then refined and fired to burn away the binder, leaving a pure solid silver item. It gives more options for jewellers to bring their ideas to life and requires less specialist tools so is more practical to work with at home than traditional metalwork.

Techniques covered will include;
' Planning out designs
' Joining shapes and layers together
' Creating round 'lentil' style beads, with or without openings to see inside them
' Creating small tube or wrapped beads - great used as spacers, worn on a ribbon, or on a Pandora style bracelet
' Using clay paste or syringe to decorate beads
' Including fireable gemstones if desired
' Firing and polishing the completed beads

Although these are set projects there will be flexibility to adapt them to students' own ideas.

Students can expect to complete a single unique decorated lentil bead to their own design, as well as small pieces to test ideas or techniques, depending on their design ideas and preferences.

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

What else do you need to buy or do

10g of clay will be provided by the centre included in your course fee. 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 this can be purchased on the day if desired.

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 between the classes.
Visits to galleries or museums and further research - also completely optional - may be suggested for anyone interested in exploring the subject area further.
It would 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.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study further jewellery making, by moving on to other jewellery 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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