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Advanced Metal Clay - Diploma in Silver Metal Clay Proficiency Grade 3

This is a two day silver metal clay class.

You will make a minimum of six silver items using metal clay. You'll make at least three pairs of earrings, two brooches and a silver box bead.

Skills covered include:-

* Making your own textures and tools
* Construction and assembly
* Making beads using flat slab construction
* Adding real gold to your work
* Liver of Sulphur patina
* Torch and kiln firing
* Advantages and uses of different versions of metal clay

Box Bead

Highlights of the class include two different methods of adding gold to your metal clay jewellery, achieving a mirror finish, embedding and firing sterling silver and constructing hollow forms from flat slabs. Students will also learn the ancient art of Keum Boo to add gold foil to your silver jewellery and how to achieve beautiful patina colours with liver of sulphur.

Silver work elements include soldering sterling silver jump rings and a brooch pin, making sterling silver earring hooks, making sterling silver studs, polishing, burnishing and patinas.

Keum Boo Earrings



Grade 3 projects

All the Grade 3 Projects

gold painted earrings

The Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery designed the very first independent qualification for working with Metal Clay which has been running since 2007.

If you want to teach classes or work seriously with metal clay, this is currently the most thorough training you can get anywhere in the world.

The Diploma in Silver Metal Clay Proficiency is free from any association with marketing, discounts or any particular supplier or brand. Therefore it is the first truly independent qualification and sets the new standard for excellence within the metal clay world.

The course is recognised by the PMC Guild International and in fact the grades of competency greatly exceed the minimum requirements suggested by the PMC Guild.

Gaining this Diploma shows a high level of commitment to your work. It will add credibility to your CV and the Competency Certificates will act as a record of your achievements along the way. Upon completion of the full Diploma your name will be registered and displayed on the Diploma Graduates page of the Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery website.

Upon completion of all four grades, artists will be entitled to use the registered letters after their names. For example, Mary Maker, MCSJ Dip. MC

Read FAQ's about our Silver Clay Diploma here

Your tutor for this class will be Lisa Cain

Mirror Finished Brooch

Things to consider before booking this course...

This course is only suitable for advanced students who have attended the Silver Metal Clay Diploma Grade 1 or have completed the Silver Metal Clay Home Study Grade 1 Diploma course and also attended the Silver Metal Clay Diploma Grade 2 class.

It is part of the Diploma in Silver Metal Clay Proficiency which has four grades. On successful completion of this course you are eligible to go on to the Silver Metal Clay Diploma Grade 4 Teaching course or Silver Metal Clay Diploma Grade 4 Design and Construction course.

All elements must be completed to the required standards, this is rigorously applied.

Occasionally the class days are longer than scheduled but this is usually under an hour.

The price of this course includes all materials and fees so there are no hidden costs. As long as you work small and follow the tutor instructions and guidance, you will not have to buy more clay to complete the grade.

The skills you learn on this course are the basic metal clay skills required by anyone undertaking the Metal Clay Master's Registry.

This Grade is also available as a Home Study Course. Please note, if you intend to apply to the MCSJ Diploma Support Centre Programme, you MUST attend all Grades of the Diploma in person in Cornwall. Home Study Diploma graduates are not eligible to apply for the Diploma Support Centre Programme.

To see what people who have taken this course say - click here

Please read the FAQ's about our Silver Clay Diploma here so you fully understand what to expect

Got questions about this jewellery making course?

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