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Fine Silver Metal Clay Class: create jewelry, beads + buttons

FINE SILVER METAL CLAY CLASS
Instructor Jenny Vestal is a wonderful local artist who will show you how to shape and texture the metal clay, then fire it with a small butane torch. Create handmade buttons, jewelry and shawl pins from fine silver metal clay.

These clays are microscopic metal particles held together with an organic binder. They can be formed as any clay can... then when fired, the binders burn away and the metal particles fuse, resulting in beautiful objects of solid silver and bronze. 

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Class fees are $50 / $55 and include all materials and tools you'll need to get started on your metal projects. (Instruction is $15 for DMS members; $20 for non-DMS members. Materials are $35 and after the class, you can take your materials home to do more projects on your own!)
Materials include:
9 grams of metal clay
plastic palette tray with wells brush
2 oz spray bottle
needle tool to cut clay
lidded jar
plastic work surface
brass brush for polishing
abrasive polishing papers
polish pad
roller

METAL CLAY INTRO CLASS - TORCH FIRING

INTRO
Description of metal clay, characteristics
Tools needed
HANDLING THE CLAY
cutting the clay
drying and finishing
repairing clay in greenware stage
make two test bars
HANDLING THE TORCH
What happens during firing process
Safety issues
Firing the clay
Demo
Help students fire
FINISHING THE CLAY
Brush
Progression of sanding papers
Pro polish and Sunshine cloth
Burnishing
CREATING A LARGER PIECE
Roll out a piece, add texture and fire
Can make a pendant, charm, earrings, or button. (Instructor will have cords, jumprings, keychains and earring wires for purchase, so students can use their pieces right away)
If there is time we will add a Patina with a Liver of Sulfur solution.
Students will make
*2 test pieces one will be melted as an example (can be recycled in later projects)
one can become a pendant or charm
*a textured piece
will learn how to roll, cut, sand and finish

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