CLASS DESCRIPTION

Join Sue Fisher for a one day introduction to ringmaking with metal clay.

Metal clay is a revolutionary product which comes in an easily manipulated clay form. During kiln firing (some clays can be torch fired) the binders are burnt out and the clay becomes solid metal.

In this class we’ll make ring bands with textures that run seamlessly all the way around the ring - using skeletonised leaves and regular texture sheets to form the pattern. After refining and kiln firing, your rings will be polished and finished so that they’re ready to wear.

The number of rings you’ll be able to make will depend on your finger size, preferred band width and skill level, but all students should be able to complete at least one ring in the time allocated.

This class uses PMC Sterling for its strength since rings are subject to relatively heavy wear. PMC Sterling is .925 sterling silver and must be kiln fired. The techniques covered can be used with other metal clays of suitable strength.

SKILL PREREQUISITE

None, although some experience working with metal clay is an advantage. SJS’s Introduction to Metal Clay and Explore Precious Metal Clay and Project classes are good starting points.

ESSENTIAL TECHNIQUES COVERED

* Making and using ring pellets

* Correct sizing to allow for shrinkage during firing

* Rolling, texturing and cutting metal clay

* Forming, drying and joining the ring band

* Refining: hiding seams, matching patterns, smoothing edges

* Firing using ring pellets

* Burnishing, polishing and finishing

* Discussion of other metal clay ringmaking options such as ring liners and ring bands

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

25g PMC Sterling .925 sterling silver metal clay.

Tuition.

Loan of all tools required for the techniques covered.

Comprehensive notes.


WHAT TO BRING AND MATERIAL FEE

There is no materials fee for this class. Materials are included in your class price.

You are welcome to bring your favourite texture sheets or your own metal clay toolkit if you have these and would like to use them instead of the loan equipment.

GENERAL INFORMATION

WH&S protocols at SJS require all students to wear CLOSED shoes and for long hair to be tied back. We recommend that glasses are worn instead of contact lenses and wearing minimal jewellery due to a studio environment.

PREVIOUS STUDENTS HAVE SAID

This class is being presented for the first time in 2016

metal clay rings
COST $199
DATE May 29
DAY SUNDAY DAY
TIME 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
TEACHER SUE FISHER
VENUE Sydney Jewellery School
SKILL LEVEL open to all levels
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