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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Silver Clay Jewellery
Course Date: Sunday 5th November 2017
Category: Jewellery
Price: £80

Summary

Silver clay is silver that is soft and pliable. It can easily be shaped into beautiful jewellery using just your fingers and a few simple tools. With the emphasis on gorgeous gifts, you will make two or three pieces of silver jewellery which will be ready to give away by the end of the course. You might choose to design a piece with a particular person in mind, or personalise it with their name or initials.

Further Detail

Silver clay is an amazing new form of silver that can be shaped with your fingers like clay. You will learn the basic techniques of how to roll, cut, texture and finish the clay.

By the end of the course, you will have designed and created two or three finished pieces of real silver jewellery, such as a pendant and earrings or two necklaces and a brooch. You will also have gained the skills and confidence to continue creating designs in silver clay on your own at home. No previous experience is necessary.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • how to plan simple designs
  • how to roll, texture and impress patterns, initials and designs
  • how to fire silver clay at home
  • how to finish and polish
  • tips for working with and storing silver clay
  • ideas for wrapping and presentation of your finished gifts

Level

Beginner and intermediate 

Materials

Materials are not included in your course fee. This is because the amounts used vary from person to person, depending on the project(s) completed.

All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £30.

Please note that we do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • glasses if needed for close work
  • a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes
  • an apron can be useful but is not essential

Tutor Profile

Designer-maker, jewellery artist, author and experienced tutor, Melanie Blaikie has enjoyed a fascinating career in the world of jewellery. She started her career as a diamond valuer with DeBeers, London, and went on to design for Asprey, Garrad and Tiffany. 

Melanie discovered silver clay in 2002 and is now committed to sharing her knowledge with others, especially beginners. She is the author of two books; Silver Clay Workshop and Rings.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.