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Here you can find currently scheduled classes, plus a general synopsis, or descriptive menu, of the types of classes offered, including Art Clay Certification classes. All classes, including certification classes, are available “On-Demand” by contacting me to arrange a date and time. Private lessons can also be scheduled... please contact me for details.
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Metal Clay Class Offerings
Metal Clay is a revolutionary new technology in jewelry making. This new material consists of microscopic particles of metal, such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper, mixed with an organic binder and water. It is worked like any soft modeling clay and, when dry, can be fired with a handheld torch, in a kiln, or on a gas stovetop. The binder burns away, leaving you with a solid piece of pure metal and a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Beginning Silver Clay (on demand only)
If you are interested in working with metal clay or have lost confidence in your ability to create with it, this class is for you...it’s a 3-hour introduction/refresher that will provide you with the basic skills for successfully shaping, forming, joining and finishing your metal clay work.
Beginning Bronze/Copper Clay (on demand only)
In this 3-hour introduction, you'll get hands-on experience using powdered or regular base metal clay, while creating a basic design in earrings or a pendant. You'll also learn how to fire and finish your base metal creations.
Add pizzazz to your metal clay creations with the sparkle of dichroic glass. In this class, you’ll learn how to design metal clay jewelry using dichroic glass as a focal point. Projects will be based on configuration of the glass shape and form. Discussion includes glass compatibility and firing schedules.
Enamels are finely ground glass particles that can add beautiful color to your finished metal clay pieces. In this class, you’ll make a base piece out of silver or copper clay and then get hands-on experience with several enameling applications, including sifting and wet-packing. Discussion includes appropriate safety measures and firing techniques.
These classes explore the construction of various hollow forms, including boxes, vessels, and beads. Depending on the type of hollow form desired, armatures, templates, or core materials are used to create the shape, or flat slabs of clay are constructed with pieces joined at the seams. Please consult the calendar for individual class offerings.
Introduction to Metal Work
In this one day class, you will learn the skills you need for working with sheet metal and wire. Class projects will cover basic techniques, including sawing, filing, drilling, piercing, wire rivets, and hammer skills. The skills you learn in this class can also be used when working with finished pieces of metal clay.
Keum-Boo is an ancient Korean technique used to bond gold onto silver. Today, this technique is also used to bond gold foil to silver clay. In this class, you’ll create earrings and/or a pendant, while learning several techniques for applying this stunning richness of color to your finished metal clay creations.
These classes focus on specialty techniques and/or projects for metal clay. Class techniques include hinges, clasps, carving, mixed metals, polymer and metal clay combinations, textures and embellishments, and origami. Project classes require some basic experience in metal clay. Please consult the calendar for individual class offerings.
From inside the pantry to outside in the desert, organic materials provide fabulous shapes and textures for metal clay work. In this class, you can choose anything from cereal to leaves or cactus skeletons as a base for your metal clay creations. You’ll learn how to achieve the correct consistency of Art Clay Silver Paste to effectively cover your project, as you also learn how to apply multiple layers of paste so that your piece maintains its integrity after firing.
The photopolymer plate process uses UV light to create custom texture plates from photocopied images of personal or copyright-free art. These plates are then used like a rubber stamp to impress designs into metal clay. In this class, you’ll learn how to create and "cure" photopolymer images and then use those images to texture your metal clay creations.
Spice up your metal clay creations with easy to use Art Clay resin gel. Unlike other resins, there are no fussy measurements or mess, and you won’t have to wait hours or days to finish your piece...this resin cures in a matter of minutes under UV light. In this class, you'll get lots of tips and tricks for using resin and other embellishments to add interest to your creations.
The shrinkage factor of metal clay often makes ring sizing problematic. In this class you will learn how to size both flat band and rolled shank rings, as well as learn tips and techniques for successfully sealing seams so that they do not come apart in the firing process. You will make one of several ring designs and adorn it with metal clay and/or syringe embellishments.
Add some zing to your metal clay creations with an interesting cabochon or faceted stone. In this hands-on class, you will learn how to make several different types of bezels for stones that can be fired with your piece, plus you’ll get lots of information on setting heat-sensitive stones that cannot be kiln fired and/or that have odd shapes.
Learning to use a syringe can be a challenge, whether you are extruding a line or adding a decorative design to a bead. In this class, you will learn to master the syringe while creating pieces that showcase various syringe techniques, including birds nest bezels, filigree, and skeleton designs.
This technique uses high gloss paper and polymer clay to create low relief textural designs perfect for use with metal clay. It also provides a great surface for the application of gold foil (keum boo). In this class, you’ll make some tearaway plates and then use them to create some uniquely textured metal clay pieces.
Traditional metal etching is a tedious process involving hazardous acids. The same unique result is now possible using water to wear away the surface of the metal (clay). In this class, you will create an etched piece of metal clay while learning about depth of design, types of resist materials, application techniques, and finishing options.
Art Clay Certification - Level 1
The Level 1 curriculum consists of seven projects taught over 24 hours of instruction and covers a variety of techniques, including use of organic forms, creating flat and round-shank rings, addition and firing of gemstones, creating a mirror finish, and much more. The course provides an in-depth knowledge of Art Clay, along with general and technical information about its products and uses.
Upon successful completion of the course, you are entitled to:
Art Clay Certification - Senior
The Senior Certification course is designed to provide advanced techniques as well as a creative challenge for individuals who have completed Level One or Crossover Certification. The curriculum consists of six projects taught over 32 hours of instruction and includes the incorporation of gold foil and fine silver bezel wire, in addition to introducing the use of three-dimensional design. Successful completion of this course entitles you to apply for Senior Instructor status.
Upon approval by Art Clay World, you will be entitled to:
37% discount on Art Clay Silver Series products
Teach all levels of Art Clay courses, including certification classes
Metal Clay Exploration
A 4-week or 6-week series of classes in which students get to explore beginning to advanced techniques in either silver or base metal clay. These classes are self-paced and all skill levels are welcome. Students will choose from a variety of projects and work time will focus on developing the skills necessary to master the required techniques. The spirit of these sessions is to expand individual levels of expertise in a collaborative and creative environment.