Creative use of precious metal clay with Christina Hirst


Ref: S3D11143

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About this course

Explore the possibilities of precious metal clay using the organic forms and textures of nature as inspiration. You will be encouraged to develop your own ideas in this versatile material to create jewellery.

Course Description

This course will focus on the creative use of Precious Metal Clay’s (PMC) unique properties. It will also focus on PMC's ability to take on texture and be easily manipulated with basic tools, fusing other metals into it to create jewellery without soldering and making hollow forms. Suitable for all levels, the course is designed to enable not only complete beginners to produce jewellery, but also to demonstrate the interesting properties of PMC to those with advanced knowledge of jewellery making.

You will explore the unique properties of PMC: it’s ability to take on rich texture and be freely modelled and carved with basic tools, it’s ability to be fused onto wire structures to create whole pieces without the need for soldering and the ability to make fully enclosed hollow forms in metal.

PMC lends itself to organic forms and textures, and so you will be encouraged to explore and develop your own ideas using nature as the inspiration for your pieces. Over the three days, you will have the time to create a number of jewellery pieces, developing skills to texture, model and carve PMC and using simple techniques to form wire and sheet. Once your pieces are fired, you will use simple techniques to finish and patinate them.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • 17.8g of PMC and up to 10g of fine silver.

What students need to bring

  • Please note 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, something to tie hair back if long

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sterling silver wire and sheet.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Extra Precious Metal Clay over 17.8g and fine silver wire in excess of 10g can be bought from the tutor for an additional charge. The tutor will also bring to sell, extra
Please note: Practical clothing/apron/footwear for use in the workshop at all times. For example: no long loose sleeves or dangly jewellery and long hair must be tied back to avoid catching in machinery or gas flames; shoes should not have high heels or open toes.


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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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