Precious Metal Clay – an introduction with Sarah Macrae

Jewellery

Ref: S1D11590

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About this course

Invented in the early 1990s, precious metal clay (PMC) is soft and malleable and can be shaped, impressed and textured with simple tools and natural materials. You will gain a good basic understanding of its properties through making a textured pendant and pair of earrings.

Course Description

PMC or precious metal clay is a fascinating material comprising of fine particles of pure silver mixed with an organic binder invented by the Japanese company Mitsubishi in the early 1990s. Soft and malleable, it can be shaped, impressed and textured with simple tools and natural materials. After kiln firing the finished piece is pure assayable quality silver.

This one day course introduces the basic processes of working with PMC – its advantages and its limitations. You will gain a good basic understanding of its properties through making a textured pendant and pair of earrings. Everyone will complete at least one finished piece of jewellery.

This course is part of our 50th anniversary celebrations – learn a traditional skill with a selection of 50 special one-day courses inspired by original 1970s subjects or focusing on heritage crafts.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • On this course the College and tutor will supply all of the materials including basic pack of tools including a rolling mat, rollers, spacers and precious metal clay to the value of £60.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.

Tutors

Sarah Macrae

Sarah graduated Brighton Polytechnic in 1981 and has combined her studio practice as a jeweller with teaching part time. A member of The Designer Jewellers Group, she has exhibited at the Barbican Arts Centre (London) for the last twenty eight years. In 2000 Sarah was invited to write an introduction to Jewellery for Crowood Press and she features in several youtube videos. Sarah's work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.

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