Sliver Clay And Wirework Jewellery

Work with our expert tutors to make silver clay pieces with wire work additions and connections.

Who is this course for

This course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of making jewellery with silver clay or wirework. Beginning jewellery makers are welcome as are those with experience with silver clay, wirework or other forms of jewellery making. Most important is a desire to learn and make pieces from these materials.

What does this course cover

During this course learners will learn how to make pieces out of silver clay and use wire wrapping techniques to further add to the design of the piece or to add decorative connections.

By the end of the course students will be able 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
Use wirework techniques to decorate and connect your silver pieces to create your own unique pieces
Polish your piece and ensure it's ready to wear
Learners will make a variety of different pieces including earrings, necklaces and a brooch.

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?
At the start: Self assessment questionnaire

On the course: Through self assessment, peer assessment and tutor assessment

At the end: Through self assessment, peer assessment and tutor assessment

What else do you need to buy or do

Some clay will be provided by the centre. It is possible that you will need to buy additional silver clay (it depends on how large the pieces you make are). You can purchase more silver clay from your tutor at cost price, currently £16.34 for 10g of silver clay (as of May 2016).

No study outside of the class is expected

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study another similar course, for example silver clay or wirework. Alternatively you may want to try a different jewellery making technique e.g. silver jewellery, beading etc. Or it may 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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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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.’