Silver clay is magical, it contains fine silver particles – recycled from the car manufacturing industry – embedded into a binder so is both shiny and environmentally friendly. It enables you the flexibility of moulding clay, the ease of adding textures to create unique pieces of jewellery, whilst also offering you the beauty of fine (hallmarkable) silver once fired, a real cheat for frustrated silversmiths.
There is around £60 worth of materials included in the course fee, giving you the chance to make 2 to 3 pieces of jewellery.
We’ll be looking at two different techniques during this class.
- Making a silver leaf using silver paste
- Creating a piece of jewellery that incorporates fireable gemstones.
- Adding patina
Suitable for beginners and improvers. £60 worth of materials included.
Tutor: Toni Peers
Toni Peers has been teaching crafts at a variety of venues for over 15 years as part of her craft business called Curly Girly Crafts. She has achieved the level 3 Education and Training Award for teaching.
During lockdown Toni has completed level 1 to 3 of the Mitsubishi PMC Certification (silver clay) as well as the Camp PMC 101 qualification, she and she is now a PMC ® Instructor. Toni is also working towards an art therapy introduction certification as she has found art and good mental health to be natural partners. Toni has vast experience in running a variety of classes including, Encaustic Art, Enamelling, Felt Making, Flamework (making glass beads) and Silver Clay. Toni enjoys teaching tailored classes at her home studio as well as working with larger groups at venues such as Flatford Mill where students can take inspiration from the beautiful surroundings. Toni has been accepted into the Guild of Essex Craftsmen for her skills in Enamelling and Encaustic Art, she is also part of the Encaustic art teaching network and the Enameller’s Guild. Where possible Toni promotes being as eco-friendly as she can, using recycled silver (PMC and Art clay), lead-free enamels and FSC friendly card, tissues and packaging for her work. Her website is www.curly-girly.co.uk
Before You Attend
What to Bring
£60 of silver clay materials are included in the fee but if you have any textures, leaves etc. you want to include you can bring those but this is not essential. Toni will bring some findings (e.g. ear wires) to purchase if needed on the day.
Toni will be in contact via the Field Studies Council before the class so if you have any specific questions do address them so she can try to help as much as she can.