Metal Clay 1: The Basics and More On-line class (4 week class)
August 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This is an interactive on-line class. Meets weekly for 4 weeks.
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 two pairs of earring and two pendants. The initial project will be a pair of silver earrings, chosen to teach thickness, roll out, texture, and carving techniques.
Beyond the basic skills required for this project, more advanced techniques will be taught, including: sculptural design and construction, basic setting of small cabochon and faceted stones, fold forming moistened clay, bail design and structure, drying, firing with torch and kiln, final finishing and polishing, repairing both in the green-ware phase and after firing.
Students will learn to fire their projects with a butane torch – safe to do at home. Safety precautions and set up will be reviewed. After firing manual polishing and finishing will be taught.