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Best of Both – Silver metal clay textures and soldered construction (2 days)

February 29 @ 10:00 am - March 1 @ 4:30 pm

Cdn $190.00

Course outline: While silver metal clay is a wonderful material to work with, on occasion it is simply easier to use traditional metal work techniques to achieve a design. This class will focus on how to combine wonderfully textured metal clay elements in traditional metalwork designs. No longer worry about calculating shrinkage rates in rings, or whether a bezel will shrink too much and no longer fit the stone intended for the design.

Students will create textured metal clay components on the first day of the class, and project planning will be discussed. The second day will involve soldering, any stone setting or soldered embellishments as well as metal polishing and finishing. Ring or pendant projects are welcome.

This is a two day class and will be held Saturday, February 29, 10:00am – 5:00pm; and Sunday, March 1, 11:00am – 4:30pm

Skill level: Beginner

Prerequisite: N/A

Technique: This class will cover strategies for combining silver metal clay, and traditional metal smithing techniques such as soldering, stone setting, and metal polishing.

Bring to class: some tools will be available in the metal studio

  • 20 grams Silver metal clay (either fine silver or 950 enriched sterling are acceptable)
  • Metal clay tools including texture sheets, slats and a roller
  • Fine silver bezel wire, or Fine Silver 3.25 mm Round Wire (that will be rolled out into bezel wire during the class). The length required is cabochon-specific, and so the material does not necessarily need to be purchased before the class.
  • Cabochon or other unique gem (Cabochons should not be more than 25mm in diameter, or be less than 4mm. The material of the cabochon could be made from stone, glass, enamel, or ceramic. No plastic, please.)
  • Recommended tools will be discussed during the class, but students should feel free to bring any metalsmithing tools they may already have such as files, or jewellery pliers. Class tools will be available for use within the metal studio.
  • Flat bezel-pusher (no groove on the tip)
  • Burnisher
  • Fine needle files (4-cut is preferred)
  • Sketchbook and pencil
  • Optional: Visual aids such as optivisors or magnifying glasses
  • Optional: Feel free to bring personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, or particle masks.
  • As these are full-day classes, please bring a lunch or snack. Coffee and cold drinks will be available.

Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching the patterns you receive from the classes you take.

How to Register and Cancellation Policy: see details below.

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Start:
February 29 @ 10:00 am
End:
March 1 @ 4:30 pm
Cost:
Cdn $190.00
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Location

BeadFX
BeadFX, 19 Waterman Ave, Unit 2
Toronto, Ontario M4B 1Y2 Canada
Phone:
+1-416-751-1911

How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.