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Metal Clay 1: A Day of Earrings

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Metal clay is amazing – it starts as clay, but fires into pure silver. You can form it with simple tools, even set stones in it, and fire it with a butane cooking torch or small kiln. When fired, the clay-like binders burn off as the pure silver molecules fuse together. 

This class is designed for both beginning students and those seeking to refresh skills and learn new ones. During this in-depth orientation to Metal Clay students will create three pairs of earrings.  Beyond the basic skills, more advanced techniques will be taught including: Fold forming moistened clay, braiding moistened clay, setting small cabochons, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing and polishing, repairs before and after firing.

Techniques taught:
• how to choose metal clay
• basic metal clay fabrication techniques
• torch firing metal clay
• kiln firing metal clay
• stone setting 4 mm cabochons and firing stones in place
• texture and shaping using templates
• repairs and troubleshooting
• polishing after firing


May 1
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Silvera Jewelry School
1108 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
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