Silver Clay Holly Leaf Heirloom

Fri 13 Nov 2020 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am @

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Date(s) - Fri 13 Nov 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Join Melanie to create this perfect festive heirloom; a real holly leaf preserved in fine silver. Working with silver clay, you will select the perfect leaf, prepare it and then carefully paint it with liquid silver before adding the fittings and the glass ‘berries’.
Suitable for beginners, you’ll work step by step through easy stages including how to fire and finish your leaf at home.
​As the finishing touch, Melanie can arrange for your leaf to be hallmarked with the date and quality mark of fine silver (.999) plus the historic leopards head of the London Assay Office.
Specific skills you will learn at the workshop:
What is silver clay?
Preparing the silver
Choosing the perfect leaf
‘Painting’ with fine silver
Firing the silver at home (don’t worry it’s quick and easy, please see equipment and materials list below)
Burnishing & polishing
Finishing to a professional standard
A potted history of British hallmarking – if we have time!
What level is this workshop suitable for:
This workshop is suitable for beginners and improvers.
Equipment & Materials List:
​Materials are not included in the course fee. All the materials and equipment you will need are listed below – this list is for guidance only. You needn’t have the tools whilst watching the live demonstration – this is the time to watch, ask and learn. After the demo you will get the link to the recording which is available for thirty days. This then gives you maximum flexibility to choose how you want to approach this craft.
Essential Materials
For ease and time saving, Melanie is offering the option to purchase project kits to accompany this workshop. Details of how to order will be provided after booking.
The project kit costs £37 and includes the following materials together with hallmarking at the London Assay Office.
10g silver clay paste
Large fine silver eyelet (NB not Sterling Silver)
Firing block (if firing with chef / kitchen brulee torch) OR metal mesh (if firing with gas hob)
3 x red glass beads
3 x head pins (silver or silver coloured)
2 x jump rings (silver or silver coloured)
30cm of narrow ribbon
Alternatively, you can source these items independently, using the suppliers list below.
Essential Equipment (not included with the project kit)
Access to a gas hob or a chef / kitchen brulee torch
Small work surface – a playing card is ideal
Wooden coffee stirrer stick
Stiff wire brush (a suede brush)
Crochet hook or agate burnisher
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