Precious metal clay – earrings or brooch with Christina Hirst


Ref: S1D11142


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About this course

Create a pair of earrings or brooch using precious metal clay and simple wire forming techniques.

Course Description

Make a pair of earrings or brooch inspired by nature as you are introduced to the creative use of Precious Metal Clay (PMC). The project is designed to enable not only complete beginners to produce a piece of jewellery, but also demonstrate the interesting properties of PMC to those with more advanced knowledge of jewellery making.

You will focus on one aspect of PMC – its ability to be fused onto wire structures to create whole pieces without the need for soldering. Using simple wire forming techniques you will construct sections for a pair of earrings or a brooch to which you will then add PMC. Once fired the pieces will be finished using simple techniques such as burnishing and patination.

Precious Metal Clay lends itself to organic forms and textures and you will be encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas using nature as the inspiration for your pieces.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • 10g of Fine Silver Precious Metal Clay and wire necessary to make pieces.

What students need to bring

  • Natural inspiration, flowers, seed heads etc
  • Sketchbook with possible ideas
  • Pens and pencils
  • Basic jewellery tools, pliers, wire cutters and wax modelling tools but only if you have them
  • Apron, suitable shoes (with enclosed toes), something to tie long hair back.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sterling silver wire and sheet.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra Precious Metal Clay over 10g and fine silver wire in excess of 20cm can be bought from the tutor for an additional charge.


Christina Hirst

Christina Hirst is a jewellery designer maker based in Edinburgh. She trained at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD) gaining a Master of Design by research, for a study of the then new material, Precious Metal Clay. For the last 10 years she has taught on the Jewellery and Metal Design degree course at DJCAD.

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