Fall Class Schedule

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a versatile material that consists of silver (or copper or bronze or gold) particles embedded in an organic binder.  The material is malleable, and can be shaped, textured, or carved.  Once dry, the PMC is fired with a torch or in a kiln, burning off the binder and allowing the silver particles to bind together, resulting in a stunning piece of 99.9% fine silver!  In this class, you’ll learn to work with PMC3 (fine silver) to create a pair of earrings and a pendant, or two pendants (your choice).  We’ll cover texturing, shaping, drying, sanding, firing, burnishing, adding a patina, and polishing. You will be provided with a supply list and resources to help you pursue this fun medium further in your home.  The materials fee covers the cost of 16 grams of PMC3, use of class tools, a chain and earwires so you can wear your jewelry out the door!

Saturday, September 23
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a lunch break (BYOL)
Cost: $115 (includes 16 g PMC3 and sterling findings)
Location: Bozeman
Call 220-2082 to register.

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Sunday, October 22
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a lunch break (BYOL)
Location: Livingston
Call 222-5222 to register.

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Saturday, October 28
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a lunch break (BYOL)
Location: Bozeman
Call 220-2082 to register.

Introduction to Copper Enameling
Enameling is the ancient art of sifting colored, powdered glass onto metal, and fusing it under the heat of a torch or kiln.  This technique is super fun, and produces dynamic, colorful jewelry!  In this class, you’ll start with recycled copper or precut copper shapes, and learn to safely coat them with enamels.  We’ll cover cleaning the metal, layering colors, line application, stenciling, and wet-packing. The class fee covers the use of class tools and supplies, a dust mask, a chain and ear wires so you can wear your jewelry out the door!
Sunday, September 24
1:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: Bozeman
Cost: $85 (includes all materials)
Call 220-2082 to register.

Advanced Projects in Precious Metal Clay
Construct a beautiful silver ring from precious metal clay!  Learn to acheive your desired ring size and to form strong ring with minimal to no seam.  Learn multiple approaches for adding gemstones to your PMC creations, depending on the type of stone and design requirements.  We’ll cover adding stones that can be fired in the kiln as well as accommodating stones that cannot withstand the heat of the kiln.  Learn to make a bezel that can be incorporated into your silver design and built to secure a non-fireable stone.  Construct a hollow form pendant with smooth connections. The materials fee covers the cost of 50 grams of PMC3, use of class tools, gemstones, and sterling findings.
Prerequisite: Introduction to Precious Metal Clay
Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BYOL)
Location: Bozeman
Cost: $285
Call 220-2082 to register.

Introduction to Metalsmithing
Learn foundational metalsmithing skills while creating a unique pendant!  We’ll cover tool use, sawing, piercing, filing, drilling, rivets, texturing, and patinas.  Cost covers all materials needed, including base metals.
Saturday, October 21 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BYOL)
Location: Livingston
Cost: $95
Call 220-2082 to register.