Course Overview


Spring term: Tuesday 21 January – Tuesday 24 March 2020


10 Tuesday evening sessions 18.00-21.00


Grainne Reynolds



Learn how to design and make your own unique, stunning silver jewellery!

This beginners’ course is designed for people who wish to learn how to make pure silver jewellery using metal (silver) clay. It is an introductory course, which is intended for those who have never used metal clay before.

It is ideal, not only for those people who have never made any jewellery before at all, but also for those who have some experience of traditional silver-smithing methods using sterling silver, and wish to develop some completely different techniques to complement their existing skills and knowledge.

Metal clay is a substance consisting of tiny silver particles held together with an organic binder and water. This renders the silver into a clay-like substance. When the clay is fired (with a gas torch or in a kiln) the binder burns away and you are left with solid silver. This is purer than sterling silver and can be hallmarked.

One of the great advantages of working in metal clay is that it is relatively easy to continue working at home after the class without a big investment, as you don’t need many tools or specialist equipment.

Each session will cover a specific area, with examples, and will be followed by a practical mini brief to enhance your design and practical skills.


  • Rolling out the clay to a consistent thickness
  • Mould-making
  • Texturing and cutting out shapes
  • Sanding, polishing and burnishing
  • Torch firing and basics of kiln firing
  • Use of syringe paste
  • Basic stone-setting