Turn your drawings into jewelry! In this class learn how to make photopolymer plates using your own original artwork, text or messages with this simple technique. Photopolymer plates are UV light-sensitive plates used in the printing industry. Adapted for use in metal clay, the possibilities are almost endless! Instructions on how to prepare artwork for the process will be covered, and students may choose from a selection of prepared designs, or you may prepare your own simple designs. Then we will use metal clay with your plates to make wonderful patterned jewelry. Depending on the size of your pieces students may make a pendant and earrings or several pairs of earrings with the 16g package of clay.
Metal clay is made up of microscopic particles of silver suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. When PMC is fired to a high temperature, the organic binder burns away and the metal particles fuse, forming solid metal that can be sanded, soldered, oxidized, patinaed and polished like conventional metal. This class is limited to eight students. Tool kits will be available for use. All levels are welcome, and no metalworking experience is required (ages 16 and up).
Class Fee: $125
Materials Fee Choice of: $50 includes 16g metal clay & materials OR $70 includes 25g metal clay & materials - payable to the instructor
Instructor: Catherine Davies Paetz