Come and make your own solid silver jewellery inspired by nature in this fun and informal workshop suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
In this class we will be using natural forms such as shells, fossils, leaves and seed pods to make moulds and texture the silver clay. Each student will have the opportunity to make between one to four pieces dependent on if they choose to work big or small.
You will learn...
- How to make reusable moulds and create texture mats using leaves, seed pods, fossils, shells and feathers
- How to use the moulds and textures to create a pendant, charms or drop earrings... the choice is yours!
- How to use embeddable jump rings
- How to refine and tidy your piece for a good finish
- How to fire, polish and patinate your jewellery to highlight detail and make your design pop!
- At the end of the day you will go home wearing your beautiful jewellery.
A material fee of approximately £25 is payable on the day directly to the tutor, this includes 10g of silver clay and a couple of portions of moulding compound. Extra can be purchased if necessary.
Sterling silver chains, ear wires and jewellery findings will also be available to buy at the end of the day to compliment your creations as an optional extra.
What to Bring:
Please bring a packed lunch - refreshments are available on site. Please bring any items you wish to make the jewellery with, such as shells, leaves, fossils and flowers.
We look forward to meeting you for a fun, relaxed, therapeutic creative day!
Session: Friday 25 March, 10am - 5pm
Ticket: £85 (£25 fee for clay paid for on the day, plus an optional chains)
Grainne is a mum of three based in Poole, Dorset. She has always had a strong interest in arts and crafts and has had many creative hobbies including, mosaics, stained glass, garden design and jewellery making. She is passionate about British wildlife and the coast where she lives and this is often reflected in her work.
Grainne originally trained as a psychiatric nurse but after the birth of her third child in 2011 she felt the need to improve her work life balance. She sought a new challenge that would allow her to use her creative skills whilst working around the needs of a young
Working from a purpose-built studio in her garden, Grainne specialises in using silver clay, creating precious keepsake jewellery and one of a kind silver pretties. She has an Etsy shop where she sells her creations and a website which is very much a work in progress.
Over the last ten years her business has grown, which has allowed her to develop and learn new skills and challenge her creativity. She enjoys nothing more than creating bespoke and one of a kind pieces alongside a range of precious keepsake jewellery. She often uses
traditional silver smithing skills alongside precious metal clay.
Grainne offers a wide variety of one day jewellery making workshops at various locations throughout Dorset and the UK, she also teaches the silver clay short course at The Arts
She feels exceptionally lucky to be able to share her knowledge and passion for this wonderful medium.
Book your space for the Inspired by Nature Silver Clay Workshop with Hampshire Cultural Trust's Forest Arts Centre, New Milton now!
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