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 precious metal clay; 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 precious metal clay. 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 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.
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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