Jewelry-Making with Silver Clay

Colleen Wilson also taught at the Alcona Arts Retreat in 2015 and 2016. One of her students made this in 2015.
Another 2015 student made this pendant during class.
A more advanced student in Colleen's 2015 class created this complex pendant.
And this feline-friendly necklace was another student project in 2016.
Colleen, left, brought everything needed for her students.
Colleen herself made this dynamic pendant.
These earrings are another of Colleen's designs.
Several small items can be made with the 25-gram pack of silver clay sold in the materials kit.

with Colleen Wilson

Create several pieces of your own unique silver jewelry in this workshop. Each student will take home pendants, earring sets or other small works of their own art. Expand your own handmade jewelry collection, or craft personalized gifts for your family and friends.

This method of making jewelry uses Precious Metal Clay (PMC3), a clay-like material containing elemental silver and a binding agent. Students will carve, press, mold or otherwise push their own designs (or those supplied by their instructor) into the clay. Firing the clay in a kiln burns off the binder in a matter of hours, leaving a pure silver object in the shape of the student’s design. No previous experience is needed. All the necessary equipment, supplies and a 25-gram pack of PMC3 are included in the $75 materials fee for this class.

Your instructor, Colleen Wilson of Riverview, Michigan, has been working in metal clay jewelry since 2001 and has been a certified instructor in the technique since 2008. She is a member of the Downriver Arts and Crafts Guild and an active supporter of the arts in the Downriver area. Among other awards, Colleen won first place in the 2010 Metal Clay Today Season of Giving contest. See more about her and more of her own work at her website,

All levels of experience. Class is limited to 12 students. A $75 materials fee is due at the retreat.

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