Metal clay is a relatively new material to the jewelry-making world. It is made up of tiny particles of fine silver, water, and a non-toxic organic binder. It comes in three forms: clay, paste and syringe-type that can be used both for construction and decoration. Pieces are formed using simple hand tools, then dried and fired in a kiln. The resulting fine silver elements (99.99% silver) are about 10% smaller than the unfired originals. After firing, the fine silver pieces can be filed, sawed, sanded, polished, and/or soldered. Such elements can also be re-fired multiple times if additions to the original pieces are desired.
Although the working process is readily accessible, it is possible to create sophisticated jewelry with this material. In this workshop, students will make a bracelet of a number of panels that will be joined together with jump rings. Each bracelet will reflect the style of its maker, so each will be unique.
We will explore a variety of construction and decorative techniques as we build the panels. These will include ways to pattern the metal clay, to determine sizes for the panels and for the toggle clasp that will close the bracelet, to create structurally sound filigree using the syringe, to place and drill holes for jump rings, and to fire and finish the pieces. Approaches to decoration will include stone setting, appliqué, pearl setting, patination and keum-boo (the application of 24K gold foil to fine silver).
BIO: Jonna Faulkner has been working with metal clay since 1999. She is certified in both the Art Clay Silver (Senior level) and Rio Rewards Precious Metal Clay programs. She is a contributing artist to Art Clay Silver and Gold by Jackie Truty, Exceptional Works in Metal Clay and Glass by Mary Ann Devos, the Art and Design of Metal Clay Jewelry and More 2009 by Holly Gage, and Fired Crafts magazine. She currently teaches workshops in metal clay at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program as well as at other venues in California and elsewhere. She also teaches out of her home studio in San Diego, CA. Her work has been sold at a number of fine craft shows and galleries.
SKILL LEVEL: All Levels. Age 17+
WORKSHOP FEES: $150 ADC Members/$175 Non-Members