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Beginner PMC (Precious Metal Clay)
Tuition $80.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $75.00
Beginner
RobinBeth Faulkner
JF6204 May 25 2016 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)

PMC is silver in powder form, mixed into a pliable clay that is easy to shape using simple everyday tools. During firing, the clay burns away, leaving just the silver. Learn to work with silver clay and see how the kiln works and hand fire a small sample piece to take home. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $75.00 will be added to the tuition.
Beginner PMC (Precious Metal Clay)
Tuition $80.00
Registration Closed

Materials Fee: $75.00
Beginner
RobinBeth Faulkner
JF6205 Jun 29 2016 (10am-2pm) Wednesday (Jewelry Studio)

PMC is silver in powder form, mixed into a pliable clay that is easy to shape using simple everyday tools. During firing, the clay burns away, leaving just the silver. Learn to work with silver clay and see how the kiln works and hand fire a small sample piece to take home. Ages 16 and over. A materials fee of $75.00 will be added to the tuition.
Transferring Designs to PMC + Polymer Clay
Transferring Designs to PMC + Polymer Clay
Tuition $120.00

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Experienced Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate
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Cynthia Battista

JP0212  Aug 19, 2012 (10am - 5pm)  Sunday (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

Solar plating and tear away are two techniques that allow you to transfer original drawings, textures, and other designs onto precious metal clay or polymer clay. With solar plating, artwork is placed on a light-sensitive plate and exposed to sunlight or other strong light, which etches the design into place. The etched plate is then used to stamp the clay. The tear-away technique is an even simpler process where photocopied images are transferred directly to the clay. This one-day workshop will explore both techniques. A studio/materials fee of $35 is due at time of registration.
Explorations in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Explorations in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Tuition $120.00
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Beginner, Experienced Beginner
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Cynthia Battista

JP0213 March 23, 2013 (10am - 5pm)  Saturday (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

Far from an ancient craft, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) was invented about 20 years ago and has been a popular medium for inventive artists ever since. PMC is made of fine metal particles suspended in a clay-like binder. The clay is easy to shape with your hands and with tools. The clay is then fired in a kiln to burn off the binder. In this one-day workshop you will gain a foundation of knowledge of working with fine silver PMC. Expect to learn proper use of tools, as well as how to apply textures. You will also learn to fire, finish and patina your pieces. Students will complete 3-4 pieces of their choice. A studio/materials fee of $85 is due at time of registration.

Introduction to PMC
Introduction to PMC (Precious Metal Clay)
Tuition $240.00

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Beginners
Julie Czerenda
JP0111 March 19 - 20 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM) Saturday / Sunday (Metals Studio, Mill Building)

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is fine silver in a workable clay-like form. In this two-day workshop you will learn the steps to successfully work with PMC: proper use of tools; different mold making techniques to create textures; how to fire, finish and patina the pieces. Students will complete 3-4 pieces of their choice. A materials fee of $105 (subject to change according to current market pricing) is payable by cash or check, and will be collected by the instructor at the beginning of the class.
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) 101
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) 101
Tuition $240.00

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Beginner, Experienced Beginner
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Cynthia Battista

JP0112   May 19-20, 2012 (10am - 5pm)  Saturday/Sunday (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

Far from an ancient craft, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) was invented about 20 years ago and has been a popular medium for inventive artists ever since. PMC is made of fine metal particles suspended in a binder. The clay is easy to shape and mold with your hands and with tools. The clay is then fired in a kiln to burn off the binder. The economical advantage of PMC is that small scraps can be reused easily for other projects. In this two-day workshop you will gain a foundation of knowledge of working with fine silver PMC. Expect to learn proper use of tools, mold making techniques, as well as how to fire, finish and patina your pieces. Students will complete 3-4 pieces of their choice, one with embedded stones. A studio/materials fee of $100 is due at time of registration. View the list of materials provided and the list of materials students are asked to bring under the Materials List tab above.
Kiln-safe Stonesetting in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Kiln-Safe Stonestetting in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Tuition $240.00

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Beginner, Experienced Beginner
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Cynthia Battista

JP0313 June 15 & 16, 2013 (10am - 5pm)  Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

The traditional method that jewelers use to set stones is a challenge with PMC because the material shrinks so much. In this class, you will learn to shape PMC around special stones that can be safely fired in the kiln - most traditional precious stones would be ruined by the kiln heat. Students will go home with three or four pieces. Previous experience with metal clay is required. There is a studio/materials fee of $100 subject to change to reflect the market price for silver at the time of the class.
Hollow Forms in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Hollow Forms in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
Tuition $240.00
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Intermediate
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Cynthia Battista

JP0613 July 13 & 14 (10am - 5pm)  Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

In this class, students will learn two stamp-making techniques, solar plating and tear away, which allow you to transfer original drawings, textures, and other designs onto precious metal clay. Students will take the embossed clay and mold it around everyday objects (anything from Light bulbs to breakfast cereal) to create beads, boxes, and other hollow forms. There is a studio/materials fee of $140 which is subject to change to reflect the market price for silver at the time of the class.
Explorations in Polymer Clay Wk 2 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6351 Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (River Room)

Polymer clay has over 50 colors. We are going to explore how it works and the ability to create different colors. We are going to use Sculpty and learn how to make colorful creations and how you can continue to learn and use this wonderful material.
Explorations in Polymer Clay Wk 2 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6352 Jul 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 2016 (1:30-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (River Room)

Polymer clay has over 50 colors. We are going to explore how it works and the ability to create different colors. We are going to use Sculpty and learn how to make colorful creations and how you can continue to learn and use this wonderful material.
Explorations in Polymer Clay Wk 4 morning session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6353 Aug 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2016 (9am-12pm) Mon-Fri (River Room)

Polymer clay has over 50 colors. We are going to explore how it works and the ability to create different colors. We are going to use Sculpty and learn how to make colorful creations and how you can continue to learn and use this wonderful material.
Explorations in Polymer Clay Wk 4 afternoon session
Tuition $250.00
Registration Closed

Youth

YP6354 Aug 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 2016 (1:30-4:30pm) Mon-Fri (River Room)

Polymer clay has over 50 colors. We are going to explore how it works and the ability to create different colors. We are going to use Sculpty and learn how to make colorful creations and how you can continue to learn and use this wonderful material.
Bronze PMC Bracelet
Member Tuition $240.00
Nonmember Tuition $265.00
Archived Class, Registration is Closed

Materials Fee of $60

All Levels
Cynthia Battista
JP1410 May 7 and 14 (10:00am-4:00pm) 2 Fridays (Metals Studio)

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) revolutionized the jewelrymaking process, but the material can be pricey. Good news for our budgets: the recently developed BRONZclay offers all the advantages of PMC at a fraction of the cost. In this introduction to BRONZclay, you'll learn the basics of working with this newer product to include forming, stamping, firing, and polishing. How to apply basic beading and jewelry techniques with your BRONZclay project will also be covered. The Materials Fee covers all supplies necessary to complete a bracelet.
Rio Grande’s Rio Rewards PMC® Certification Program
Rio Grande’s Rio Rewards PMC® Certification Program

Advanced
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Chris Darway

JP0413 August 16 - 18 (9am - 5pm)  Fri/Sat/Sun (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)

Rio Grande’s Rio Rewards PMC® Certification Program is designed for the serious and dedicated PMC enthusiast who seeks the recognition that a standardized level of expertise offers. Taught by one of several world-class instructors over the course of three days, the curriculum is demanding and tests specific skills and techniques (apart from artistry) for working with PMC. Students who complete certification leave the class equipped with advanced skills and knowledge, prepared to teach PMC classes and to incorporate PMC into their own work, not to mention enjoying the benefit of discounts on more than 1,000 products as a member of the Rio Rewards program. Students should have considerable working experience with the product and should be comfortable with techniques such as joining, slip joining, hollow forms, ring construction, rolling out equal thicknesses of clay, stamping textures and working with two-and three-dimensional forms.A series of seven specific projects test students’ proficiency in using PMC in a variety of ways. Techniques taught include stamping, carving, simple tool-making, gem-setting, building a hollow form, embellishing beads, patterning, texturing, mold-making, slip-making, ring-sizing, rehydrating PMC and creating surface finishes. Also included are various firing techniques from kiln-firing to torch-firing PMC with Aura 22, discussions on metallurgy, gemology, teaching techniques and ways to set up a PMC business. Each project is designed to present several aspects of Precious Metal Clay. By demonstrating their skills through these pieces, students demonstrate to themselves and to the instructor that they have a solid understanding of these diverse uses of the material. Successful completion of this intense three-day workshop provides confidence for artists and teachers, preparing them for a wide range of professional pursuits.Instructors evaluate each of the projects to assess students’ level of accomplishment. Participants who do not complete all projects during the class may send their work to the instructor for evaluation after the class. Those students whose work meets the established standard are awarded a certificate and enrolled in the Rio Rewards Program.Limited to only 10-15 students, classes are small and guarantee plenty of one-on-one instruction. All certification classes are the same in cost, duration and established standards. While travel, meals and lodging are the responsibility of the student, tools and PMC will be provided in the class—along with finishing and mold-making materials. Students do not need to bring anything but are welcome to bring personal tools they may want to use.

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