Classes and Workshops
Charm Make and Take Workshop
Setting Fireable Stones in Metal Clay
January 25, 2020
Island Art Gallery, Pawley’s Island, SC
Participants will learn two techniques for setting fireable stones in silver clay, along with other basic skills such as how to roll, cut, texture, refine, fire and polish silver metal clay. The last hour of class you will be introduced to various polishing tools such as a bench polisher, Dremel tool, and tumbler.
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Class Fee.... $75.00
Kit Fee, payable to instructor in class, choice of kit:
*$42.00 includes: 15 grams of silver clay, 4 cubic zirconia, ear wires (2 pair)
*$20.00 includes: 5 grams of silver clay, 2 cubic zirconia, ear wires (1 pair)
About My ClassesAvailable Ideas or Tell Me What You Want To Learn!
I usually teach small groups, 6 - 8 participants, but contact me if you have a larger group. (Adults only, due to safety reasons). The classes run, typically, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and occasionally an extended day or a two day class is required to complete the projects. The cost for instruction and use of lab tools is usually $75.00 per day, except in the case of extended day classes and two day classes. This class Fee is paid at time of registration. An additional Kit/ Materials Fee to cover the clay and other consumable materials will be payable at the time of the class. This Kit Fee is based on the number of projects and the materials needed, ranging from $25.00 to $75.00.
Class dates are either set by me or as requested by interested students. Once a class is scheduled, I will send an e-mail to everyone on my list to share the dates. Don’t hesitate to suggest dates or topics!
Class topics can range from the usual classes I have taught to very specialized sessions that you define. My frequently taught class topics are listed below, but some other possibilities could include focusing on making items for a particular event (weddings, graduations, birthdays, etc.)
Send me a message a firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you’d like to learn! Or check the Class Schedule above for currently scheduled classes.
Metal Clay 101, Silver – All levels – This is an introductory class and much needed if you’ve never taken a metal clay class or if you’ve been away from working with clay and would like a refresher. We will explore the many ways that Metal Clay can be used to create jewelry designed by you! We’ll make pendants, earrings, simple beads, and charms using PMC3 clay. You will fully finish three or four pieces of jewelry in this one day class! The proper techniques and class projects will be demonstrated as the instructor guides you in creating your own jewelry. Torch firing metal clay using a butane torch will also be demonstrated if time permits. Students at all levels of experience are welcome to participate in this metal clay class.
Metal Clay 201, Bronze – All levels – This is the introductory class to take if you’ve never taken a metal clay class or if you’ve been away from working with clay and would like a refresher. The focus will be on the use of base metal clays and how they differ from silver. You will learn many ways that you can use Metal Clay to create jewelry designs of your own. We’ll make pendants, earrings, and charms using Prometheus base metal clays. You will fully finish three or four pieces of jewelry in this one day class! Techniques and projects will be demonstrated and the instructor will help you create the jewelry that you want to make. Torch firing metal clay using a butane torch will also be demonstrated if time permits. Students at all levels of experience are welcome to join this class.
Bracelets with Metal Clay – Intermediate This class focuses on creating bracelets in bronze or copper metal clay. You should have taken a class or have some experience with metal clay to take this class. This class includes an emphasis on making metal clay clasps which is great for those who enjoy making beaded jewelry and setting simple pre-made bezels and stone settings, along with using syringe clay to further embellish your bracelet face.
Setting Stones in Silver Metal Clay – Intermediate Take your jewelry making skills to new levels by learning how to successfully add natural gem stones that can be kiln fired as well as stones that can not be heated. You will learn a variety of ways to set stones and will fully finish a least two pieces of jewelry in this workshop. Additional charges for natural stones are based on actual selections or you can bring your own stones.
Hollow Forms in Metal Clay – Intermediate You will use PMC to make a variety of hollow beads using a combustible core substance such as cork clay, seed pods and others without any core material at all. The materials provided for the class will be sufficient to allow you to experiment with several types of beads, and additional metal clay will be available for purchase if desired. The number of beads made will depend on the size and type of beads as well as the complexity of the forms. All will be done and ready to wear by the end of the day! This class is ideal for people who have been making beaded jewelry and would like to add some hand crafted focal beads.
Textures and Molds for Metal Clay – Beginners This class focuses on creating your own unique textures/molds to use with metal clay. The emphasis is on using scratch foam which has a hand crafted design or image embossed onto it and used to apply textured design to your clay. I will also show you how to make molds using several different types of molding materials and explain the advantages and disadvantages of each.
(No skill needed )
Girls Night Out! (6:30-9:30). Schedule your own and bring a group of friends or watch for a scheduled session and come alone. Leave with a one-of-a-kind pendant or earrings using fine silver metal clay. Learn the basic techniques such as texturing, firing and finishing. You do not have to have any experience or artistic talents! Feel free to bring snacks and/or wine and make it a party!
*Please note that all metal clay can be purchased from the instructor. Recommendation is 10 grams per person. Ear wires, chains, jump rings, etc. are available for purchase at student pricing. All other tools provided!
Primitive Designs. Learn to design and create beautiful, organic and geometric shaped works of art. Using fine silver metal clay, create earrings and embellish with 22k gold plating. A kit fee includes the silver metal clay, 22k Gold Electroplating, findings, along with the use of all tools needed to complete it in class! Class is limited to 6 students!
Jingles and Dangles for Your Arms. Bring on the jingles....using bronze metal clay you will learn create charms from molds made of your own found objects and/or to roll and texture up to five charms.
Art Deco Pendant. This may be the perfect statement piece! And you will design your own! Using White Bronze clay, you will design a unique statement piece as you texture, refine and dry your pendant.
Wrist Collage. In this class, you set a collection of shells, starfish, and other hand formed silver sea life on panels to create a beautiful bracelet!
17 Jul 2019Cancellation Policy
MSB Designs reserves the right to cancel classes due to extreme weather, limited enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely occasion that it is necessary to cancel a class, we will notify registered students by phone or email and refund/credit the full amount.
Registered students may cancel up to 2 weeks in advance without penalty. Registered students may cancel up to 1 week in advance without penalty if the minimum number of attendees is maintained (5 attendees unless otherwise stated).
In the case of no-shows (except in the event of medical emergency and family bereavement) there is a 100% penalty of the entire class fee. However, the payment can be applied to the next class offered at the same venue.