Retro Circles Chain with Variations with Joy Funnell

In this Retro Circles silver clay chain class you will discover an easily mastered way to make and join chains entirely in the clay form before firing. There are variations included for using this exciting technique to make a bracelet, pendant and earrings. We will cover making links, joining them, adding textures, making bezels and setting stones securely and there are tips throughout the class to help you get the best results while working with metal clay.
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18" Chain: 
• 80g low fire fine silver clay
• 5g low fire silver clay syringe
• 17/18 x 4mm fireable stones - min 1 hour at 800c (1475f)

Bracelet Variation: 
• 40g low fire fine silver clay
• small amount of low fire silver clay syringe
• 7/8 x 4mm fireable stones - min 1 hour at 800c (1475f)

Pendant Variation: 
• 15g low fire fine silver clay
• small amount low fire fine silver clay syringe
• 3 x 4mm fireable stones - min 1 hour at 800c (1475f)

Earrings Variation: 
• 10g low fire fine silver clay
• small amount of low fire fine silver clay syringe
• 6 x 3mm fireable stones - min 1 hour at 800c (1475f)
• 25mm (1") .5mm (24 guage) round fine silver wire

• Basic Metal Clay Set-up
• Non stick surface
• Roller
• Graduated spacers or cards
• Oil or other clay release agent
• Oil brush
• Baby wipes
• Low relief textures
• Plastic straw
• Circle cutter/circle template 8-20mm
• Stylus or needle tool
• Scalpel or fine pointed craft knife
• Hole cutters or short brass tube 3mm and 7mm (2mm and 6mm for earrings)
• Ball headed burnisher
• 500 grit sandpaper
• 3mm drill bit (2mm for earrings)
• 4mm stone setting burr (3mm for earrings)
• Rubber block
• Fine point paintbrush
• Waterbrush pen
• Dust Mask

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Joy Funnell

Joy Funnell

Joy loves colors and textures! These two things inspire most of her work. Having started out with traditional jewelry techniques and materials, her first encounter with silver clay changed her life. She is passionate about using it and combining it with enameling. She hopes this is reflected in her work and that she passes the wonderful excitement of it on when she teaches. The flexibility of this medium means she is constantly discovering new techniques and ideas to inspire new designs. She hopes she can share the magic with you.

She generally works in fine silver clay which, once fired at high...
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