Precious Metal Clay w/ Wendy Schuster
Come learn how to make beautiful fine silver jewelry using a truly amazing material called Precious Metal Clay (PMC).
PMC Beginners: July 22nd
PMC Rings: September 9th
PMC Beads: October 28th
All classes 9am – 5pm $125
PMC’s clay body is made up of microscopic particles of metal held together by an organic binder and water. When fired at specific temperatures, the binder and water burn off allowing the silver particles to fuse into SOLID metal. PMC can be easily sculpted or molded and impressed with textures and stamps. Firing and polishing of student’s pieces will be done during class. Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.
Wendy Schuster is a PMC artist and instructor who has been working with PMC since first hearing about it 15 years ago. She has taught beginning, advanced, and certification classes at several schools and businesses, as well as in her home studio, in Reading, PA. She is a juried artisan at the state and local levels and has 22 years of design experience in her professional life.
Beginners Precious Metal Clay (PMC) ~July 22 (9am – 5pm)
During this FUN full day workshop students will be taught a variety of basic techniques including: adding texture with tools and rubber stamps, how to make molds and simple texturing tools, creating bails, setting heat safe stones, torch firing, antiquing and polishing. The instructor’s extensive supply of stamps, molds, textures, and tool kits are made available for student’s use during the workshop. Students will also be able to choose one fire safe stone from a selection made available during class.
Firing and polishing of student’s pieces will be done during class. Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations.*
$125 beginners + Materials fee can range $35-65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class
* The number of pieces made by each student will vary and is dependent on the volume of clay purchased and the size of each piece made.
* Students who have previously taken Wendy’s PMC classes are welcome to come and use the time as PMC Studio Time, i.e. they don’t have to do whatever we’re doing for the class being offered that day, they can work on whatever they’d like. First priority is to the students who are there to learn the techniques being taught in the designated class.
Mailing pieces is an option made available to students. An additional charge of $5.50 is necessary to cover, postage, insurance and packaging materials.
PMC RINGS workshop – September 9th 9am – 5pm
In this Precious Metal Clay (PMC) class students will learn how to make their Fine Silver rings in a style that is uniquely their own! Wendy will cover two methods in PMC ring construction: a simple overlap technique and a slightly more challenging butt joint technique, which has no visible interior seam. Stamping, texturing, setting heat safe stones and antiquing and polishing will also be covered during class in addition to sizing techniques. Wendy’s extensive supply of stamps, molds, textures, and tool kits will be made available to student during class time.
Students will leave this one day workshop with several of their own one-of-a-kind silver creations!
$125 Rings + Materials fee can range $35-65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class
Beads & Hollow Forms – October 28th 9am – 5pm
Beads and bead stringing have always enjoyed popularity in creating pieces for personal adornment. In this PMC class the student will learn how to make their own one-of-a-kind Fine Silver beads in a style that is uniquely their own.
$125 Beads + Materials fee can range $35-65 for metal clay payable to instructor at class