Silver Clay Jewellery – Introduction to Rings

This two day course will introduce students with experience of working with silver clay, to using this material to create ring forms.

Students will work through two set projects - creating rings in different styles - learning how to form a ring shape, to join it, add decoration in two different ways. Students will also learn the key skill of how to account for the clay's shrinkage so that the ring fits.

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

Who is this course for

Making rings from silver clay can be tricky and frustrating due to the fragile nature of a ring form in this material, so this course is best for students who have done more than just a beginners course with silver clay - who have either been practicing at home, or done two or more courses previously with silver clay.

Ring making with the clay is an intermediate / advanced skill, not for beginners, although students will be able to adapt the projects and progress at their own pace.

What does this course cover

Students will learn a series of different techniques to work with silver clay - creating rings to their desired size, allowing for the clay shrinkage and in two different styles. Silver clay rings (generally) are easier to work on if designed to be substantial rings, not too dainty, so this is useful to keep in mind when planning ideas!

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.

Students will create; -
A ring design using a patterned strip of clay to form a ring band - either a solid wide ring band focussing on the pattern created, or adding further decoration to the band such as stone settings, or additional sculpted details.

A ring using a rope or coil of clay to create either a solid signet ring type band, or a coil / knot type design and to decorate this with a fireable gemstone.

Students will be able to plan out their designs, work with the clay, join shapes and layers together, set CZ stones, fire and polish the finished jewellery.

Students can expect to complete one or two unique rings to their own design, as well as possibly additional small pieces to test ideas or techniques, depending on their design ideas, preferences and progress.

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 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?
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 course.

What else do you need to buy or do

20g 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 your tutor will direct you to suitable suppliers.

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 jewellery courses offered by the centre throughout the year - including different silver clay options, 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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