Jewelry Making: “Metal Clay and Wire Wrapping”
Deadline to Register: November 5th at 5:00pm
Description: Using precious metal clay, students will create 2-3 pairs of earrings. While the clay is firing in the kiln (2 hours), students will learn basic wire wrapping to create a copper and sterling silver bracelet. Students will learn how to prepare their clay pieces for firing as well as final finishing techniques. The copper bracelet is a beginner wire wrapping project that will teach students the basic wire wrapping technique using hardened copper and sterling silver wire. This will allow students to take future intermediate wire wrapping workshops.
What is Precious Metal Clay?
PMC® consists of microscopic particles of fine silver suspended in an organic binder to create a pliable material with a consistency similar to modeling clay. PMC can be worked with the fingers and with simple, inexpensive tools to create an infinite range of forms, surfaces and textures that would be unattainable or laborious with traditional techniques. When PMC is heated to a high temperature, the organic binder burns away and the fine silver particles fuse, forming solid metal that can be sanded, soldered, oxidized, patinaed and polished like conventional material.
Instructor: This class will be taught by local artist, Elesa Phares. Elesa has a BS in Radio/TV/Graphics with emphasis in 3D animation from Middle Tennessee State University with minors in art and psychology. She has always drawn and painted since she can remember and loves experimenting with different materials. She learned to wire wrap as a creative outlet that she could do while her children were young. As they got older, she expanded her skills to fabrication, PMC, soldering, fused glass and 3D printing. Elesa has taught classes at Beadfest in Dallas and Philadelphia. She published an article in Art Jewelry Magazine 2008. She has also written, illustrated and published her own book: Wire Wrapping Projects for All Skill Levels.” She has taught classes in local bead shops and out of her own studio. She has participated in juried art shows in Middle Tennessee, including White Oak, TACA, and was a base studio for the local Studio Tour. She was also featured on a segment of Tennessee Crossroads.
Supplies and Attire: All materials and equipment are provided. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Time: Friday, November 12th (5:00p-9:00p)
Supply Fee: $85.00
Level: Multi-Level. This is a great beginner class, and the wire wrapping is a prerequisite for Elesa’s intermediate projects/classes.
Important Information: Registering for a workshop indicates that the student is 19 years of age or older and understands that photographs/video may be taken during the event and their image may be used on Burritt on the Mountain’s website and social media outlets or other promotional materials. Registration also indicates that the student releases Burritt on the Mountain and the City of Huntsville, all their directors, employees, volunteers, and any persons associated with Burritt on the Mountain, from any liability for any bodily injury and/or property damage suffered by the attendee as a result of actives during the educational program.
Cancellation Policy: Our workshops take a great deal of advance planning and purchasing of supplies. Students that cancel 14 days or more prior to the date of the class will be eligible for a refund, minus a $20.00 cancellation fee. If a student cancels 14 days or less prior to the date of the class, no refund can be issued.