Making Clay Jewellery
Endeavour Learning and Skills Centre
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This online course will teach you new skills that will allow you to design and create
bespoke jewellery pieces. Together we will explore ways to use polymer clays, air
drying clays, metal findings and basic tools.
RARPA stands for Recognising and Recording Progress and Achievement which
is the process of assessment for non-accredited learning. It is a means of
validating the outcomes of programmes which do not result in qualifications.
RARPA is a five stage process which measures and records learners’ progress,
achievements and attendance.
No entry requirements
At the end of the online course you will have a basic understanding of the skills
you will need to develop your pieces, these skills will give you the freedom to
create earrings, pendants, cufflinks, charms and keyrings in the future.
You will learn how to:-
make a flat, light weight matching earring and pendant set using polymer clay.
How to impress (stamp) detail and smooth edges. How to mount the pieces
using metal findings and pliers.
create marbled polymer clay and look at making a long pendant and marbled
beads. Complete our pieces by learning how to thread the beads and join them
using bead cord, crimps and chord clasps. You will also learn how to join snake
clasps and use jewellery cement.
make layered polymer clay to create Nerikomi work. This is the process of
building coloured layers of clays, allowing you to make unique pieces of clay
that can mirror current fashion trends and colour themes.
use air drying clay to make small lightweight pendants and flat earring pieces.
You will learn how to impress detail into the clay and inlay detail using texture
from anything you have on hand around the house.
rub in paints to finish off our pieces and varnish them. We will discuss durability
of the different materials and future progression opportunities.
Materials for this course can all be purchased online to make it easier to obtain
during lockdown. Any brand and colour of polymer clay and air drying clay will
work. Feel free to choose colours and use things that you already have at home.
You can source any of the materials cheaply across online websites.
Your tutor will use Fimo in the demonstrations, any polymer or Silk Clay’s will work
as long as they are the kind that require baking (this is essential as it means they
are more durable once finished). Polymer clays can be bought as kits cost
effectively from online sources and individually, you will need a minimum of two
colours and 250g of air drying clay to complete this online course. Your tutor will
also use smooth white air drying clay because it’s easy to use, again any air drying
clay will do. You will also need plyers and findings to be able to join your pieces
Materials you will require:
Das air dying clay DAS-AIR-DRYING CLAY 1KG
Fimo Polymer clay Fimo Any Polymer clay – just two colours will be enough and
they can be bought anywhere.
A rolling pin or plastic tube
Hole cutters hole cutter kit even the end of a plastic straw works or a cocktail
A baking tray to place your finished pieces on
A table to work from preferably covered with a cloth or vinyl mat so its easy to roll out on
Any cake decorating or clay tools you have will work
Any small cookie cutters or cake art cutters.
Jewellery cement or two part epoxy glue
Varnish. Any will do including old clear nail varnish you have already
Acrylic paint or anything you have lying around including modelling pains and
old nail varnish you might want to use up.
Accredited/RARPA statement (to be agreed as a team and