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Metal Clay: A Sampler
October 23, 2020 @ 9:30 am - October 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
A workshop designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills, learn new techniques and try some of the newer metal clay products.
Day 1, begins with the tried and true product originally develop in Japan in 1996: Fine Silver Metal Clay. Students will create a simple pendant, chosen to teach thickness, roll out, texture, appliqué, and carving techniques. This will be followed with a pair of metal clay fold formed earrings and finally a stone set pendant using an eight mm facetted stone. Techniques taught include sculptural design and construction, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing, polishing and repair if needed.
Day 2, we move to a product developed around 2005: Silver Metal Clay Paper Type, a unique paper-thin sheet of 99.9% fine silver clay that remains soft during working time and requires no drying time. On this day students will use Metal Clay Paper type to explore the ageless skills of Quilling and Origami. Quilling is an ancient art technique used during the Renaissance to decorate book covers, cards, jewelry and religious items. It involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, looped, curled and twisted to create shapes. Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures.
Day 3, the newest product in the silver metal clay lineup: Sterling Silver Metal Clay. One of the inherent assets of sterling silver clay as compared to fine silver clay (used in prior days) is its post firing strength. It is the perfect choice for jewelry that requires forming and shaping after firing: such as cuff bracelets and adjustable rings. In this class students will learn how to size cuffs and rings to account for the shrinkage of the clay, proper firing schedule, forging and shaping pieces after firing, a second firing to add stones and decorative elements to shaped bracelet and ring.
Loads of information, exploration and fun packed into three full days.