Instructor: Wendy Schuster, [email protected]
Do you have a desire to make jewelry but are intimidated because you think you need extensive training? Come learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry using a truly amazing material called Precious Metal Clay (PMC).
PMC is exactly what its name describes—metal, but in the form of clay! The clay body of PMC is made up of microscopic particles of metal, in this case fine silver, held together by an organic binder and water. Like other types of clay, PMC can easily be sculpted, molded and impressed with textures or stamps. The truly unique difference between other clay bodies and PMC is that during firing, PMC’s binders and water burn off allowing the silver particles to fuse into SOLID metal!!
During this FUN workshop students will be taught a variety of basic techniques that will enable them to create their own one-of-a-kind silver creations. Techniques covered: stamping and texture, creating bails, and torch firing.
- Mature teens (15+) who are comfortable working independently within a group of adults are welcome to register.
- Firing and polishing of the student’s work is included in the class fee but will not occur during class time due to time constraints. Upon request, antiquing/patina can be added to finished pieces by instructor for $1 per piece.
- Finished pieces will be returned to The Art Alliance and available for pick up approximately 1 week following the original class date. If desired, finished pieces can also be mailed for a fee of $5.50 to cover careful packing, packaging, postage and insurance.
- A $65 fee is added to each registration for the PMC Clay.
- Instructor’s tools, stamps, molds, and textures will be made available for student use during the workshop.
The workshop fee is $100 for Art Alliance members ($120 for non-members) plus a $65 materials fee payable upon registration.
All workshops will practice COVID-19 safety protocols which include: small classes to allow for social distancing, hand sanitizer on the premises, students will wipe down their worktables and stools at the end of class, and masks are required regardless of vaccination status. In the event a workshop is cancelled, students may choose a refund or credit toward future classes.