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Introduction to Silver Metal Clay Jewelry
February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Create your own piece of silver jewelry! In this class participants will handle, shape, texture, refine, fire and finish fine silver clay to create a piece of their choice under the guidance of award-winning instructor Kim Rumberger. The goal is to have a piece torch-fired and completed in this one session. No prior experience is needed.
Metal Clay is a compound made of recycled, powdered metal (in this case, silver), a plant-based non-toxic binder, and water. When the binder is burned off, using a kiln or kitchen torch, the powder becomes solid metal. Metal clay comes in many forms, including silver, bronze, brass, and steel.
Metal clay holds textures and details beautifully and handles very much like ceramic clay. It can be sculpted, shaped, drilled and carved. Finished pieces can also have a patina applied to beautifully enhance the details. Because this is the purest form of silver, without any other metals added, the pieces are also tarnish-resistant, and hallmarked as .999 Silver.
Silver Clay will be available for purchase from Kim at the time of the class for $3 per gram and is not included in the tuition fee. Students typically use 6 to 10 grams of clay, but this is variable based on the piece the student decides to create.