Metal clay is a jewelry making material that can be used to create jewelry and small decorative objects. Metal clay is made from powdered metal mixed with water and a binder. The binder is usually an organic ingredient used in food additives and is non-allergic, non-toxic and perfectly safe to work with.
Metal clay handles similar to traditional modeling clays, and, when dried, it is transformed into a solid object through a firing process. During firing, the binder is burned away and the metal particles “sinter” into a solid form.
In this workshop, you’ll start with a bit of clay and after texturing, rolling, cutting and kiln firing, end up with fine silver charms and earrings to wear home.
Lissa Flemming, owner of Silverwaves Jewelry and Workshop 46.8°N, is an art jewelry maker, torch slinger and anvil striker. She LOVES to share her jewelry knowledge and inspire creativity in a safe and inspiring atmosphere.
Even if you think you don’t have a creative bone in your body, Lissa will teach, challenge and empower you to find that creativity and make something glorious using the skills she shares during the workshop.
Lissa started her teaching career tutoring Biology during college and later continued coaching kayaking classes and later educating about the natural history of whales and ocean biology during mulit-day kayaking and whale watching adventure trips in Baja’s Gulf of California.
Now she splits time between creating jewelry for her gallery (Silverwaves Jewelry) and teaching at her dedicated jewelry studio (Workshop 46.8°N). She’d love you to join her as she assists you in opening your eyes, hands, and souls to the wonders of jewelry and metal.
– Kiln use
– Use of hand tools specifically for metal clay
– Use of textures, stamps and found objects for texture
– Use of sandpaper, liver of sulfur and metal files for finish work
– Create wrapped loop and head pin to add embellishments
– Make your own earring wires and jump rings from sterling wire to add a bit more bling to your pieces!
– Bring snacks and lunch.
– Enthusiasm and patience (remember you will be learning a billion new and fun skills for the first time—enjoy the moment and BREATH)
– 100% cotton apron (I will also have some to borrow)
– Close-toed studio shoes to wear during workshop. Studio space is very slippery with wet shoes so we recommend leaving those at the door.
– Reading glasses or magnifiers
– Headband, clip or holder to keep your hair back when soldering
– Your own hand tools, drilling station, soldering station, etc if you wish (a lot of people prefer to use their own; I know I do!)
– Notebook and pen/pencil to jot down important ideas, thoughts, etc.
– There will be a tea kettle and complimentary assorted RISHI teas available throughout the workshop.
– We also have sparkling botanicals available for purchase.
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