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Silver Clay Jewellery Taster

Learn to make silver jewellery from silver clay, a material you can use at home.

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Who is this course for

This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of working with silver clay.

Beginning jewellery makers are welcome as are those with experience with other forms of jewellery making, and those with no experience yet of crafts or creative activities.

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 that can be worked like clay and yet is made of fine silver particles, with a binder and water. When it is fired (which can be done with an inexpensive butane torch at home) the result is a pure 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 and wear 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
As well as starting to design your own pieces, and much more besides.

You will make a variety of different pieces of jewellery, depending on your 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 course.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some 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) and you can purchase more silver clay from your tutor at cost price. The cost of silver clay fluctuates with 10g currently costing £20-£21 (as of June 2018).
If you would like to bring your own clay please purchase Art Clay 650 or PMC3.
You will be given a list of suppliers for equipment and silver clay to help you continue at home.
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.
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 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.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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