Thursday, 11 December 2014

New class - soldering on metal clay

Examples of the types of pieces you can learn to make in the class
The silver clay classes are one of my favourite to teach. It’s so magical when someone torch fires their clay for the first time and it turns into silver. One of the things I have noticed while teaching and talking to our students is that many of the metal clayers have no silversmithing experience. It isn’t necessary for making basic metal clay pieces. However, once the metal clay is fired it can be treated in the same way as any silver including hammering, shaping and soldering, so understanding what you can be done with the silver can really broaden horizons.
Soldering is a traditional silversmithing skill that take a bit of practice and know-how but once you’ve got it you can make much more complex pieces.

So I pitched a new one day class to the manager of the jewellery school and she has agreed to try it out! 

In this new one day class, you will learn how to

  • solder earring posts onto stud earrings
  • solder on cufflink backs
  • solder and shape a brooch pin

You will make the studs, cufflinks and brooch out of silver clay and then spend the rest of the class practicing your soldering skills to ensure you have the confidence to do it at home.
You will go home with a new brooch, pair of cufflinks and pair of stud earrings but more importantly you will have the skills to design and make far more complex pieces yourself.

I anticipate that it will be a popular class as it includes skills that people really want to learn. Time will tell!

Click here for more information and to book a place

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