This is a fun yet informative workshop teaching the basic techniques of designing with P.M.C. through demonstration, you will learn how to work with the clay, creating your design, making and attaching a bail, finishing and firing techniques. Your class fee includes using the classroom tools and the firing of your design in the kiln.
After taking the introduction class, you will build on the technique learned in your beginner’s class. Examples of advanced classes include creating a hollow bead, designing a ring, prong or bezel setting a stone. These classes take more than one day to complete. Fee includes the use of all classroom tools and kiln firing.
Metal clay is a medium consisting of microscopic particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for making jewelry, beads, and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways, such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove, depending on the type of clay and the metal in it. The binder burns away, leaving the pure sintered metal. Shrinkage of between 8% and 30% occur (depending on the product used).