Classes

Date: June 27, 2015
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class: Fine Silver Rings in a Day
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: All materials and equipment provided.
Tuition: $105
Materials Fee: $39 (Materials fee includes: PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.)
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Description: Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those.

Date: June 28, 2015
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class: Fine Silver Rings in a Day
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: All materials and equipment provided.
Tuition: $105
Materials Fee: $20 (Materials fee includes: fusing art and dichroic glass, bails, and printed instructions.)
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Description: Using dichroic and fusible art glass plus PMC sheet, you will learn how to cut out shapes from the fine silver sheet with paper cutters and scissors, fire and polish them, then incorporate those between colorful fusing glass and fuse them in a kiln to create 2-3 unique, colorful pendants. After attaching a silver bail, your pieces will be ready to take home and enjoy.

Date: August 15, 2015
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class: Silver Reversible Fine Silver Hollow Bead
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: All materials and equipment provided.
Tuition: $105
Materials Fee: $39 (Materials fee includes: one 16gm Pkg. PMC, fire in place stones, use of syringe, paste, and all tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.)
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Description: Make your own unique, fine-silver, reversible lentil or pebble bead pendant and wear it home. Sherry will show you not only the basics of working with Precious Metal Clay Silver, but also how to combine two parts to make a seamless bead using “dry construction.” You can choose to add one or two fire-in-place stones, add texture, or leave it plain like a small river stone. You will work with the clay, syringe and paste. Although Sherry will fire pendants in a small kiln, she will demonstrate firing PMC with a small butane torch in case you wish to continue at home.

Date: August 16, 2015
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class: Silver Metal Clay Mosaic
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: All materials and equipment provided.
Tuition: $105
Materials Fee: $35 (Materials fee includes: one 16gm Pkg. PMC, all tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase.)
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Description: Make a unique fine silver mosaic pendant or earrings using Precious Metal Clay. Learn how to work with the clay, attach multiple small different patterns to the back, make tube bails and go home with a wonderful piece of fine silver jewelry and the knowledge to continue working with PMC in your home. Sherry will teach you to torch fire your pieces and finish them without expensive equipment. Do you like a new technique and material that you can use to create your own beautiful jewelry and is practically instant gratification? Working with Precious Metal Clay can be that material. If you have already worked with PMC, you can use this mosaic technique and add interest to your jewelry.

Date: September 12-13, 2015
Time: 9am – 4pm
Class: Metal Clay Weekend
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: All materials and equipment provided.
Tuition: $200
Materials Fee: $125 (Materials fee includes: PMC3 25 gm. PMC flex 16 gm., PMC3 paste, Pmc3 syringe, PMC sheet, Copperclay 30 gm., bronze clay 30 gm., fine silver bezel cups and stones, dichroic glass cabochon, use of tools and disposables. Extra materials will be available to purchase.)
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Description: The world of metal clay is expanding almost daily! It began with fine silver and gold, but over the past decade has expanded to many base metals including bronze, copper, white copper and even steel!

In this full 2 day weekend you will learn about the different metal clays, including fine silver, copper and fastfire bronze, and how to combine the clays. You will work with all forms of the PMC3 fine silver: clay, syringe, paste and sheet, plus copper and fastfire bronze. We will begin with the basics and progress to more intermediate techniques depending upon your individual knowledge and interest. Some of the techniques will include combining with glass and adding stones, making hinges, braiding, extruding, imbedding or combining different metals, working with shrinkage and making and using molds or textures.

Date: November 1, 2015
Time: 9am – 5pm
Class: Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work
Location: Shake Rag Alley
Address: Mineral Point, WI
Student Supply List: Tools will be provided, but if you have tools, please bring them with you
Tuition: $110
Materials Fee: $25 (Materials fee includes: 9gm fine silver clay, copper or brass metal, rivets and any disposables necessary.)
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Description: Take home a completed pendant or cuff bracelet that combines Precious Metal Clay (PMC) with traditional metal work!

In the morning create your fine silver top piece with PMC, forming, drying and firing your piece to be ready to combine it with sheet metal in the afternoon. If you wish to set a small stone in your piece, you can imbed a fine silver bezel cup.

After lunch you will be introduced to several traditional metal working techniques to highlight your PMC piece. Explore texturing metals using hammers, learn how to make rivets, both standard rivets and tubes rivets and learn how to make integrated bails and S hooks. You’ll then rivet your pieces together. If you have chosen to make a pendant you will form your bail or make an S hook connection for a cord or chain. If you have chosen to make a cuff you will form it.

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