Online Distance Learning Course
Screw Top Poison Ring

All of our online distance learning courses run as private Facebook groups. This is the only way you will be able to access the course content. After completing your registration you will be directed to the private Facebook group where you can request to join. We will accept your request as soon as possible.

This course is aimed at the intermediate/advanced level metal clay enthusiast.

Once believed to have been made to conceal poison to administer to your enemy, now this ring can have a far more innocent purpose to carry a token of friendship, gratitude, a lock of hair or another memento.

The clever construction of the concealed chamber within the ring will disguise its purpose & only the wearer need be aware of the secret within. The neck & lid form the helical structure of a traditional right-handed screw thread.

Engineering and applying the mechanics of a screw thread in metal clay is not the easiest of tasks. Tracey has researched & developed the different types of thread to create, from vee thread, square thread, acme thread, buttress thread & multi-start thread. Then came the challenge of trying each of these with the different brands & types of metal clay in order to achieve the most successful results.

Tracey has worked on, developed & taught this screw thread poison ring for several years but now, with new & improved metal clay products on the market, it makes the screw thread easier to achieve. All of the component parts of the ring are made entirely from metal clay. No pre-manufactured components are used in the construction of the ring.

The lid is then punctuated with a bezel set bullet gemstone to create a statement. So there is always the option to create additional lids with different gemstone focals.

This project will challenge your metal clay skills & experience to new heights.

Whilst any brand & type of metal clay can be used for this project, it is recommended to use PMC Flex to achieve the best results. If you decide to use a different brand or product you can still follow the instructions provided with this course and apply the techniques to this project however you must ensure you have considered the shrinkage rate of your alternative clay and sized your ring accordingly. There are more details on ring preparation & ring sizing in the notes & videos.

Using PMC Flex means the ring is kiln fired but torch firing is an option if you choose to use a clay product that can be torch fired.

What is Covered

  • Introduction to the tools materials & equipment
  • Preparations
  • Creating a two-part threaded component
  • Adding shape & form
  • Drying times
  • Measuring & preparing the ring mandrel
  • Making a bespoke ring band
  • Adding details
  • Firing
  • Polishing & finishing
  • Soldering
  • Stone setting
  • Oxidation
  • Troubleshooting
  • Suppliers

For a fraction of the cost of joining Tracey at her studio you get full detailed instructional videos & support documents as well as live interaction with Tracey for full support & to ask her any questions you might have. We also encourage you to post pictures of your achievements & chat with other group members. These courses offer amazing value for money.

You can join this course at any time and you will have access to the pre-recorded videos, downloadable pdf files & support notes.

Please note that you will be added to the group manually. You cannot download this course yourself

You will be encouraged to post pictures of your work and Tracey will give you ongoing feedback. You will also be able to join in the discussion with other group members. You will be able to pick up heaps of experience from each other.
Please note that if you want to sell any jewellery that you make using silver clay, then in the UK you are legally required to add your hallmark to any item weighing 7.78gm or more. Further information is available in the Hallmarking page.

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