What will I learn?

This course teaches you how to make 3 different styles of bangle using Silver Clay or, in the case of the Tension Bangle, a combination of Silver Clay and Sterling Silver. We cover the following techniques:

  • Evenly roll, texture and cut-out shapes from metal clay
  • Create strong connections between layers of metal clay
  • Master snake-rolling to create even, crack free snakes
  • Use air-drying to create intricate metal clay designs
  • Plan and size a bangle, allowing for clay shrinkage, so that it fits after firing

Plus basic silversmithing techniques that enable you to combine silver clay elements with sterling silver wire!

What's in it for me?

Participating in this course will give you...

  • Confidence

    So you're desperate to have a go, got loads of ideas and maybe some gear - now what? We understand how early fails, being unsure of what to do, or worried you may damage something (or even worse, yourself) can stop you in your tracks. That's why we take you through, step-by-step, helping you to build and practise your skills.

  • Help when you need it

    During this course you have direct access to Julie Holt & Helen Drye - we're both friendly, expert metal clay artisans and experienced Principle Instructors, and we want nothing more than for you to succeed! We have designed this course to ensure we are are available to you throughout, supporting and encouraging you every step of the way.

  • Support

    Never underestimate the power of a supportive peer group! Our virtual classroom approach enables you to make new friends from around the world. Imagine having your very own silver clay tribe, a group of like-minded friends cheering you on, celebrating, supporting and offering a virtual hug whenever you need one.

How will I learn?

This course has 6 lessons plus bonus materials, consisting of video tutorials and downloads, which are accessed here in Thinkific, our learning management system.  It helps you work through the course, step-by-step, download notes, and repeat lessons if needed.  These lessons are released weekly to ensure you aren't bombarded with information and we can support you, so you don’t have to be available at a specific time, you just pop in and out when YOU can, and go at your own pace.  And all our courses come with a lifetime access guarantee, so do the course as many times as you like and benefit from updates as they are published - all for one enrolment fee.  

We also have a Facebook page for general information and sharing - click here to follow us.  In addition each course has a dedicated Facebook group for additional support and you'll be invited to join it when you enrol on a course.  Here you can ask the tutor specific questions, connect with a community of people doing the same work as you and build friendships.  We do live demonstrations here too, great for any tricky areas where you need some additional support, and they are always available in the group so that you can look at them again and again, at any time.

Finally, we hold regular meetings via Zoom.  These help us all keep in touch and enable you to ask questions and share experiences.  Whilst these sessions are held at a specified time and we recommend students join in person, we understand this isn't always possible so they are recorded and the video loaded into the Facebook group so that you can view it there if you miss it.

Who is the course tutor?

Hello! I'm Julie Holt, a qualified Principal PMC instructors that has been working with silver clay and teaching people how to work with it since 2005. I'm not ashamed to say I'm a PMC addict who is still as excited and enthusiastic about working with silver clay as I was when I opened my first packet! I run The PMC Studio with Helen Drye, which has been specialising in PMC since 2003, and as the official training partner for UK & Europe, we work closely with the manufacturers of PMC, Mitsubishi Materials Trading Corporation. Like you, we love silver clay! The possibilities are exciting and endless, and nothing beats the thrill of looking at your finished piece and thinking 'I made that!'

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