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Torch-Fired PMC (Precious Metal Clay)

Los Angeles, CA , United States
4h15m
English

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The August Axel Jewelry Studio is a creative workshop originating in Venice Beach, CA and NOW inside Blue Cicada Studios - Peachtree City’s Art Studio. Online and in-Studio classes are available. The Studio and course offerings were designed to serve a range of skills and interests from talented tinkerers to advanced artists. Our goal is to provide solid and safe bench-instruction, combined with hands-on practice, so artists may operate safely, independently and successfully. COURSES: We serve ages 8+ Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Soldering. Bezel Setting. Tube Setting. Flush Setting. Prong Setting. Metalsmithing. Cold-Connections. Wire Wrapping. Knotting, Girl Scouts, Moms Nights, Corporate Enrichment Programs, Bridal Showers, DIY Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands and more.. Private or Group Lessons. INSTRUCTORS: As Owner and Senior Instructor, Christy Sears brings a wealth of knowledge to the bench. With 15+ years of jewelry soldering and metal fabrication, endless patience and a healthy sense of humor, she creates a warm and welcoming learning environment. Not only does she believe in teaching "how", but "why" and this has made all of the difference to her students. We’re looking forward to hosting you in our new Peachtree City home base.

What we'll do

Learn to use Precious Metal Clay (PMC), along with a butane torch, to make beautiful jewelry pieces. PMC is recycled metal made of tiny pieces of fine silver, gold, bronze, or copper, that are combinged with a wet binder, to make a clay-like substance. This “clay" can be manipulated in many ways to form beautiful jewelry or sculptures. After firing, by torch or kiln, the binder burns away and students have a pure piece of metal. Students will learn the properties of PMC, how to properly handle and store the clay, how to roll-out, shape, cut and texturize the clay using metal stamps or found objects, basic stone setting and how to construct flat and dimensional pieces. This is not your typical PMC class! The knowledge and know-how that Melissa will impart, run deep! (PMC also uses cheaper and more re-usable materials than traditional metalsmithing. Phew!!) Each student will make a fine-silver pendant and bail. Expect to meet like-minded artists, learn a wealth of knowledge about PMC ins-and-outs from a very experienced Instructor and have a few laughs. SAFETY REQUIREMENTS: • Closed-toed, low-heeled or no-heeled shoes • Comfortable “play-clothes”. No flowing sleeves or bulky fabrics • Long hair must be worn in a bun or ponytail • Protective eyewear will be provided and must be worn TOOLS & MATERIALS: A $40 materials fee (maximum) will be collected in the Studio and includes 15 grams of silver PMC3. Cash, debit or credit cards accepted. LOCATION: The Studio address will be provided to Students who enroll in the class

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