Babyprints: Beginners - Intermediate

This workshop is aimed at the beginner to intermediate level learner with little or no experience of working with metal clay. Creating memento jewellery and accessories is a fast growing profitable business. During this course we will cover all the aspects of creating jewellery and accessories. You will work, step by step, through a variety of techniques while making sample projects.

Course Objectives

  • Introductions
  • Health and Safety
  • What is Silver Clay
  • What tools and equipment are required

What We Will Cover

  • Making preparations
  • Clay brands and products
  • How to store the clay
  • Rehydration and reconstitution of your clay
  • 3 different methods of taking the print using the direct method, moulding method and creating a polymer stamp
  • 2 methods of how to set gemstones
  • Adding names, dates or messages
  • Watch your back - adding textures
  • Drying procedures
  • Creating bails or connections to hang the piece such as adding jump rings and soldering connectors
  • Refinement methods
  • 3 different firing options
  • Polishing and finishing your piece to a professional standard
  • Attaching

You will also pick up tips through the discussion on

  • Take control of the situation with your client
  • Hallmarking and the law
  • Developing your product range
  • Finding your USP
  • Terms and conditions – back up paperwork. Get it in writing
  • Disclaimers
  • Child protection statements
  • Where to find contacts
  • Do you need further start-up business advice? Creating a brand, name, logo, getting your business registered?
  • Insurance & public liability  
  • Certification courses for long term discounts
  • Extending your product line. Body casting
  • Working with uncooperative children

20g of lump clay will be supplied, with use of the studio paste pot. If you wish to make more or larger pieces then you can purchase additional clay on the day.

A warm welcome awaits you at Craftworx Metal Clay Studio

In addition to our scheduled programme of classes, this workshop is also available for

  • private 1-2-1 tuition
  • group bookings of 4 or more will be offered at a discounted rate
  • Please contact us for availability

You can contact us for further information or secure your place on any of our courses by calling us to pay your registration fee. By booking onto one of our courses, you agree to abide by the Craftworx terms & conditions. All classes are held at our studio in Bishop Burton, E. Yorks unless otherwise stated.