Now Enrolling for 2020

Jewelry Making & Design | An Introduction to Silver Metal Clay

February 5, 2020 - March 11, 2020

$300

Wednesdays  9:30am–12:30pm |  6 Weekly Sessions

Local Jeweler JJ Singh will open her studio to new beginning students interested in exploring the world of metal clay and its design possibilities. The 6-week, intensive introduction to silver metal clay* will cover basic techniques including rolling, stamping, cutting, forming, sanding and finishing. Projects will include constructing a hollow form pendant, designing and making custom clasps and connections, hand carved rings, and more.  The materials fee is $125 and includes complete silver metal clay toolkit and 25g of silver. Additional silver may be required and can be purchased in class.

Register through the Great Falls School of Art.

 

Metal Clay and Beyond - Intermediate / Advanced

February 10th - March 16th 2020

Monday's  9:30am–12:30pm |  6 Weekly Sessions
Prerequisite: Metal Clay I or equivalent experience

This class will explore more advanced techniques that benefit from the new development in flexible metals clays. We will practice multiple stone setting techniques, custom bezel construction, and new approaches to follow forms.  We will introduce Apoxie Sculpt* and explore its many uses to embellish metal clay jewelry and create pave designs using rhinestones and embedded objects. We will also introduce Lisa Pavelka’s Magic Gloss * product for use with decorative foils, gold leaf, and glass shards. Experience working with metal clay in a pre-requisite.

Cost is $300 for the class and a $95 materials fee which includes 1 pack of metal clay (25 grams). More metal clay can be purchased in class as needed.

Register through the Great Falls School of Art.

 

  • Apoxie® Sculpt is a non-toxic, two-part sculptural epoxy ideal for creating pavé jewelry designs. Combining the sculpting benefits of clay with the adhesive power of epoxy, Apoxie Sculpt epoxy secures Swarovski flat back and chaton crystal rhinestones for sparkling jewelry creations. Also adheres to cabochons, crystals, glass, plastic, metal, wood and more.

 

  • Magic-Glos® is a one-step top coat for sealing and protecting polymer clay and other craft masterpieces. The non-toxic, odor-free dimensional gloss dries crystal clear with direct sunlight or UV light for a waterproof finish. Mix with glitter, dried flowers and other materials to add dimension to designs

 

 

We also offer seasonal classes in Precious Metal Clay in our Northern Virginia Studio. Please call 703-216-6726 or email us for more information and scheduling.

Introduction to Bronze Metal Clay – 

Local Jeweler JJ Singh will open her studio, simultaneously, to 3 new beginning students and 3 continuing education students interested in exploring the world of metal clay and its design possibilities. The 6-week, intensive introduction to silver metal clay* will cover basic techniques including rolling, stamping, cutting, forming, sanding and finishing. Projects will include constructing a hollow form pendant, designing and making custom clasps and connections,  hand carved rings, and more.

Materials fee is $95 and includes complete silver metal clay toolkit and 25g of silver. Additional silver can be purchased at market pricing. 

Class Fee $300

 

Independent Study Design Studio

(Prerequisite is Introduction to Metal Clay I or similar experience)

Students will have access to the studio tools and equipment while they pursue independent creative projects with guidance from the instructor. Students need to bring their own tool kit from previous classes. 

Intro to Jewelry Design with Metal Clay - A beginning level 6 week course (class meets once a week) covering an introduction to Precious Metal Clay. Students will make between 3-5 projects including earrings, a ring, and a pendant.


Intermediate Jewelry Design with Metal Clay - An intermediate level 6 week course (class meets once a week) going deeper into techniques of metal clay. Students will make between 3-5 projects including cuff links, bracelets, hollow form objects, and beads.


Workshops:

Earring Envy - A beginner workshop in earring design. Students will make a pair of fine silver earrings using precious metal clay. Class covers the use of texture plate, cutting, forming, sanding, firing, and finishing.


Introduction to Bronze Clay - A beginner workshop exploring the use of bronze clay. Bronze clay is significantly less expensive than silver clay, so students can try more techniques without the associated cost of silver.

Private Classes:

Earring and Wine: We also offer private classes for small groups upon request. Gather up to 5 friends and come make your own earrings while sipping on wine an appetizers. Call 703-216-6726 for more information or send us a message!