Workshops & Classes

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." Maya Angelou

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Stephanie Zier is an Art Clay Certified Instructor

Stacking Rings,

Beginning Silver Smith

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This class is by appointment at my studio in Parkman, WY. I am taking small groups, or mini parties, of 1-4 for this 3 hour workshop. I am also able to travel to you for this workshop.

You will be making three sterling silver stacking rings. I have a selection of semiprecious stones and sterling decorations, which I have premade, for you to choose from.  You will then cut the band, add optional band texture and prepare for soldering. I will demonstrate how to safely solder and be there right next to you as you solder on your settings. From there you polish the rings and set your gemstones. TaDa! You have completed a trio of unique stacking rings!

Cost: $85 per person, materials included.

 

Skill Level: Novice/Beginner

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Where & When:

By appointment at my Parkman studio. Contact me to schedule a time for you or your group of up to four.

Silver Cuff Bracelet 

Marrying Metal Clay & Silver Smithing 

Bracelet Cuff Class

Where & When:

By appointment at my Parkman studio. Contact me to schedule a time for you or your group of up to four.

Bracelet Class Materials
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In this class you will be making a unique silver cuff bracelet!  I have a selection of semiprecious stones from which to choose: turquoise, malachite, labradorite, garnet and more. 

 

Working with silver metal clay you will design, size and create a textured back plate for your stone and learn the skill of torch firing this amazing silver product.

 

Other techniques learned will be annealing, soldering, bezel setting a stone, metal texturing and stamping, sizing and shaping a cuff bracelet, patina and finishing techniques.

Approximately 4.5 hours

 

Skill Level: Focused Beginner/Intermediate

 

Cost: Materials and tools included. Contact me for current price.

Workshops

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        Clay

Metal clay originated in Japan in 1990. It is a clay made from small  particles of metal, an organic binder and water.  It can be shaped, molded and textured like clay into jewelry, jewelry components or small sculptures.  After drying the pieces are fired in a kiln, or sometimes with a torch. The organic binder burns off, the small metal particles sinter together, and what remains is a solid metal.

What is
Metal Clay??

Earrings Workshop

Introduction to Silver Metal Clay and Bezel Setting

Earring Workshop

This is a project-based, hands on workshop meant to introduce you to the joy of working with silver metal clay, and bezel setting semi-precious, non-fireable stones. 

Lean how to make intricate textures and shapes in sterling silver.In this workshop we will cover sizing, texturing and shaping metal clay. Once fired we explore finishing techniques for sterling silver and bezel setting stetting stones.

What's included: Fifteen grams sterling silver metal clay, two 6mm gemstones, bezels and all tools to complete the project. 

Skill Level: Beginner and up. No experience necessary.

Where & When:

Gallery on Main, Dayton, WY (307) 751-3766
Saturday April 9th, 9:30AM-4PM, 1 1/2 hour lunch break
Cost: $150 

Fine Silver & Dichoic Glass Workshop

Adding color to your silver work

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Dichoric glass contains metals, which create iridescent effects when made into cabochons.  Often they look like natural stones, works of modern art or little pieces of the cosmos. In this class you will learn several techniques on how to capture the glass in silver and how to make a fine silver bezel for a fireable gemstone.

All tools and material will be provided. No experience needed.

Skill Level: Beginner and up

Where & When:

Contact me to schedule or host this workshop.

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Stacking Rings in Sterling Silver

Metal Clay

Stacking Rings

Stacking rings can create a narrative, compose a puzzle or rely on simple shapes for interest. The interplay between the rings can be expressed as vertical, horizontal, lateral or a combination, and this is what makes them fun!

 

This class will cover design guidance for your unique set of rings, ring sizing, many wet and dry techniques for texturing and embellishing your rings, and setting fireable gemstones.

What's Included:   Twenty-five grams sterling silver clay, one fireable gemstone, tools for creating and finishing your project. Additional stones will be available for purchase, or bring your own gemstones that are safe to fire to 1600F. 

Skill Level: Experience in metal clay is helpful but not required. Beginners welcome.

Where & When:

Sage community Arts, Sheridan, WY
Saturday /March 12, 9AM-4PM, 1 1/2 hour lunch break
Cost: $150 ($140 SAGE members)

 

Stacking Rings

Saddle Ring in Sterling Silver Metal Clay

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A saddle ring sits like a saddle across your finger. Because they take up so much hand real estate they are often bold statement pieces. This large canvas allows space to exercise your creativity.

 

In this workshop we will cover template making, sizing a metal clay ring, metal clay texturing and layering, wet and dry clay techniques, setting a fireable gemstone and finishing techniques for silver jewelry. 

What’s included: Twenty-five grams sterling silver clay, one fireable gemstone, tools for creating and finishing your project. Additional stones will be available for purchase, or bring your own gemstones that are safe to fire to 1600F. 

Skill Level: Enthusiastic beginner/Intermediate. Some experience with metal clay helpful, but not required.

Where & When:

Contact me to schedule this workshop

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Cost: 

Saddle Ring Metal Clay Class

Sliding Locket Workshop

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Hidden Treasures

We equate lockets with storing memories and small treasures. In this workshop we will engineer a walled back piece and decorative cover out of silver metal clay.  What you put inside is up to you and your imagination! This is an opportunity to take your metal clay skills to a new level.

What's Included:  Silver clay, one fireable gemstone, tools for creating and finishing your project. Additional stones will be available for purchase, or bring your own gemstones that are safe to fire to 1600F. 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Where & When:

This can be scheduled as a one or two day workshop

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"Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art." Andy Warhol

Find your muse.

              Be inspired.
 

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