Beginners Metal Clay
Take a look above to see examples of what can be made in this class. These images are of students' and tutors' work.
This beginners class is for anyone who is new to working with metal clay and would like to spend an exciting day experimenting and learning new techniques.
Metal clay is a clay based substance containing millions of tiny silver particles. When you fire the clay under a torch or in a kiln all of the clay burns away and you are left with solid silver - it's like magic!
One of the great advantages to working in metal clay is that it is relatively easy to continue working at home after the class without a big investment as you don't need many tools or equipment.
Techniques covered in this class include:
- Rolling out the clay to a consistent thickness
- Texturing and cutting out shapes
- Sanding, polishing and drilling
- Torch firing and basics of kiln firing
- Basic stone setting
- Adding multiple layers of clay and much more...
We generally follow three projects throughout the day which include:
- A small stone set pendant
- A small charm using moulding compound
- A pair of earrings
However, there is also lots of flexibility in terms of design and experimentation. By the end of the day you should have enough skills to go away and start making things from home. All materials are included in the class as well as full class notes.
What you need to bring to this class:
For this class you don't need to bring anything but yourself, as everything is provided.
Students who attend this class from March 2016 are also entitled to free access to the online course Make Silver Metal Clay Charms with Julia Rai
As with all of our classes, all materials are included in the cost of the class as well as plenty of tea, coffee and luxury biscuits! The classes are all run by expert tutors with years of professional experience who are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. The size of the classes is kept small to allow plenty of one-on-one attention and the maximum number of students for this class is 8.
We take an hour break for lunch and there are plenty of local shops to get food from, or you can always bring a packed lunch to eat in the studio. If you have any questions regarding this or other courses please don't hesitate to get in touch.
What some of our students have said about this class
'I travelled from Australia to London specifically to study these courses and I as not disappointed!' Deborah Warwick
'Great class, I loved every moment of it and really glad I came. Thanks for a great day!' Gladys Jones
'What a great way to spend a Sunday in January!' Rowzat Burton
'I had never made any jewellery before taking this class and am not very creative, but I had such a fun time and made some really lovely pieces, the environment is relaxed and friendly and the tutors are fab. I can highly recommend this class' Emily Biggins
'So pleased with what we have all achieved in the space of just one day and can't wait to get started at home. I will definitely be booking an intermediate class soon. I have got the metal clay bug!' Helen Rockwell
'I am inspired to do and learn more. I will be back - but not in an Arnie way!' Jen Ball
'I was honestly amazed at the end result of my pieces, especially as I had never done metal clay before' Debbie Fifton
'What I made in class ranks amongst the most creative things I have ever done!' Tariq Tagora
'Brilliant for beginners, very inspiring' Hansa Mistry
'A wonderful, friendly relaxing day. Very productive. I will be back for the intermediate course. I was longing for a jewellery course run by professionals' Carolyn Crossle
'This course banished my fears I had about learning to use silver metal clay. A truly wonderful class! The instructor made the experience!' Eleanor Poliphnis
'I really enjoyed this course! Loved it and will be back for more!' Kinga Karbowniczek
'Opened up new horizons in jewellery making' Kristen Dilworth
'This is one of the best ways to actively relax, plus you walk away with your handmade treasures. I've never used an annual leave day any better' Judith Horrath
Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x