PM1: Creative Silver Modelling

MC100XP - Precious Metals I

Precious Metals: Powder Metallurgy

Precious metals powder metallurgy has revolutionized the jewellery-making process. Called ‘metal clays’ these powdered metal mixtures are initially as soft as clay. After they are fired, however, they become metal such as Pure Silver, 22k Gold, Bronze and Copper. The speed and creative options presented by metal clays have captivated a large international following of both jewellery artists and industry professionals. " Academy of Jewelry & Art " maintains an excellent relationship with the manufacturers of these amazing products and exclusively offers its students the most up-to-date techniques regarding their use.

Metal Clay use is both an art and a science, allowing students to focus on creative expression instead of outdated techniques or expensive tools. Students are given instruction and then, with expert advice and guidance, immediately begin to design and create pure silver pieces that incorporate multiple techniques and unique design possibilities...


PM1: MC100XP1

MC100xp1: Precious Metals I

Creative Silver Modeling Techniques

Learn by Creating:
Through a series of ten learning projects, learn and practice important skills needed to produce jewellery worthy of display in any upmarket retail venue. This course focuses on mastery of 999 silver clay and covers:

Introduction to Metal Clays and their Design Possibilities
Understand the varieties of metal clay available, learn about firing alternatives and special techniques for modelling with each. Create unique designs using clay-type, syringe type and paste-type materials. Create rings, pendants, brooches and earrings.

Gemstone Settings and Jewellery Findings
Learn how to use gemstone heads to set gemstones using prongs in any design. Create custom bezels to securely attach a wider variety of gem shapes & styles. Use special setting methods to incorporate pearls into your creations. Permanently connect jewellery findings such as brooch backs & earring pins.

Hollow and Intricate Design Styles
Form syringe-type clays into intricate patterns or large, lightweight designs and use core cork clay to produce large hollow shapes that are both robust and cost effective. Use carving skills to add intricacy to designs and combine clay types to add texture.

Superior Finishing Techniques
Explore satin and ultra-smooth mirror finishing techniques using both hand- & power-tools. Create antique patinas in a rainbow of colours. Remove scratches & master use of files & sanding tools.

Course Duration:

40 hours
(7 weeks, 1 day/week or 14 weeks, 1 half-day/week)

Course Fees:

US$ 2,500

Instructor: Frank Wuenstel