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Glass and Silver By Tracey Spurgin of Craftworx
Glass and Silver by Tracey Spurgin of Craftworx
Glass and Silver by Tracey Spurgin of Craftworx

Online Distance Learning

Do you want to learn about metal clay but find that travelling to a class is not convenient? Then why not join one of our brand new online courses.

Our 'Focus on Rings' course started at the beginning of July but it's not too late to join the group as all the video tutorials are pre-recorded so you can watch them as many times as you like at your leisure. Don't worry, you will soon catch up. Contact us to book or click here for further information.

Registration Now open for:-

Glass and Silver - £75.00

This course started on 1st August but you can join at any time as you will have access to the pre-recorded videos & pdf files for you to view at your leisure. The videos & files are posted at intervals during the whole of August. You can join the course at any time and there will be plenty of time to catch up.

For a fraction of the cost of joining me at the studio you get full detailed instructional videos, PDF documents & you can interact with me to ask questions, post pictures of your achievements & chat with other members in the group. This course offers amazing value for money.

How does It Work?

  • You contact us via email or phone to register interest
  • We send you the booking details
  • You pay your fee of £75.00
  • We send you an invitation to join a private online Facebook group
  • Only current course members will be able to view the information
  • You will have access to written notes and images
  • We will add a series of step-by-step instructional videos
  • Throughout the course Tracey will pop in to the Facebook group page at least once a day during the first month to answer questions, or to chat

This course is suitable for the beginners to intermediate level metal clay enthusiasts. This particular course is most suited to kiln owners, but it is possible to achieve results even if you only have a torch to fire.

Once you have signed up to join the class you’ll be invited to join the private Facebook group.

This is what you will see

The course will begin by showing you the full list of tools & materials that you will need to participate in the course. We will also explain how to choose & purchase the correct type of glass for making the jewellery pieces & the different effects that can be achieved from various combinations of glass in order for you to make your own dichroic glass cabochons.

There will be full hands-on demonstrations with detailed descriptions every step of the way. From the top technique tips for perfect cutting of the glass, to stacking & preparing the glass for firing, to creating the “lens” style to give a perfect finish on the dichroic glass cabochon, finally through to the firing of the glass, which can be done through torch firing or kiln firing.

This course will cover three projects using dichroic glass. The bejewelled colours of the dichroic glass can be so attractive & create beautiful flashes of colour to compliment your silver pieces. The different techniques for making these glass & silver combination pieces will be explained & we will offer plenty of hints & tips to get you started on your creative journey in this medium combination.

What We Will Cover

  • During the course the demonstrations will cover three set project pieces; each piece demonstrated in a separate video
  • There will be more videos covering subjects such as reconstitution & rehydration
  • Introduction to tools, materials & equipment & what alternatives you can use
  • Health and safety
  • Choosing & purchasing your glass
  • Preparation of the glass including cutting and stacking for a perfect fit
  • Glass firing covering both torch & kiln firing methods
  • Preparing your designs
  • Preparation & handling of metal clay
  • How to add textures, shapes & form to capture the glass successfully
  • Drying times & temperatures
  • Pre-fire refinement & dry polishing techniques
  • Firing methods & procedures
  • How to reconstitute metal clay
  • Storing your metal clay
  • How to minimise wastage
  • FAQ’s
  • Trouble shooting
  • Resources
  • Suppliers
  • Progression

You will be encouraged to post pictures of your work and I 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.

You can email me at tracey@craftworx.co.uk or call me on 07961 883115

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