What is a Metal Clay Charm Class

What is a Metal Clay Charm Class

On Saturday 22nd October, back by popular demand, we’re kicking off round two of our newest workshop at Silver Works Dublin, the Metal Clay Charm Class. We spoke to our resident Metal Clay expert, Jane to fill you in on everything you need to know about the Metal Charm Class. 

Get ready to have some fun and let your playful side shine in this workshop. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Saturday 22nd October. We guarantee you won’t want to miss this and we know how many of you had FOMO last time.

 

First up, what is metal clay?

  • Metal clay is a really magical medium to work with. Through heat, it turns from clay that can be shaped and stamped into solid silver.
  • You will start the class playing with a practice clay so you’ll have plenty of time to play and practice for your final design.
  • Then we move on to the metal clay itself and you will begin working on your two charms. 
  • At each step along the way, we will explain the process of turning your design into a final product you get to take home with you.
  • You get to pick what textures and stamps to add to your charms. Then, when the clay is dry, you will sand the pieces ready for the teacher to fire. You can watch the firing process and learn how to do this crucial part of the process. Once the piece has cooled down you will be handed back your final design that has now transformed into metal.
  • After that, we work on filing and polishing your charms, so they are ready to wear.

 

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What do you love most about working with metal clay? 

Metal clay is truly magical. It starts life as a soft clay and then you can turn it into fine silver metal before your very eyes. I never get tired of that process. The possibilities of working with metal clay are endless – you can shape by hand, cut out shapes using templates and cutters, add textures from so many things including natural things such as leaves, you can set stones directly in the clay, you can carve out a design in the dried clay – honestly, this is only the tip of the iceberg. There is always something new to learn.

I love the fact that there is no waste and every piece of dry clay even the clay dust can be recycled and made into fresh clay. It is relatively easy to do at home too and doesn’t require any large expensive equipment.

Even though the medium is playful and exciting the final product is a fine silver (999) piece that is hallmark quality.

 

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Who is the class best suited to?

The class is suitable for beginners who have an interest in learning the basic steps of working with metal clay. It just takes an open mind to be playful and a bit of patience to finesse your piece. It’s a great class to do with friends too or as a group as you can personalise your piece and it is something you will all remember doing together.

 

What are you most excited about teaching the class? 

I am most excited about spreading the word for metal clay and introducing new people to this craft. Whether you are a complete beginner who wants to make the charms for yourself or are already a jeweller who is intrigued to learn a new skill I can’t wait to meet everyone.

There aren’t many places in Ireland that teach metal clay so it’s exciting to add this class to Silverworks already packed programme of classes.

 

What advice would you give to someone on the fence about booking a class?

Give it a go you won’t be disappointed. The class is a 3-hour experience so not a massive investment time wise or financial. 

Plus, at the end of the class, you will have two charms that will be ready to wear that you make yourself from scratch and who wouldn’t want that?

If you’d like to find out more or secure your place at the Metal Clay Workshop (happening Saturday 22nd October), you can find out more here.

 

Gemstone Setting: Here’s what you need to know

Gemstone Setting: Here’s what you need to know

The Beginners Guide to Jewellery Making

Today we wanted to explain a little more about the term ‘stone setting’.

This is something we teach in several of our classes, including our One Day Gemstone Setting Class, Introduction to Jewellery Making Class and our Improvers Jewellery Making class.

Stone setting is simply the process of a gemstone being securely attached into the jewellery setting – usually the last part of the process. While there are many different variations of gem setting, we focus on flush setting and bezel setting within our classes.

Let’s shift the focus to Flush setting for now.

This is a technique of setting a gemstone into a drilled hole so that the gemstone sits inside of the jewellery and doesn’t show above the surface of the piece. Flush setting is a skill that requires accuracy and practice. This is why our 5 week courses and One Day Gemstone Setting Classes factor in plenty of time to practise before setting your gemstones into your final sterling silver piece.

 

A bezel setting is a technique used for enclosing a diamond or gemstone within a piece of jewellery, where the metal securely wraps around the stone. It’s one of the oldest types of stone setting and is often seen in antique or antique-inspired jewellery. The biggest benefit of a bezel setting is their security due to the setting fully surrounding the stone.

 

Our classes are open to all learning stages and you’ll have the help and guidance of our experienced goldsmith and tutor who will be there to guide you.

Click here for more information about our classes and current availability. 

 

 

The Beginners Guide to Jewellery Making

The Beginners Guide to Jewellery Making

The Beginners Guide to Jewellery Making

So  you fancy your hand at jewellery making? Amazing! You’re in the right place.

 

One of our most frequently asked questions is whether our classes are suitable for beginners. 

Our answer: YES! Yes, of course – come on in. 

We know that starting anything new can be a little daunting – even with our reassurance that you’re very much welcome – so we’ve put together our tips for those who want to try jewellery making for the first time, to help ease any nerves about coming along to our classes and enjoying learning a new creative skill. 

One of the many joys of making your own jewellery is that you get to create pieces totally bespoke to you and that reflects exactly what you’re looking for. There’s also the excitement of being able to make thoughtful gifts for loved ones. Imagine being able to have your own personalised jewellery for an affordable price and have fun in the process. 

 

What do you need to make jewellery?

Within our classes we primarily focus on making silver rings or pendants. We provide all tools, equipment, aprons and drills. So all you’ve got to bring is yourself and a few ideas about what you’d like to make design wise. 

Don’t panic if you’re drawing a blank in terms of design ideas, our very experienced tutors are not only bursting with knowledge but they’re also a super creative bunch and will happily chat through and help you with ideas. 

 

Choose what you’d like to make

Everything you make in our classes, you keep. On completion of our next Introduction to Jewellery Making course, you’ll have made either a pierced pendant or a beautiful ring with a bezel set gemstone, just in time for Christmas. 

It can be overwhelming when you first decide to give jewellery-making a go because there are so many possibilities. Choose one item to focus on first and remember, you can always try something else later. You’ll actually find it easier learning a new technique the next time around because of what you learned the first time around. 

If you’re stuck for inspiration on what to make, check out our Instagram here for examples of what previous clients have done. 

 

Master a few basics first

If you don’t feel ready to commit to a full jewellery making course, why not get started with our Forge a Silver Ring Taster Class? The result of this 2.5 hour class is a stunning handmade gift for yourself or a loved one AND you get to learn the basics of an incredible, ancient craft. 

Many of our Forge a Silver Ring class goers have discovered a new hobby and love of the craft and have signed up to our longer part-time courses to deepen their knowledge.

 

Don’t get discouraged

Just like with learning any other skill from scratch, there’s a learning curve to making your own jewellery. The first few tries may not go exactly as you’d like but that’s ok because your next attempt will look better and by the fourth, fifth, sixth go, you’ll feel more and more like a pro. Be patient with yourself, keep practicing, remember that all skills take time to develop and don’t forget our tutors are on hand throughout the entirety of the course to offer hands-on guidance and support. 

 

Click here to find out more about our class schedule for 2021. 

Our Introduction to Jewellery Making Course takes place over the course of 5 weeks. Classes are currently capped at 6 participants to ensure social distancing and COVID-19 measures are adhered to. We ask that all teachers and students attending wear visors/masks during our class. Workshop students have been fitted with perspex dividers and sanitisation stations to be used when entering and exiting our premises. 

Day One of our recent Weekend Improvers Class

Day One of our recent Weekend Improvers Class

Recently we decided to run an intensive two-day version of our (usually 5 weeks) Improvers jewellery making course.

Like the 5 week version, the emphasis of this class is on taking your EXISTING jewellery making skills to the next level and working with our expert tutors to practice and develop these skills while also learning new techniques too.

As pictured below, on Day 1 the focus is on making a chain bracelet and setting a faceted (diamond cut) stone. You learn how to make the hook and eye clasp for this, too.

Make your own

Skills practiced include:

– Soldering
– Stone setting
– Filing

 

Stay tuned for insight into Day 2 of the Weekend Improvers Course next week.

Is this something you’d be interested in attending? Let us know!

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)

 

How To Plan A Creative Day Out On Drury Street, Dublin

How To Plan A Creative Day Out On Drury Street, Dublin

Here at SilverWorks we’re lucky to call Drury Street, Dublin’s Creative Quarter, home and have done so since 2017. Over the years, Drury Street has become one of the trendiest locations in the city, an area where independent coffee shops, vintage shops and those like us, dedicated to showcasing top quality Irish design reign supreme.

As Dublin starts opening up once again and we’re all itching to get out of the house, here’s a roundup of things to do on a Creative Day Out in Dublin within Dublin’s Creative Quarter.

 

Book A Class at Silver Works

Keep building on those creative skills you worked so hard to cultivate over lockdown and spend the weekend making your own jewellery at one of our Silver Works classes. Whether it’s our Forge A Ring Class, our expert tutors will guide you through step-by-step to create your own bespoke piece of jewellery. Spend the day laughing and learning with friends and walk away treasuring the fact that you’ve just added one totally unique piece to your jewellery collection.

 

Browse new collections at The Collective

With both of our sister brands – The Collective and Silver Works – in the same building. It’s hard to resist a quick browse of our stock at The Collective on your way out the door. With our stock of over 30 independent Irish designers, we have got everything from sparkling gems and jewellery to vibrant prints and homewares. Treat yourself and relish in the joy of supporting local talent.

 

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Grab a coffee in Kaph

All that creativity and concentration from making jewellery calls for a caffeine refuel. It seems you’re in luck with go-to coffee spot, Kaph just a few doors down from The Collective. And for the non-coffee drinkers, rumour has it that they make a killer Matcha Latte too.

 

Stock up on vintage styles at Om Diva

Did someone say more shopping? You don’t have to ask us twice. Arguably one of the best vintage shops in the city, Om Diva also sells a curation of clothes from exciting emerging Irish designers upstairs. The bright colours, vibrant energy and creative team will leave you feeling energised and inspired all weekend long.

Thanks,

The Silver Works Team (1)